Must have travel apps for travelers in India

When it comes to planning a holiday, travelers these days are highly relying on their smartphones. If you are someone who is looking to travel in India and explore the beauty this country has to offer, then I would highly recommend downloading these apps which can ease your travel experience. Travel Apps are not only a source of inspiration but also extremely useful for booking and managing logistics. From booking a hotel to a flight, everything can be done in the click of a button.

Below are the best travel apps for both Android and iOS users. These can be highly useful for planning your next getaway in this diverse country. In fact, itโ€™s not just for the foreign traveler but also for Indian tourists as well. So lets get started!


This is not exactly a travel app per se, but given the current scenario, the Aarogya Setu app is a must for every traveler. The app is Indian COVID -19 “contact tracing, syndromic mapping and self assessment” digital service, primarily a mobile app. One can get registered on the app easily and update their symptoms from time to time. The app consists of four sections: User status, self assess, COVID 19 updates and E-pass integration.


Google Maps doesn’t need any introduction. This app is widely used all over the world to help one get anywhere with ease. This is my personal favorite app and the one of the most used on my travels. This is the best tool for navigation with real-time GPS Navigation, real-time ETAs & traffic condition and much more.

This is a must have no matter which part of the world you are traveling to. You can see your current location and destination and how it can be reached by different modes. It is very important for one to be aware of the place they are travelling to. You can also download Google maps offline and use the same if you are at a place with poor internet connectivity.


The reason I am covering the different hotel booking apps under one blanket is because there are tons of options to choose from! My favorite apps have to be MakeMyTrip and Airbnb. These are the apps that I have personally used over the years to book my stay around the country. My other favorite apps are Trivago and Trivago is a hotel comparison website and can help save some big money. If you are travelling within India these apps are a must for booking that comfortable stay at affordable prices.


To get around the country, these two apps are a must. Apart from certain states (like Goa), Uber/Ola services are present in almost every major city and town.

They are trust worthy cab booking services in India. Whether you want to book a cab from the airport to your hotel or any other place in the city, these cab booking apps makes it very convenient with just a few clicks. With fixed prices displayed while booking your ride, its a fair way deal.ย If are looking forward to getting around easily within the country, I would highly recommend downloading these two apps.


If you are planning to travel in India, then this is the one app which you should definitely be downloading. There are many destinations in India which are only reachable by buses.
RedBus is the fastest and easiest way to book a bus ticket online. Apart from booking bus tickets online the app now also offers rPool services, i.e. you can avail carpool and bike pooling services. The booking process is quite easy and convenient. You can get a confirmed ticket and in addition to that live bus tracking. With covering over 10000+ routes in India, Red Bus is truly an amazing and must have app for you all.


India has one of the largest rail network in the world. As a traveler, whether domestic or international, one cannot really avoid trains. Train journeys are not only beautiful but also very affordable. IRCTC Connect is the official IRCTC app for booking rail tickets online. You can use this app to book any kind of train ticket in India, check the PNR state, and change the boarding point if you want.


India has the worlds second highest number of languages. In metro cities of India, most people understand English but when it comes to smaller cities and town, then Google Translate can be your big savior. The app helps in text translation between 103 languages. One of the amazing feature this app provides is its instant camera translation, with which you can easily get any signboards or other information written in other language translated. It also offers 2-way speech translation for 43 languages.


When travelling in a group or with friends, one of the most important aspects is keeping a track of the common expenses. Splitwise is that one app where you can record your expenses. One can either create groups or private friendships for any splitting situation. The expenses get automatically backed up online so everyone can log in and view their balances. You should definitely check this app out if you haven’t already!

So here you go, the must have apps if you are planning your next vacay in India. These are the apps that I have personally used and found highly useful. Please let me know in the comments section your review if you have used any of these apps or tell me about any other app you think is helpful and I should be including in this list!

Until then, stay tuned for the next one!

Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.


8 thoughts on “Must have travel apps for travelers in India

  1. Very informative. Splitwise has been a real life saver on group trips to keep track of your expenses.

    Since, I love road trips, I always check out the Zoom Car app as well before considering other ways to commute. There are other self driven car rental apps like Revv and MyChoice which I haven’t used. Basis my experience, I prefer Zoom Car as the customer care support is good. Also, I do not store music and usually stream. Since FM connectivity is bad once you cross state borders, a couple of music apps such as Amazon Music or Saavan are useful on road trips to connect your phone to the music system and stream music.

  2. Ritu that is a very informative and useful article for everyone in general life if not even travelling. You have mentioned all the must have apos for the current times๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  3. Hi Rituparna, I really liked your mention of the Splitwise App, so basically I found some fellow travelers while exploring and we all decided to eat somewhere. We were so lost that towards the end of the day when it comes to contributing the total amount, we all have a different say to it, and ultimately end up paying unevenly. I personally felt that there’s a need for this app, apart I am having all the apps that you had mentioned here. Apart from this, I consider having online payment apps also like PhonePE, Paytm, etc for the cashless transaction.

    1. I am glad you found it useful! I could have also included Paytm and Google Pay. I totally forgot! Those two are good mentions ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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