30 Best Travel Apps for iOS and Android in 2017

These leading travel apps will help you find great deals, discover cool things to do in your destination and maybe even find love on the road in 2017

Travelling without a smartphone today is akin to not bringing a passport for many people. There are, of course, thousands of travel apps available for almost every aspect of your trip. With so many to choose from, how can you tell which ones are the most useful and likely to make your trip more memorable? Don’t worry – I have pulled together my list of 30 essential travel apps that I wouldn’t leave home without!


Booking & Accommodation /// Getting Around & Exploring /// Eating Out & Nightlife /// Day to Day /// Planning & Organising

Booking and Accommodation

Skyscanner

I think everyone knows what Skyscanner is by now. Select your origin, destination and throw some dates at the app to get the cheapest available flights from hundreds of airlines. While not quite as versatile as the proper website (multi-city, where art thou), it’s still a great way to check prices on the go. Just be careful, there is a very real chance of booking an impromptu getaway or four. You can find hotels and car hire while you’re at it too!

Download Skyscanner for iOS here /// Download Skyscanner for Android here

Travel Apps - Skyscanner        Travel Apps - Skyscanner

Kayak

One of Skyscanner’s biggest competitors, Kayak offers similar options but it does have a handy travel planning tool. Punch in your budget, how long you want to go away for and even what the weather is – and Kayak will generate options for your next adventure. Oh and it lets you book those multi-city itineraries so start planning those stopovers!

Download Kayak for iOS here /// Download Kayak for Android here

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Holiday Pirates

Hunting for cheap travel deals is fun but can be pretty time-consuming. Holiday Pirates does all the hard work for you, posting the latest offers around the clock. You can browse the app for cheap flights, hotel stays and package holidays and even get alerts on your phone when new deals are posted. I’ve been able to go on some great trips thanks to these guys – £500 return flights from London to Melbourne is just one example! It can be pretty addictive as you eagerly check the app every day to see if there is a deal worth grabbing!

Download Holiday Pirates on iOS /// Download Holiday Pirates on Android

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Hostelworld

Probably the app I use the most when I am travelling! Hostelworld has a huge database of hostels, hotels and guesthouses in almost every country in the world and the intuitive app makes it very easy to navigate and book. It has detailed descriptions of accommodation, reviews from fellow travellers and clear directions making it easy to figure out where you are staying. If hostels are your thing, this is THE app to use!

Download Hostelworld for iOS /// Download Hostelworld for Android

Travel Apps - Hostelworld      Travel Apps - Hostelworld

Airbnb

Airbnb is a great way to experience a destination like a local – by renting out a room or an entire home in your destination from the owner. As well as more traditional places to stay, it’s possible to find yourself spending the night in castles, windmills, barns and loads of other quirky locations. The app allows you to search for accommodation using a variety of filters and get in touch with prospective hosts directly. I recently stayed in an Airbnb in Tokyo and had a great experience!

Download Airbnb for iOS /// Download Airbnb for Android

Travel Apps - Airbnb      Travel Apps - Airbnb

Couchsurfing

Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet, right? And they are all also potential hosts if Couchsurfing is to be believed. Those after unique local experiences or on a budget have an opportunity to crash on a local’s couch (or a spare room) and meet interesting people from all around the world. Granted, it’s not for everyone but I know a lot of people that have had some cool stays and met some lifelong friends.

Download Couchsurfing on iOS /// Download Couchsurfing on Android

Travel Apps - Couchsurfing       Travel Apps - Couchsurfing

Trivago

One of the most comprehensive hotel price comparison websites, Trivago combs 200 worldwide booking sites to find the best deals for travellers. You can look for budget-friendly places and compare hotels in your chosen destination. Trivago compares some of the biggest websites such as Expedia, Hotels.com and Booking.com to save money on bookings.

Download Trivago on iOS /// Download Trivago on Android

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Getting around and exploring

Google Maps

Google Maps is almost as indispensable as the calculator or clock on your phone when travelling. While it normally uses data, it’s possible to download maps before you head abroad – making it easier to navigate even if you can’t find an internet connection. Google Maps is pretty reliable when planning journeys or when used as a GPS too, making it a handy solution for all eventualities on your trip.

Download Google Maps for iOS /// Download Google Maps for Android

Travel Apps - Google Maps      Travel Apps - Google Maps

Triposo

An interactive travel guide at your fingertips, Triposo allows users to find things to see and do in over 50,000 destinations worldwide. It has detailed maps, suggestions for top activities and uses clever algorithms to pool together all the info you could need in one app. You can even book hotels, restaurants and tours within the app. Best of all, it works offline so you don’t need to keep hunting for WiFi to use! Just download the guides before you travel and you’re good to go!

Download Triposo for iOS /// Download Triposo for Android

Travel Apps - Triposo      Travel Apps - Triposo

Citymapper

Citymapper takes out all the stress in planning your public transport journeys by providing real-time timetables, fastest routes and personalised features. I use it on my own commute every single day but the app has now expanded to almost 40 cities around the world with more being added regularly! It could be invaluable when you are trying to navigate around a new city or simply want the quickest way to get from A to B.

Download Citymapper for iOS /// Download Citymapper for Android

Travel Apps - Citymapper      Travel Apps - Citymapper

Trip.com

Not just another guide app, Trip.com helps you personalise your itineraries with suggestions based on your personal preferences, weather and your location. You can discover cool restaurants, quirky bars and local events in over 60,000 locations around the world. You can read reviews, book hotels and even share your photos with an in-built customization tool.

Download Trip.com for iOS /// Download Trip.com for Android

Travel Apps - Trip.com      Travel Apps - Trip.com

Rome2Rio

Rome2Rio is great for planning journeys and itineraries as it gives you detailed routes to just about anywhere on the planet. Want to know the quickest way to get to Singapore or how much a train journey between Paris and Berlin costs? This app has you covered! It works really well and I used it quite extensively on my latest trip to South Korea!

Download Rome2Rio on iOS /// Download Rome2Rio on Android

Travel Apps - Rome2Rio      Travel Apps - Rome2Rio

Uber

The ridesharing app has now spread to more than 500 cities worldwide, making it easy to get a ride on your travels. You know the drill – load up the app, set a destination and immediately see how far your Uber driver is. You can get estimates for how much the trip will cost and see drivers’ reviews before you get in the car. Some cities are cheaper than others, sure, and the company has attracted some negative publicity for its working practices but its ease of use and convenience can’t be denied.

Download Uber on iOS /// Download Uber on Android

Travel Apps - Uber      Travel Apps - Uber

Guides by Lonely Planet

Curated by Lonely Planet writers, this app has 100+ city guides with essential tips, advice on activities, accommodation and restaurants. You are getting the sort of recommendations you would expect from Lonely Planet so you know you can trust them! You can download the guides and use them offline once you arrive and there are even maps and phrasebooks available making it easier to navigate and interact with locals. This is a great way to access the years of expertise provided by the brand without lugging around a big book with you!

Download Guides by Lonely Planet for iOS /// Download Guides by Lonely Planet for Android

Travel Apps - Guides by Lonely Planet      Travel Apps - Guides by Lonely Planet

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Eating Out and Nightlife

OpenTable

The restaurant booking app makes finding somewhere to eat simple and quick. There are already more than 40000 restaurants available and an ever-growing list of countries, making this an idea of way discovering new spots on your travels. You can browse menus and photos and even get special offers from restaurants before booking a table without the need to call ahead or be disappointed once you get there. Worth a go next time you want to try that seafood place in Tokyo you’ve read so much about.

Download OpenTable on iOS /// Download OpenTable on Android

Travel Apps - OpenTable       Travel Apps - OpenTable

UberEATS

I am not sure many people saw this coming from Uber but here we are! A food ordering app that utilises the existing Uber network to deliver a wide range of cuisines to your doorstep. It’s already expanded to many major cities around the world with more on the way. So if you don’t feel like heading out for a dinner after a long day of sightseeing, you can still enjoy quality local food – all in the comfort of your hotel room!

Download UberEATS on iOS /// Download UberEATS on Android

Travel Apps - UberEATS      Travel Apps - UberEATS

Time Out

Time Out is one of the best way to discover things to do, places to eat and drink as well as local events and activities. Used by locals around the world, it’s a great way to tune in to what’s happening in your destination and be “in the know”. I often use the London guide to plan my weekends or find things to do with friends and always make sure I check out what’s happening locally when I find myself abroad. There are currently 30 cities available with more being added soon.

Download Time Out for iOS /// Download Time Out for Android

Travel Apps - Time Out      Travel Apps - Time Out

Zomato

Previously known as Urbanspoon in some parts of the world, this restaurant finder covers 10000 cities around the world, so chances are you won’t go hungry when using the app. It features loads of search options and you can find eateries by cuisine, budget or proximity. You can even get recommendations from friends who use the app and even book a table in select locations.

Download Zomato for iOS /// Download Zomato for Android

Travel Apps - Zomato      Travel Apps - Zomato

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Day to Day

Instabridge

Finding an internet connection in a foreign country can be a stressful experience – and while going “offline” can be liberating, we live in a connected world! Instabridge helps you connect to free WiFi hotspots in major cities and also has passwords to public networks. You can even download lists of WiFi spots that will be available offline, making it easier to locate them when wandering around. You can even activate alerts telling you a connection is nearby!

Download Instabridge for iOS here /// Download Instabridge for Android here

Travel Apps - Instabridge      Travel Apps - Instabridge

Revolut

Revolut is my favourite way of managing my money when travelling. It’s a service that offers near-perfect interbank rates and allows you to exchange your money at a touch of a button. Once you download the app, you order your free Mastercard and start loading it up with money. It works everywhere and you once you’ve loaded it up, that’s it! You can spend without worrying about any bank fees and instantly transfer money to friends and family across the world. ATM withdrawals are also way cheaper than using your own card abroad! Trust me – it’s SUPER easy to use and very secure as it’s regulated by financial authorities!

Download Revolut for iOS /// Download Revolut for Android

Travel Apps - Revolut      Travel Apps - Revolut

Google Translate

Navigating your way around foreign signs, menus or texts is not the easiest thing with a simple phrasebook. This app lets you translate over a 100 languages by typing or handwriting words and characters. You can even point your phone’s camera at text for an instant translation to make sense of what it is exactly you are about to eat in that awesome street food market in Bangkok.

Download Google Translate for iOS /// Download Google Translate for Android

Travel Apps - Google Translate      Travel Apps - Google Translate

Tinder

Ok, bear with me here! While travelling solo is great fun, meeting other people is one of the best parts of the experience. Tinder is a great way to meet locals and other travellers and discover new bars or cool activities.  I’ve got plenty of tips from matches in the past and if staying at a stranger’s house, a la Couchsurfing is considered normal, then a date in a foreign land is just as acceptable! At worst, it’s a story to tell people back home and at best…well, who knows, maybe you will even find love on the road!

Download Tinder on iOS /// Download Tinder on Android

Travel Apps - Tinder      Travel Apps - Tinder

Accuweather

Weather forecasts can be pretty hit and miss but Accuweather is as precise as it’s going to get. It provides one of the most reliable forecasts with minute-by-minute updates and localised information down to your exact street address – perfect when you are planning a hike or an evening walk but are not sure of whether you’ll beat those gathering rain clouds.

Download Accuweather on iOS /// Download Accuweather on Android

Travel Apps - Accuweather      Travel Apps - Accuweather

WhatsApp Messenger

Keeping in touch with friends and family while travelling is important and WhatsApp Messenger lets you do it in real-time and for free. While it does need an internet connection to send and receive messages, its flexibility is unrivalled – from sending simple messages to sharing photos, videos and voice notes, there are loads of ways to connect to your loved ones. It also allows for free voice and video calls using an Internet connection – much better than using your plan’s minutes and avoids expensive overseas charges. I use WhatsApp every single day – whether I am at home or abroad!

Download WhatsApp on iOS /// Download WhatsApp on Android

Travel Apps - WhatsApp Messenger      Travel Apps - WhatsApp Messenger

PayPal

PayPal makes it very easy to send money to people around the world using just a few taps of the screen. You don’t even need to know someone’s bank details as you can just use their phone number or an email address. This is great while travelling as it’s possible to quickly transfer money to someone who booked a flight ticket or paid for a meal for the entire group. More and more business are also offering payment by PayPal which makes it easier to make payments for goods and services – no need to type in long card numbers anymore!

Download PayPal for iOS /// Download PayPal for Android

Travel Apps - PayPal      Travel Apps - PayPal

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Planning and Organising

Duolingo

If you are serious about immersing yourself in your destination or want to be able to speak like a local, an app is a great way to pick up a new language. Broken up into manageable lessons, you can do as much or as little as you like. You can test your skills and earn achievements as you get more and more proficient. The app can be unintentionally hilarious, getting you to translate sentences like “Our rabbit does not drink milk” and “I need a horse”, but it’s a fun way to learn. There are currently 23 languages available.

Download Duolingo for iOS here /// Download Duolingo for Android here

Travel Apps - Duolingo      Travel Apps - Duolingo

Tripcase

Tripcase allows you to organise your trip plans and itineraries in one place making it easier to keep track of everything. Once you receive an itinerary or hotel booking from the airline or travel agent, you just forward the email to a dedicated address and the details will appear in the app within a few minutes! I use it extensively to keep track of all my trips and I find the updates and reminders about my flights quite handy.

Download TripCase for iOS here /// Download TripCase for Android here

Travel Apps - TripCase      Travel Apps - TripCase

XE Currency

A currency converted app can be invaluable and XE Currency is my favourite of the lot. You can add up to ten currencies and track live exchange rates and converting is easy with the inbuilt calculator. Bear in mind that the rates you see in-app are almost never the rates you will get on the high street (they are “mid-market” rates) but provide you with a very good starting point. You can even analyse how the currencies have fluctuated over time and set up alerts.

Download XE Currency for iOS /// Download XE Currency for Android

Travel Apps - XE Currency      Travel Apps - XE Currency

Google Trips

Another handy way to organise all your trips and itineraries in one place but Google Trips goes much further than that. It suggests day plans based on popular attractions, restaurants and bars and lets you to get directions, read reviews and find opening times. Of course, being a Google app, it seamlessly syncs with other Google products such as Gmail and Google Maps to make for a unified experience.

Download Google Trips on iOS /// Download Google Trips on Android

Travel Apps - Google Trips      Travel Apps - Google Trips

Packpoint

Packing for a trip can be daunting – especially when you have no idea what you should bring with you. Packpoint takes the pain out of the process by helping you organise your packing based on where you are going, the weather at your destination and what kind of activities you are planning to do. This serves as a checklist, meaning you know exactly what you should bring and stops you from forgetting important items. I enjoy packing but using Packpoint definitely made me think more about how much stuff I am taking with me and whether I need to add or get rid of certain items.

Download Packpoint for iOS /// Download Packpoint for Android

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Have you found these useful on your travels? Do you use any other great travel apps? Let me know!

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These leading travel apps will help you find great deals, discover cool things to do in your destination and maybe even find love on the road in 2017

27 thoughts on “30 Best Travel Apps for iOS and Android in 2017

  1. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    Fantastic list of apps! I use many of them although in SE Asia I use Grab more than Uber as sometimes the prices are cheaper. As a Travel Card, we have recently found Monzo, it’s new and still in beta but so far so good. Many of these apps I haven’t even considered so I will pin this extremely useful post as you have covered everything, even things I haven’t thought of so thank you! #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Angie – I will get Grab when I head abroad and try to compare! Monzo is something I looked that but I think you have to top up a minimum £100 – still might check it out!

  2. Lolo says:

    Great apps! We use about half of them and also highly recommend GPSMyCity for blogs you love and want to take on the go! They turn blog posts into GPS guided maps! #feetdotravel

  3. Oana says:

    This is such an interesting article. I am using the majority of the apps and I will definitely check the ones I don’t. I tried triposo in Cuba and it was really useful, especially because you can use it offline. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Carmen Baguio says:

    I use quite a bit of this apps. Opentable is one I use all the time at home, but haven’t thought of using it when I travel. The amount of apps available to help make traveling cheaper and easier just grows and grows!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      There are just so many aren’t there? And I am sure there are some specific to the States too that I may not be aware of!

  5. Shona says:

    This is such a great list. With the many apps available, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by it all so having recommendations from someone who actually uses them is great. I found I’d already downloaded a few that I never use (oops!) and will add some that sound great, namely Packpoint! I’m sure the app would never suggest packing 6 pairs of shoes! 😉
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  6. Jenn | By Land and Sea says:

    This is great! I already use a few of these, but there’s several you mention that I’ve never heard of. I’ll be saving this for later and downloading many for future travels. Thanks!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks guys – definitely keep an eye out for Holiday Pirates. It should only be a matter of time until they have a US version!

  7. Anna says:

    Nice list! And I use many of these myself too. Looks like I’ll need to add a couple to my phone. Citymapper seems like a really useful one. I also like maps.me for off-line maps, because sometimes you don’t have a local SIM card right away. And you can pre-pin stuff on maps.me and it works through GPS without data. So you don’t have to worry about getting lost in a new place. And haha I don’t judge – I use Tinder too. I’ve met great locals through it who would take the time to show me around!
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  8. George says:

    About two third of the apps I use or I know about them. I often use Kayak and skyscanner for flights. One app I missed which you might want to add: foursquare. It’s quite good for local restaurants etc.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks George – I have used foursquare before but not recently so I will give it another go and see what it’s like now!

  9. James says:

    I’ve not heard of Instabridge but I’ll download this app now, so useful. I tried Tinder whilst in Senegal last year, although there are not many users out there, almost all of them match! Google Translate is very useful, especially with the audio option. My French is terrible so I use it mainly in French speaking countries.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks James – apps can really enhance an experience abroad! I definitely found matching easier abroad too! My French is non-existent!

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