Top Navigation & Route Planner Apps for 2017

The best free and paid navigation & route planner apps are found in this category. These apps allow the user to create routes and find their way around different areas. Types include local, international, and transit map apps. Navigation & route planner apps are great for those planning to travel to somewhere unknown or to discover easier routes to different places.

Last updated 04-26-2017

Navitel Navigator GPS & Maps
1st

Navitel Navigator GPS & Maps

Android
iOS

Seller: NAVITEL

40 4

Cities around the world can feel unnerving if it is your first time to visit. This powerful map reader can provide you the support you need. It features a highly-interactive model of the globe. Tap on the next city you are going to, and purchase navigation information you can use to find your way around like a local.

From solid models of buildings, to multi-level road intersections, this provides you with plenty of visual information in regards to your current location. Coupled with other handy features such as route calculation, real-time traffic reports, and turn-by-turn voice guides, you can be correctly finding your way in no time. Whether you are traveling through Berlin or Bangkok, start navigating the world’s major cities with all information you need at your disposal.

▲ Find your next destination on a fully interactive 3D globe.

▲ Get a more detailed layout as you zoo in further in. No internet connection required!

▲ Easily locate places of interest nearby and far away!

Android
Navitel Navigator GPS & Maps

Navitel Navigator GPS & Maps

Free

iOS
Navitel Navigator - Offline navigation & Maps

Navitel Navigator - Offline navigation & Maps

Free

Karta GPS - Offline Navigation
2nd

Karta GPS - Offline Navigation

Android
iOS

Seller: Karta Software Technologies

40 4

Mobile technology, internet searching, and GPS features make traveling a breeze compared to the days of paper maps and guide books. But adventuring outside your data area and using your smartphone or tablet for directions can be expensive or impossible. Utilize this navigation app to download offline-capable and highly detailed maps for the state or country you plan on visiting, including driving directions in a virtual 3D map and local tourist destinations like food, lodging, and landmarks. From Albania to Zimbabwe, from Alabama to Washington, you can have all the details pre-installed before your trip and go data-free!

Before you go offline, simply download a map using GPS or select the country or state from a list. You will then have access to street-level details about the area. Icons dot the map for restaurants, hotels, tourist spots, parking, and more. Pinch on the screen to zoom in or out; pan around by swiping. Use the search bar to find a destination, then tap the arrow icon for instant directions. You can even watch a simulated drive to preview the turns you should take!

▲ View a route simulation from start to end: preview your trip to ensure no surprise turns or tolls.

▲ Tap on a place that interests you for the address, hours of operation, photos, and more.

▲ Get recommendations for food, leisure, and tourist spots around you, and see how close they are.

Are you on a whirlwind trip around the globe? Did you make a change including a pit-stop in France? Just head to the “Downloads” section to grab more maps for all your destinations! While you are there, don’t forget to check out optional upgrades, including safety camera notifications to help you stay informed of speed traps as well as humorous navigation voices.

Don’t stay holed up in your hotel or in coffee shops while visiting a new and exciting place, tethered to the necessity of internet: download the app and your area map, then get back out there and enjoy exploring with a handy digital guide ready and waiting!

Android
Karta GPS - Offline Navigation

Karta GPS - Offline Navigation

Free

iOS
Karta GPS - Free offline navigation

Karta GPS - Free offline navigation

Free

Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic
3rd

Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic

Android
iOS

Seller: Waze

40 4

Don't you just love the feeling of being stuck in heavy traffic, boiling point through the roof? Thought not. Take the reigns of the roads and plan out a hassle-free journey. This app tracks your location, finds the best route to your destination, alerts you of any roadway diversions, and guides you with a neat voice navigation feature.

Simply open the app to get started. Creating an account will allow you to interact with friends and family, and check their location in real time. Found an obstruction? Send a report, and help out your fellow drivers from making the same U-turn you did!

▲ Stay safe and turn on voice navigation, and get detailed information on your remaining journey!

▲ Find establishments and facilities in proximity to your location.

▲ Plan your travel ahead; take into consideration traffic levels and time of day.

Is your host trying to prepare a lovely meal for your grand arrival? Use the realtime map to check the remaining distance and time of your journey and let them know, ensuring you arrive to a warm dinner! For time critical trips - like going to the airport - plan ahead; check for traffic conditions, diversions, and any other surprise hindrances that you may be glad you took into consideration.

Looking to save a dollar or two? Check gas prices, and pick out routes which avoid toll gates (after all, everyone loves a savvy driver)! Searching locations can be done with remarkable ease, and can be added to favorites for future reference. Don't arrive exhausted - feel like the king of the road with this invaluable companion!

Android
Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic

Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic

Free

iOS
Waze - GPS Navigation, Maps & Social Traffic

Waze - GPS Navigation, Maps & Social Traffic

Free

Maps - Navigation & Transit
4

Maps - Navigation & Transit

Android
iOS

Seller: Google Inc.

40 4

Just like its search engine, the Google Maps app is unmatchable. With its super impressive range of features, this is more than just a navigation app. From 3D maps to real-time information on traffic and public transport delays, this app has it all!

Lost in a new city? Don’t worry, as the Google app can help find your current location and give you directions to the place you want to go to. Choose from the options on the top of the map search function to get road-maps, schedules for public transit systems, and the travel time to your destination. Use the voice recognition feature to find a location if you can’t use the search option. Set pit-stops, explore eating joints and coffee shops, and tag places that you visit along the way.

▲ Get audio directions from the GPS navigator as your drive through an area.

▲ View satellite maps to see actual picture of building and routes you want to visit.

▲ Restaurant guide with photos, review, menu, and even contact details of the eating joint!

For those who love the outdoors, the Google Guide is an amazing option that allows you to earn points and unlock new and amazing features by tagging new locations, writing reviews on restaurants and places to visit, and uploading pictures.

Personalize your account to set maps for frequently traveled routes, zoom into maps to get a detailed look, and go out on expeditions with cycling routes and terrain related information. In short, get all the information you will ever need before you visit a new place! So go ahead and get the app before you put your travel shoes on.

Android
Maps - Navigation & Transit

Maps - Navigation & Transit

Free

iOS
Google Maps

Google Maps

Free

Drivemode: Driving interface
5

Drivemode: Driving interface

Android

Seller: Drivemode, Inc.

40 4

With a “no look” interface, “Drivemode” will help you focus on the road while enjoying your favorite smartphone features. Users can navigate the driving app with broad swipes, taps or even through voice prompts.

Use your voice to change songs, reply to text messages or contact friends. Users will no longer need to take their eyes off the road to check their phones. One can simply turn on the “Do not disturb” feature to ignore calls and messages while driving.

▲ Set your destination and see your route!

▲ Enjoy your phone features including music and text messaging without covering your driving route.

▲ Customize your settings and turn on or off your the "Do not disturb" to receive calls or messages only after driving.

A smart driving or navigation mobile aid that will allow users to instantly change route when receiving a message with a street address. Anyone who need or want a safe and user-friendly driving app will love this mobile software. Don’t take your eyes off the road and enjoy your smartphones while driving!

Android
Drivemode: Driving interface

Drivemode: Driving interface

Free