Beginner's Guide for WordPress / Start your WordPress Blog in minutes

6 Best WordPress Appointment and Booking Plugins

Do you want to allow your customers to book an appointment directly from your WordPress site? Many businesses need an appointment booking form which allows customers to easily book an appointment online. In this article, we will show you the best WordPress appointment and booking plugins.

Best WordPress appointment and booking plugins

What Kind of Appointment and Booking Form Plugin To Choose?

You may want to customize your appointment booking form to meet your business requirements. However, there are few common things that you should look for in your WordPress booking form plugin.

Your appointment booking form should be able to accept customer requests for available time slots divided into your business hours.

It should work on mobile phones, so that your customers can easily book appointments from their phones as well as computers.

A good appointment booking form will save appointments in your WordPress database or a calendar app like Google Calendar. You may also want to send an automatic email notification to customers once their booking is accepted.

That being said, let’s take a look at the best appointment and booking plugins that you can use on your WordPress site.

1. Sugar Calendar

Sugar Calendar

Sugar Calendar is a powerful event management and calendar plugin for WordPress that you can use to create event schedules, collect payments, and more.

Sugar Calendar event syncs with your Google Calendar to help with your workflow.

You can connect Sugar Calendar with other WordPress form builder plugins like WPForms or Ninja Forms to unlock the full power of form builder and events.

What we really like about Sugar Calendar is that it’s fast and simple. Unlike other plugins, it’s not bloated and works very well with other plugins.

If you’re looking to do one-off events or recurring events, Sugar Calendar is the plugin for you. It has great timezone support, the plugin works on all devices, comes with calendar widgets, and everything you need.

2. BirchPress

BirchPress

BirchPress is a comprehensive WordPress booking plugin. It allows you to add a professional online booking management system into your WordPress site. Your users can book appointments from your website and pay for it using their PayPal account or credit card.

BirchPress syncs your booking calendar with your other calendars such as Google Calendar, iCal, Android, Outlook, etc. It has a customizable email notification and reminder system to keep you, and your clients informed about the booking.

3. Booking Calendar

Booking Calendar

Booking Calendar is one of the best free WordPress booking plugins in the market. It is simple, easy to use, and well documented. It comes with a calendar view for both you and your website visitors. You can easily add your booking / appointment form into any WordPress post or page.

While it is simple enough for beginners, it is also very powerful and includes a whole range of options that can be configured from the plugin’s settings page. It comes with built-in captcha to prevent spam, email notifications, jQuery effects, and more. You can even customize the booking form with your own custom fields.

4. WP Simple Booking Calendar

WP Simple Booking Calendar

WP Simple Booking Calendar is another straightforward WordPress booking plugin. Simply create a calendar and then add it to a post or page using the shortcode. It only allows users to book an entire day. This means there are no hourly time slots.

If you were looking for something very simple and basic for rooms, accommodation, or other per day offerings, then this plugin will do the job. For more complex items, look at the plugins we mentioned above.

5. Easy Appointments

Easy Appointments

Easy Appointments is a flexible and free WordPress appointment booking plugin. It allows you to easily add multiple locations, services, and workers. After that you can create flexible connections with granular control of the calendar. It also allows you to customize the booking form by adding custom form fields.

You can easily add appointment booking form to any page or post using the shortcode. You can also customize the notification emails plugin sends to clients, workers, and website administrator.

6. WPForms

WPForms

WPForms is the best WordPress contact form plugin. It comes with a beginner friendly drag and drop form builder that allows you to easily create any kind of form within minutes.

Over 5 million websites use WPForms to create smarter online forms.

WPForms can be integrated with Google Calendar through Zapier but it doesn’t allow you to set working hours. However, if you already have WPForms installed, then you can easily use it to create a custom booking form. You will have to manually approve and confirm each appointment.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress appointment and booking plugins. You may also want to see our list of the must have WordPress plugins for business websites, and our comparison of best business phone services for small business.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: Our content is reader-supported. This means if you click on some of our links, then we may earn a commission. See how WPBeginner is funded, why it matters, and how you can support us.

The Ultimate WordPress Toolkit

Get FREE access to our toolkit – a collection of WordPress related products and resources that every professional should have!

Reader Interactions

51 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Easy appointment is definitely off my list, after two clients request for appointments were not forwarded to my mailbox and thus I didn’t see these appointments, it is time for something that really works and is reliable.

    • You can use these for rentals and reach out to the support for what you are wanting to use for the specifics on how to set that up.

      Admin

  2. Very useful article. I would like to know which plugin is best for two way google calendar sync functionality?
    I mean, for eg: I am developing an application where customers can book appointment to get their house cleaned. So they need to select date and time slots to book an appointment with my cleaner. What I need is: I want my cleaner to able to set his availability time directly from the Google calendar. Is it possible? If so, please suggest me which plugin should I go for?

  3. I think you missed out some important scheduling software like

    1. SuperSaaS: offers a completely free version and very low cost subscription plans with a lot of amazing features like ability to set pricing rules, create discounts & promotional offers and so on.

    2. Acuity Scheduling: Very popular but a little expensive if you want customization

    3. Calendly: Meeting scheduling system

    • You can add locations to most of these plugins, if you reach out to their support with the specifics you need they should be able to let you know if that is available.

      Admin

  4. I am looking for a totally free date and time appointment booking plugin. I need to finish the project as cheap as possible. I know that is a tall order to fill but maybe someone knows of one.

    • You may want to look at the Easy Appointments plugin in this list under number five. :)

      Admin

  5. Hi,
    First of all, thanks for this great article

    I’m creating a platform for independent tour guides to propose their services here in Paris, which plugin could be the best for this? having in mind that there will be many guides and each of them with different services to propose.

    Thanks in advance

  6. Hey…

    I have seen few new plugins as well like buddypress, appointment buddy etc.

    You can surely add few more..

  7. Hi, I am looking for a booking system for appointments that can handle a client having a quota of free time per month, then allowing a paid rate for the hours after that time is used up? It wold of course renew the quota for the following month.

    Is this at all possible, I have been looking for a couple of days at various options, most the plugins I have looked at cannot do this.
    TIA
    Mike

    • Hey buddy. Did you find anything? I am in search of such plugins and haven’t found one single one that can do this.

  8. Hi!

    Im buliding a website where i sell many different classes and courses, for exampel dance, yoga and gymnastics.

    I need an calendar that alows for puting up courses with serten number of participates, also it will come in handy if i can have different actvities and classes at the same date and whour. For exampel, bachata course in this location, Yoga session on that location – but at the same time.

    Further it would be good if there would be a function so people could pay straight away, rather than we having to contact them, asking them to pay, wait for the payment, the confirm the payment and the booking.

    What plugin should i shoose? Thank you wery mouch! =)

  9. Hello ,
    I am making a website . I want a plugin by which I can send msg to individual recipient through a contact form or by mobile SMS . Can you help me find that’s like a plugin

  10. Hello!

    I’m creating a Marketplace MVP for hairdressers.

    Is there a plugin that create an individual agenda per hairdresser registered on my website?

    I found very good solutions, but just for one WP installation. Not per user (independent hairdressers or salons).

    The perfect world would be use with Portuguese translation. I can help on this translation too.

  11. We are a charity Village Hall, and looking for a calendar/booking request system for our 2 different Halls. Is there a plugin for this type? Many thanks

  12. Hi.

    I am using Plan Up theme for online booking event tickets.
    I am looking for a plugin that will work as ticket counter. If I have 100 tickets to sell it will do the countdown to zero and then it will be no more possible to sell more tickets. Is there a way to do this whitout to install WooCommers?

    Thnaks in advance

  13. Can you suggest an affordable appointment calendar with a payment processor? I need the client to book and pay for their appointment online.

  14. I run a beauty salon. I have a wordpress site with a Woocommerce online store where I also sell skincare products. I would like to create an area on my website where customers can log in to make/view/amend online appointments and also view past purchases made via my online store.

    I have seen several websites which all have a similar set up but I’m not sure what plugin they are using for appointment booking

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks

    • If you are using Chrome there are many extensions it can be added. There is a few that detects where a site is a WordPress site and the plug-ins used on the WordPress site. That should help you find plug-in the functions the way you want.

  15. Hi, am using adventure tour theme,the booking form does not clear the detail after checkout what might be the problem kindly

  16. I offer three services who’s only real constraint is time. I control my capacity by the number of people I have on site. The services I provide take place over the course of an entire workday, so there’s no real need to schedule by the hour/minute – I just need to make sure that the services I have booked do not exceed the total hours I have a available. The challenge is that all the services pull from the same “bucket” of raw materials. Is there a tool that can accomplish this?

  17. Dear , I am looking a wordpress theme for online booking of travel visa service , customer can apply for different country visa by online .
    We need to add visa policy and uploading Felicity in the theme . any one have like theme .

    • Hi Diane,

      In that case, you should try WPForms. It is an easy to use form builder plugin for WordPress. You can create a form allowing users to select desired time slots, dates, contact information, and send it to request their appointment. This will be stored in your WordPress admin area, you will also get the appointment request via email.

      Admin

  18. Hi,

    I’m looking for an appointment/booking/reservation plugin/software for a shuttle service. I’m looking for multiple slots per time period – like 5 seats for 9:27 AM, so it will show how many seats left, if e.g. 2 seats were reserved, 3/5 seats are available – being able to put the airport arrival and departure times and then how many seats are available with the decrease of seats showing as each booking is made, along with a payment option.

    Also, I’m planning on offering an errand and appointment shuttle service, so would like to give them the option of a few time slots available that don’t overlap the airport arrival and departure times, if this is all possible.

    I would prefer to pay outright for the plugin, instead of a subscription. Do you know of the best plugin/software that is available for this? Thanks, in advance!

  19. Really Wonderful Blog….!!!!
    Very helpful for the appointment software plugin tips.

  20. Hello,
    Am looking to add “booking appointment” form in my site for car service and repairs. Would any of the above do as it seems most of them are for hotel reservations.

    Thank You.

  21. Your review of the Booking Calendar is very misleading. The version you show as a picture is not free, but actually very expensive.
    The free version does not allow for time-slots, only full days can be booked. What is the point in that.
    Like always, empty promises. I don’t mind paying money for good services and products, but this stupid teasing business they all seem to do now goes on my nerves

    • Which is the best booking calendar to book by time-slots? is Booking Calendar’s paid version worth the cost?

      • We are a non-profit and need a function which will allow us to book rooms for classes. We purchased the paid version of Booking Calendar, and it is not user friendly. You need to copy, cut, paste code and edit it. It was, in my opinion, a complete waste of money. I’m back to searching for a simple, user-friendly plug in solution. If you are good with coding the $79 may be worth it, but for us it was not.

  22. Hi all!

    I’m looking into creating a website for babysitters. Ideally, I’d like to add a process whereby babysitters can create their own profile and enter their hours available to work on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. When a user fills out the booking form including date and time range I would like it to automatically show only babysitters who are available at that moment. Successful completion of the booking form would then remove the babysitter from future search results for that moment.

    Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

  23. Hi! I wondered whether any of these plug-ins have the capability to allow my customers to add multiple reminder dates? For instance, their partners birthday, their wedding anniversary, kids birthdays etc…. if no, do you have a suggestion of what may be suitable?

    TIA

  24. Hi guy, thanks for the article!
    I’m looking for a booking plugin for an hotel website, which one do you suggest?

  25. I’ve lost money and time trying to modify a wordpress pricerr theme to allow each seller to accept appointments. Can you name any e-Commerce theme where users can easily make appointments, and be easily setup or automated by admin? If I had 1,000 sellers I’d want it simple!!

  26. Of the “Five Best Appointment and Booking Plugins,” you mention that one is free, but you don’t mention the prices of any of the others.

    To me, any review of something that costs money is useless without telling us how much it costs.

  27. I think you may have missed the boat here. I tried a number of these and looked at the ease of use and features before settling on BOOKLY.

Leave A Reply

Thanks for choosing to leave a comment. Please keep in mind that all comments are moderated according to our comment policy, and your email address will NOT be published. Please Do NOT use keywords in the name field. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation.