1. For European rail adventures: Loco2
If you’re planning a rail trip around Europe this summer, Loco2 is a must-have. Whether you’re going to Lyon for the incredible food or want sun, sea and sand in Barcelona, Loco2 is on hand to help you book your trips.
You can search for in-country and cross-border routes throughout Europe and reserve tickets in either euros or GBP. Plus, you can set up alerts for when booking opens on routes you’re planning to use in future. There’s a desktop site and both a free Android and iOS app for booking on the move.
2. For savvy travelling: Hopper
Flight prices are notoriously unpredictable – one day they’re up and the next they’re down, with seemingly no logical or predictable pattern. This is where Hopper comes in. Enter your travel dates and Hopper will predict when your flight is going to be at its cheapest.
If it tells you to wait, you can watch the route and receive notifications when prices drop, or you can book there and then through the app (available on Android and iOS) with no added fees.
3. For a bit of fun: PolarSteps
Not all travel apps need to be practical. We’re intrigued by PolarSteps – the app (on Android and iOS) that tracks your travel using GPS (no data required) and turns it into an instant photo album.
Using only 4% extra battery power, it’s a good way to keep a log of your holiday without having to update social media or write notes on your phone (making your digital detox even easier). Over time it tallies up your number of trips, countries and total number of miles covered, giving you some serious bragging material.
There’s also a public area where you can see how others have spent their travels – great for inspiration.
4. For a European epic: GoEuro.com
GoEuro touts itself as “a single tool to get you anywhere in Europe” and it pretty much delivers. Whether you book through the site or not, it’s a really handy tool for figuring out your best route from A to B.
If you need to get from Bucharest to Budapest, or you want to travel from Paris to the Greek islands, GoEuro offers a rundown of your best transport options. You can sort by cheapest, fastest or “smartest”, and choose which method of transport you want as your main vehicle.
There’s a website and mobile apps for Android and iOS.