Getting around with a baby has its challenges, but one thing that can really help is knowing how to get to where you’re going, using the type of transit option you prefer. This is why I love Citymapper. I input a starting (default is my current location) and an ending location, and Citymapper tells me how to get their by tube/train, by bus only, by car, by bike and by foot. It even estimates the length of time for each option (including walking to the station/stop and average wait times on platforms and between buses) and will tell you what the weather is like at the other end. I can’t count the number of times I’ve left somewhere and pressed ‘Get me Home’ only to have every option at my fingertips. Did I mention it’s FREE?!
I like to travel mostly by ‘bus only’ routes since I don’t have to bother with stairs and I like that I get a tour of London while I’m at it. I also like that you can see the route the bus takes on the map. Helpfully, the app tells me when the next bus leaves and it can ping me when my stop is next.
If the destination is within a 30 minute bus ride (which includes walking to and from bus stops) I usually walk. I find it’s usually equivalent in time and I get a bit more exercise (it will tell you how many calories you burn on the walking and bike options) I’ve found that I walk a bit faster than the pace set by Citymapper, and in general I find the ETAs given by the app to be pretty accurate.
It will estimate the cost of cab fare, and you can even send the directions via email to other people. The only downside is that it doesn’t work without an internet connection. If you have already loaded the directions, the GPS will keep track of your location on the map, but if you refresh or want different options, it will blank out on you. I would at least like it to keep the map with my location so that I can sort myself to a tube stop or further along my journey.
Currently, Citymapper works in London, Paris, NYC and Berlin – they are expanding and you can throw your hat in for your city if you want. If you have other handy apps like this – let me know and I’ll check them out for a future post (or better yet, send me a blurb about them and be a guest blogger*).
This is my opinion and I am not in any way connected with Citymapper, nor am I being paid for this review.
*Guest blogging: I may not use every post I receive (but may incorporate the information – with full credits – into a future post). Thank you for sharing your views with me.