10 Best Apps to Explore New York City

May 11 , 2021 by: Leah Martin

Let’s be honest, before smartphones and apps were a thing, travel just was not up to the same quality. Back then, if you were hungry and wanted to get some pizza, you would go to the first pizza place that you happened to come by. And If you wanted to do some sightseeing, you were reliant on getting recommendations from other people, or you had to research beforehand.

Nowadays, travel apps are simple to use. With the help of well-designed apps, you can tailor your trips so that you can see and do exactly what you want when you want to do it! You can quickly and easily find top-rated experiences with apps to find the best restaurants, travel routes, hotels, and pretty much any travel needs. Here is a list of the best 10 apps to use when exploring New York City.

1.City Mapper New York

Navigating New York City’s public transportation systems can be daunting with the bustling, infamously unfriendly crowds. With City Mapper New York, there is no need to rely on asking for help to make sure you get on the right train. If you are not used to navigating a large city, City Mapper is definitely one of the first apps you should download. With real-time departure times and maps available offline, you never have to worry about getting lost or missing your bus or train.

Citibike in NYC on Pixabay

2. Citi Bike

If you need a fun way to travel, get on a Citi Bike. Download the app, and it will tell you where the nearest bicycle docking station is so that you can travel in a healthy, emission-free way. Citi Bikes are convenient to use and with the app, you can favorite the location of a station near your hotel, purchase a day pass, and track how far you have ridden and how much it costs.

NYC Ferry, on Pixabay

3. NYC Ferry

The NYC Ferry is an expensive way to travel around Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Brooklyn. The ferry is connected by 21 ports all across Manhattan, making for a cheap and accessible transportation system. For about $2.75 for a one-way ticket, you can enjoy the ferry ride and see incredible views of the skyline.

4. Sit or Squat

To sit or to squat… now that is the question. Luckily, we don’t need Shakespeare for the answer. Sit or Squat is an app that finds all of the clean public bathrooms in the area so that you can relieve yourself comfortably. The app labels the restrooms with a green label if they are clean and a red label if they are dirty. Download Sit or Squat so you never have to stress out about a dirty bathroom ever again.

5. Open Table

Open Table is an app designed for booking reservations at higher-end restaurants. And so of course, it is no surprise that NYC has plenty of restaurants to choose from. Whether you are searching for highly-rated restaurants nearby, or if you have a restaurant in mind already, you can book it directly with Open Table. Open Table will also suggest restaurants that you may like based on your previous dining experience.

6. Hotel Tonight

Hotel Tonight is a great app for those who want to book a last-minute trip to NYC. This app can offer incredibly low prices for nice hotels because they take unbooked hotel rooms and sell them at a cheaper rate. The closer you book the date, the cheaper the prices will be!  On Google Play or App Store.

NYC, photo by Sophie Maus on Pixabay


Broadway shows are among the most popular things to go see in New York City. While you can purchase tickets in many different ways, the TKTS app is one of the best. TKTS has three in-person ticket booths in the city where you can stand in line and wait for a ticket, but if you want to save yourself some time, you can download the TKTS app. With the TKTS app, you can see when the tickets are available and how long the wait times for the lines are. You can even browse the online offers. On Google Play or App Store.

8. Uber

Uber is one of the most well-known apps for requesting a ride when you don’t have access to a car. With heavy traffic and limited parking In New York City, Uber is a convenient method of transportation. You can choose the Uber Pool option for cheaper rates, Uber X if you have lots of luggage, Uber Comfort for newer cars, or Uber Black for luxury cars. Once you typed the address where you want to be picked up and dropped off, the drivers will take you directly there – no conversation or negotiation necessary. On Google Play or App Store.

9. Postmates

Are you exhausted from a day of sightseeing and busy crowds and just need a night in? Download the Postmates app so that you can have food delivered straight to your door. In a large city like NYC, you can find almost every nearby restaurant on Postmates. Postmates is also not only limited to food and drinks. You can deliver groceries, alcohol, or even items from a store like chargers, scissors, or party supplies 24 hours of the day. On Google Play or App Store.

Park Avenue, NYC, on Pixabay

10. ParkMe

If you dare to drive into New York City, you will definitely need ParkMe. ParkMe is an app that collects data such as how much the parking will cost, how full it is, how far the parking spot is from you, and whether it is street parking or a parking lot. This information is collected from parking meters, and some spots are even reservable. If you need to be somewhere on time, such as a Broadway musical, or a tour, you should download ParkMe and reserve a parking spot.


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