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. This is why knowing what travel apps are worth it is so important.
In this post, I’m going to tell you the best travel apps for Europe, but many of them are available in other continents too.
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Best travel apps for accommodation
If you’re looking for accommodation, booking.com is your number one app. You can find hotels, apartments and many other types of accommodations.
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.
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 on 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 in 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.
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. Behind every accommodation is a host who gives you the details you need to check in and feel like you’re at home.
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!
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 likes, preferences and have a conversation about your stay.
Best travel apps for transport
It’s 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.
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 rental too.
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 list
In addition to this, you can also check public transportation such as buses timetables and routes.
Apart from public transport, you can look for flights on Google Flights.
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 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 most reputable transportation companies in Europe.
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.
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 ticket – so forget about wasting your time collecting your train tickets or finding a place to print them, just show your e-ticket.
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!
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 getting in a car with a stranger, however, there is an identification process and profiles are moderated. Also, you can go to 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.
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!
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.
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.
Best travel apps for food
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.
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 Deliveroo app are search in your area by your favourite cuisine, dish or restaurant brand, dietary needs, rates and more; schedule your delivery, and track the progress of your food being made in real-time.
The app includes an ‘offers’ section that gives you access to top discounts too!
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.
Best travel apps for money
Although many European countries have the euro as 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!
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
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.
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 basics.
The app works well, especially with simple sentences and common language, but it doesn’t happen the same with large and complex texts.
Best travel app for city guides
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, 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.
As you can see, there are plenty of 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, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, let me know what your favourite travel app is in the comments below 🙂
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