How much does it cost to build a travel app?

Standard price for a travel app: $37,500

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What is a travel app?

A travel application is a web or mobile application that enables users to plan and schedule trips. Travel apps usually include features such as maps, itineraries, trip planner tools, and currency converters. Some travel applications also enable users to share their travel plans with others.

Travel apps have much in common with other transportation apps, such as ride hailing apps (Uber, Lyft), delivery apps (Postmates, DoorDash), and car rental apps (Hertz, Enterprise). Some of the most popular travel apps today are Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, and HotelTonight.

Here are some recent travel app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A travel app for people looking to travel to Africa. After login customers select the experience they're looking for in Africa. Pyramids, beaches, jungle, hiking trails and more.

What is the typical cost to build a travel app?

A travel app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A travel app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent travel app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $20,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a travel app?

A travel app usually takes 267 hours to build. However, a travel app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 400 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent travel apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 267

How to successfully grow your travel application

A travel app can grow by making it easy for users to find hotels or vacation packages that meet their needs. It may be most effective for a travel app to focus on the most relevant and popular destinations, such as the top tourist locations in Europe. Travel apps can also grow by offering special offers and discounts to new users, and by providing exclusive deals for high-quality hotels and resorts. When a user completes a trip, the travel app can reward them with free credits that they can use towards future trips.

Risks and challenges of building a travel application

A travel booking app faces risks related to regulatory compliance, traveler safety, and service delivery. At a minimum, it is important that your app meets the terms of use governing its operations in the applicable jurisdictions. You will also want to include features for preventing and handling disputes related to services provided by third-party suppliers such as airlines or hotels. In addition, you will want to include features ensuring the safety of travelers (such as 24/7 access to emergency services).

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