Best Apps for Turkey Travel: Family Trip Planner Apps

Our list of best apps for Turkey travel will help plan your trip to Turkey and have fun while you’re here.  We’ve got useful apps to make your trip easier, keep your entire family organized and create memories of your trip together.  Following is a list of apps that we’ve used in Turkey and highly recommend downloading to help you get started planning your trip to Turkey.

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Best Apps for Turkey Travel

Best Apps for Turkey Travel Planning

Museums of Turkey

If your family is into visiting historical sites in Turkey, Museums of Turkey is one of the best apps for Turkey travel you need to download now. In Turkey, you can open the app and it will give you all the museums that are close to you based on your location. If you’re researching places you’d like to go to or what to know more about a museum or open-air museum, the app shares the history, plus all the information on the location, cost, and museum hours.

Also, you can purchase a museum card for all of Turkey or a specific region.  The app makes it easy to carry your museum card in the app. At a museum’s entrance, you’ll scan the QR code within the app to enter. The app makes it so easy! We highly recommend downloading the Museums of Turkey app before your trip.

TripIt

When you’re traveling with your family, there are logistics and planning and then all the details to keep up with. With the TripIt app, you can store all your travel documents, flights, car rentals, hotels, and activities in the app.  Also, the app will let you know if there are any changes in flights or details for your trip. It will even send your reminders when it’s time to head to the airport. You can share your family travel itinerary with someone staying home or the rest of the group you’re traveling with.

TripIt has an app, but you can access all your information from the desktop too.

Google Maps

Google Maps is a great resource for planning your trip or even looking for places near you once you arrive. Within the app, you can create a Guide and you can add cities, accommodations, restaurants, or activities to your Guide with a marker on the map.  

Also, you can use the app for getting directions from one place to another while you’re traveling, or mark locations you visited along the way.

Moovit

Among the best apps for Turkey travel for urban families is the Moovit app. If you like traveling by train, bus, or riding your bike within a city in Turkey, this app is amazing. You can put enter the location you want to go, and it gives step-by-step instructions on where to go to catch your bus or train, which one you’re looking for, and approximately how long it will take you to go there.

Even if you’re traveling between cities, this app will give you all the details on how to get there using different modes of transportation.

Currency Converter

This handy currency converter app is great for keeping your numbers straight and staying on budget when you’re traveling. You can easily enter the amount in Turkish Lira, and it will show you the exchange in your currency. I love this app and use it every day.

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Best Communication Apps for Turkey Travel

What’s App

What’s App is a favorite way of communicating in Turkey. You can stay connected to the family at home. Also, you’ll find that many tour companies, hotels, and Airbnb hosts use What’s App to communicate with visitors. It’s an easy and cost-effective way to stay connected without having to have a Turkish number while you’re on your trip. Download the app and get it set up before you leave.

Hotspot Shield VPN

Hotspot Sheild VPN offers secure access with just a tap of the screen. You can browse and stream and stay safe and private online. The app boasts the fastest VPN around and will work in Turkey. There is a 7-day free trial, with different options for service. The premium service is $12.99 per month to keep your data safe when you’re traveling in Turkey.

Best Family Travel Language Apps

We recommend downloading all three of these apps. The first 2 are best to use while you’re traveling. The last app is great for pre-trip preparation and learning some basic phrases. Next, we’ll look at a few details and how to best use the language apps for your family.

Sesli Sozluk

Sesli Sozluk is an online Turkish/English dictionary that is great to have on hand if you’re wanting to learn what different words mean quickly. You can speak directly into the app in English, and it will give you different options in Turkish for the word.

Google Translate

The official language of Turkey is Turkish. Language can be a hurdle, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Google Translator helps ease the burden by allowing you to copy and paste text, take pictures of signs, or use conversation mode to translate from English to Turkish or vice versa. Also, there is a phrasebook where you can save commonly used phrases and sentences and use the app offline. A must when you’re traveling to Turkey.

Duolingo

If you’re wanting to learn some basic Turkish phrases leading up to your trip, Duolingo is the app for you. Download the app to learn what Turkish sounds like, learn basic phrases for travel, and have fun playing some language games on the app. Great for both kids and adults!

Best Turkey Travel Journal App

Journi Blog – Travel Tracker

Journi Blog is an app that lets you capture memories during your trip – like an online travel journal. Include, notes, photos, and voice memos.  You can add multiple contributors to your trip so that whoever is traveling with you can add their travel logs. Share it with your friends and family to follow along during your trip. When you get home, you have options to create and print a travel book.  There is a free version and paid version for a monthly fee.

Best Family Travel Apps

Best Outdoor Apps for Turkey Travel

All Trails

For families that love the outdoors, All Trails provides all you need for hiking and getting outside. If you’re going to Cappadocia or the Mediterranean Coast, this app is a gem. Check out hiking Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia or a section of the Lycian Way on the coast. Find the trailheads, tips for the trails, and ratings from hikers who have gone before you.

Seek by iNaturalist

Seek is an app for nature and animal lovers. When traveling in Turkey, you’ll see so many beautiful plants flowers, and species of animals that you haven’t seen before. With Seek, you can snap a photo and the app will tell you the species name, the range of where you will find it in the area, and if it’s a plant, the seasonality.

Also, when you open the app, it will tell you what animals and plants are in the area you are in. Our kids have loved this app as we’ve hiked and explored seeing new things for the first time.

Final Thoughts on the Best Apps for Turkey Travel

The best apps for Turkey Travel will keep you organized in your planning, research, and having fun during your trip. The listed travel apps are some of the favorites that we use in Turkey and highly recommend using them in your pre-trip planning and while you are in Turkey. They’re easy to use and will help keep things simple while you travel.

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Family Travel to Turkey: Enes and Dania

Hi, we're Dania & Enes

We’re an American Turkish couple who’ve worked in the tourism industry and traveled extensively in Turkey. We understand that it can be overwhelming to plan a trip to Turkey when you don’t know where to go, where to stay and the best way to get there. We’re dedicated to helping you confidently plan a trip to Turkey and have a more authentic experience when you get there.

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