Windows Phone Elite: Travel Apps To Keep You On The Right Route

Travelling from place to place can often be a difficult task. If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll soon have a pretty frustrating task on your hands. On Window’s Phones we all have a map based system. But, this doesn’t cut it most of the time and often leads to greater annoyance.

Don’t fear. For our fifth installment of the Windows Phone Elite series, we are going to cover the best eight apps for making your next journey a bit easier. Read on to find out we recommend.

If you would like to read the last two editions of Windows Phone Elite the links are here: Windows Phone Elite: Photography Apps! and Windows Phone Elite: Finance Management Apps.

Tube Map

The London Tube is a confusing puzzle like system for those of us who don’t live in London or use it very regularly. With the huge amount of stations and routes its not surprising if you miss your train every so often. If this is the case for you then Tube Map should definitely be your next app download. With live updates for arrival and departures you’ll always know which train is coming in next. The app also boasts a map covering every station and allows you to locate them through Bing Maps.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: mxData Ltd.

Skyscanner

It’s no exaggeration when I say that flights are expensive. Even travelling a few hundred miles can cost you around £100 and that’s something we all need to avoid. Unless you’ve got heavy disposable income you’ll want to find the best deal possible. Skyscanner is a flight search which does that for you. By typing in your destination and dates the app will automatically find the cheapest flight which fits your requirements — showing every single company you won’t have to pay over the odds ever again.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Skyscanner

VirginTrain Tickets

Virgin Train Tickets is an app which we’ve covered on Windows.Appstorm recently because of how much we love its style. Basically, this is the train version of Skyscanner. Searching through every viable train link in the country easily is something we all need. Virgin Train Tickets is a well designed and developed app which has some nice extra features. This is only available for trains in the UK though.

For readers from the UK downloading Virgin Train Tickets and Skyscanner could be your fast track to always getting the best deal.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Virgin Trains

Journey Pro

Everyone needs organisers every so often. They allow us to collect all of our information into one place and stop the problem of losing key details. Journey Pro is an app which summarises all of your travel information into one place. With everything displayed in front of you and on your phone you’ll never forget anything ever again. The free version of this app does contain ads though.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: NAVITIME JAPAN CO.,LTD.

gMaps

Using the built in maps on Windows Phones is an annoying task — the lack of features is just underwhelming. gMaps is an app which is just far superior and does nearly exactly the same thing. I should also mention that this app isn’t in any way connected to Google as you may have assumed. This app simplifies the mapping process and amplifies the whole experience

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Alexey Strakh

Compass

Something which is often construed as a thing of the past is a compass. With the majority of people choosing to opt towards maps. However, there’s still a group of people who will use a compass on a daily basis. Compass is an app which is highly detailed, giving you all of the key values to put you in the right direction. As well as having expert smoothness you can also change the background.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Hani Atassi

GPS Voice Navigation

It’s been a while since the GPS replaced the map and is still the chosen navigation method by drivers. Although, GPS’s aren’t cheap devices and unless you’re travelling daily you probably won’t get your money’s worth. GPS Voice Navigation is a £5.49 app which makes the process much cheaper. The app is well developed and has everything you would ever need. A nice extra feature is that you can pick between four different map providers: Google, Bing, Nokia and MapQuest.

Price: £5.49
Requires: Windows Phone 7 or higher
Developer: Melon Mobile LLC

Street View

Since Street View was introduced onto Google Maps many of us have used it to explore places all around the world. However, Street View doesn’t come as standard on Windows Phones and this disappointed me. Although, for £0.79 you can have an app which adds this ability to your phone. Being able to access and view nearly every street in the entire world is an exciting experience which never gets old. This is a reasonably priced app which allows you to do it.

Price: £0.79
Requires: Windows Phone 7.5 or higher
Developer: Łukasz Rejman

Wrap Up

Travel apps are a dime a dozen, and it’s hard to find the one which is specifically suited towards your needs. Hopefully one of the apps I’ve covered today could be your route to safe and cheap travel in the future!

Thanks for reading, and please let us know what apps you travel with!


  • Parker

    Thanks for this awesome list of apps! I love Compass and one you didn’t list, Packing Pro; both are necessities for me. I’m really looking forward to trying out Street View, though, I’ve heard some great things about it! My absolute favorite app for travelling right now is the DISH Remote Access app. I got it through my job at DISH, and it allows me to watch live and recorded TV off my home receiver no matter where in the world I am, as long as I can get a 3G connection. It’s perfect for killing time at the gate. Thanks again for the heads up on all these great apps!

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