These days it seems we are all dependent on the apps on our phones to complete virtually every task throughout the day — whether ordering food, determining the best route to get to our next meeting or calling a taxi. Aside from the general apps used worldwide, there are quite a few interesting apps that make Berlin expat living convenient and engaging. Read on as Archer Relocation details the ultimate apps for Berlin expats.
* All of the apps listed below are available in the iOS and Android app stores, but we have only included the link to the iOS store.
Sonntags – Live in Berlin (or anywhere in Germany) for long enough, and you will find yourself in need of something urgent on a Sunday. Despite what you might think, you actually do have options for shopping on Sunday. Sonntags is a great app for Berlin expats that provides a filterable map of all businesses that open their doors on this quiet day. Not only can you search for food shopping, but you can filter your search for drug stores, pharmacies and even flea markets.
ParkNow – There is no need to stress about finding coins for parking in Berlin now that ParkNow is available. It is as simple as allowing the app to detect your paid parking zone, activating your parking start time in the app, and then stopping the period once you have returned to the car. At the end of the month your payment method in the app is charged — easy peasy.
BVG – The Berlin transport system is extensive, and this app gives you the ability to easily navigate all means of travel across the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, trams, bus, ferries and regional lines. You can buy your ticket on the app without having to fumble around with change, route your travel and view all timetables for your desired modes of travel.
Citymapper – Integrated with Car2Go, Mo Bike, NextBike and Uber, this great app for Berlin expats literally has everything transportation-related you will ever need. Easily find departure times for trains and trams at all surrounding stations, locate the closest bike share, and map your best routes throughout the city all in one app.
Deliveroo/Foodora – We lumped these two apps together, as they have a common purpose in Berlin — deliver food to you via drivers on bikes. Both apps offer an extensive list of restaurants delivering to your address, with menus and approximate delivery times provided.
Immobilienscout24 – We all know that the Berlin real estate market is quite tough, but this app makes searching for a flat or house quite approachable. You can target your search by location, apartment size, number of rooms, available for rent or sale, and property features (terrace, fitted kitchen, etc.).
mytaxi – While Uber seems to be the taxi app choice in other parts of the world, we like mytaxi much better as an app for expats in Berlin. Just like Uber, you can pay in the app, estimate your fare and rate your driver. We find the drivers and cars to be a bit better than what you get with Uber in Berlin. A useful tip is that you can pre-book an airport ride with mytaxi up to four days in advance.
Treatwell – Should speaking the German language intimidate you when making a beauty-related appointment, look no further than Treatwell. The app enables you to make appointments for hair, nails, wax and other beauty treatments based on other user ratings and location.
Meetup – Happiness in Berlin surely can be enhanced when you are able to find other people with similar interests. Find a running group, network with others in the start-up community or find a mom community — all easily searchable through this app.
eBay Kleinanzeigen – Just think of this app as the largest flea market available in Berlin, where literally anything and everything is for sale or exchange. If you are in the market for second-hand children’s goods and bikes, this is especially a great place to start.
Arming yourself with these 10 apps for Berlin expats should come in handy on a daily basis. And, since Berlin is the start-up capital of Germany, you are sure to frequently come across new apps that make life easier and more enjoyable in the city.
Archer Relocation has been providing relocation services to families, individuals and companies in Berlin since early 2015. Managing Director, Emily Archer, founded the company desiring to use her first-hand experience as an expat to make the relocation process as smooth as possible for others moving to Berlin. Read other useful information about moving to and living in Berlin, such as ‘How to Find a Berlin Apartment’, on our Berlin Blog.
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