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There are so many great travel apps that can come in handy for your Europe trip! So where to start? Which travel apps are the most necessary or beneficial for your getaway? Aside from the obvious map, accommodation, and flight apps, here are a few apps I feel I benefited from using on my trip, and I think you could benefit from too! 🙂 Here are the best travel apps for Europe:

Traveling in Europe, looking out at the canals in Venice, Italy

The BEST travel apps for Europe

XE Currency

Pretty boring, but this travel app really came in handy for me, because you can add any currency to your list. I had euros, HUF (Hungary’s currency), and USD on my list. You enter the amount of money you are working with at the top, and then it translates it to its equivalency in all of your other listed currencies. As a for instance, Hungary’s currency was especially tricky, since 5 USD is equivalent to about 1,483 HUF. So, yeah, this app helped me a lot. I used it in every situation involving money just to be confident I knew how much USD I was taking from my account.

Screenshot of XE currency travel app showing USD currency amount compared to HUF and euros. One of the best travel apps for Europe!

Omio

Trains and buses were how I got from one city to another in Europe, so this app was useful in finding and booking those tickets. It’s super easy to use. You choose one way or round trip, pick your departure and arrival locations, hit search, and bus, train, and flight options pop up. (Note: I never used the flight option.) Typically, there are a ton of options for each tab, all at various times and prices. Once you book, you conveniently have a mobile ticket available.

Google Translate

I think this one is a given. I didn’t need it that frequently, but there definitely were some cities I visited in Europe that were a little more off the beaten path that practically required it. It also came in handy in restaurants that didn’t have English versions of the menu, because you can actually use your phone’s camera to scan the menu and translate it. Don’t forget to download the languages that you plan to need translation for while you have cell service or WiFi!

Headout

I used this travel app to look up activities in whichever European city I was in. It has tours, cooking classes, photo ops, and other experiences all categorized. It even lets you skip standing in line for tickets! Once you select an activity that catches your eye, it lists the highlights, what to expect, inclusions, exclusions, cancellation policies, what to know before you go (if there’s a dress code, timings, accessibility, etc.), and reviews. You purchase tickets through the app, and then emailed a ticket. I really love the convenience and the ease of navigating this app to find stuff to do.

Rick Steve’s Audio Europe

Europe is soooo full of history. It’s great to go around and look at the sights, but learning the history behind them is a big part of the experience too. There are actually a lot of cities that have free walking tours — just google “[name of city] free walking tours,” and I’m sure plenty of options will pop up (but read the reviews before picking!).

I did one in Budapest, and it was a really great experience! But sometimes, I didn’t want to walk with a crowd and just wanted to march to the beat of my own drum, so I used this app! You have access to a number of free audio tours as well as some interviews, travel tips, and other information.

You do need WiFi or cell service to download the files. Once they’re downloaded, you can listen to them wherever, whenever. Some of the walking tours even have PDF maps to complement them.

Like a Local

This is another travel app I used for finding activities in whichever city I was in. I used Headout for the more touristy activities, like my tour of the Colosseum. However, I used Like a Local to find places that might be a little more under the radar.

I found some really unique bars and restaurants as well as some cool lookout points of cities from this app. Like a Local is also divided into categories such as tour, eat, party, see and do, and shop. You can create a list for each city — simply add the activities you want to do there to your list, and refer back to it as often as you need to. Once you select an activity that piques your interest, it will take you to a page with:

  • pictures
  • an explanation of why locals love it
  • why you should visit
  • special tips
  • the address
  • comments from other people who have visited

There are soooo many great travel apps for Europe out there that make our lives easier or help us find activities to do. These are just a few of the ones I feel really helped me while I was on my trip! But, I’m curious:

What apps do you frequently use while traveling? Share ’em with me in the comments below!