If you are a traveller and find your smartphone almost indispensable then the apps below are going to be useful to you whether you are still in the planning stages, buying your tickets or even (if the unavoidable happens) claiming compensation.
When you take a moment to consider how much technology has advanced in the last few years and how life was before the invention of apps, it’s no wonder that people now rely on them for so much of their day to day life. Nowhere else can you play on your favourite games and pay by mobile casino, or defeat the world from imminent destruction whilst budgeting for your next trip abroad and monitoring your health. And it’s all at the touch of your fingertips, and in HD quality with excellent audio and video clips built in.
We have come to expect a great deal from our mobile apps, with pages loading and opening simply and quickly. And we expect to be able to use the passwords and payment options that we would regularly through our computers. Looking at mobile casinos as an example, the mobile industry has boomed and no company in their right mind would risk their business providing a sub-quality experience that’s not safe and secure. The same goes for other apps that you can download.
Five Great Apps You Need For Travel to the UK
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Citymapper is free for both iOS and Android users. This app is great from navigating public transport or even using your bike. All you need to do is tell the app where you want to go and then it will suggest a route factoring in real time data on any disruptions. In the UK it works in Birmingham, London and Manchester, besides working in other major cities throughout the world.
Gopili is for finding cheap tickets. It’s free for Android and iOS devices and its aim is to find you the cheapest price for your tickets. The app compares trains, coaches and flights right across Europe and then sorts the results by price, departure time and duration.
Santander Cycles is also free for iOS and Android devices. This app is aimed at London travellers, both the tourist and the commuter who want to take advantage of the so-called ‘Boris Bikes.’ The app tells you where the bikes are free to hire, get a code to unlock one before you arrive and then help you to plan your journey across London.
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TrainTrick is free for the Android and iOS devices as is a real time saver for Southern Rail passengers who have been delayed. All you need to do is upload a photo of your ticket and then add the reason for your delay and then the app will fill in the complaint (only taking a small cut of any compensation.)
UK Bus Checker is free to Android, iOS and IAP and comes from the developer that launched London Bus Checker. The app covers the whole of the UK and you can check the timetable or get live departures from your nearest stop. You can also make use of its journey planning feature to prepare for any of your future trips or excursions. The app even contains an alarm that will wake you up in good time if you happen to doze off. Covering all 300,000 bus stops this is well worth checking out if you are regular bus user.
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