The Best Manchester Apps for Tourists

May 16, 2017
The Best Manchester Apps for Tourists

If you’re planning on visiting Manchester soon and fancy making the most out of our great city then our guide to the best Manchester Tourist apps should be right up your street. We’ve covered the best available apps on the major app stores to assist you in travel, sightseeing and other trip planning.

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Manchester Travel Guide and City Map

A pivotal app for the keen Manchester explorer, this app allows you to navigate our great northern streets with ease, highlighting close-by transportation links and restaurants to your current location. Landmark imagery is included to ensure you can spot any places of interest as you wander about.

manchester metrolink app

Manchester Metrolink

With our Metrolink expanding further to cover many more angles of the city around Greater Manchester and town,  downloading the official app is certainly a good idea. More straightforward and generally more reliable than buses, the tram can take you from the outskirts to within 5 minutes of most city centre locations. This app helps you plan your journey, offering the least changes if needed, also depicting an estimated journey time to help you reach your destination to schedule. Live delay and service updates also let you know when it might be better to go for the bus.

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Manchester Walking Tours

Described as a guide to help you unearth Manchester’s hidden gems and direct you to notable landmarks, the Walking Tour guide can be your best friend when browsing the centre. A functional map steers you in the right directs, using GPS technology to update live. This is akin to Google Maps, but what makes this feature special is the plugin headphones option to hear audio instructions. Expert tour guides are said to have had influence in designing the apps set routes, ensuring the most optimal use of journey allows you to see as much of Manchester as you wish.

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 My TfGM

Should the trams let you down (it’s been known to happen) then Travel for Greater Manchester have devised this handy little app to keep you up to date with the city’s alternate routes. Offering a journey planner, you can travel via bike, car, bus or train to your destination with little trouble (possible delays exempt). Type in your location and you can get updated bus schedules, with information on which stop is best for your desired bus.

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So your travel is covered, but what about entertainment? Dice is an app which allows you quickly buy gig, club and event tickets in one place. Browsing the app will give you instant access to Manchester’s upcoming activity, perfect for planning a last minute night out or stumbling across a new event in your location.

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Manchester Evening News

If you’re staying in Manchester for over a week, it’s best to keep updated with our local news and there is no better authoritative source than the Manchester Evening News. News can be segmented by your preference of genres and also split out to give updates on your local area. Headlines are easily scrolled, with quick click through to the full story.

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We all know parking in city centres can be a nightmare for both finding spaces and the cost. Parkopedia offers to alleviate some of that stress by showing you an array of parking options around Manchester. Simply enter your chosen location and the nearest parking spots will show up, pinpointed with average costs next to them so you can instantly see the closest and cheapest option available. Capacity and distance from your end destination are given so you can plan how far your walk from car to venue is. Once clicked the full details of opening times and costs per hour are revealed to avoid nasty surprises upon arrival.

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Manchester Airport

If you’ve journeyed from afar then Manchester Airport’s customised app will be of use for your return home. You can get updates on flight arrivals and departures, save flights to a personalised list for reference, view terminals and get directions, all the basic information kept easy to find for the busy traveller. The airport carpark can also be booked through the app to make life a little easier when jetting off.

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Gett- Best Black Cabs Fares

Like Uber but for Black Cabs, Gett promises to bag you the best price on Black Cabs by decided a set fee before you hop in. Taxis can be requested through the app, with live updates and estimated time of arrival given. Like other taxi apps you can also pay direct through card once your travel has been completed to avoid having to source cash.

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This and That Manchester App

Dubbed to offer you a variety of options under one roof, This and That gives you access to events, recommendations and offers within Manchester. Restaurants can be scouted out, with access to some menus and directions to all. A calendar of local events is offered to keep you up to date with the latest happenings around the city.

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Manchester Museum

Perfect for viewing before you visit any of our selection of museums, this app gives updates to the latest exhibitions available around the city. Location details of all museums are provided, alongside contact and website information for organising your travel and best dates to visit. Insightful images give ideas of what to expect from the listings, whilst categorised sections allow you to plan activity by what you want to do and see.

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