Don’t leave your smartphone behind when planning your trip to Bratislava – it might come in handy! I have made some research on mobile apps that will help you make the most of your time while you’re visiting out city, providing offline maps and advice on taxi services, tips for sightseeing, recommendations for local food as well as popular places.
It can get tough to call a taxi in the middle of the night in Bratislava, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. If you don’t want to wait long and don’t want to stop the first taxi driver you see (as these charge more), I recommend to download the HOPIN taxi app – the first Slovak application for taxi ordering.
Not only can you set the limit you are willing to pay per km and the type of the car, you can also choose the drivers according to their references or even filter those who speak Slovak, English, German, Russian or Hungarian. If you don’t care about these and just want a car quickly, use the „quick order“ option which will automatically send the nearest car to pick you up. You can track the car’s position directly in your mobile so you will no longer need to stay outside in the cold and wait. With this app you can check in advance how much you will pay for your ride – and you can be sure the drivers won’t charge you more once they hear you are a foreigner :)
Note: The language is adjusted immediately when first starting the application – according to the language of your phone’s operating system.
UBER TAXI SERVICE
Another popular way to grab a taxi is to use Uber. This American company develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. The advantage of using Uber is that you don’t need to have cash on you – upon registration you will be asked to fill in your debit/credit card details and the card gets charged automatically once your ride is finished.
IMHD.SK FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
You will find this app useful if you plan to use the public transportation in Bratislava. It contains the list of all available stops and their time schedules, as well as maps of different parts of the city. The application enables you to plan your journey between two places as well as search for schedules. What you might like is that even if you aren’t connected to the Internet, you can view the schedules offline :)
DOWNLOAD HERE (for free)
Note: The application is currently available exclusively in Samsung Apps for Android and Bada platforms for Bratislava and Košice. This app is available in multiple languages. The installed language will be set depending on the language of your smartphone’s operating system.
BRATISLAVA SPOTTED BY LOCALS
Spotted by locals is an app which is available for more than 66 cities worldwide and offers authentic tips by locals. There is always a group of people living in the city assigned to write about their favorite places. The current Bratislava version contains tips on almost 90 spots – cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, leisure time activities and more. Don’t expect tips on sightseeing though, there are other apps for those. I must say I was positively surprised by this app and use it myself as well. You can have it for a one-time fee of 3,59 €. Good feature is that it is 100% offline so you won’t be charged any roaming fees once you decide to use it.
BRATISLAVA POCKET GUIDE
PocketGuide is an audio city guide application which gives you tours by voice, revealing the best stories, insider hangouts and must-see sights in close to 100 major cities and tourist destinations, including Bratislava as well. You can choose from different themed tours, or just wander around the city and let PocketGuide inform you when an interesting site is nearby. During your tour you can take photos and add comments; from this PocketGuide automatically creates a 3D video which you can easily share with your friends. You can use the app online for free or download it and use it offline (for small fees: 2,99 – 5,99 €).
I probably don’t need to introduce you to this app – as Tripadvisor is one of the most famous travel web sites. Its mobile app (which is absolutely for free) is very similar to the web site: you can look for hotels, restaurants, cafes, sightseeing attractions, shops, leisure activities – with the most various filters. Biggest advantage of this app is its reviews of all the places. If you are a traveller, you probably already have it :)
DOWNLOAD HERE (for free)