The top 5 travel apps for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 24 Jan 2014 11:45 am EST

Going either to a new city or overseas can be a daunting experience for many, but luckily your good old trusty BlackBerry 10 smartphone has you covered. There's a ton of travel related applications in BlackBerry World, but we've selected the best 5 which I'm pretty confident will make your travels not only easier - but also less stressful. 

They range from organizing your trip, navigating, to finding places to eat and visit - all of which can be a major pain in the butt if you are relying on old school paper maps and tourist guides.

Thankfully, BlackBerry 10 does a fantastic job - and I speak from experience. Myself and the CrackBerry team used many of the following applications on our trip to BlackBerry Live last year. Fingers crossed that opportunity will arise again. 

So here we go.......


BlackBerry Travel

If you're traveling overseas BlackBerry Travel has to be the most important application for you to have on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. It's packed full of features which will assist you in your journey in so many ways. 

First up is the auto scanning option. You can set the app to scan your inbox for any flight confirmations and when it finds them the app will pull them in and present them in an orderly fashion so you can glance at the app at any time and see the detailed information about your upcoming trip. To take things a little further it will also integrate with your calendar and prompt you of reminders in advance of your flight. 

Things don't stop there. A currency converter is built in which is customizable - meaning that wherever in the world you go you'll have instant access to see if what you are purchasing is a good deal compared to back home. 

Weather is also integrated and will give you the current conditions as well as a forecast over the following four days. And to round things off there is a World Clock section - again, customizable, so you can check what the time is in other cities around the globe - good stuff. 

In addition - as if that wasn't enough - the following is also included: 

  • Safer: BlackBerry ID integration for peace of mind
  • Money Saver: Do you ever wonder if the hotel room you booked is really a good deal? With our new Price Alert service, we'll let you know if there's a better price for that hotel room, a comparable hotel for a cheaper price, or if there's a much better hotel for slightly more.
  • Social: Share all your travel information including flight updates with your friends and/or colleagues via BBM, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. 

BlackBerry Travel is free and available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. 

More information/Download BlackBerry Travel for BlackBerry 10


BlackBerry Maps

We featured BlackBerry Maps recently in our 'Top 5 BlackBerry 10 apps for in the car' but it makes sense that if you are going on your travels you'll more than likely need a navigation system of some sort. BlackBerry Maps will take care of all your needs - from locating addresses or places of interest - to voice guided navigation to get you right to the front door - and it does it well. 

More information/Download BlackBerry Maps for BlackBerry 10



Heading off on your holidays or on a business trip? Skyscanner for BlackBerry 10 smartphones may be just the kind of app you could do with. The application is designed to search for flights from the locations and dates you require. And it seems to work perfectly.

Full features of Skyscanner include:

  • Search over 1000 airlines and travel agents to get the best deals
  • Skyscanner is 100% independent and compares fares for low-cost carriers as well as scheduled airlines
  • Fully integrated with BlackBerry® Messenger: share trip details instantly with your BBM contacts
  • Busy? Email flight details to yourself for later
  • Available in over 25 languages
  • It’s FREE!

More information/Download Skyscanner for BlackBerry 10



If you are out exploring a new town/city then what better way to discover places to visit than using augmented reality. Utilizing the BlackBerry 10 camera ARKick will present you with all amenities near to you in order for you to locate them as quickly as possible. 

There's a huge list of categories within the app, from restaurants, museums, bars, nightclubs and shops, just to name a few. With an amazing user interface the app is taking BlackBerry 10 into the future and for it's price tag of $2.99 it's a steal. 

More information/Download ARKick for BlackBerry 10



Foursquare won't be for everyone, but if you like to check into places while you are on your holidays or just visiting another city it's a great way of letting your friends know what you are up to. With the ability to share via Twitter, Facebook and BBM you can keep your buddies in the loop of your activities and even include photos to make them jealous! 

As well as just checking in to venues you can also use the app to discover new places that you may want to visit. If any of your Foursquare friends have been there before you'll be able to see it and if they left any comments on the venue. 

More information/Download Foursquare for BlackBerry 10


Happy traveling! 

Just to finish off - depending on where in the world you go it may be worth searching BlackBerry World for train/transit applications. There's some great ones out there such as TubeMap for London as well as many more. 

Also bear in mind that if you are outside of your normal country of residence then roaming charges will apply for data. Most carriers offer packages to save you some money but finding free Wi-Fi hotspots is the way to go. 

Reader comments

The top 5 travel apps for BlackBerry 10


At least? Guess you sometimes do 6 flights a month? You should consider using some of those apps. I know I will.

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BB Travel is lacking one thing: it does not scan PDFs. Today many flight companies send emails about itineraries with the info packed in a separate PDF, not in the email itself. For me that's quite the dealbreaker.

that is true. I generally to get around that, copy the pdf into an email and let travel do its thing

that sucks... works for me all the time. Since the program is supposed to scan the emails coming in and make the appropriate schedules.

I tried that as well, did not help. I entered my flight numbers by hand and BB Travel recognized them so it is all good, but it worked automatically on my Bold 9900 which was sooo cool. :)

Scan your emails? What else is it collecting in your inbox?

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I receive my itineraries in a PDF and have never had an issue with BBT scanning it properly.

As a moderate traveler, I must admit that I cannot do without my BB Travel. I actually didn't know that there were other options since i didn't need one.

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Wow. I fired up Foursquare for the first time after reading this article. Very cool. Found some restaurants near my house I didn't even know about.

BB Travel works great. We do need other apps though such as hotel specific apps to let you manage your reservations, make changes, etc. Marriott, Hilton, etc.
I know I could load Android ports but I'm not really interested in doing that. Given how many business and government travellers there are, we should be getting native apps.

For me blackberry travel has become almost as important as my passport. I just can't travel without it.

+1 BlackBerry travel is a green app! It's too bad a lot more people don't know about it! Most of my friends on BlackBerry didn't know about it till I told them, once again BlackBerry has to work on marketing for it not just through the app store :) keep up the good work BlackBerry

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Nice summary James. You forgot to add that BlackBerry Travel also integrates with Yelp to find restaurants, shopping and nightlife in the new town you travel to. When you open up an itinerary where your plane is landing, click the "Services" tab on the top and voila. Very handy. BlackBerry Travel shows off what a real smartphone can do.

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Anyone else having problems with BlackBerry Travel on BB10? I think it's much worse.

1. It doesn't sync to the specified calendar - it defaults to my device calendar, which is basically useless. I can also get it to go to my Gmail calendar - but my default calendar is my Exchange calendar and it won't sync there.

2. The flight updates come very late, sometimes hours after the plane has taken off, or been delayed. This is a nice to have, but BB Travel on BBOS used to actually be faster than the boards at the airports, many times slightly ahead of the websites. At worst, it was "real time" which is what I'm looking for.

BlackBerry travel doesn't sync attached itinerary. Reminder emails cause duplication, and multi destinations are saved as separate travel itineraries.
BlackBerry maps doesn't work in all geographies.

I still use BlackBerry travel a lot and as my primary application

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I find BlackBerry Travel on my Z10 to be very frustrating. It was better on the 9900, but how it interacts with my calendar is very annoying. A drive to a city where I'll be staying in becomes a two day all day event with multiple notifications I manually need to manage.

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Blackberry Travel is one of the most under rated apps around. I have had a few small issues with it picking up travel under my work partition but otherwise it is a must have app.

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Tourist Eye is an awesome travel map. All the maps you need and it uses your internal GPS. No need for data. Its a must have. Used it when traveling in Europe last summer.

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I agree with the list. I am on business travel frequently and the listed are my most used. Except maybe replace BlackBerry maps with Mireo for those times when there is no cell signal.

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I use all of the above except skyskanner, Flight tracker is what I use instead. All very good apps!

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I don't understand who or what made the decision to not bring the BlackBerry news feeder native app to BlackBerry 10. Best news feeder above what is currently available. Very efficient.

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The native voice control should improved to the point the difference is day and night. BlackBerry should do something with QNX. Native voice control is vital for future BlackBerry phones. Along with a trackpad/gamepad/editing pad in one!!! with well designed sliding keyboard touch screen. This is the future. I could see BlackBerry leading.

We don't want junk apps from Google Android that turn on GPS to monitor your location periodically.among other things it want to access.This is why android phone batteries drain fast. I think BlackBerry is Careful with quality not quantity. I like to see Google + Pintrest , Instagram. Native apps.

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Why BlackBerry will fix the BlackBerry travel app? If i enter a journey from "Bahn" here in Germany it put the wrong timezones in the calender and the wrong city "it's always Bearden "
The issue is since the legacy Os version. :(

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BlackBerry travel has syncing issues with travel and accommodation on a regular basis. Worldmate was so superior as an app until BlackBerry bought them and decided to "customise" it for BlackBerry . Why didn't they leave a perfectly working app alone is symptomatic of BlackBerry.

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Ditto, World Mate was excellent and as a heavy user was sorry we lost the full capabilities it offered.

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BlackBerry travel is awesome! I love how it scans your emails and adds them to your calender. I love the automatic notifications for weather, reminder and updates on your flight delays. For my instance BlackBerry travel was actually faster than the airline in notifying me when they cancelled my flight! Thus, helping me act quicker on my decision about the situation! Exactly what BlackBerry is supposed to do do, we need tools not toys and this is exactly what a frequent power users /business travelers like myself need! Keep up to good work BlackBerry!

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I travel extensively for work and could not survive without some key travel apps. I am always looking for new and updated apps to make my travel experience less stressful - keep them coming. BlackBerry Travel is my goto app to help me manage my travel itineraries. When I made my switch to BB10 it was a painful 4 weeks waiting for the upgraded version but worth the wait. Poynt was another app I relied on and truly miss it. Oh and for those lamenting about Trip Advisor I recently side loaded the android version along with the AA and Hipmunk versions as well and they work just fine on my Z30.

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Don't miss tripAccounts as a top 5 travel companion. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks to developer.

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BB travel integrating skyscanner, eventbrite and couchsurfing (missed on App World) will be perfect..and while visiting new sights get and some fun with my app MeasureMe :)