How to Ask for Directions in Spanish

While the GPS on your phone can be a great resource, you never know when you’ll be left with no signal, or a dead battery. That’s why it’s important to know how to ask for directions in Spanish before your trip to any Spanish speaking destination.

Today you’re going to learn the most important phrases from our lesson on How to Ask for Directions in Spanish. If you haven’t already, check out our video below to hear these phrases used in real life situations.

In the video lesson we teach you four ways to ask for directions for the following situations:

  1. Getting Somewhere Specific
  2. Finding Common Services
  3. Asking for Help if Lost
  4. Finding Transportation

These are some of the most important phrases from the video. Make sure you repeat the phrases, or write them down if that helps you memorize them.

  • “Sigue derecho dos cuadras” = “Go straight ahead two blocks.”
  • “Avanza tres cuadras” = “Go ahead three blocks.”
  • “Subes todo derecho” In Mexico a lot of people use this phrase to say “Go straight ahead” when talking about a direction where the topography of the land is higher.
  • “Bajas por ahí” = “Go down that way.”
  • “Hasta donde topa” = “Until the end of the street.”
  • “Gira a la izquierda/derecha” = “Turn left/right.”
  • “Das vuelta a la izquierda/derecha” = “Turn left/right.”
  • “En la esquina” = “On the corner.”
  • “En contra esquina de…” = “Kitty-corner from…”
  • “A espaldas del/de la ...” = “Behind the ...”
  • “Rodea el/la …” = “Go around the ...”
  • “¿Cómo llego al/ a la … ?” = “How do I get to the … ?”
  • “¿Qué tan lejos queda el/la ... del/de la … ?” = “How far is the ... from the ... ?”
  • “¿Hay un/una ... cerca de aquí?” = “Is there a ... around here?”
  • “Creo que estoy perdido/a” = “I think I’m lost.”
  • “¿Sabes si está por aquí?” = “Do you know if it’s around here?”
  • “¿Pasa por aquí el camión que va a ... ?” = “Does the bus to … pass by here?”
  • “¿Dónde puedo tomar un taxi?” = “Where can I take a taxi?”

Make sure you watch the video to listen to the pronunciation and learn even more useful phrases for asking for directions in Spanish.

Jim Fricker II

Jim Fricker II is a gringo from Minnesota. In 2010 he decided he was no longer content with only being able to speak one language, so he set out to learn Spanish. As a result, he met his wife, May. As an added bonus, he never had to endure another Minnesota winter again.

    Over the years Jim has been a musician, recording studio owner, music producer, teacher, and technology enthusiast. He has produced dozens of albums for various unsigned artist, been commissioned to compose music for national organizations, and always tries to make sure he has his daily green smoothie in the morning.