10 Cities With Free Public Wi-fi Everywhere

Staying Connected Just Isn't A Problem

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Wanting to check your email on the move, find a route to the next tourist attraction or book a table for dinner? If you're visiting one of these ten cities, you'll have no problem doing so – they all provide plenty of free public Wi-fi for visitors to use as much as they wish.

 

Barcelona

Visit Barcelona and you'll be able to hang out on the sand, explore Gaudi's incredible architecture, eat pintxos and drink red wine – all while updating your Facebook status to tell everyone at home what a great time you're having.

This northern Spanish city has an extensive free public Wi-fi network, and you'll find hotspots everywhere from beaches to markets, museums and even on street signs and lampposts.

 

Perth

Perth may be one of the most isolated state capitals in the world, but that doesn't mean you'll need to stay offline while visiting this western Australian city.

The city government rolled out a Wi-fi network that covers most of the city center – and unlike most cafes, airports and even hotels in the country, it's free and unlimited for visitors (although you'll need to reconnect now and then).

 

Wellington

Not to be outdone, New Zealand's capital of Wellington also offers free public Wi-fi throughout the center of this compact coastal city. Even better, it's reasonably speedy, and doesn't ask for any of your personal details. You'll need to reconnect every half hour, but in country where fast, free Internet access is almost unheard of, that seems a small price to pay.

 

New York

Whether you're wandering through Times Square, laying on the grass in Central Park or even just boarding the subway, it's not hard to find free public Wi-fi in New York.

The city government has put together a network that covers several parks and tourist drawcards, as well as around 70 subway stations.

There's also an ambitious plan underway to replace old phone booths with hotspots throughout the five boroughs, which will blanket the city with free, fast connections.

 

Tel Aviv

Israel's Tel Aviv launched a free Wi-fi program in 2013 that's available to residents and tourists alike. There are now over 180 hotspots throughout the city, including the beaches, city center and markets. Over 100,000 visitors used the service in its first year, so it's definitely popular.

 

Seoul

The South Korean capital has long been known for fast Internet, and it's now bringing it to the streets. A massive network of hotspots is being rolled out all over this connected city, including Itaewon Airport, the famous Gangnam neighborhood, parks, museums and elsewhere. Even taxis, buses and subways let you jump online for free.

 

Osaka

It's not cheap to visit Japan, so anything you can do to bring the costs down is welcome. How does free Wi-fi throughout the country's second-largest city, Osaka, sound? The only restriction is a need to reconnect every half hour, but as in Wellington, that's not a major hardship for most visitors.

 

Paris

The City of Lights is also the city of connectivity, with over 200 hotspots offering a connection for up to two hours.

Even better, you can reconnect immediately if you need to. Plenty of popular tourist locations are covered, including the Louvre, Notre Dame and many others.

 

Helsinki

Public Wi-fi in the Finnish capital doesn't need a password, and services are available throughout the city. The biggest cluster of hotspots is in the downtown area, but you'll also find free access available on buses and trams, at the airport and in civic buildings in many of the surrounding suburbs.

 

San Francisco

San Francisco, the startup hub of the United States, took surprisingly long to roll out free Wi-fi, but there are now over 30 public hotspots available thanks to a check from Google. Visitors and locals can now connect in playgrounds, recreation centers, parks and plazas, all without cost. It's not as widespread as some other cities yet, but it's definitely a good start.