Best money-saving iPhone apps for travellers

Stretch your budget when overseas without spending the whole time worrying about calculating every cent with these FREE money-saving iPhone apps.

From keeping you up-to-date on exchange rates to local tips on where to buy cheap food and fun, these apps will ensure you can spend your hard earned-dollars on the thing that matters most.

Just kidding.

We meant travel. #sorrynotsorry

Top 5 money-saving iPhone apps for travellers

Money-saving travel apps in full:


Petrol Spy Australia

Ideal for: Travellers who drive

Price: Free

Petrol Spy is a crowd-sourced app that lets customers input petrol prices at their local pump, so that you can see who’s selling fuel for less.

Sadly there isn’t one of these for worldwide petrol yet, but this is great for Australian-based trips.

In the US, you can download Gas Buddy for similar features.

Download it now


XE Currency

Ideal for: Frequent overseas travellers

Price: Free

XE provides you with every world currency and its live exchange rates.

Features include a conversion calculator, charts (so you can watch how the market is changing) and the ability to use the app offline (with the last updated rates).

Hit update when at the currency exchange to make sure you're getting what's fair.

Download it now


Tourist Refund Scheme | Free

Ideal for: Hey big spenders

Price: Free

This app – an official release from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service – lets you lodge your TRS claim with your smart phone.

Once you fill out your claim, show the officer at the airport TRS counter the QR code that it generates and boom! Your TRS claim is lodged.

Too easy.

Download it here


Onavo Extend

Ideal for: Data consumers

Price: Free

Make your data allowance go the extra “meg” with this data-saving app. It works quite intuitively, chugging along in the background and finding ways to save on your phone bill.

For example; it will load images as you scroll so you don’t use up data on images you don’t see. It also automatically switches off when you’re using a Wi-Fi connection to save you on data charges.

Download it now


Wi-Fi Map

Ideal for: #winning

Price: Free

There’s nothing worse having to use your precious and expensive data when abroad, so download this baby early to access Wi-Fi on the go. Thanks to its crowdsourcing nature, you’ll get passwords to access protected hotspots.

Download the maps when you’re connected so you can access them offline.

Download it now

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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