Smartphone transport apps are a great way of sourcing of up-to-date travel information. We take a look at the five best for Android and iOS devices.
With the recent London Underground strikes disrupting everyone’s travel plans, we’ve been on the lookout for the best available travel apps. Whether you’re a commuter, city-dweller or holiday escapist there’s a download to cut both your travel costs and journey. From Citymapper to Skyscanner, read on for our top five travel apps.
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1. Citymapper – Available for Android, iOS
Citymapper is an all-in-one London-centric app that covers live departure information for all possible modes of transport between two locations, with support for train (Tube and Overground), bus, and cycle hire. Walking routes are even included if you want to take the money-saving option. Looking for a cab? Citymapper also features black cab/taxi vs mini cab price comparisons.
2. National Rail Enquiries – Available for Android, iOS
If you’re a frequent train traveller across the UK, this app is a must-have for up-to-date rail information. National Rail Enquiries allows you to track specific trains, find out about disruptions to your journey (via push notifications), and re-plan your journey on the go. This app even covers ticket prices at a glance for the budget-minded traveller, although ticket purchasing is made via third-party websites.
3. Skyscanner – Available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone
Need to find a cheap flight? Skyscanner makes it easy to compare airlines and flight routes so that you’re offered the best possible option, for the cheapest price. You can buy tickets directly from the airline or via a travel agent. Flexible search options allow you to filter results by take off and landing times, airline and pricing.
4. London Transport Live – Available for Android
Similar to Citymapper, London Transport Live is an app that does exactly as its title suggests – it allows you to get live arrival information for the different modes of London transport, including buses, Tube, Overground, DLR and ferries. Unsure of where you’re going? London Transport Live also offers a comprehensive travel planner to map out your journey. It’s also got you covered if a service is cancelled or diverted.
There’s also a paid-for version of this app called London Transport Pro, which is available for £1.49.
5. Hailo – Available for Android, iOS
Tube service cancelled? Tired of flailing your arms on the street? Hailo is a sure-fire way of securing a taxi. This app allows you to hail a cab to your exact location using your smartphone; you can even track its journey in real-time.
Considering Hailo is for black cabs only, there are other alternatives available, such as Kabbee (iOS, Android) and Uber (iOS, Android). Kabbee works as a price comparison tool for minicabs, giving you the estimated time of arrival as well as a user rating for each company. Uber connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire or ridesharing services.
Do you use a transport app that we haven’t included in our top five? Please leave a comment below.
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