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21 Best Travel Apps For Europe in 2022

While planning a trip is fun and exciting for some, it’s a daunting process for others – you need to look for a destination, book flights or trains, create an itinerary and the list goes on.

Travel apps can make your planning process much easier and savvy travellers know this very well.

Although there are plenty of travel apps available, not all of them are reliable or work well. This is why knowing what travel apps are worth it is so important.

But don’t worry, in this post I’m going to tell you the best travel apps for Europe, and luckily many of them are available on other continents too.

Best Travel Apps For Europe

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21 Best Travel Apps For Europe

Best travel apps for accommodation

hotel room

Booking.com

If you’re looking for accommodation, booking.com is your number one app. You can find hotels, apartments and many other types of accommodations. Booking.com has it all!

They have incredible deals and you can always check guest reviews and pictures, so you’ll avoid that situation in which you end up in a hotel completely different from what you saw on the internet. 

Also, if you join their Genius Loyalty programme, you’ll collect points when you book accommodation and you’ll get better and “secret deals”. I’m part of it and I absolutely love it because I’ve been able to save a good amount of money.

Personally, Booking.com is one of the best travel apps for Europe and other continents too!

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is a trustworthy travel app where you can book a hotel, a flight, a cruise, etc. and find great deals, check other people’s reviews, get answers to specific questions from other travellers like you in the Tripadvisor forums and much more.

This is one of my most used travel planning apps because you have everything you need in one app, and even if I have no trips planned, I like to browse hidden gems and activities on TripAdvisor for the future.

Apart from this, what you’ll find super valuable is the big amount of reviews supported by ratings and pictures! I always make sure I check the app before I book my hotel or restaurant and this helps me have better experiences.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Airbnb

If you don’t like staying in hotels and prefer a more private environment, Airbnb gives you the opportunity to find and book an entire house, treehouse or an apartment for yourself.

Open the app and look for your destination in Europe or beyond. Behind every accommodation is a host who gives you the details you need to check-in and feel like you’re at home.

Airbnb is perfect for travellers that are looking for a personal touch that don’t always find in hotels.

Airbnb now offers travel experiences led by locals too, so it’s a great app to look for anything from a wine tasting session to a mountain hike! 

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Couchsurfing  

There’s no better way to get to know the locals better, especially if you’re planning to stay somewhere for a bit longer than a weekend, than arranging a stay through Couchsurfing.

Travel around Europe and stay in locals’ houses to have a unique experience while saving money on accommodation.

Using the app is very simple too. Create a profile, explore the city you want to visit and get in touch with experienced Couchsurfers in the area. My number one advice is to check your host’s likes, and preferences and have a conversation about your stay.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Best travel apps for transport

Ryanair plane

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is considered one of the best apps to book flights. Search and compare hundreds of flights from any airline all in one place.

But there’s more than comparing flights, you can also discover the cheapest months and dates to fly which it’s very helpful if you travel on a budget or want to save money on flights.

My favourite thing about this app is that if you aren’t ready to book your flights because they’re expensive, you can just set up a price alert to know when the price goes down.

Apart from flights, Skyscanner also finds you great deals on hotels and car rentals too.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Google Maps

Who hasn’t used Google Maps before? Google Maps is the go-to app to look for any place in Europe or worldwide. But you can also use this map app for planning by creating lists for your travel destinations. This way you easily see all the main places marked for the city you’re going to visit on the map.

How to create your own list  

Your places – saved – create a list

In addition to this, you can also check public transportation such as bus timetables and routes.

Apart from public transport, you can look for flights on Google Flights.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Omio

Omio, formerly Go Euro, is a travel app that simplifies your travel planning by saving your time and money. Find cheap flights, coaches, trains, etc. and the fastest routes by simply entering your destination and dates.

I love the app because you can book on the go, you avoid printing many tickets that you can easily lose when travelling, everything is in one app and Omio works with the most reputable transportation companies in Europe.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Rome2Rio

Rome2Rio is another travel planning app that makes your life easier. It helps you get to and from any location in the world by showing you all the different travel options to your desired destination. Also, it tells you how to get to places as quickly and economically as possible.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Trainline

If you’re planning to travel to a European destination or around Europe by train, Trainline is the best app to get your coach and train tickets.

Having this app makes things so much easier because you don’t need to look at different websites to get a coach and train if needed.

Also, I love the fact you don’t need to print any tickets – so forget about wasting your time collecting your train tickets or finding a place to print them, just show your e-ticket.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Eurail

Eurail is definitely the best train app for Europe. If you’ve never heard of Eurail, it’s an all-in-one train ticket that gives you the flexibility to access most trains in Europe.

By having a Eurail pass, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. Some trains may ask you to make a reservation, but most trains can be boarded with your pass.

My favourite thing about Eurail is that you don’t need to worry about making it to a certain train. If you missed your train or changed your travel plans, you can just hop on board the next one!

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Blablacar

Do you want to explore a new place and make friends? Blablacar is an app where you can book a driver and travel for less. It isn’t always easy to visit some places by train or coach, so getting a driver can be your best option.

Maybe you’re asking yourself how safe it is to get in a car with a stranger, however, there is an identification process and profiles are moderated. Also, you can go the extra mile and check their profiles, ratings and preferences.

Blablacar is only available in the following European countries: Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Free Now 

Free Now, formerly My Taxi, is Europe’s largest taxi app available in over 70 cities within 11 countries!

This app allows you to book a taxi or a private vehicle up to 4 days in advance, share your ride with friends and family so they know where you are, rate your driver to help others choose what’s their best driver and have better experiences, etc.

I have used the app several times in Spain, and everything ran smoothly!

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Uber

Another great app to book a taxi is Uber. Open the app and enter where you want to go, and a nearby driver will take you there.

The best features of this app are price estimates so you can avoid those frustrating situations where you are charged more than expected, share your trip with others so they know you arrive safely to your destination, and contact emergency services, if needed, directly from the app.

You can also rate your driver to let Uber know your experiences and if there were any problems, and show some appreciation by tipping the driver.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Scooterino

Imagine yourself travelling on a scooter in the magical city of Rome. If you’ve been to Rome, you know how bad traffic is, however you can skip all the traffic and have a different experience with Scooterino.

Scooterino app gets you a reliable and fun ride in a few minutes. So how does it work? Make a ride request through the app, review the price estimation, choose from the list of scooter drivers who accepted your request, and you’re ready to go!

Also, don’t worry about the helmet as the driver will provide you with one.

This app is only available in Rome and other Italian cities. 

Available to download on Google Play.

Best travel apps for food

elan cafe breakfast bowl

The Fork

The Fork is an online restaurant booking and discovery app where you can search for restaurant availability and best prices. Whether you want a fine dining experience or a casual restaurant, you’ll be able to find them in The Fork.

It includes thousands of restaurants anywhere in Europe, but also in other international places like Sydney and Buenos Aires.

The app includes over 17 million reviews to help you make a choice too.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Deliveroo

Have you ever wanted to have your food delivered to your hotel room? Deliveroo is a great app for takeaways and it works with big restaurant chains, so you get your favourites delivered to your door.

Some of the best features of the Deliveroo app are searching in your area by your favourite cuisine, dish or restaurant brand, dietary needs, rates and more; scheduling your delivery, and tracking the progress of your food being made in real-time.

The app includes an ‘offers’ section that gives you access to top discounts too!

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

HappyCow

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’re going to love this app! HappyCow is your one-stop to find vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well as health food stores in Europe and anywhere in the world.

By downloading the app you can also read travel and health articles, exchange recipes and stories, and write or check reviews. 

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Best travel apps for money 

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Xe Currency 

Although many European countries have the euro as a currency, there are countries like Poland, Romania and Turkey that have their unique currency. Whatever your currency is, you can check it in Xe currency.

Apart from this, not only can you check the live currency but transfer money in 65 currencies to over 170 countries and set rate alerts and receive notifications.

Be aware that the exchange rate you see in Xe currency may be different if you buy currency from a different place!

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Monito

When you want to send money abroad, your bank or money transfer provider usually charges you a fee and in general, gives you an exchange rate that is worse than the current exchange rate, but you can forget about that with Monito.

Monito helps you save on transfer fees and exchange rates. Although there isn’t an app for it at the moment, it’s one of the best online platforms to find the best money transfer providers and get the best value!

Find the cheapest provider for your next transfer here.

Best travel apps for socialising 

Friends in a park

Meet Up

Making new friends and meeting the locals are definitely some of the best experiences when travelling abroad. Meet Up is a great platform to find local events, meet new people or learn something new.

Although you can use it in your own city, I always check if there are any interesting events happening in the European cities I visit.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Google Translate

Google Translate is an essential app when you travel to a country where you don’t know the language but you still want to communicate with the locals.

Although I try to learn the basics wherever I go, it isn’t always easy and, in many circumstances, you need to know much more than the basics.

The app works well, especially with simple sentences and common language, but it doesn’t happen the same with large and complex texts. 

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Best travel app for city guides

Girl standing in front of the Berlin wall

Spotted by locals

Spotted by locals is the perfect place to find city guides written by local bloggers. If you don’t like visiting touristy places and you love finding hidden gems that only locals know, you need to check this app.

It isn’t easy to find hidden gems and less touristy places, so this app makes it much easier and you get very valuable insider tips too!

Also, some of the best app features are you don’t need the internet to access the information, you can bookmark your favourite guides and add your own spots.

Available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

As you can see, there are plenty of Europe travel apps that can help you plan your trip easier and faster.

They’ve also given me more confidence to do all the travel planning myself and have more fun looking at ways to travel to a new destination. 

If you have any questions about these best apps for European travel, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at cristina[at]mylittleworldoftravelling.com.

Also, let me know what your favourite travel app is in the comments below 🙂 

Love,

Cristina

P.S. Don’t forget to save this Europe travel app list!

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26 Comments

  1. Oooh I LOVE this list! I’m a big fan of apps and have heard of a lot of these, but there are SO many I haven’t! My favorite way to travel is by train, so I can’t wait to try out the Trainline app! (well as soon as we can travel in Europe again…).

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m happy to hear you found the post useful 🙂 My favourite way to travel is by train too!

  2. Bright Nomad says:

    Great post! I travel around Europe a lot and these app are super useful

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thanks! That’s great to hear.

  3. I loved the style of your blog and the pictures! Great article, there were some apps, that I didn’t know about! thanks

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you so much, it’s always nice to receive good feedback 🙂

  4. Wow, you’ve really done your research! So many apps that’ll make European travel easier. Thanks!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Yes, there are so many apps that can help us plan our next trip 🙂 It’s amazing that most of them are free too!

  5. Two Sisters Abroad says:

    This is sooo helpful! Scooterino sounds like the cutest thing ever! I also totally lived off of Deliveroo when I lived in London and Spain.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m glad you find it useful! I often use Deliveroo during winter. It’s nice to have a takeaway when it’s cold and rainy outside.

  6. This is an awesome list! I will definitely save this for when I visit Europe next.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you, Sydney! It’s great to hear you’ll use them in the future.

  7. This is a great article Cristina! All of these apps are so helpful! I love using Omio for traveling by public transit. 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you, Taylor! 🙂 I love Omio too!

  8. Shalzmojo says:

    I still learning to use apps for my travels and this is such a cool list of them Christina. Love the way you have catalogued them according to usage. I am going to download a few on my phone for sure 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m very happy to hear that 🙂 They have always been useful to me, and they have saved me time too!

  9. Elena Pappalardo says:

    These apps sound really useful! I will definitely consider downloading it before my next Euro adventure, so thanks for the inspo!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you, Elena! 🙂 I hope you enjoy using them when planning your next Europe trip!

  10. Abigail Reagan says:

    Loved this!! Some of these apps I’ve heard of, but most I’ve never even considered!! Will definitely have to be downloading some of these for my next adventure 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thanks! That’s amazing 🙂

  11. Great list, some new apps for me to discover on this list.

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m glad you’ve discovered some new apps!

  12. This is so helpful! I haven’t heard of a lot of these, and I could see how they really come in handy!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Yes! I discovered some of them not long ago, and they’ve been very helpful when planning my trips.

  13. I use quite a few of these apps while travelling around Europe. You’ve mentioned some that I have never heard of thought so I’ll have to look them up!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      It’s great to hear you use some of them, but you’ve discovered some too! 🙂

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