Top 10 free iPhone travel apps for maps and navigation

Posted: 6 August 2015 3:07 pm

Getting lost can get lost! Navigate your way around unfamiliar territory without navigating your way into confusion by downloading these free map, trail and transport apps.

Some travellers choose the road less travelled while others follow a path well-trodden. Whichever you choose, there is a map app with your destination on it to help you find your way around.
There’s nothing worse than wasting half your day in a new city walking around in circles trying to locate that one landmark, so download these free iPhone travel apps for maps and navigation and spend more time exploring.

Best iPhone apps for maps, navigation and generally getting around a new destination


Google Maps

Ideal for: Anything you'd need a map for

Price: Free

While Google Maps is renowned for helping you navigate, it’s also great for finding local spots to hang and eat and will make light work of negotiating traffic conditions.

There’s also the option of Street View, so you’ll know before you arrive what your next destination looks like.

Download it now



Ideal for: Travellers who love traveller feedback and reviews

Price: Free

If you’re still in the planning stages of your escape, there’s no better place to start than TripAdvisor. Everything from flights to hotels to tourist attractions and transport advice is yours with this free app.

Flick through reviews from real travellers to make the most informed decisions, so you won’t hop on that plane back home with any holiday-induced regret.

Download it now



Ideal for: Getting from A to B without tapping into your data

Price: Free

Say goodbye to data costs while overseas and hello to offline maps.

Maps.Me has an library of maps for over 100 countries and will give you directions from any spot on the map WITHOUT an internet connection.

Download it now


City Maps and Walks

Ideal for: Those who love to walk and explore

Price: Free

Find your way around the city by foot - it’s the best way to explore, trust us! City Maps and Walks curates the best trail for you, including all the hotspots you should see.

The all-encompassing app has walking tours for over 450 cities, and you can download specialised apps for whichever city you’re travelling through.

Download it now



Ideal for: Browsing what to do in the city and how to go there

Price: Free

GuidePal works offline and is filled with inspiration on where to go and what to see when in town. It has guides you can browse through for ideas such as the “Top 10 Restaurants” in the area and has inside tips on what the hottest food/fashion/lifestyle trends are.

Download it now



Ideal for: Inspiration during moments of spontaneity

Price: Free

Using GPS, AroundMe pinpoints your location and details what’s within walking distance. From petrol stations to cafes, be spontaneous and see what’s around that corner.

Download it now


Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

Ideal for: Drivers who don't like gridlock

Price: Free

Want to know which roads are clear and which could see you stuck in traffic twiddling your fingers impatiently? Waze can give you the answer. It’s the largest community-based traffic app about and is a must for travellers who are driving. Less traffic = more time taking in the sights, no?

That aside, it works well as a GPS and will alert you of the cheapest petrol stations to fill up at.

Download it now



Ideal for: Budget travellers and lovers of public transport

Price: Free

Prefer to get around by public transport? There’s an app for you. MetrO taps into the public transport systems of over 400 cities to help you organise your subway, bus, tram, train commute.

Tip: download the cities you need while you’ve got Wi-Fi so you won’t need an Internet connection to get around.

Download it now



Ideal for: Adventure on foot a.k.a. hikers

Price: Free

Planning to go off the beaten track? You’ll need a map to help you get around. Use AllTrails to inspire you on your journey and make sure you don’t get lost. Explore over 50,000 trails.

Right now, AllTrails is limited to tracks in the USA, but there are plans for future expansion − and it’s a great choice for trail-walking in America.

Download it now



Ideal for: Tech-savvy travellers and visual learners

Price: Free

WikiTude is a great tool to comprehend and negotiate your surroundings – it’s also great fun as it uses augmented reality.

By using your phone’s camera, it processes images of objects such as street signs, logos and shopping products and overlays them with speech bubbles or video commentary.

Download it here

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    StevieAugust 27, 2015

    I would also include iArrow into this list. Sometimes you just want to have a nice big arrow telling you where to go. This app does that perfectly. The app

    also will help you reach the nearest settlement if you get lost. You can use it as a waypoints tool, compass, speedometer, altimeter and more. Appstore:

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      StephanieAugust 27, 2015Staff

      Hi Stevie,

      Thanks for your feedback and recommendation! That definitely sounds like a handy app especially for the more adventurous traveller.



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