London can be a confusing place, especially for people who are new to the city. Most people, who know their way around well, only do so because through trial and error over many years they have learnt the hard way, or through chance. However, in the modern world we are fortunate enough to be able to use technology to save us days, weeks and months of wandering around lost and speed up the process of getting around.
The best thing about the modern world is how everything is at our fingertips. There is no need to consult a map before you go out, or retrace routes if you go wrong. Smartphones have not only made us better travellers, but more flexible as well, and here are the top apps for getting around London:
1. Tube Map
This app allows you to select a start point and desired destination and break down your route, comprehensively showing you which lines, and stations you should be on or change at. The tube is the quickest, cheapest and best way to get around London, and this app is as much of a time saver as the trains themselves, sparing you the need to look at maps and ask directions.
2. National Rail
This app will allow you to use over ground trains with ease. Choosing which station you are at, and where you want to go, the app will display the times, and prices of each train journey. This means that you can find your way out of or into London at anytime, meaning that you don’t have to leave your friends early, to wait around in a station for an hour for the next train.
3. Next Bus
The tube is busy, and anybody who claims that it is not, doesn’t know what they are talking about. Therefore at times, it may be more convenient to use a bus. This app provides consumers with information for all bus routes within London, featuring; live bus times, journey tracking, live traffic news, and a search by stop, address, or landmark feature. A must have if you want to see as much of London as possible from above ground.
4. London’s Best Coffee
Ok, not strictly speaking a ‘transport app’ but sometimes we need a little extra something to motivate us to move ourselves. This app will show you where to get the best, independent coffee in London, in a way which is convenient to you. This app even goes as far as telling you which beans and machines each shop uses - pretty impressive.
So there you have it, all you need to enjoy London on your travels, without feeling like a clueless tourist.