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Best apps to download for travel in Switzerland

September 13, 2019
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Heading to Switzerland? There are lots of apps you can download to your mobile phone to help make your Switzerland trip stress-free. Below you’ll find a list of the best apps for Switzerland travel including apps for transport, communication, sightseeing, accommodation, dining and more. 

Transport and Navigation apps

SBB (Swiss Federal Railways)

Swiss Railways appThe official app from Swiss Federal Railways is a quick and simple way of checking out live train times while in Switzerland.

What’s more, with just a couple of taps, you can buy e-tickets and day passes for pretty much any train service in the country, whether it’s a national long-distance service or regional one, with exclusive access to some of the cheapest tickets as an added incentive.

It’s available for free on iOS and Android but does require an internet connection.

>> Click here to read our step-by-step guide to using the SBB app <<

PostBus Switzerland

PostBus Switzerland appFulfilling a similar function to the SBB app but for all Switzerland’s public transport options, as well as journeys by bike, car and car-sharing, the Postbus app is a one-stop-shop for planning your routes around Switzerland.

Enter your start point and destination, and Postbus will do the rest, with results that can be filtered by mode of transport, fastest, or cheapest route.

The app also offers push notifications for delays and provides the option to buy tickets directly in-app.

The PostBus Switzerland app requires online connectivity and is available in the App Store for iOS 10 and Google Play for Android v5 for free.

ViaMichelin

Via Michelin appViaMichelin is a free-to-download mapping app that makes use of the mapping know-how of the Michelin brand.

Offering users routes with real-time, online traffic information, GPS navigation with voice guidance, live incident alerts, three-dimensional mapping, and hotel recommendations, this is the only app you’ll need for satellite navigation.

The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Rome2Rio

Rome2Rio appWith the tagline ‘discover how to get anywhere,’ Rome2Rio is a search engine-style app that scans routes by any and all forms of transport to get you from A to B, whether that’s for a long-distance trip or a cross-city ride.

Rome2Rio also provides a simple price guide to each alternative route, so it’s instantly clear which is the cheapest as well as the faster way of getting from your start point to your desired destination.

The app also provides suggestions for nearby hotels, attractions, and car rental options.

It’s completely free to use on both iOS and Android; all you need is an internet connection to get started.

Citymapper

Citymapper appSimilarly available for both iOS and Android devices, Citymapper is – as its name suggests – dedicated to travel within cities. Claiming to reinvent the urban transport app, Citymapper is fundamentally a city journey planner.

It offers real-time routes for walking, public transport, cycling, and taxis/Uber. Its real-time functionality means it can warn users of delays and offer updates for saved journeys, as well as having some clever extras such as showing users the best train carriage to head for and the ability to live-share your trip.

Most functionality requires online access, although the app is constantly expanding its offline presence.

Park4night

Park4Night appThe Park4night app provides information on where to park a campervan, motorhome or caravan overnight.

Its extensive database of rest locations provides plenty of recommendations, whether you’re searching for privacy or large, organised sites. They can be saved in the ‘my selections’ panel and downloaded to your device for offline use.

The basic app is free to download (Apple and Android), with in-app purchase options available.

Google Maps

Google maps appThe world’s favourite mapping app, Google Maps has one of the most comprehensive mapping systems around.

Free to use (but a little ad-heavy these days) the app offers real-time GPS navigation and estimated times of arrival, road traffic information, public transport routes, and pins to restaurants, hotels and attractions.

Despite its link to Google, the app can also be downloaded by iPhone and iPad users.

Weather apps

MeteoSwiss

MeteoSwiss appComing from Switzerland’s official weather office, MeteoSwiss is the most-trusted app for information on the country’s all-important weather conditions.

Users can zoom in to specific map locations, get up to date weather forecasts for altitude as well as location, receive information on current conditions including rain radar, and sign up for push notifications on hazard warnings.

It’s free (with in-app purchases) for both Android and iOS devices, and requires internet connectivity.

Dining apps

Eat.ch

Just East appOffering food from more than 2,500 restaurants in Switzerland, Eat.ch by Just Eat is the country’s number one online food ordering service, connecting customers with restaurants.

Users pay via the app (so you’ll need online connectivity) and can choose to pick up or have their food delivered.

The app is free for iPhone, iPad and Android users, with Eat.ch operating in all of Switzerland’s major cities and cantons.

TheFork

The Fork appIf you would rather have a meal in a restaurant than take-out, check out TheFork, a restaurant booking app that also provides users with a range of special offers.

Doing away with the need to telephone, users can receive confirmation of their booking via email and SMS message.

Restaurants can be found by location, and the app offers millions of independent customer reviews and tens of thousands of food images.

Though TheFork requires online access, it’s free and available for Android and iOS users.

Communication apps

WiFi Finder

WiFi Finder appWith most of these apps requiring connectivity, you’re going to need to find WiFi hotspots; you guessed it – there’s an app for that!

Working off Google Maps for its mapping data, this app pinpoints speed-tested public WiFi hotspots by location and can be used offline thanks to downloadable maps.

To make the most of the app, you’ll need to buy a subscription (Android and iOS), which will cost you in the region of US$1/month.

Google Translate

Google Translate appThe app version of Google Translate is capable of translating more than 100 different languages by typing, around 40 by photo/image via the user’s phone camera, and a similar number in conversation mode – which translates near-instantaneously for those trying to converse in person.

The app will even translate almost 60 different languages when offline and is available for both Android and in the App store.

Dict.cc

Dict appDict.cc is an offline dictionary app that is able to translate more than 50 different languages in a bidirectional modality – so that English words can be translated to French, and French to English, for example. The app also offers the ability to download vocabulary for free, whether on iOS or Android.

WhatsApp

WhatsappWhatsApp not only offers free messaging and calls (data usage or WiFi permitting), but it also provides secure encrypted communication as standard. Available for phones using iOS and Android, it’s a great alternative to Facetime or Messenger.

Messenger

Messenger appMessenger (officially known as Facebook Messenger) is a standalone free app for Android and iOS. Like WhatsApp, it provides a means to make messages and calls and share photos and video. 

Finance apps

Your bank’s app

Downloading your bank’s app before heading to Switzerland is an excellent way of keeping track of your money while on the move.

All the major banks have free apps from which you can check your balance, study recent purchases, pay bills, and make transfers.

What’s more, mobile banking apps are widely considered safer than internet banking, making them the easiest and safest way of controlling your finances when away from home.

Travelex

Travelex appConfused by how many Swiss Francs equal a Euro, Pound, or Dollar?  Need to know exactly how much you’re spending at that very plush café?

Look no further than the Travelex Money app on Android and iOS.

Not only does the app give you up to the minute data on currency exchange, but you can also use the same app to order foreign currency for your upcoming trips.

TransferWise

TransferWise appGiving you the ability to transfer money at the tap of a smartphone screen is the TransferWise app.

You can send and receive money in a variety of currencies – with excellent exchange rates,  repeat a previous payment such as a monthly bill without having to complete all the information for a second time, and even use Apple Pay in addition to a debit or credit card.

TransferWise is available in the App Store, and also Google Play.

Activities and Sightseeing apps

GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide appKeep track of your pre-booked sightseeing tours and skip-the-line tickets with the GetYourGuide app.

Don’t stress about carrying around printed tour vouchers and tickets – simply download your confirmation email to your phone and present the QR code at the ticket counter for scanning.

Decided to book a last-minute transfer to or from the airport or train station?  No problem!  You can use the GetYourGuide app to make new reservations, too.

The app is available in both the App Store and on Google Play.

Search GetYourGuide here >>

Klook

Klook appAnother tour and activity platform with an excellent app, Klook’s version lets you search for things to do in a location and make reservations.

Store your Swiss Travel Pass or activity vouchers on your phone and you’ll never have to search through your backpack for tickets again.

Klook’s app is available to both Android and iOS users.

Search Klook here >>

Swiss Hike

Swiss Hike appOwned and run by Switzerland Tourism, Swiss Hike is a trustworthy source of hiking information and detailed route maps which can be used offline as well as online.

Each listed hike includes information including difficulty, the average time required to complete the route, and the level of ascents/descents alongside a scale map of 1:25,000.

It’s free but only available on iOS.

Switzerland Tourism also runs a sister app, Swiss Winter Hike, which describes winter-friendly hikes in the same way.

Swiss Snow

Swiss Snow appAnother app from Switzerland Tourism, Swiss Snow shows the current snow conditions for more than 200 winter resorts.

Updated several times each day, the app incorporates detailed information on all the major winter sports, as well as a seven-day weather forecast.

The app is also free and available on iOS, and Google Play as Swiss Snow Report.

Swiss Events

Swiss Events appThis app lists more than 15,000 events that take place each year in Switzerland.

Updated daily by Switzerland Tourism, it provides all the information you require to make the most of your time, whether you are searching by location or theme.

It’s free and available on the Google Play store and App store.

Accommodation apps

Booking.com 

Booking appThe app from Booking.com isn’t likely to need any introduction if you have made accommodation reservations using the platform.

It offers the opportunity to search and book accommodation straight from your smartphone but you can also keep track of your upcoming reservations and check hotel information such as addresses and phone numbers on the go.

Search Booking.com here >>

Airbnb
Airbnb appSimilar to the Booking.com app, Airbnb’s app allows you to keep tabs on the bookings you have made and communicate with the property owner.

You can also make new reservations directly from the app.


By downloading these apps to your smart phone or tablet, traveling around Switzerland will be a breeze.

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