Take it from me, though you probably don’t have to, finding the right public transit options can be confusing and tough. Are you constantly late because you have no idea when the next bus or your CTA bus tracker has failed? That was me too. So, I finally decided to try and make my life a bit easier. I’d heard about transportation apps being a good resource, but I wanted to find out more.
During my search, I discovered a list of the top 10 public transportation apps from a website called AppGrooves. I tried a few of them out and – bam! – my life was back on schedule right away. I want to share my good fortune with you, so I chose my favorite three public transport apps and listed them below. I highly recommend you check them out for yourself and stop wasting time waiting endlessly for buses, trains, and subway cars.
Citymapper – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 5M
An app I’ve found to be incredibly useful is Citymapper, which has deservedly earned the title of the ultimate transit app. It already has several awards under its belt from public transportation organizations as well as various experts in the field of technology! Citymapper offers different transit mode combinations that are updated in real-time so you can find the quickest route. Plus, your options are summarized neatly on one page so you can see everything at a glance; again, super convenient. Departure and arrival times are precise and the app is free to use with no ads – something you almost never see these days.
If you’re someone who travels between cities, it’s important for you to know that you’ll have to manually switch metro areas when crossing from one town to the other. But it really isn’t that big of a deal because the transition is seamless with a great user-interface that is incredibly easy to use; no time wasted.
Pros: Offers transit suggestions with all modes of transportation to find the fastest route.
Cons: You have to manually switch between cities with different public transportation providers.
Overall: You can find the fastest route available by looking at all transportation combinations at once, but you will have to manually switch between cities.
Moovit – Rating: 4.4, Downloads: 50M
I also highly recommend Moovit, an international tool that will help you find the public transportation you need without the hassle of trying to read schedules in a variety of languages. What’s really great is that, not only does this app help you in the US, but you can take it with you to Spain, Europe, Greece, Italy, France, Australia, and Canada too! All of the live tracking you need for local bus routes, trains, subways and more is right in the palm of your hand.
Keep in mind that, while Moovit connects millions of people to public transportation, it is reported to have a few bugs. Users have mentioned that the app occasionally closes, failing to load information. A quick fix to this is to reload the app – That’s it! Find all the great information you’re looking for right when you need it.
Pros: Find public transportation in cities around the world.
Cons: The app occasionally doesn’t load fully or shuts down.
Overall: You can find public transportation in a wide variety of cities worldwide, but you may find that the app doesn’t fully load on occasion.
Transit – Rating: 4.3, Downloads: 5M
Planning a trip across Europe? You’ll want the assistance of Transit. Believe it or not, it has over 125 cities in its database. All transportation modes are covered, including taxi, bus, train, and subway, and it is easy to compare different combinations with the help of a visual timeline. You don’t need to check any transportation schedules before you head out the door – the app is that good. Transit will walk you through each step until you arrive at your desired destination, including push and voice notifications to get you there on time.
For smartwatch lovers out there, just know that, unlike Citymapper, Transit is not yet available on smart gear. However, what is really nice is that the user interface is perfectly designed for your mobile device, with fast response times and easy navigation. Plus, all of Transit’s features are available for free with no ads; how epic is that?
Pros: Find all modes of transportation in more than one hundred cities across Europe.
Cons: Can’t access the app from smartwatches.
Overall: You can find a transportation route using all modes of public transport in cities throughout Europe, but you can’t access the app from any smart gear.
These three apps will get you to your destination quickly and with the least amount of inconvenience. If you’re tired of being late or waiting for your MTA bus time to arrive, you should check these out! I’ll also include a link to the AppGrooves top 10 list that I referenced below.
You’ll love how easy it is to get around town using multiple transportation options with apps you can access right at your fingertips. If you’re like me and you don’t have time to waste, you really need to take a look at these great apps.