Anyone who’s ever travelled to another country with their iPhones (and iPads) have no doubt looked up the App Store for some offline maps solution. With carriers charging an arm and a leg for data roaming fees, it’s no wonder that there are countless travel apps with offline map capabilities. The best I’ve come across so far is City Maps 2Go, which also happens to have gone free today (was $1.99). Using Map data and POI from OpenStreetMap, the app lets you separately download 7,800 maps from all over the globe – all neatly sorted by cities, counties and provinces.
Download only the cities you need (for example NYC is 9.8MB) and once you do, you’ll have access to all the major POIs (points of interest) and city street names at your fingertips – even if you don’t have access to Wifi or 3/4G. My favorite aspect of City Maps 2Go is once you’ve located on the map where you are (or a specific location), you can bring up nearby POIs and sort them by Name/Distance and set filters based on 11 categories. The results will then be displayed based in relation to where you currently have the map opened, all without requiring data access.
There are loads more features, like saving bookmarks/ user created lists, viewing hotel ratings and making bookings via Booking.com, and rating/ reviewing places, and sharing those recommendations with friends using the ‘Ulmon hub’. In addition, offline wikipedia articles about those POIs and landmarks can be downloaded and referenced on-the-go, though this requires an IAP of $2.99. The good thing about this is that there’s a free trial available (you pick the city you wish to activate it for), so you can test out this feature before paying for it.
Even if you only occasionally travel, I highly recommend that you grab City Maps 2Go while it’s still free (for a very limited time).
Ulmon GmbH, City Maps 2Go - Free
FREE only today! (normal £1.49/$1.99) ★ The #1 offline map App ★ FREE download of 7,800 maps worldwide ★ Maps, POI, GPS, Wikipedia 100% offline ★ no network or WiFi required ★ Vector Maps with more content and detail ✚✚✚ Optimized for iPhone, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad mini.
City Maps 2Go is the #1 App for smart travelers. Maps and content any time, even when offline. No network or WiFi required. Your solution when suffering from bad network coverage, slow connection, limited data volume, or high data roaming cost abroad.
★★★ Top Features ★★★
- search&find streets&places in the city
- spot your location on the map
- find thousands of Points of Interest
- collect your favorite places in lists
- add places and notes to the map
- find hotels and ratings from booking.com
- read Wikipedia articles (In-App Purchase)
★★★ Wikipedia content ★★★
Included for free, the first paragraphs of 500,000 English Wikipedia articles of the most important POI, attractions and landmarks. An optional In-App Purchase adds 200,000 full Wikipedia articles (text and images).
We have you covered: 7,800 maps worldwide cover virtually everything. E.g. all counties, districts, provinces of all major countries like the USA, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, and many more countries. And any map on request within a few days. Just e-mail to [email protected]
Map data and POI are provided by OpenStreetMap. To check the level of detail, go to www.openstreetmap.org.