The 5 Best Traffic Apps for iPhone

Traffic jam is a global dilemma that only a few cities in the world has managed to solve and a lot has struggled with. Mexico City, Bangkok, Jakarta are currently on top of the worst traffic congestion according to the TomTom Traffic Index. Of the 189 cities monitored, the 26 least congested cities in the world are located in the United States.

But whether you’re settled in the Big Apple, grinding in the San Francisco Bay Area, or wandering through Bangkok, we all experience it. The popularity of navigation or traffic apps has really come a long way to help us get through our daily commute. On that note, we’ve listed the 5 best traffic apps for your iPhone, which all you need to avoid rummaging hundreds of traffic apps in the App Store only to find the mediocre ones.

#1 – Waze

Price: Free [Download]

Waze - The best Traffic app

Acquired by Google in 2013 for close to $1 billion, Waze is now the world’s biggest GPS navigation app with over 100 million active monthly users worldwide. One thing that makes Waze an ultra-successful tool is its crowdsourced information from its real-life users, not just based on an algorithm. It allows users to alert others to road accidents, road closures, road constructions, alternate routes, road officers, and things that might help other users navigate faster with less hassle and save time.

Waze gives you a more accurate estimated time of arrival because it’s based on live traffic data. A useful yet sometimes overlooked feature is the functionality that allows you to find the cheapest gas in your area. Waze has a plethora of voice navigation options to suit your taste. It can monitor your current speed and calls you out when you’re driving too fast and remember your frequent routes, destinations, and commute times.

For longer trips or unavoidable heavy traffic situations, you’ll definitely appreciate the Spotify integration to listen to your favorite songs, radio stations, or podcasts. All in all, Waze is best used when driving in the cities.

#2 – INRIX Traffic

Price: Free [Download]

INRIX Traffic

Developed by a company that provides luxury cars with real-time traffic data, INRIX Traffic has been the closest competitor to Waze among other navigation apps. It also has live traffic monitoring, voice assist, and automatic re-rerouting. It allows you to share incidents (road closures, accidents, street events, police activity, etc.) you find along the way to warn other users going down the same road as yours. You can even share your estimated time of arrival with anyone who’s waiting for you to arrive. However, it’s not as efficient as Waze when it comes to giving you the fastest route available.

The feature that really makes INRIX Traffic a knockout is its ability to show you cheap and convenient parking spots near your destination. This is particularly practical when you’re in big cities or anywhere else where cars fill the streets most of the time. Meanwhile, INRIX Traffic is absolutely free-to-download, free-to-use, and ad-free. But it isn’t so without some merit. It’s generating its revenue from the app by selling users’ data to transportation companies and other third parties.

See also: 9 Best Offline Maps Apps for Your iPhone

#3 – MapQuest

Price: Free [Download]


MapQuest gives you live traffic updates and efficient route suggestions to help you cut short your travel time. Bookmark your frequent commutes so don’t need to input your destination next time. Always check the route options; use the speedometer to compare your current speed to your route’s limit; or view local weather before hitting the road. MapQuest enables multipoint routing which is perfect if you have two or more stops.

MapQuest isn’t just a navigation app that gives you turn-by-turn directions in real-time, it also allows you to explore points of interests nearby, such as hotels, bars, restaurants, gas stations, and more. That said, you can find special hotel deals and book them directly from the app. Or,  browse menus, make reservations, and order food. Make use of the price comparison feature when buying gas. If you’re car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, ask for help from on-demand roadside assistance from within the app. For now, MapQuest only works in the United States and Canada.

#4 – Karta

Price: Free [Download]


Karta provides you with turn-by-turn directions to wherever you want to just like the other apps on the list, except it works offline. Yes, Karta doesn’t need an internet connection. You can use its live traffic service and find the best route to your destination.  The safety cameras make sure you’re informed when you’re getting close to a speed-limited zone. Karta also supports voice assist, voice search, one-box search, and automatic rerouting. On top of all those, you can use the app to find, compare, review, and make reservations at restaurants, shops, parks, gas stations, boutiques, parking spaces, and pretty much everything you might need along the way.

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#5 – Citymapper

Price: Free [Download]


If you’re living or working in big cities like New York, Sydney, London, or Tokyo, you’re a match made in heaven with Citymapper. It has pretty much all the details you need to iron out your maddening daily commute. See real-time departures, transit maps, train route status, live disruption updates, and even bike routing and live bike-sharing information. If you’re an Uber driver or passenger, use Citymapper to accept bookings or find a ride.

With the release of iOS 12, Citymapper has become a more powerful navigation app. It now allows you to record voice commands and let Siri read them aloud. You can ask Siri how the traffic to your work is, have her read out the details on departure and estimated time of arrival, etc. For now, though, select cities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe, and Latin America have access to the map. But you can vote for your city to be included as well.


It’s not a secret that Waze is the best navigation app for your iPhone or any mobile device for that matter. It’s accurate; it’s free; it has all the basic features you will need on the road. But if you’re looking for great alternatives, or you want to explore something new, or you want something that Waze doesn’t offer, we’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong with the other options on this list.

We hope we’ve laid out the best traffic apps for your iPhone that will suit your needs. Let us know what you think of these apps.


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