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5 Best Route Planner Apps of 2024

Find out the very best route finder apps available on the market in the UK and worldwide, rated for useability, efficiency and all-round awesomeness!

When searching for useful driving apps it's important to take a few things into consideration. If you want the hassle-free experience without a high price-tag then you've come to the right place as all these navigation apps are free to download. Plan the ideal route in advance and plot the perfect way to your destination. Either available online or offline you can download maps in advance and even schedule a time to leave.

These navigation apps show multiple routes available and allow multiple stops as well as providing distance to travel, your journey time and ETA. Choose your ideal route finder from our hand-picked selection of route planner apps for Android or iPhone below. The most suitable app for you will depend largely on your driving preferences, style and even your personality!

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1. Waze

This community-based traffic and navigation app takes our top spot

Waze app screenshots on iOS

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Prioritising getting you to your destination as quickly as possible and minimising your time on the road, Waze will lead you to your destination in record time. Download the Waze app and see real-time road conditions and find the best routes to take before you set off. This route finder is one of the best at getting you from A to B with the least hassle by avoiding traffic and unexpected hazards along the way. Whether you drive a car, taxi or motorbike Waze has to be one of the best on the market.

Free to download and fully customisable, you can select the type of fuel you use and even the type of vehicle you drive to tailor the app for a more personal experience. You'll also receive alerts about police and speed cameras, as well as find the nearest petrol stations, hotels and places to eat too.


Price: Free

2. Google Maps

A popular navigation app and itinerary planner

Google Maps app screenshots on iOS

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Possibly the most widely recognised route planner available, with its traditional way of displaying the journey for your trip, the Google Maps app can search for directions to and from anywhere in the world. Along with driving, Google Maps has support for public transportation, walking and cycling. You can download maps ahead of time and access these offline which is great for planning a trip in advance and ideal if you're travelling to an area with uncertain internet connection.

The real-time GPS navigation allows you to travel the world faster and easier. Google Maps provides the latest information on businesses, including supermarkets, pharmacies and other important places of interest on your way too.

Check out our Google Maps vs Waze page as we put pedal to the metal and compare these top two apps to find out which would take 1st place on the winner's podium.


Price: Free

3. TomTom GO Navigation

Never get lost again with clear navigation, even available offline

Tom Tom screenshots on iOS

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Create and customise routes with TomTom MyDrive Route Planner and you can save planned journeys to your account once you've signed up. You can even sync them to your navigation device if you have one. This popular sat nav app will specify the fastest and most efficient route to your destination and you can add as many stops as you'd like. You can even select to venture down a more scenic route as this app can highlight particularly beautiful or interesting stretches of road on the map for you.

Available on Android, IOS or Huawei the TomTom Go Navigation App may be free to download but, unlike other apps we've mentioned, useage requires you to sign-up for a subscription plan which is billed monthly and can be cancelled at any time. You can usually sign up for a free 7-day trial to decide if it's right for you before you pay a penny though.


Price: £7.99 p/m or £19.99 p/y, or £29.99 p/y for Family Plan of up to 5 family members


Fast and detailed app that's entirely offline

MAPS.ME: Offline Maps screenshots on iOS

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Save money on mobile data with the app that's available offline all over the world including the UK. The No.1 for travel maps, simply download a map, choose your route and prepare yourself for a great journey. Similarly to Google Maps, this travel app provides navigations for different types of transport. If you need a place to stay, you can even conveniently make hotel bookings straight from your phone.

Not only will this app help to find the best way to your destination but the popular travel guides within allow you to get to know your location once you're there! You'll find detailed descriptions and photos of places to visit via the itineraries section of the app, enabling you to make the most of your trip.


Price: Free

5. ViaMichelin GPS Route Planner

ViaMichelin offers you peace of mind and the pleasure of discovery

ViaMichelin screenshots on iOS

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The ViaMichelin app provides Michelin maps, routes with real-time traffic and 3D mapping GPS navigation with voice guidance - all for free! Optimise your drive based on traffic conditions and with multiple routes available you can select the journey that looks right for you. Choose between the shortest, the quickest, cheapest, Michelin recommended, or even a discovery route. This interactive app is simple and easy to use.

The ViaMichelin route planner on desktop allows you to download and save routes in advance. If you'd prefer a more traditional map, you can also print the directions. With an assuring list of customisable options, you can calculate the cost of your trip in advance by providing the model of your car and the type of fuel you use. Similarly to the Waze app, ViaMichelin will also find the cheapest petrol station along your trip. Great for planning journeys for even your most familiar routes.


Price: Free

Route Planner App FAQs

What about the RAC and AA Route Planners?

The RAC and AA Route Planners are great for planning drives in advance in the UK. You can quickly choose the easiest route to your destination and select from various options, including avoiding motorways if you prefer. The RAC and AA apps however are more useful if you have either an RAC or AA membership. Not only can you avoid traffic jams but you'll be able to track membership and easily report a breakdown through the apps. Additionally, you can set up reminders for when your car's MOT test and car service are due.

Can Google Maps do route planning?

Yes, Google Maps is an extremely useful route planner. It's easy to use, absolutely free and provides lots of useful information including the simplest and most efficient routes to your destination.

What is the best route planner for delivery drivers?

There are several apps available that help delivery teams create more efficient shift schedules and ensure a delivery driver can be on time for each delivery slot. These apps also allow a driver to plan for multiple stops along a delivery route and provide an optimised journey from A to B that can include additional stops. These apps are either free-of-charge or require a subscription fee.

The top 10 most useful apps for delivery drivers include:

  1. Circuit
  2. Google Maps
  3. MapQuest
  4. Onfleet
  5. OptimoRoute
  6. Road Warrior
  7. Route XL
  8. Routific
  9. Upper Route Planner
  10. Waze

Is there an app that plans a route with multiple stops?

Yes, there are a number of route planner apps that allow you to plot a number of stops along the journey. Currently, Mapquest is one of the most popular multi-stop delivery route finder apps available. However, if you're not a delivery driver and would just like to check out some sites along the way then several of the apps mentioned on this page have this functionality, including the Waze app and Google Maps.

Which is the better route planner out of Google Maps and Waze?

Google Maps and Waze are two of the contenders for top spot. Both are free to download and, being Google-owned global mapping apps for iPhones and Androids, they are extremely reliable. Waze is a community-based app that is purely driver-focused, whereas Google Maps is more data-based. Waze offers a higher level of customisation features than Google Maps, which drivers may prefer. Visit our Google Maps vs Waze page to find out which of these apps takes top spot.

What are the best free travel apps?

Our app stores are jam-packed with exciting travel apps that make hassle-free travel possible including our very own HEHA!. Other useful travel apps include:

  • Flighttradar24
  • Skyscanner
  • PackPoint
  • Tripadvisor
  • XE Currency Converter
  • Google Translate
  • Airline apps
  • Airbnb

Discover more with our holiday apps guide.