7 ways of saying goodbye in Russian

In one of my previous lessons we learned some basic greetings in Russian. Now it's time to learn how to say goodbye in our beautiful language. Don't worry, there are not so many ways of doing this. Again, you can learn the most common of them and this will be enough. However, I will try to describe all the possible cases to make it clearer for you. Because sometimes you can hear something unusual from your Russian friend.

До свидания

The most common way is to take your leave by saying до свидания [duh svee-dah-nee-ye]. But this sounds very formal. You can say it to your teacher, for example, to the older person or to your boss. It is very useful for many formal situation.


Another great way to say bye is пока [pah-kah]. It is, on the contrary, very informal. It is used mostly among friends. But not only. For example, you meet someone of your age for the first time, you get acquainted, you don't know each other well but you can still say "poka" to him or her.

До встречи

If you are planning to meet the person you are talking to again, you can simply say до встречи. Honestly, I rarely hear this in everyday speaking but you may come across this word in books or in some article. Another version of this phrase is до скорой встречи. This means you are going to meet this person soon again. There is a pop song in Russian which says:

До скорой встречи, до скорой встречи. Моя любовь к тебе навечно.

But, again, this phrase is not popular in everyday speaking. It's better that you use more casual "poka".

До скорого

This expression literally means "until soon". Not so popular in speaking, as well. You can rarely hear it somewhere.

До завтра

The equivalent of "untill tomorrow" in English is до завтра. More popular than two previous phrases but not so common as "poka". 

До вечера

This literally means "until evening". Might be said when you're going to meet someone in the evening of the current day. In such situation this is a very suitable way to say bye.


The last way of saying goodbye is an actual farewell. You say this phrase when you leave the place forever and never going to see these people again. Прощай is what you say to one person. If there is more than one person, you say прощайте.