Planning a trip to Europe and want to know which of the must-have travel apps for Europe you should pop in your carry on backpack?
Wait, don’t start Googling yet.
Rest assured. Here are 31 of the best travel apps for Europe, just for you.
This Euro rail app that lets you look up train info.
The best part: it works offline, so you can use it to plan trips in advance, or when you’re in a train station hunting for your connecting train at the last minute. If you have wifi, you can make an e-ticket reservation.
A free app that lets you find a train, plan a trip, and navigate unknown stations. You can’t buy a train ticket using this app. But if you have an existing reservation, this app pulls it up for you.
Discount Flight Apps
Choose your origin and destination airports with the click of a button. Use the map to click on a specific city, or type in your airport name. Search results are sorted by cheapest, recommended, or shortest flights. And yes, even budget airlines, like Rynair, are included.
Ride-sharing & Taxi Apps
This ridesharing and carpooling app looks like Craigslist. Select your origin and destination points with your itinerary dates. Or, opt for choose-your-own-adventure style of carpooling by selecting a listed route on the right.
If you’ve ever browsed private flight itineraries, this set-up looks familiar.
This company’s slogan is “connecting people who need to travel with drivers who have empty seats.”
Easy enough, right? This ride-sharing service is available in 22 countries including Germany, the Netherlands, UK, and Romania.
Self-described as “Europe’s largest taxi app,” MyTaxi has 100,000 registered taxi drivers in 50+ cities across nine countries. You order and pay for a taxi like you’d order an Uber.
One drawback is that London is the only city serviced in the UK.
Hate the surge pricing that Uber has? You’ll like Gett. Why? It has completely flat pricing.
Unlike MyTaxi (available only in London), hail a Gett taxi in many UK cities, like Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford, Newcastle, and others.
Meet Lyft: the anti-Uber offering nearly identical services. (Hard to hate your enemy when you look an awful lot like him.)
Lyft announced in January that they would expand to Europe within the year. In September the company was in quiet talks with London. Stay tuned and be the first to get a Lyft in Europe!
Uber has been in headlines lately for nefarious business dealings, but I’ve only had good experiences with this ridesharing and car driving company.
Downside: some cities haven’t allowed Uber and others have weird rules for exactly where (and how) an Uber driver can pick you up from an airport. London has refused to renew their permit in 2018.
This app helps navigate the Parisian transit system. Get step-by-step directions for easy travel, order an Uber within the app, or use the route planner to get from Louvre to Musee d’Orsay quickly.
Picking the tourist attraction you’re in the mood for can be like playing Russian roulette. Especially when it comes to filtering through TripAdvisor’s forums and recommendations. The Culture Trip app solves that problem. Select your location, choose from the “I want” menu to select art, music, history, food, film, and more. You’re there.
An offline city map with planning features and travel content, like historical sites and restaurants, nearby. I love Ulmon’s apps because they make me look like a navigation goddess when it comes to getting where I want to go in a new city.
Looking for a killer guidebook app? Ulmon’s city map already includes one.
Snag one of London’s countless self-service bikes and see the city in a new way: bicycling. This app tells you where the nearest docking station with available bikes is located. Later, it will point you towards an empty bay to return your bike.
Journey Planner App
Get info on train, bus, tram, ferry, and taxi services. Plan your route using their door-to-door route planning.
Republic of Ireland Travel Guide
An interactive map with nearby attractions, monuments, and restaurants listed. This app includes a currency conversion calculator, Irish phrasebook, and helpful directions for public transport. Bonus: the city guides work offline, so no need to drain your data plan. Available on iTunes or Google Play.
Zip around Rome like a fearless local: on a scooter. Think of this app as Uber for scooters.
Pick your driver, check prices, request and book a scooter within app. See Rome like Audrey Hepburn did: hanging onto a handsome man, zooming around on the back of a scooter. Available on iTunes and Google Play.
Get accurate info on Rome’s complex transit system. All the basics of a transit app (insight into metro and bus stops, real-time locations, time tables) are included.
Plus, it has an “around me” feature for discovering what’s nearby, like an espresso bar to beat back the morning blues.
A personal tour guide in your pocket, Rick delivers a concise, interesting history on each monument. He even directs you around the monument or attraction, like a regular tour guide would.
Thanks to him, my visits to the Coliseum and Pantheon were enriched and more memorable. Download and store the app locally on your smartphone.
This offline dictionary has you covered when it comes to understanding Czech.
Not everything is included, but “it covers more than 90% of what I need,” says Jason of Living Prague. It scores 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 22,000+ reviews on Google Play. Not too shabby. Available on iTunes and Google Play.
Biking is big in Barcelona. Try saying that five times fast.
Use this bicycle-sharing app to cover the small (and medium) distances in Barcelona. Beware: the only available languages are Spanish and Catalan, but the interface is easy for non-Spanish speakers to understand.
When you’re looking for great travel apps for Europe, load up your smartphone with:
- Ulmon: offline transit maps and tourist info
- Uber or Lyft: for global taxi and car service
- MyTaxi: an alternative to Uber or Lyft
- Kiwi or Skyscanner: for comprehensive flights
- Eurail: to travel Europe via scenic train travel