Google Maps may seem like an obvious choice if we’re talking best transport apps and web mapping services. Chances are you already use it on the daily like millions of other users around the globe. But Google Maps is No.1 on our list because it is a great starting point for getting around anywhere in the world. Get directions by bike, foot or public transport and compare routes with real-time traffic conditions and all your transport options within the one app.
Your local public transport app: Every city’s public transport network has an app to help travellers and commuters plan your journey. Get route and timetable information, as well as alerts for service disruptions or delays, and real-time updates on when your next bus will arrive.
Moovit: Moovit uses data from local public transport operators to give you real-time departure, arrival and service disruption information. It shows you walking directions to your closest stop and lets you know how many more stops before you need to get off (so you can get engrossed in the latest bestseller without worrying about missing your stop).
Strava: Whether you’re a serious lycra-wearing cyclist or a casual commuter, Strava will help you keep track of your rides and remind you of the fitness benefits you receive when you cycle to work. See your ride plotted on the map and track everything from your speed to your heart rate and calories burned. You can also share your real-time location with a friend or family member, so they can make sure you get home safe.
Car Next Door: If you need a vehicle to transport your stuff, or get somewhere tricky, you can rent one from a local who isn’t using theirs. Car Next Door is a neighbour-to-neighbour car-sharing service that lets you rent cars, vans and utes from real people in your neighbourhood. You not only meet interesting people, but do your part in getting more cars off the road and helping the environment.
Uber, Ola, GoCatch, Taxify or Shebah: Ridesharing services are a great way to get somewhere cheaply and easily. If you don’t want to or can’t walk, ride or take public transport, you can get a lift from someone for as little as a few dollars. There are several services operating in Australia: Uber is the biggest and most established but there’s also Ola, GoCatch, Taxify or Shebah (for women only).