7 great cheap and free New York City travel apps

by / Tuesday, 15 February 2011 / Published in New York City

Smartphone apps make just about everything easier – including travel. If you’re planning on visiting New York City anytime soon, check out these great cheap and free apps to make your time there even better.

Sit or Squat

Sit or Squat comes in handy when you have really have to go, especially in a city known for having few public restrooms. Its user generated content allows you to find the nearest public toilet when you need it most.

My Open Bar

We’ve written about how to score free drinks and here’s an app to make drinking free in New York City even easier. My Open Bar’s Free Booze maps bars and the free booze listings as well as keeping you up to date on the newest listings.

NYC Subway 24-Hour KickMap

The subway is a great way to get around New York City, but with 26 separate lines and more than 450 stations, it can be a little overwhelming at first.

The NYC Subway 24-Hour Kickmap app makes it very easy to navigate the subway, and was, in fact, designed to get more people to use this great form of mass transit. With clear subway lines and stops, this app will help you travel around the City like a local.

Exit Strategy

Here’s an NYC subway app that takes it one step further than most public transit apps. Exit Strategy not only gives you maps of the subway system, but also tells you which subway car will be closest to your exit.

This comes in handy when you get off at the right stop but have no idea which subway exit to take to the street above. It also shows you the best spot to be in to make your transfers smooth and easy.


MyCityWay offers just about everything rolled up into one app. You can find restaurants, bars and shopping as well as upcoming events and the weather forecast.

Some other great categories on MyCityWay are: Tours, Things To Do, Eco Finder (for environmentally friendly businesses), Farmers Market, WiFi finder and Transit for local public transportation options.

Cab Sense

Hailing a cab in New York City sometimes comes down to strategy. Cab Sense uses your location to direct you to the nearest and best corner to hail a cab.

This app can come in handy when you’ve had a little too much to drink and aren’t up to navigating the subway to get

Central Park

Central Park is one of the greatest parks in the world and there is more to do and see there than can be done in one visit.

Central Park by Central Park Conservancy is a fully interactive app helping you get to where you want to go within the park, which helps to ensure you, a) don’t get lost, and b) see everything in the park that is important to you.

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    3 Responses to “7 great cheap and free New York City travel apps”

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    2. alex says :

      These are great apps! There are a few on here I’ve never heard of and am definitely going to try. Another great site that hasn’t been made into an app yet, but surely will soon is City Maps. Check it out!

    3. Evelyn Kanter says :

      You should include the app NYC on the Cheap — $2.99 on the iTunes store (http://bit.ly/klkfzO) with 100+ free and cheap museums, events, restaurants, discount shopping, etc.

      Also, the website http://www.nyconthecheap.com has 2-6 daily postings of free and cheap events, restaurant deals and other discounts.

      Both are written by a born and lifetime New Yorker and professional journalist and travel guidebook author.

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