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The best free apps to get you from a to b in london

Getting around London can often be tricky and frustrating, whether it’s for work or for leisure, none of us want to be held up. To help make travelling across the city as hassle free as possible, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps to get you from A to B.

1. London Official City Guide

Top Feature: Offline maps

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Brought to you by, this app helps you find the best attractions in London no matter where you are. It provides you with full offline access to maps, guides and travel directions, along with helping you find restaurant recommendations and interesting things to do in London. Their travel directions include every method of transport from tube to foot and buses too, making it easy for you to plan your perfect commute.

2. Citymapper

Top Feature: Price comparisons for taxi companies

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Citymapper app is often described as the only app you need to get you from A to B. With real time transport disruption updates covering all methods of travel, the ability to book a taxi through their integration with Uber and Hailo; this app has it covered. With users most impressed with the reliability of the app and the frequency in which it’s updated, you’d be foolish not to install this one stop travel app on your device.

3. Tube Map London Underground

Top Feature: Live travel information

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If you find yourself all too often standing quizzically in front of the Tube map at each station you visit; this is the app for you. The London Underground can be a complicated system when you haven’t used it before, but Tube Map London Underground aims to make your commute that little bit easier. Their tube by tube directions help you get from one station to the other with minimal stress. It will tell you which direction you need to travel along with any changes you will need to make during the journey. A truly fool proof way to navigate the underground.

4. Busmapper

Top Feature: Get Me Home


Due to the rising number of tube strikes occurring in London, Busmapper is a very useful tool to keep installed on your phone. Type in where you need to go and Busmapper will provide you with up to four different routes, allowing you to choose the perfect route for your commute. If time is tight the live TFL countdown will keep you aware of how far away your bus is, allowing you to give updates on your ETA to whoever might be relying on you. This super user friendly app also allows you to save your favourite stops and can even “get you home”, should you wish to do so.

5. Santander Cycles

Top Feature: Plan journey based on cycling ability

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If you’re a multitasker wanting to kill two birds with one stone, this app’s the one for you. Not only will it help you beat the traffic London’s famous for, it also helps you fit in your exercise for the day during your commute. The app will help you find the nearest location of bikes for hire, along with helping you plan your route based on your cycling ability. Forgetful? No problem. The app will send you a reminder of when you need to get your bike back by.

So there you have it, we’re not promising that you’ll never get lost in London again but if you’re using these apps then chances are you won’t be turning up late for a meeting any time soon.