Spanish prepositions of movement (A2)

Prepositions of movement show direction from one place to another. They are normally used after a verb of motion.

Spanish verbs of motion

Here you have a list of the most important Spanish verbs of motion.

Spanish prepositions of movement

Click on the links to see how to form the verbs above that are irregular:

Prepositions with verbs of movement

Prepositions work in a very specific way after verbs of motion or direction:

1. Preposition A is used to express the destination:

Enrique subió al tren (He got on the train).

Llegó a la ciudad (He arrived in the city).

2. Preposition DE is used…

– to express origin:

Él es de México  (He is from México).

Venimos de la playa (We are coming from the beach).

– in some expressions such as:

de vacaciones (on holiday), de excursión (on a trip), de compras (shopping)…

3. DESDE (from here) HASTA (to there):

Vamos desde (de) Marsella hasta (a)  Santiago de Compostela (He goes from Marsella to Santiago de Compostela).

4. Preposition EN to indicate transport:

Está montado en bicicleta (He’s riding a bike).

Voy en tren (I go by train).

Viajo en avión (I travel by plane).

exceptions: a pie, andando, a caballo.

5. HACIA is a preposition that means “towards” or “to”, expressing the direction of movement:

Tenemos que caminar hacia el parque para llegar a la casa de Juan (We have to walk towards the park to go to John’s house).

Vi a mi hermana caminando rápidamente hacia(I saw my sister walking rapidly towards me).

6. We use the preposition POR to indicate “the path”:

Viajan por la autopista (they travel on the motorway).


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