From finding the culinary hotspots loved by locals to mapping the perfect stroll down Instagram-worthy streets, use these tools to help create the perfect European vacation.

Apps for a European Vacation
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If you’re planning to hit the U.K., Ireland, or the Continent this summer, these handy — and (mostly) free — apps can help.


This lodging app curates posh apartments and homes in London, Paris, and Rome. It also presents suggestions for local restaurants and attrac- tions as well as essential information such as the nearest ATM or hospital.

Pretty Streets

This app serves up detailed walking itineraries through Dublin, London, and Paris’s most captivating streets, boulevards, and avenues. Easy-to-follow maps can be customized to adjust the length of your walk.

Fly Europe

Use this app to score the cheapest airfares to and within Europe. In addition to comparing ticket prices for major airlines and smaller carriers, it searches fares from more than a dozen sites, such as Vayama, Expedia, and eDreams.


This comprehensive travel tool allows you to search and book flights, trains, and buses in 12 different countries across Europe. Travelers can access options from 3,000-plus airports and more than 80,000 rail and bus stations.

Spotted by Locals

This app is loaded with guides to more than two dozen European cities. Local writers and photographers regularly update their dining and activity suggestions. Each city guide costs $3.99 — and it’s more than worth it.


TheFork has more than 30,000 restaurants in 10 European countries. Each listing has helpful user reviews, photos, and sample menu items. It also offers a loyalty program and in-app discounts of up to 50 percent at select restaurants.

Michelin Travel

The Michelin Guide is revered as the Holy Bible of hospitality in Europe. The company’s app curates the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions — travelers can even make bookings for the listings directly from their phones.


This navigation tool displays public-transit info, such as cost and live departure times of buses and trains. It will even tell you the best section of the train to find a seat. Use the Share ETA function to let friends follow your route in real time.

Monument Tracker

Learn about well-known monuments and hidden historic gems in 60 cities. Although the app has preset itineraries, sticking to them isn’t necessary: it uses your GPS to alert you to nearby sights.


Any language app will give you common key phrases in the local tongue, but there’s nothing that will make you feel more insider-y than learning slang and informal words. One of our favorite features is the instant voice translator.