Everything about the French sentence "Bon voyage"

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French to English translation

Audio pronunciation

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does bon voyage mean?


It literally means:

  • Bon → Good
  • Voyage → Trip

It means “Have a good trip” or “Have a nice trip“. We use it when saying goodbye to someone (or a group of people) leaving for a trip, to wish a safe and nice time during the trip.

Cool thing: “bon voyage” is also used in English with the exact same meaning.

How to use

When you want to wish a safe and good trip to someone or a group of people, you can simply add “Bon voyage“. 

If you want to make a sentence out of it, you can say: “Fais bon voyage” (Have a nice/good trip). And for a formal version, use instead: “Je vous souhaite un bon voyage → I wish you a good/nice trip

If the trip involves driving on the road, you can use “Bonne route → Have a nice (trip on the) road“. And if it’s a flight: “Bon vol → Have a good/nice flight“.

Finally, if the trip is about going home, you can also use “Bon retour → Have a good/nice journey home“.

Fun stuff

A little trick, if you add “bon(ne)” before a noun, it will mean: “enjoy *noun*” or “have a nice/good *noun*“.

Few examples:

  • Bonne journée → Have a nice day
  • Bon week-end → Have a nice weekend
  • Bon appétit → Enjoy your meal
  • Bonne visite → Enjoy your visit
  • Bon match → Enjoy the game


  • Je vous souhaite un bon voyage → I wish you a good/nice trip
  • Fais bon voyage → Have a good/nice trip
  • Bonne route → Have a nice (trip on the) road / Be safe on the road
  • Bon vol → Have a good/nice flight
  • Bon retour → Have a good/nice journey home

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Allez, on y va ! “
” Come on, let’s go! “
Ça marche ! Bon voyage ! “
” All right! Have a nice trip “
” Merci ! À plus tard ! “
” Thanks! See you later! “
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