8+ Travel Apps For Apple TV

Travel Apps for Apple TV are Ready for Take off

Are you Planning a journey? This handpicked selection of apps should help you get a head start putting your trip together; from city guides to places to stay and flight information, you’ll find a growing list of resources on your Apple TV as travel becomes a front room occupation the family can share. Don’t forget to check the map of where you are going before you travel.

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Choose Your Place With Airbnb

Airbnb for Apple TV
Lavish illustrations mean the whole family can decide where to stay.

Built around enabling couples and families to share decisions about where they want to stay, Airbnb’s app prioritizes images over text, so you end up with a highly visual way of exploring available places in destinations. You can share what you find through integration with other Apple devices and make an order to

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Air France Flies Ahead of Rivals

Air France Flies Apple TV
Air France Stole a Flight on Rivals With its Apple TV App. Ron Reiring, Flickr

Air France stole a march on competitors when it introduced its app, which remains one of the few airline-specific apps on the Apple TV. The app gives you destination guides, exclusive Air France podcasts and music selections and access to your Air France account, though it doesn’t (yet) let you purchase flights through your TV set.

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Hostelworld

Tower Bridge, London
Get to know more about iconic destinations and find good places to stay with this app. Image c/o Davide D’Amico and Flickr.

Those planning to stay in hostels on their vacation should certainly check out HostelWorld. Perfect for researching your next adventure, the app provides information about 33,000 properties around the globe, from chic design hostels, to party hostels and everything in-between. You can search through the top recommendations, search by city and read reviews to help you make the right hostel decision.

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Watch Your Flight Information

Planefinder
Watch flight paths and check flight information using Apple TV. Planefinder

Both of these apps give you up-to-the-minute information on flights from and to anywhere in the world, helping you avoid endless waits in departure lounges or expensive airport parking charges when you need to pick someone up. Planefinder lets you watch flight paths on a map view on your Apple TV, with information about the flight, flight speed and departure and arrival times. FlightBoard provides a more traditional flight listings view, similar to the one you’ll see in an airport lounge.

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One Day You'll Buy Vacations Through Apple TV

Thomson TV app
This app lets you travel without leaving home with its lavish illustration and rich video collections. c/o Thomson

One category you won’t find in short supply on Apple TV, there a lot of travel guides available from multiple operators, including Louis Vitton. One of the most visually exciting comes from UK travel operator, Thomson who offer richly illustrated guides to many of the most exotic and interesting destinations it serves, with a selection of beautifully filmed videos designed to give you a sense of the places you can explore. You can’t purchase holidays through the app – yet – but that’s clearly the direction of travel and you don’t need to be a travel agent to figure that out.

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TravelSavvy, Your Experienced Local Guide

Travel anywhere
TravelSavvy puts local knowledge on your TV and iPhone. c/o TravelSavvy

This compelling combination of experienced travel guides, video, and local recommendations is a great app to dip into before you visit a new place, or just to whet your appetite for places you’ve not made it to yet. With titles like “The Conscious Consumer’s Guide to NYC” there’s a good deal of uniquely crafted information in TravelSavvy that should help you plan a stimulating excursion. You can skip through all these recommendations, one after another, with everything you’ve looked at listed at the bottom of the screen so you can quickly take notes.

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Never Travel Without Trip Advisor

Plan That Trip
Wherever you want to travel, TripAdvisor has the information, advice and recommendations you need. c/o Getty Images

Most every traveler spends a little time with Trip Advisor, from figuring out good places to visit, stay and where to eat to the service has become a great resource no matter which destination you intend to visit. The Apple TV app offers photos, traveler reviews and in-depth help and advice for the world’s top destinations. With 375 million monthly visitors this is a great place to crowdsource knowledge you need in order to enjoy your travels. 

The Direction of Travel

There is plenty of room for development when it comes to travel-related apps on Apple TV. You see, travel apps represent about 5% of mobile apps, but don’t yet account for anything like 5% of the apps available at the TV App Store. Will this change? It should do, once the company deploys payment services through its platforms. This will enable travel apps developers to monetize their offering. I imagine big hotel brands will quickly introduce Apple TV apps once users can book rooms directly through their software – the AccorHotels app comes close, though booking requires you to also use an iPhone.