Get to the heart of a destination with Guides by Lonely Planet. Packed with offline maps, must-see sights, neighborhood guides, audio phrasebooks, immersive experiences and backed by advice from on-the-ground experts, our city guides are the ultimate resource before and during a trip.
With a currency converter, transport info, and 'near me' functionality, Guides is a trustworthy travel companion that will help you make the most of your experience.
• Explore our 8,000+ city guides, 352.000+ places and narratives curated by our experts
• Navigate with easy-to-use offline maps
• Discover a city's Must see sights, or dig deeper with collections
• Speak like a local with phrasebooks in 19 languages
• Get into and around the city with transport info
• Uncover the vibe that's right for you with neighborhood guides
• Save places with simple bookmarking
• Find the perfect activity with powerful filtering
• Travel confidently with essential tips
• Take a look around these cities with our 360º immersive experiences
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Whilst you can download Guides for free, you’ll need to subscribe in the App to get unlimited access to all our content and tools with our subscriptions
• One month for $4.99
• Six months for $21.99 (Save 27%)
• One year for $39.99 (Save 33%)
By subscribing to Guides, you will get instant access to the full Guides app functionality. This means that you will not be able to change your mind and will lose any statutory right to cancel.
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Our writers live and breathe each city they visit, reviewing every place that makes it into our carefully curated guides.
Questions? Feedback? We're always listening at AppSupport@lonelyplanet.com
NEW in Guides 2.0.4:
• This update contains bug fixes and other improvements.
Previously in Guides 2.0.0:
• Guides now features over 8,000 cities and 352,000 places!
• New Home Screen with city collections and navigation by regions to be more inspired than ever before.
• Thousands of 360º immersive experiences in 29 cities.
Questions? Comments? We're always listening at AppSupport@lonelyplanet.com.
Ratings and Reviews
Generous app with treasure trove of features
I am absolutely in love with this app, and am incredibly grateful to have it as a travel companion.
The surface level is quite straightforward, giving you quick access to well curated lists of things to do and see with useful descriptions of the attractions.
Dig a little deeper, and you will discover the ‘Neighbourhoods’ section (great for planning visiting sights that are near to each other), as well as a handy money conversion tool as well of lists of what you should expect to pay for different activities on different budgets. And much more...!
From what I can tell, the descriptions are lifted from the Lonely Planet Pocket Guides physical books, so to provide this all for free is very generous. There are no ads. However there is a phrasebook that you can buy for many different languages. But guess what - the most useful basically phrases are provided for free anyway!
If there was one thing I personally would like to see added in future - I notice many sights are tagged with ‘Top Choice’, ‘Popular’ or similar. These are really useful - I wonder if it would be possible to do a filtered search for these keywords?
Many thanks to the team. Being a solo traveller, this app is incredibly valuable to me!
Developer Response ,
We're glad you like the Guides app, limity1603! Thanks for the suggestion. We'll pass it on to our team.
Change for the worse
Don't write review often but this infuriate me. Been using the guidebook and app for a while now. I'm about to go on holiday along with using the guidebook I was going to use the app. Now they are charging per month on order to access information on it only allow a few free clicks.
Bought 1 month subscription it didn't work I checked iTunes definitely paid for it but when I access the information keeps taking me back to the page asking me to pay. Deleted the app reloaded it didn't work. Turned the phone off then on didn't work. The restore iTunes function on the app doesn't work. Before charging people money probably best make sure the app works.
Worse still end of last year I bought the language pack which is helpful when going on holiday. Now it turns out they are just going to forget about all that and won't have access to the language pack anymore. So what I paid is completely gone and lonely planet didn't bother telling me about it only found out when looking up about this purchase.
Developer Response ,
Hi Victor. We're sorry you're having troubles subscribing to the Guides app. Our team is working hard to get this issue fixed. In the meantime, we can see you're in touch with someone from our team so they can help you resolve the issue. With this new update, we introduced a paid subscription model. Our writers are hard at work traveling the globe to update information, verify details and seek out the best places for travelers to discover. The subscription plans help ensure that we can bring you the best and most up-to-date content from all over the world. We currently include 5 free previews per month of sites and attractions without a subscription, and we will sometimes make select cities free for a period of time.
Perfect guide when out and about
I used this in conjunction with the guide book itself for traveling to Barcelona and found it very helpful when I was out. The “nearby” function is fantastic to find somewhere to stop for refreshments rather than just taking pot luck. Then it also tells you what other sights are near for when you are ready to go again plus exactly how far away they are from your current position. This allows a much more spontaneous approach to the day rather than having to keep trying to find the right page in the guidebook then wrestling with the maps.
I love pouring through the book to make plans and consider my trip as a whole but the app really helps to make the trip more fluid.
The app is also great for flicking through and deciding on your next holiday destination since you can get a feel for a city before committing to buying the book.
It’s free too! Which is very generous since you could manage without the guidebook at all.
My only comment would be, as previous reviewers have said, to be able to add a search function, particularly for top choices, would be really helpful.
Great app thanks Lonely Planet!
Developer Response ,
We're glad we could help you explore Barcelona, quacksT. We've got a few different search functions in the Guides app. From the main page, you can search by city or country to find guides to download. Once you've downloaded and opened a city, there's a search function at the top where you can search for specific places or categories within that city. Most cities also have a curated collection of top experiences. If you've got any other feedback or suggestions, you can contact us at AppSupport@lonelyplanet.com or through the in-app support (Settings, Help and support). Happy travels!
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