Tech-savvy tourists rejoice! If you want to ditch the map and guide book, take a look at these smartphone must-haves that will make your stay in Bristol as easy as A-P-P.

Banksy Bristol Trail by Cactus Apps

Street Art is one of Bristol’s most famous attractions and hunting it out is a fun way to discover the city’s unique creative culture. This easy-to-follow smartphone App has interactive map guides that help you easily navigate Banksy's artworks dotted around his home city. The App also includes information and photos of pieces that are no longer visible, plus a 25% discount for the bestselling book Home Sweet Home which celebrates Banksy’s street art in Bristol.

Banksy Mild Mild West


Download this free-to-use app to discover exclusive offers and loyalty schemes available across Bristol Shopping Quarter, as well as useful interactive trails to follow and a selection of exciting events happening in the area. 

First Bus

Plan your journeys around Bristol from door-to-door using the First Bus App. Features include real-time information about local bus services and a Space Checker which shows you the bus services and times that are typically quietest.

The cheapest and easiest way to buy tickets is through the app too - it's simple and you don't have to worry about having the right change. Choose from a book of single tickets, to day and group tickets, or even snap up a ticket for the Bristol Airport Flyer (£1 cheaper via the app). Plus its greener! 

Google Maps

This is an obvious one, but Google Maps will help you explore the city with minimal wrong turns. You can also check out customer reviews and popular times for attractions and restaurants before setting off on your journey.


If you’re planning a night on the town, make sure to check out Headfirst for music listings in just about every venue in the city. Browse through live music and club night events and when you’ve decided what will get you dancing, purchase a ticket via the App.

Pure Yoga

Find your Zen at Pure Yoga studio, based in one of the repurposed shipping containers at Cargo 2 on the Harbourside’s trendy Wapping Wharf. Pure Yoga offer a range of classes at different times of the day (including a handy express lunch class) which you can book and pay for via the App.


Image - Cargo 2, credit Jon Craig

Google Translate

Bristolians are a friendly bunch, but if language ever becomes a barrier between you and exploring the city, you can always rely on Google Translate to help you out.

Veezu Bristol

Travel around the city in Bristol’s answer to Uber. With V-Cars you can pay by cash or card and track your taxi on the live map.


Plan, book, check your train journey and find the cheapest train tickets with the free GWR mobile app. Well-organised travellers can save up to 50% with an Advance ticket, compared to Off-Peak fares, plus get live information on the go - including platform numbers and current carriage capacity. Download a mobile ticket to your phone and off you go!

National Express Coach

Make life easy for yourself with the National Express Coach App. Search and book coach travel to (and from) Bristol from hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports. Use the Coach Tracker to view timetables and track your coach in real time. Tickets bought through the app are automatically added to My Bookings and available offline and you can retrieve tickets booked on desktop or tablet to use on your device. You can also let your friends and family know your travel details by easily sharing your booking details via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, or over SMS and email.

National Express VUER

Looking to kill time on your coach journey? You can now plug in to over 100 hours of entertainment for free while you travel with National Express. Choose from top TV shows, keep up with the latest on Sky Sports News or swipe through a library of digital magazines. 

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Banksy Bristol Trail by Cactus Apps
Guided Tour
Banksy Bristol Trail by Cactus Apps

Visit Banksy artworks in his home town with our unique easy-to-follow smartphone app for iPhone and Android. The interactive map guides you easily around the remaining Banksy artworks in Bristol.

First West of England
Bus and Coach
Citylines 73 Temple Meads

First West of England provides bus services around Bristol, Bath and the West. Download the free First Bus app to find everything you’ll need for your journey, all in one place.

Pieminister - Stokes Croft
Pieminister - Stokes Croft exterior

Pieminister produces delicious handmade pies using only the finest ingredients sourced from the west country.