My Favourite Europe Travel Apps

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Anytime someone asks me “What’s the one thing you wouldn’t travel without?”, my answer inevitably is “My iPhone” — what I commonly refer to as my other half (and yes, I am married to an actual human being). Saying that I am obsessed with my phone isn’t an understatement, and I am seriously considering a surgical operation in order to permanently attach it to my hand.

I barely ever read guidebooks anymore — not because I don’t enjoy them, but because frankly, I cannot be bothered to go out and buy them when I can get the same insightful information for one-third of the price and one tenth of the weight at the tips of my fingers. Considering travellers can book hotels, purchase flights, look up restaurants, take and edit photographs and plan an itinerary with their phone, it’s hardly surprising that I wouldn’t travel without mine.

And while I am fully aware that the offer for travel apps is in constant evolution, here are, for the moment, my absolute favourite ones.

Europe Travel Apps

The 10 best Europe travel apps

Skyscanner

My go-to app whenever I want to look up flights. I love how easy it is to customise the search to my needs, be it by date, by price, by destination, by airline or by journey-length. It’s also possible to set up email alerts for a specific flight, which comes in extremely handy as no one has time to spend 2 hours every day searching for the optimal flight. Plus they have an awesome Facebook page with lots of wanderlust-inducing photos and blog posts.

Uber

Available in over 24 European cities, Uber is the perfect app to travel safely and rapidly. Whether you need a lift from the airport or are unsure about walking to your hotel alone at night, Uber provide a reliable taxi service at the tips of your fingers and straight to your credit card, at no extra charge.

Sign up with this link and get a $20 credit towards your first ride!

Eurail’s Rail Planner

The Rail Planner App allows travellers to look up train information (e.g., seat selection, departure and arrival times, connecting platforms, city maps, nearest train station, etc.), no matter where they are, as the app is available offline. It’s also possible to book train journeys directly via the app, for on the go decisions!

Europe Travel Apps

Currency Simple Converter

Because the Eurozone doesn’t cover all of Europe and because foreign visitors rarely stick to one country, it’s important to know how much you’ll be spending in your native currency. Currency is a sleek and super simple solution to tracking currency costs when on the road in Europe. It has a built-in converter that works with over 160 currencies which tracks of international changes.

TripIt

Very useful for frequent travellers, TripIt is the leading mobile travel organiser and automagically (their won words!) syncs your flight confirmations, hotel reservations and more into your calendar. Much like having an omniscient personal concierge! All your essential travel info stored into one single place.

GuidePal

Forget guidebooks. GuidePal is your best friend when it comes to planning Europe city getaways, from Madrid to Oslo. It offers a constantly updated selection of both touristy landmarks and approved-by-locals eateries and bars in over 27 European cities.

Dropbox

Back your sh*t up people. iPhone and camera photos, passport and insurance information, hotel reservations, etc. Dropbox has saved my ass more than once when I was on the road – never underestimate how essential it is. You can even set up automatic backups of your Instagram photos, for example!

Sign up with this link and get 500 MB of bonus storage space for free!

Europe Travel Apps

Airbnb

I love using Airbnb when I travel because I love the feeling of being a local in a city I don’t know. Owners are always more than happy to offer their insightful advice, and who knows, they might even take you out to dinner. It’s also nice to have access to a kitchen and laundry facilities, especially if you tend to travel for more than just a few days.

Sign up to Airbnb with this link and get a $30 credit towards your first stay!

Visit Europe

Acting both as an inspirational and planning tool to traveller, this app makes it easy to discover everything that makes Europe the most popular destination, from cultural heritage to essential landmarks and outstanding landscapes (thanks to a 1000+ images gallery). The one place where all of the national tourism board’s information is listed.

Word Lens

Can’t understand the hell of what’s on that road sign? Just take a picture of it with Word Lens and the app will translate it for you, regardless of the language. Simple as that!

TripLingo

Because Rosetta Stone can only get you so far in local lingo, TripLingo allows you to get more familiar with a specific language and on different levels: slang, casual or formal.

Europe Travel Apps

26 Comments on My Favourite Europe Travel Apps

  1. Laura @Travelocafe
    August 7, 2014 at 11:16 am (3 years ago)

    All are great apps. What I use most is still Google Maps.

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      August 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

      I do use Google Maps a lot – I even do screenshots of maps when I don’t have access to Internet.

      Reply
    • Vagabond Koh Phangan
      May 31, 2017 at 11:12 am (4 months ago)

      Maps.me is the best app – it’s offline maps, so you can download any country and also can even search by name and use directions without connection!

      Reply
  2. Emma@GreenGlobalTravel
    August 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm (3 years ago)

    These apps seem great, and amazingly useful. Perfect for frequent travelers!

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      August 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words! They are all super useful.

      Reply
  3. Bonjournal
    August 20, 2014 at 2:37 am (3 years ago)

    When you get the chance, check out Bonjournal — the simple way to record and share your travel adventures.

    https://bonjourn.al

    Reply
  4. The Luxe Insider
    September 4, 2014 at 10:58 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! Definitely agree with dropbox, so useful and convenient to backup everything..

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      September 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Very much so, so handy to have everything in back up just in case. You never know what might happens!

      Reply
  5. Elaine
    September 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm (3 years ago)

    The EuRail app seems pretty handy, given how ubiquitous rail travel is in Europe. Thanks for these suggestions!

    Reply
  6. Carolyn @ HolidaysToEurope
    October 7, 2014 at 2:57 am (3 years ago)

    Great list! I’m going to check out Word Lens – it sounds like it could come in really handy.

    Reply
  7. Jolanta aka Casual Traveler
    November 16, 2014 at 10:45 am (3 years ago)

    Very nice list! I’m pinning it to my “Practical Travel Tips” board! I’ll have to check out the GuidePal.

    Reply
  8. Elizabeth
    December 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Did visit Europe, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Australia very education all. Lots of things to see.

    Reply
  9. alexa
    February 9, 2015 at 5:55 am (3 years ago)

    Great apps! I also use a nav app Spyglass, it has many useful features for those people that are not very good in orienting. The app shows your current position on the map, can save waypoints and locations, for example, your car or your hotel location. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

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  10. Sean
    April 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Great list, I love Dropbox. It’s hard to imagine my life without it, both for personal and work things. Another travel app that I love is HelloTel. It’s like a social feed, or social network, just for people traveling. After you “check in” to the app, you can find and connect with people nearby. I asked around for a bar with a good beer selection, and I got a few fast responses. They just announced they’ve reached the UK. http://bit.ly/1Ck6T4q

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    • Vagabond Koh Phangan
      May 31, 2017 at 11:16 am (4 months ago)

      I prefer Google Drive more, it gives you 15 GB straight away.
      Together with Google Photos – it can synchronizes your pictures in good quality (up to 15mgpxl) and use unlimited space! If you wanna keep originals – then it’s only 15 GB. Also Google Photos can automatically make a GIF for you, collages, movies, stylize photos etc. Really useful app!

      Reply
  11. Kate & Leesa
    October 29, 2015 at 10:13 pm (2 years ago)

    We are so happy we stumbled across your blog! We are off on a year long Euro trip and these will come in handy.

    xx Leesa and Kate

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      November 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw, thank you so much! Safe travels!

      Reply
  12. Jasper
    May 3, 2016 at 5:54 am (1 year ago)

    Where is the Digitourist app?? You can find all tourist activities anywhere in Europe with this app and it’s so easy, i love it and use it a lot when i’m traveling.

    Reply
  13. Jasper Spierings
    December 9, 2016 at 9:56 am (10 months ago)

    Why is Digitourist not in this list? They have all tourist activities in Europe in one simple to use concept and you can save them for later use, also you can plan and save your routes in case you go by car!

    Reply

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