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CityMapper – the absolutely essential city transport guide for your phone [Freeware]

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Cities are huge places by definition, and if you’ve ever found yourself adrift in a big one you’ll know how frustrating and unsettling that can be. The problem is you don’t know the layout, the orientation and most especially the transport system. There’s a ton of city apps out there to help, but for the most part they’re pretty basic, offering train, bus and road guides in a simple form.

Not so with CityMapper. This beauty is a free app for iPhone and Android which gives you exactly the kind of information you need to travel around a big city quickly and easily. How is it different, we hear you ask. Well consider this example – a ‘Take Me Home’ function, which instantly gives you a comprehensive round up of every transport method to get you home fastest from wherever you are at that moment.

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And it doesn’t stop there. Instead of just delivering bland transport options from place to place, you’ll also get journey cost, calories burned, and there’s even a ‘stay dry’ option so you can avoid the rain en route.

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As you’d expect there’s a great map function available, but it’s things like the live bus time tab that really make this app stand out as a must-have for any city traveler. You get notifications of disruptions, can set up favorite places and in fact everything you need to get around efficiently, except a chauffeur driven limo.

It’s an outstanding app, and although it’s only for New York and London at the moment, there’s a city vote function on the website so you can lobby for your own choice of city to be added in future. Recommended. Get it now.

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Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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