Top 5 iPhone travel apps


Today's top 5 is directed towards iPhone users who travel for work, for fun, or for a little bit of both. From booking to preparing, finding your way to finding your food, and keeping yourself entertained while go, the iPhone really does have plenty of apps for all of that. Just like our other top 5 must-have iPhone app posts, all of these applications are available in the App Store. For the full run down, follow us after the break!


Tripit [free - iTunes link] is an iPhone front-end to the free online service. With TripIt, once you book your online hotel and flight information, you just forward them the email and they automagically create a itinerary for you include flight times, airport maps, hotel maps, etc. Basically, all you travel has belong to them -- but they'll package and present it to you in a hyper convenient and consolidated manner.

If you're a hardcore traveler, also provides a pro version with added functionality.


Alternative: WorldMate [free - iTunes link] or [$14.99 - iTunes link], recommended by Alli.

Appigo Todo

Making a list and checking it twice isn't just for Santa's once-a-year trip, it's for everyone who needs to keep track of what to pack, where they want to go, and what they want to see. Appigo's Todo Lite [free - iTunes link] is a great starting point for task and list manager, and if you need more, there's a full version of Todo [$9.99 - iTunes] with a feature set that syncs with just about everything.

Appigo Todo

Alternatives: If you prefer to keep your lists in note-taking apps, check out our top 5 iPhone note apps roundup!

AT&T Navigator or NAVIGON MobileNavigator

If you're driving rather than flying, turn-by-turn navigation and your sense of direction is anything other than perfect, turn-by-turn navigation is a must and there are two major types for you to choose from -- online vs. on-device and subscription vs. paid outright.

AT&T Navigator [subscription - iTunes link] provides online maps and if you only need them for a summer road-trip through areas with good AT&T coverage, you can pay $9.99 grab it and go. (Powered by TeleNav, you can find other carrier-branded versions, like Rogers Navigator in Canada, in international App Store).

AT&T Navigator

If you're going off-grid, however, you'll have to go offline and NAVIGON provides everything from the 1.5GB North America [$79.00 - iTunes link] to (for example) just the US East Coast ($29.00 - iTunes link]. They have a variety of international versions as well.


Alternative: whmurray recommends the built-in Maps app, which isn't turn-by-turn but is GPS-enabled and powered by Google.


Yes, it's complete overkill and yes, there are a numerous free/cheap ways to find restaurants with your iPhone but once in a while when you're traveling you just want to do it in style and that's ZAGAT To Go [$9.99 a year - iTunes link]. You get ratings and reviews from ZAGAT's famous guide, and an offline mode so you can download it all to your iPhone, iPod touch (or iPad -- it's a universal binary!).


Alternative: Yelp [free - iTunes link] was suggested by Jamesus.


It's built right into your iPhone and iPod touch (separated as Music and Video) and can keep you entertained with music, audio books, TV shows, movies, and podcasts everywhere from the airport to the airplane, hotel to restaurant. You can either transfer your own media from home before you leave or use the iTunes Store app to buy and rent the latest from Hollywood or download the best free content on the go. When Apple said the iPhone was the best iPod they'd ever made, they weren't exaggerating. (Sure, the iPad gets 10 hours of video out of its battery, but it's still not easy to pocket as the iPhone!)


Alternative: If you've got a SlingBox at home and want to keep up with your local sports teams or favorite shows while you're out of town, SlingPlayer Mobile [$29.99 - iTunes link] will transport your TV to your iPhone anywhere you have a Wi-Fi or 3G signal.


Well there you have them, our top 5 iPhone travel apps. Did we many any of your favorites? Be sure to check out our iPhone App and Games Forum for more of our members' recommendations, and leave yours in the thread -- or in the comments below!

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Rene Ritchie

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Top 5 iPhone travel apps


8th! Ha...kidding. Thank you for we are about to go on a good sized road trip and my iPhone will be right there next to me!

I think Navigon or similar is obvious
Pocketunes will get you local stations usually.
Backgrounder + Music controls and of course MyWi are good jailbreak apps to have along to use with Navigon and providing passengers a data connection.
Local Eats will give restaurants
MobileFoto or facebook for uploading those pics to share

Can anyone explain why the iPad and iPod Touch have separate Video and Music apps, while the iPhone has a single iPod app combining both?
Since the iPod classic plays video, an "iPod app" isn't really an iPod if it's missing video.

I would say Directions excellent choice for North America, once your trial is over you can download the region (i.e. California) and just pay for a month of usage, all maps aboard, so no need to rely on the internet connection.

I do quite a bit of traveling between NJ and London (although I would be SOL if I wanted to go right now), and find WorldMate invaluable.

I found Pack Free a great customizable packing list creator. Tells you what to pack and how many of each item… and is free! 

UAS Today Autopilot has Tripit itegration and great additional tools. My wife (flight attendant) uses this app when flying and often knows info about flight and gate changes before the pilots or gate crews find out. USA Today Autopilot is free, search for it on iTunes.

I think just the iPhone in general is a must have on travel! Not that anyone in the Uk is going anywhere thanks to the volcano lol

What about TripCase? Its free and instead of sending someone your itenerary email, you just enter a confirmation number and it imports your stuff from the airlines database. I just imported a multi-carrier trip into it the other day. It even imported my rental car confirmation all from just one of the ticket confirmation numbers.

Trevor, how does your wife (flight attendant) find out this info using USA Today Autopilot with out turning on her cell service which would be an FAA violation? I can't believe for a second that the flight crew would do such a thing because as we all know if she did that the plane would probably burst into flames ;)

@Robert - I'm gonna guess she does it the same way I did it this last week on a flight from Denver to Phoenix. As soon as you land you are able to turn on cell phones. By the time you begin taxing to the the gate you can have arrival gate and departure gate info for your next flight. By the time the flight attendant told us our information I already had the information. Hope that clears up some confusion.

How did the basic Google Maps app miss this list, where as the iPod (which has nothing to do with travel) gets included?
Seriously, you can get in your car and drive across country with nothing but the apps that came on the phone. I've done it. No maps.
Flying? Boredom? You need an e-book reader app in addition to or instead of that iPod app.

Rene writes: "Basically, all you travel has belong to them..."
can someone please explain what that means?

Navigon is awesome, but you can't go "off-grid" it still uses your 3g network to find your location and send info back and forth. Try turning airplane mode on, then open Navigon. It won't be able to find you. Wifi works if your standing still or in the city moving from one signal to another. But in the country on a roadtrip it struggles without 3G.

Are you kidding me? You list 5 travel apps and one of them is the iPod? Why not include the "phone" app? I kind of need that when I'm traveling. Oh, and maybe include the email app? That's always useful. And I really need Safari when traveling, let's include that. And how about the camera? Gotta take pictures. Well, that's 5 apps right there!
Give me a break!

Am i allowed to make a recommendation? I think that you have got something very good right here. But what if you included a few links to a website that backs up what you are declaring? Or maybe you might give us a little something to look at, anything that would connect what you're saying to some thing concrete? Just a idea.

Hi There,
I travel around the World at least once month from Wellington, New Zealand and am constantly prone to delayed or cancelled flights and my business contacts and family are constantly trying to understand when I am landing so that they can reach me.
I have therefore created World Flights, an iPhone application that gives live departures and arrivals information for any flights at any given airport around the World. You can find an overview of the application.
There is also a draw to win an ipad everytime a milestone of 10,000 download is reached on the AppStore.

Good list. I'd like to add "25 things to do in Amsterdam." Great travel app to use, especially if you are thinking of going to Amsterdam. It lists 25 of the best places of interest to visit in Amsterdam, including a short description, while restaurants have price ranges. Best thing about it is that it works offline, including the map. Here's the app's link to the Apple Store:
Have a great travel ahead everyone!

Paris By Metro app has options to go to the ‘Most visited tourist places’ in Paris by metro & ‘Paris Airport transfer’ section. This app gives choices of the shortest route, the minimum connection, or I could even opt for the minimum walk route. This app even told me which direction of the metro should I take. Plus, this app also has a facility of currency conversion!
And ALL THIS WAS OFFLINE & FREE, I did not need data at all!!! All I paid was 99 cents for this app.

Let your phone show you where to go
"place" iphone app helps you find any place! Just either talk or type whatever you are looking for, and it will present a list of the places closest to you.
An average rating of the place is shown, based on customer reviews.
After you select the place you prefer, the app then clearly speaks out the details of it.
You can read further information, such as a map showing the address of the place.
The app will also guide you to the place, using augmented reality! Just look at the street around you, and the app will project the place on your screen, together with the current distance.
So go on, just 'place it'!

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