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With SXSW Interactive just behind us and the new ranking of Austin as the #1 Tech City in the world, we thought it would be a great idea to share some of our favorite apps for every Austinite to explore the city we love.
Best Apps to Get Around Without a Car in Austin
- Get Around – Launching in Austin soon, this app lets you choose from hundres of cars shared by people in your neighborhood with convenient daily and hourly rates available.
- Uber – Connecting riders to friendly, background checked drivers through their app.
- Lyft – Connecting riders to friendly, background checked drivers through their app.
- B-Cycle – Swipe your credit card and grab a bike.
- RideScout – An appp that informs user of all forms of transit from bus, bike, taxi, car share, rideshare, parking and walking directions in one view. Also allows you to compare rides by cost and type.
- Transit App – Displays all nearby transport options and departure times. Helps you quickly plan routes, request an Uber, or grab the closest bike share or car2go.
- Car2Go – The price is set, just find an available Car2Go and drive. Choose from either an elecetric or gas powered smart car for two.
- RouteShout – Find the nearest bus stop, pick up times, available stops and routes.
- Google Transit – Transportation service that is open to public, operates with fixed schedules and routes. Simple and free!
- CapMetro App – Use this app for bus schedules, maps and real-time arrival information.
- Hail a Cab – Need a ride? Use this app to signal a ride from the nearst cab available.
Best Apps for Austin Real Estate and Vacation Properties
- Realty Austin Mobile Home Search App – Search all homes, condos and lots for sale in the Austin, Texas metro area. Use our interactive map search to find homes for sale, save your favorite listings, get notified about open houses, price changes and status changes.
- Austin Relocation Guide for iOS – Definitely a must for anyone considering visiting, moving to, living in, or just wants to learn more about Austin.
- Austin Traffic – Austin’s premier source for traffic info when looking at houses around Austin. This app includes cameras, maps, and real-time incident reports.
- SafeTREK (for when looking at houses) – Summon immediate help with the push of a Panic Button and instantly connect with emergency contacts and a 24/7 response cell center.
- AirBNB – Make travel planning easier, opens the door to world’s most interesting places to stay and simplest way to earn money from your extra space.
- HomeAway – Puts over 1 million properties from all over the world in your hands and makes it easy for owners and managers to run their businesses from their smartphone.
Best Apps to Make Friends or Find a Date in Austin
- Tinder – Swipe through strangers and make new friends.
- Singles Around Me – Location based mobile dating app for finding nearby singles in your area.
- Firefly – Meet people that your friends know! Login with your Facebook profile and each day the app matches you with a few of your Facebook friends’ single friends.
- Grouper – Meet people with your friends! Grouper sets up drinks between two groups of friends.
- Hinge – Meet real people through real friends in real life!
- HowAboutWe – Post a date idea and meet up with someone who wants to do same thing.
- OkCupid – Use math to calculate your best matches, making dating simple and fun.
- Plenty of Fish – Using advanced matching algorithms, view matches, and send & receive unlimited messages for free!
- Meetup – Hang out with your neighbors bt getting together to learn something, do something, share something.
- FourSquare – Check in a location and see who else is there.
- Nearify – Discover new and amazing events nearby.
- Meet my Dog – New location based social application that helps you connect with other dog owners in your area.
- NextDoor – Free, private social network for you, your neighbors and your community.
Best Apps to Eat Out in Austin
- Push For Pizza – Pick a nearby pizzeria based on your location, and pay through the app to have it delivered.
- Yelp – Fastest and easiest way to search for businesses near you.
- Urbanspoon – Find menus, photos, ratings, reviews and even make reservations for local restaurants in Austin.
- AustinFoodCarts – Tracks the latest and greatest mobile food carts, trucks and trailers in Austin.
- Instacart – Free up your weekend and have your groceries delivered within one hour.
- Favor – Order anything from any store within the delivery area and runners shop for you.
- Postmates – Get the best of your city delivered in minutes.
- Eat 24 – Order food delivery from your favorite restaurants in town.
- Fungry – Spin-wheel food finder for local restauraunts in Austin.
- Keep Austin Eatin’ – Full of great info and photos of the best eats around Austin.
Best Apps to Get Fit in Austin
- FitMob – Unlimited top local fitness classes and gym access for one low price.
- MindBody – An app for anyone who loves health and wellness. Use the app to find a place then see what classes or appointments they offer.
- MapMyFitness – Provides interactive tools to make fitness social, simple and rewarding.
- YMCA of Austin – Schedules, facility status, program highlights, events, and check-in.
- Yoga Yoga Austin – Yoga Yoga has 5 studios in Austin and offers over 325 classes.
- Pure Pilates Austin – Plan and schedule pilates classes with Pure Pilates.
- My City Bikes Austin – Your best resource for finding local cycling routes for commuter biking, road biking mountain biking and sightseeing in Austin.
Best Apps for Things to Do in Austin
- Austin Insider guide – Find Austin’s best restaurants and live music venues. Jam packed with things to do, Austin events, and trip ideas!
- Locally Austin – Tool for residents and visitors to discover locally-owned small businesses.
- Free at – Find out where to have fun in Austin for free!
- Austin Interactive City Guide – Ultimate guide for planning a trip throughout Austin.
- Alamo Drafthouse App – Browse showtimes, movie descriptions and purchase tickets directly from your phone.
- Austin 360 – Helps you easily find things to do all around Austin.
- Austin Business Journal – Stay in the loop with reporting on local businesses and events.
- Austin Party Guide – Find the locations and details for all parties in Austin.
- Scene Check Bars & Live Music – Find the hottest local promotions in Austin with live drink specials, happy-hours, and free shows.
- Austin Chronicle Calendar – Discover amazing things to do, events, concerts, happy hours, and much more!
- CityGram Austin – Connects locals and visitors to the best restaurants, live music, shops, and hidden gems in Austin.
- Hoodere – Fresh new planner and social calendar to help you discover plans, and find good company.
- SXSW Go – Official app for getting the most out of SXSW.
- SXSWfm – Official online radio channel of SXSW.
- Bandsintown – Discover which of your favorite bands are heading to Austin.