The 5 Essential Mobile Apps You Need When Traveling To Paris

Don’t be that old school tourist where you walk around Paris with a big paper map on your hand as you are finding your way to your hotel or the Eiffel Tower! Why not use your mobile phone, instead? You can always have that printed map as a backup plan when your devices are out of power or the batteries are drained.

Your mobile phones and tablets are your essential travel gear right now. They are handy and very useful for navigating Paris.

Here are five (5) of our favorite smartphone apps that are indispensable for traveling to France:

Google Maps – If you are using an Android smartphone or tablet, you already have it installed on your phone by default. Many of us take this for granted and undervaluing its potential as your reliable tool for navigating and exploring your chosen travel destination. If you are on iPhone or iPad, there is an iOS version already available in the Apple App Store. Using it is really a breeze. The learning curve is short to get familiar with the app since the interface is pretty straightforward. Use Google Maps to your advantage by choosing which directions to take when looking for an address or a specific place. You can even view and see the virtual photos of your target place so that you can have an idea of how a place looks like and you can even take a screenshot of notable places or landmarks that can help you find an address faster. Just take note of nearby restaurants, cafes, bus stops, or commercial establishments to easily find your destination once you get there in that area.

Download it here:

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-maps-transit-food/id585027354

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps&hl=en


Google Translate – Another indispensable app that might be already installed in your smartphone especially if you are using Android devices. Visiting a foreign country can be challenging if you are not familiar with their language. Don’t let that language barrier get in the way. Google Translate is the right tool for translating signages, instructions, and even the basic common questions that you could possibly ask a local when looking and asking for directions. This will come handy when you do not have time to flip open the pages of a pocket dictionary or vocabulary booklet. If you are driving or too busy to type in the words or phrases, you can always use voice command. An offline translation of a specific language can be downloaded (like a language pack in an operating system of a computer).

Download it here:

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/la/app/google-translate/id414706506

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate&hl=en


RATP – The official RATP app. It is the state-owned public transport operator of Paris (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) and they have the Paris Metro trains, buses, trams, and RER suburb trains. Their official mobile app is the most reliable source for searching and knowing which routes to take if you are going to use their transport system because they hold updated information on schedules (arrival and departures, estimated time of arrivals, even traffic advisories). Everything you need to know about riding their transport systems including ticket prices and digital versions of the Paris map that you can download.

Download it here:

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ratp/id507107090

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fabernovel.ratp&hl=en


Next Stop Paris – This app is also published and owned by RATP and is targeted for Paris tourism. If you want to know more tourist destinations within Paris, this app got you covered. They have a huge database and lists of the most popular and prominent spots around Paris. There is an audio guide as well on a few important places that you should visit and see. It also covers everything you need to know about navigating around the Metro trains and buses, even the ticket prices. This is the perfect companion app with the RATP because this one can be used even without an internet connection. Just download the offline maps of the app and you can still use even without an active internet connection.

Download it here:

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/next-stop-paris-ratp/id660175477

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.ixxi.ratp.tourisme&hl=en


Moovit – This is probably one of the best travel apps on both iOS and Android. Finding a specific or exact address is the strong points of Moovit. Just type in the house or building number of your destination, and the app will show you all the available routes and travel options including travel time estimates. The “Live Directions” is very useful in some situations where you just have to walk down where the public transports are not available in certain places, similar to a GPS where you keep track of your location and destination. They also have a desktop version on their website: https://moovitapp.com/

Download it here:

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moovit-train-bus-times/id498477945

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tranzmate&hl=en

There are plenty more apps out there for traveling. But these five apps we mentioned are the most practical and they are readily available on your smartphones. We highly recommend them because they are considered one of the widely used applications for mobile devices. We will be make another post to feature other travel apps that might be useful for you.

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