In a previous post, I shared some of our experiences and observations about Driving in México. I wanted to take the opportunity to expand upon that a little further. In this post, I will talk about 5 mobile apps and Web sites that have come in very handy during our travels.

In a previous post, I shared some of our experiences and observations about Driving in México. I wanted to take the opportunity to expand upon that a little further. In this post, I will talk about 5 mobile apps and Web sites that have come in very handy during our travels. There are lots of other great navigation and driving tools out there but for us personally the following 5 have been the most useful – 1) Google Maps, 2) Mappir, 3) Waze, 4) Gasoapp and 5) Capufe. And the best part is that they’re all completely free!

1) GOOGLE MAPS

*There is a mobile app and Web site version

With nearly 13,000 miles logged on the roads of México so far, I would have to say that we have relied on Google Maps the most heavily. It has been remarkably accurate and it’s my go-to tool whenever we are on the road traveling. I primarily use the mobile app (while in route) but will typically look at the Web site prior to embarking on any new destination. If you’re going where the Internet is slow, mobile data is expensive, or you can’t get online, you can save an area from Google Maps (provided its available in your respective region) to your phone or tablet and use it when you’re offline. Though there are GPS devices (i.e., Garmin, Magellan, TomTom, etc.) out there, which are typically quite expensive, I firmly believe that Google Maps is a great alternative. The mobile app is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play. Below are screenshots of both the mobile app and desktop/laptop Web site versions, respectively.

México - Google Maps
México - Google Maps

2) MAPPIR

*There is a mobile app and Web site version

Mappir is an official Mexican government technology resource, developed by/for the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), which will estimate the tolls and fuel costs between any two points in México. The fuel costs estimate accuracy is dependent on the data that you enter. However, in regards to the estimated tolls, it is pretty accurate based on having used it a number of times all over the country. The mobile app is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play. Below are screenshots of both the mobile friendly Web site (not mobile app) and full desktop/laptop Web site version, respectively.

México - Mappir
México - Mappir
México - Mappir

3) WAZE

*There is a mobile app and Web site version

If you are not yet familiar with Waze, it is a community-based traffic and navigation tool and is very popular in México. As an FYI, Waze is owned by Google. I will sometimes use Waze in conjunction (or in lieu of) with Google Maps to get a more detailed picture of local traffic conditions and incidents. It’s a great tool to get real-time data. The mobile app is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play. Below are screenshots of both the mobile app and desktop/laptop Web site versions, respectively.

México - Waze
México - Waze

4) GASOAPP

*There is only a mobile app version

Gasoapp is an official Mexican government technology resource, developed by/for the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), which allows you to search for all gas stations up to a 20KM radius from your current location. You can also check to see what types of fuel are available and the current price. It will even let you report any issues at a particular location. This is a great tool to have since there can be long stretches of highway without frequent gas stations, so it’s always best to be prepared. It is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play. Below are screenshots of the mobile app.

México - Gasoapp
México - Gasoapp

5) CAPUFE

*There is only a Web site version

Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos (CAPUFE), is a decentralized federal Mexican government agency that falls under the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) and is responsible for a variety of functions in support of the Department of Transportation. CAPUFE has a Web site that will show you traffic incidents on federal highways and roads across the country. This is a great tool to use in conjunction with Waze to see up-to-date conditions. Below is a screenshot of the Web site.

México - CAPUFE

There are lots of different navigation and driving tools out there. These are the ones that have been the most helpful to us and that we continue to use today. If you have any particular favorites that I haven’t mentioned, I would love to hear about them. I’m always interested in learning and trying new technology. Safe travels!

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