8 essential apps for expats in Madrid


New to living in Madrid? Getting setup in a new city always has its hurdles. From finding a place to live to getting around town - every city is different. But, if you've got a smartphone, we've got you covered. Here are our top apps for navigating expat life in Madrid:

Metro de Madrid Official

Madrid's Metro system is one of the best in the world - and a great way to get around the city and explore new areas. The official Metro App lets you plan your journeys with ease. It also has a useful feature mapping popular tourist destinations.

Download it for Android and iPhone.

The Fork

A TripAdvisor App, The Fork is a must have for any Madrid food fan. It give you reviews of the best eateries - and discounts in many of them. You can also reserve tables within the App - perfect if you're still polishing your Spanish.

Download it for iPhone and Android.


Struggling with your Spanish? Duolingo can help (although getting used to the accent is on you!). This great app makes learning a new language (or improving your language skills) super easy. And if it's not the one for you, check out our blog on the best language learning apps here.

Duolingo is available for iPhone and Android.


Want to grab a taxi across town? MyTaxi lets you hail cabs from your smartphone. And book them in advance. And calculate fares And pay for them. Win win win. Win.

Download it for Android and iPhone.


Looking for a flatshare or flatmate? Badi is a great way to do both. It lets you chat to other renters, search for flats and look for new flatmates.

Download it for Android and iPhone.


An essential aid for exploring in Madrid (and more and more cities around the world!) is CityMapper. Simply put in your location, destinations and choose how you want to get there. The app does the rest.

Available for iPhone and Android. Live Madrid / Time Out

Madrid has some of the best culture in Europe. But you already knew that. Live Madrid and Time Out are both great resources for finding Madrid's best things to do, restaurants, theatre and nightlife - all in one place.

Download Live Madrid for Android. Download it for iOS and Android.

And finally... Wise

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Unlike banks, with Wise you don't pay a markup in the exchange rate when your money is converted into another currency. And you'll save even more by avoiding the international Swift fees and the intermediary banks, when you send and receive money abroad.

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