Understanding how transportation works in a city can be easy if you speak the language, but if you don’t it can be a bit of a daunting feat. That’s why if you are armed with a smartphone or other smart device all you need to do is download one of these apps depending on where you are in the world, and you can get moving.
Perhaps one of the BEST transit apps out there is Moovit. With over 2,000 cities on there all over the world, you can easily have access to the transit available in your area from the bus to train. It also features live updates of when it will be arriving, and even if there is something that will interrupt regular service. Ridesharing is also offered in some countries for a fee, but it is not vetted the way Uber or Lyft is, so be mindful of this.
This is the app for taxi service that encompasses North, South, and Central America. It provides service in over 400 cities, with some in the Middle East being included. Essentially, you input your GPS location and then select a cab in your area to come and collect you. You can pay in cash or with your credit card if it is pre-stored.
If you are in Eastern Europe then you will most likely want to shell out the $2.99 for this app. It covers a lot of the Balkan states, as well as cities in Russia and Ukraine. It features an offline mode which is particularly handy if you want to store routing information. Along with being used for public transport, it also has a feature built-in that allows you to find taxis. It really is a jack of all trades.
No transit app list would be complete without Uber. When it comes to ride sharing and taxi services this is the app that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. If you are in one of the cities that offers Uber services then this is the most cost-effective way to get around a city or picked up from an airport. With Uber share, private, and now eats you have a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing your ride or service. Also, you know you are getting a pretty safe ride as drivers are rated and vetted by the company.