Best Apps for visiting Madrid
- Travel Planning and Guide : Mtrip
Mtrip's free version which supports offline access is good enough to create a basic itinerary. Tripadvisor's Madrid app is useful and can be downloaded for free.
- Transport : Official Madrid Metro Map
Madid not only boasts of one of the best metro system but also one of the best transit app. The free metro app offers an updated map and recommendations on the best route to take to reach your destination. You must also have Citymapper installed on your smartphone. It works very well for Madrid combining all transport types to find the best route to your destination.
- Taxi App : Mytaxi
Mytaxi is my recommendation for the taxi hailing app in Madrid. You may not need to hail taxi too often at Madrid. For traveling to city center from the airport, do not use the app but just walk to one of the several public taxi ranks distributed over all airport terminals. The price for a taxi ride from the Barajas airport to the city center is a flat rate 30€.
This is the public service bike rental of Madrid. Last time I tried the app, it was still functioning as if it is in early beta. Will not recommend the app to tourists visiting Madrid.
- The Prado Guide
It is unlikely that you will visit Madrid and not visit Prado. If you do not plan to hire a private guide, download the official Prado App. It is worth the money (Paid version costs €5.99. Unfortunately, the free version is practically useless). The other useful one is the Essential Art Walk App developed by Madrid Tourism covering 24 masterpieces, eight in each of the three museums located in Madrid Art Walk.
- Language Apps
Google Translate is useful not just in Madrid but across Spain. I will also suggest Duolingo app.
- Restaurant App
None of the available apps are good enough for tourists who are planning to stay for a week or less. I would suggest you make a short list of must-visit tapas bar and include them in your itinerary app. The shortlist of just 5 tapas bar here is good.