Travel App Development: Must Have Features and Cost Estimation

By James Tredwell on March 5, 2019

Travel is now one of the biggest industries in the world. Nowadays most of the travel booking is done over the internet and that is the reason why the number of travel apps for iOS and Android is increasing every day. According to a survey, mobile booking in the travel industry increased by 1700% in 3 years.

However, most of the Travel apps fail in the market because they are not well designed and lack essential features. A travel app must be user-friendly and at the same time, it must perform well. So today I am going to tell you the essential features that must be present in a travel app.

Personal Account

A travel app is an essential tool for those who travel regularly. Thus a travel app must allow the users to make a personal account using which he can handle everything effortlessly. Another benefit of a personal account is that you can obtain a lot of information about that person during the registration process.
But registration might be time taking and annoying so you can speed it up by allowing users to signup using their social media accounts like Facebook or Twitter.

Search and Filter option

Another necessary option for a travel app is search box using which people can search for popular locations spots, city attractions. There must be sorting and filter option so that users can filter the search results based on their preferences.

To make the users experience even better, you can provide recommendations based on the user’s preferences.

Hotel and Flight booking

A travel app is incomplete without hotels and flight booking services and you just cannot ignore this feature. You must provide your customers with a one-tap hotel and flight ticket booking option. For the promotion of your app, you can provide discounts and referral bonus to the users.


On reaching an unknown place, people are really confused as they are unfamiliar with the locations. Thus to make your customers feel like home adding navigation feature to your travel app is a good idea. For this, you can take the help of Google Map.

Surely this will increase the cost of building the app, but it is important to implement this feature.

Ratings and Reviews

Last but not the least rating and reviews option is equally important for the success of a travel app. No matter how much information you provide about a hotel or a particular place, your customers will only trust the reviews and testimonials by others who previously visited that place.

Other feature

Offline access to contents, push notifications regarding bookings and discounts, holiday packages, personalized deals are some other essential features which you can add to your app.

Cost estimations

A well-designed travel app which contains all the necessary features will definitely cost you a lot of money. This is because you need to collaborate with many other service providers. Depending on the features you are adding and the app development team you are going to hire, developing a travel app can cost you anywhere between $1500 to $3000.

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