Last Updated: May 12, 2021

Best Travel Apps (Updated for 2021)

Travel apps have made going on holiday a completely different experience from the old days of calling a travel agent, and then having to rely on word of mouth once you arrive to find nice things to do and see.

Nowadays your smartphone can book everything from flights, cars, and accommodation to let you know what fun and tasty experiences are around you.


At A Glance: Our Top Combo Of Travel Apps


Now that the world is finally opening up again, it’s time to start planning your next trip somewhere fun and beautiful. In this review, we have put together some of the best travel apps around for iOS and Android to help you find, plan, and experience the best vacation possible.

Top Product Overview

  • Save up to 40% on flights
  • Clean and easy to use
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  • All in one travel agent for hotels, flights and car hire
  • You can do special searches to find the best deals from your departing airport
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Best Travel Agent
  • Trip planner section updates you about your bookings in real-time
  • Have exclusive deals no one else does
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  • Awesome last-minute hotel deals
  • Clean and easy to use
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Best For Accommodation
  • Book a home away from home
  • Excellent interface and great searching
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  • Has one of the largest accommodation databases to give you the most options
  • Great for finding advanced and last minute deals
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  • Finds you all your transport options in 41 countries
  • Includes public transport, taxis, and walking
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Best For Local Travel
  • GPS navigation for walking, cycling, and driving worldwide
  • Public transport options for all cities worldwide
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  • Works in hundreds of cities
  • Request a car to your door
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Best For Organization
  • It makes a packing list for you
  • Your list is based on the dates, weather and any activities you want to do
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  • Creates a master itinerary for you
  • Stores all your travel documents in one place
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Best Local Info
  • Gives you access to a worldwide database on what's around you
  • Provides independents reviews and media about every establishment
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  • Practical and efficient language learning
  • Great for beginner or intermediate
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Best Travel Apps


Booking Flights & Accommodation

Buying the least expensive flights and accommodation is a dark art in this day and age, but luckily there are some apps that make it easier. Have a look at our best flight and accommodation booking apps that’ll ensure you’re getting the best price for travel needs.

Not only do they help on price but also with ensuring you find the right place and flight for your wants and needs.

Hopper

If all you want is a bargain flight then the award-winning app Hopper is right up your street. Available on both iOS and Android, it’s similar to both Kayak and Skyscanner in that you can see the cheapest dates to fly on, but the difference is that Hopper will tell you when to buy your tickets by sending you a notification.

Hopper analyzes billions of flights, watching the price changes, and then informs you when to buy in order to get a deal. The app claims to be able to save you 40% on your next booking, so it’s well worth a shot.

The user interface is clean and easy to use, and it only takes 60 seconds to book a flight.

They have now started doing hotel bookings too, and you can set up a tracker for a specific hotel instead of the whole city it’s in.

Pros

  • Save up to 40% on flights
  • Clean and easy to use
  • You can track specific hotel costs to save on your booking
  • Book a flight within 60 seconds
  • It tells you exactly when to buy to save on your booking
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Skyscanner

Skyscanner is almost an all in one travel agent app that’s available on both iOS and Android. You can book flights, hotels, and rent a car from the palm of your hand using this app.

The app works by searching for the cheapest deals and best options through all its travel partners. It shows you the cheapest dates to book, you can set price alerts and if you’re not sure where to go, you can put in your departing airport and search “Anywhere” or “Top Deals” to give you a list of the most affordable destinations available.

Once booked, it’ll update your booking status as need and give you all your info in one place.

Pros

  • All in one travel agent for hotels, flights and car hire
  • You can do special searches to find the best deals from your departing airport
  • It shows you the cheapest dates to book
  • You can set up price alerts
  • Handy booking statues info page
See on App Store

Best Travel Agent

Kayak

Kayak is another all in one travel agent similar to Skyscanner. They often, in our experience have better deals, but its best to check both.

Kayak searches for the best deal they can find through all their travel partners, whether it’s flights, accommodation, or car hire, they have got you covered. They often have exclusive deals too, that aren’t available anywhere else.

You can set price alerts for your intended trip, use the forecasting tool to see whether it’s worth buying now or if the price may go down, plus it’s a trip planner too.

Kayak’s trip planner gives you important details quickly, like a reservation number or your departure gate, in real-time, even on your Apples Watch.

It’s an awesome all in one travel agent that’s available on both iOS and Android.

Pros

  • Trip planner section updates you about your bookings in real-time
  • Have exclusive deals no one else does
  • Price alerts and a forecasting tool
  • Books hotels, flights, and car hire
  • It shows you the least expensive dates to book
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HotelTonight

We all know the headache and expenses involved when your flights experience a long delay or if you lose your accommodation at a moment’s notice. Anything can happen when jet setting around the world and Hotel Tonight is the app to make it a bit easier when it all goes wrong.

Available on both iOS and Android, Hotel Tonight is one of the best apps to find you a quick last-minute deal on your accommodation. They have partnered with hundreds of hotels to fill their empty rooms. It works for the hotels and gets you a great deal too.

You can book a room in seconds and you also have the added benefit of Hotel Tonight’s 24/7 customer service that helps fix anything that might have gone wrong. The app now includes a Daily Drop feature offering you the best deal for the day.

Using the app, you can book multiple rooms and then share the info into a group chap, making it easy as pie.

Pros

  • Awesome last-minute hotel deals
  • Clean and easy to use
  • Offers up the deal of the day
  • Book multiple rooms and share with a group chat
See on App Store

Best For Accommodation

Airbnb

We have all heard of Airbnb and its model is one we all wish we had thought of. The app allows people to rent out their homes to travelers like us, giving us a sense of a home away from home. It’s often a bit less expensive than a hotel too and is available on both iOS and Android.

Not only can you rent an entire house for your stay, but you can also opt to rent a room giving you a local experience and the chance to get to know some people in the area. There’s also an option to book experiences which are events or activities that are available in your chosen destination.

Once you have found what you’re looking for, you can check hundreds of reviews about your intended booking to make sure it meets your standards. The interface is very easy to use, you can search based on all your requirements, and it displays it on a map for you, so you can see exactly where you might be staying.

Pros

  • Book a home away from home
  • Excellent interface and great searching
  • Chance to engage with the local culture
  • Save compared to a hotel
  • Book experiences in the area with a local guide
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Booking.com

Booking.com is available on both iOS and Android and is one of the best travel apps for finding deals on your accommodation.

You can search around your intended area and see the best deals available in seconds. It works for advance bookings and last-minute ones too.

They have thousands of hotels, B&B’s, motels, and hostels linked to their app, and the comparison feature shows you the prices, reviews, amenities, and rating of all the accommodation options near where you want to stay.

The app has over 130 million reviews, so you’ll know exactly what to expect from each establishment to make your decision about whether it’s the place for you or not.

It’s an easy app to use, you can book in seconds without any fees, plus there is 24/7 customer support available too.

Pros

  • Has one of the largest accommodation databases to give you the most options
  • Great for finding advanced and last minute deals
  • Easy to use with a great search feature
  • Booking is quick and easy with no fees
  • Provides a rating and a lot of reviews about every option
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Getting Around

When you arrive at a new place you’ve never been before, there’s always that daunting feeling about getting lost. You naturally want to explore but you have to find out how to get from A to B, whether you can walk there, use public transport, do you need a taxi and so on. Luckily, there are some great apps to help you out.

Citymapper

Citymapper, available on both iOS and Android, is one of the best apps you can use to find and use public transport. It currently covers 41 cities worldwide and the list is ever-growing.

It’ll find your location if you let it, and then you simply add your destination into the search tool to find all you transportation options. You can even search by arrival time for your destination, showing you when you need to leave by so you’ll never be late.

The app lists the search results by journey time, departing time, cost, and includes public transport, walking, taxis, and floating brands like bicycles, moped, and car-sharing. You can even search for wheelchair-accessible options too.

If you’re on the bus, Citymapper will tell you when to get off, so you don’t miss your spot. This is really useful when riding around an area you don’t know.

Pros

  • Finds you all your transport options in 41 countries
  • Includes public transport, taxis, and walking
  • you can search by arrival time
  • Easy to use and displays results with all the details you may need
  • Includes searches for wheelchair accessibility, cycle, mopeds, and car sharing
See on App Store

Best For Local Travel

Google Maps

Google Maps is one of the best map apps around. Available on both iOS and Android, there is a never-ending list of things it can do and tell you about any given area on the planet.

The app will give you directions for car travel, walking, cycling, and public transport. While walking, cycling, or driving, it acts as a GPS, telling you when to turn and guiding you to your destination on the fastest route available. It even shows you high traffic areas and helps you avoid them.

When using public transport, it’ll offer up departure times, costs, journey times, and a taxi option too. It’s a pretty reliable worldwide.

If you’re worried about data costs when abroad, you can also download specific map areas for use offline, so you don’t have to rely on a connection to know where you are or what’s around you.

Not only can you search for how to get from A to B, but also find restaurants, bars, museums, hotels, attractions, and more. The app will also let you know how busy each place is in real-time, so you can wait for the crowds to leave before you get there.

There is now a Your Places page, which allows you to add, view and manage all your favorite places in one place.

Pros

  • GPS navigation for walking, cycling, and driving worldwide
  • Public transport options for all cities worldwide
  • Download map areas for use offline
  • Find anything around your from restaurants to hotels
  • Manage all your favorite places in the Your Places page
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Uber

If you’re in need of a taxi, Uber is the most convenient app to use. Available on iOS and Android, it works in 65 countries and over 600 cities to bring reliable taxi services direct to your location.

The app saves you have to stand in the rain at a taxi rank or search for a reliable taxi service. All the drivers are rated by other users, so you can guarantee you’re in safe hands and you can share your trip, with all vehicle and driver information with a loved one.

You can request a car within minutes after knowing the rates, time of arrival, and choosing your desired vehicle and driver.

Once booked, you can track your car until it arrives and Uber will let you know when it’s outside. You can trip share or book your own private car, or split the fare with friends, all in the app.

This is a cashless service and everything is paid either via debit or credit card within the app, you can even leave a tip too.

Pros

  • Works in hundreds of cities
  • Request a car to your door
  • All drivers are rated to ensure a great service
  • Saves you having to search for reliable taxis in a new place
  • Track an follow your car, and share your trip details with others
  • Book a shared car, private car and split the fare with other passengers
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Planning & Organisation

In this busy day and age, there is always something we forget when trying to get on the road for a vacation. It might be your snorkel gear, sun cream, or forgetting to download that book you wanted to read. These apps help you stay organized.

There are also apps to show you fun things to do at your destination. If you’re looking for a nice place to eat, some interesting activities to do, or simply want to know all your options so you can make a plan, these apps have you covered.

Best For Organization

Packpoint

Life’s so busy that making lists has become the norm to ensure nothing is forgotten. The notes section of our phones are jam-packed with everything from shopping lists to to-do lists, and most likely your vacation packing list. But, what if your list was made for you?

Packpoint, available on iOs and Android, takes the headache out of remembering everything. It looks at the weather for your dates and destination, asks you what activities you might be doing (like snorkeling), and then creates a packing list for you based on all this info.

You’ll end up with a list of everything you need to pack, along with general holiday items, which you can then edit. You can remove the things you don’t need, add extras, re-order items, and share your list with others.

Pros

  • It makes a packing list for you
  • Your list is based on the dates, weather and any activities you want to do
  • You can add, remove and re-order items
  • You can share your list with your travel partners
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Triplt

TripIt, available on both iOS and Android, takes all your travel plans and puts them in one place to give you a master itinerary for your entire trip.

Simply send all your email confirmations to the app and they put together a full itinerary for you that syncs to your calendar and can be shared with your travel partners. You can also store all your travel documents in the app, so you have everything in one place.

Gone are the days of remembering 8 different connections or looking in your email for multiple confirmations and travel details, Tiplt puts it all together for you in one place.

There is also an option to upgrade to the pro version for $49 per year, and it’s worth it if you fly a lot. The pro version gives you extra features like flight alerts, terminal info, security wait times, airport maps, directions, and a seat tracker that lets you know when better seats are available.

Pros

  • Creates a master itinerary for you
  • Stores all your travel documents in one place
  • Upgrade to Pro for awesome extra features
  • Simple and easy to use
See on App Store

Best Local Info

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, available on iOS and Android, is THE travel app when it comes to information on what’s around you, travel tips, and independent reviews of everything from bars to airlines. The best thing about it is that it works in every country in the world, and it should be on every traveler’s smartphone.

You can search through millions of reviews, pictures, and videos about everything you might use or like to visit. The cover most things from hotels, activities, restaurants, bars, and more.

You can use the Near Me search to find the top reviewed establishments close by, ask travel questions to people who have already been there, and add your own photos and reviews.

It also allows you to access your own travel feed, get ideas for travel, request expert advice, and find friends.

Pros

  • Gives you access to a worldwide database on what's around you
  • Provides independents reviews and media about every establishment
  • Useful search features like Near Me
  • You can ask questions for advice or knowledge
  • Upload your own media and reviews
See on App Store

Learning Languages

There is no better way to enjoy your travels than being able to speak to the locals. Whether it is just ordering at a restaurant, or making new friends in your accommodation, it always pays to learn as much as you can.

Babbel

Babbel is one of the leaders in online language learning, and a great way to immerse yourself in a new language before or during your travels.

The Babbel App is actually just a way to access language courses on your phone. They also provide access online, if you prefer to do it that way.

Their lessons are very practical and immersive and not heavy on the grammar or other things that typically turn us off (or bore us) when learning a language.

If you want to learn a new language for your next trip, this is a great way to do it.

Pros

  • Practical and efficient language learning
  • Great for beginner or intermediate
  • Focus on learning the language fast
  • Lots of learning options
  • Access on App or Website
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Our Top Combo

As you can see, we have labeled our top picks of the best travel apps in the review and we suggest you download them. But if you only want a couple of them, here we are going to imagine that you can only download three, and tell you which combination of apps would be the most useful.

If you can only download three, we would suggest Kayak, Google Maps, and Trip Advisor. With these three apps, you can book everything you need for your vacation, find your way around on your holiday, and know all the fun and tasty things to do too. All the apps are global too, so you’ll be covered no matter where you are on the planet.

The combo covers you with almost all your travel needs from flights, hotels, car hire, public transport, and SatNav, to know of and be able to book every bar, restaurant, or activity around you.