Top 10 free iPhone travel apps for maps and navigation
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.
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Best iPhone apps for maps, navigation and generally getting around a new destination
Ideal for: Anything you'd need a map for
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.
Ideal for: Travellers who love traveller feedback and reviews
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.
Ideal for: Getting from A to B without tapping into your data
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.
City Maps and Walks
Ideal for: Those who love to walk and explore
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.
Ideal for: Browsing what to do in the city and how to go there
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.
Ideal for: Inspiration during moments of spontaneity
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.
Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic
Ideal for: Drivers who don't like gridlock
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.
Ideal for: Budget travellers and lovers of public transport
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.
Ideal for: Adventure on foot a.k.a. hikers
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.
Ideal for: Tech-savvy travellers and visual learners
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.