31 essential public transport Android apps to get around cities from NYC to London

by Shara Karasic

Get around any city from New York City to San Francisco to London with these handy Android local transportation apps, which let you navigate subways, trains, and buses like a pro. No more craning your neck in a crowded subway trying to see the name of the stop, wondering when the bus will come, or standing on a rainy street corner trying in vain to hail a taxi. Whether you are commuting to work or sightseeing in a new city, make the journey from point A to point B simple. These are the public transit apps most listed and reviewed on AndroidApps.com by those in the know -- city residents and visitors.

Public Transportation Apps, General

1. aMetro – World Subway Maps (Free)

Reviewed by diablolita: “This app is amazing in that it has subway maps for almost every city with a subway in the world - in English. What it lacks in the occasional lack of accuracy (that's a lot of maps to update!), it makes up for in sheer scope. A must-have for the world traveler.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail, Bus

Listed by: diablolita

2. HopStop (Free)

Reviewed by NYC resident LaceyBean: “You'd think for a born and raised New Yorker, I wouldn't need to reference HopStop as much as I do. Yeah I suck at directions. HopStop is great, and the app matches up. I love that you can easily change how you want to travel, (bus, train, walking, etc) and also that it shows great maps when traveling to and from the stations. Quick to load, it hasn't once left me hanging when I've been in need of last minute directions.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail, Bus

Listed by: Saperle and jelagasse

3. Taxi Magic (Free)

Reviewed by JennyMurphy: “This amazing taxi app works in many cities - free online booking, track your cab through dispatch updates, charge the ride to your credit card, and other great features.”

Transportation Method: Taxi

Listed by: JennyMurphy and jessicadally

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Boston Public Transportation Apps

1. AnyStop: MBTA (Free)

Reviewed by Boston resident Irishgirl87: “The AnyStop: MBTA app is an easy way to figure out the Boston Transit System via Google on your phone. You can find bus routes, the T ( Boston’s train system) and ferry rides. If you use this app often you can favorite your stops and view them on interactive maps. This app also allows you to found your location and find stops with a few minutes from wherever you are. I think this app is handy especially if you are just getting to know the area.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: Irishgirl87 and diablolita

2. BostonBusMap (Free)

Reviewed by Boston visitor JennyMurphy: “Using GPS and info from MBTA, this free app shows locations of buses in Boston and adjacent cities. It also predicts times on a map. Works great, updated frequently, nice UI. Useful.”

Transportation Method: Bus

Listed by: diablolita

3. MBTA Realtime T Boston Subway ($2.99)

Reviewed by Boston visitor diablolita: “This app tracks MBTA trains in real time using sensors placed on the tracks. Get highly accurate train schedules with this app. Only Red, Orange, and Blue Lines - not Green yet.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: diablolita

4. MBTA Subway Watch Boston ($3.99)

Reviewed by Boston visitor diablolita: “This app provides real-time and accurate subway arrival info for Boston! Does not support the green line.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: JennyMurphy and diablolita

Chicago Public Transportation Apps

1. Chicago Transit Tracker Lite (Free)

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail, Bus

Listed by: diablolita

Denver Public Transportation Apps

1. AnyStop: Denver RTD (Free)

Reviewed by Denver visitor JennyMurphy: “This is an app with the routes and times for Denver public transport - no maps, no route planning. Also no light rail - so not particularly useful.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail, Bus

Listed by: JennyMurphy

2. TransitGuru Denver RTD Rail ($1.99)

Reviewed by Denver visitor JennyMurphy: “Has light rail transit info for Denver. Has a map, route planning (also works offline), scheduling (also available offline), and more. Would be nice if it also included the bus info.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail

Listed by: JennyMurphy

London Public Transportation Apps

1. London Tube Status (Free)

Reviewed by Arvid: "Get the latest and greatest on the London Tube (subway)."

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail

Listed by: Arvid

2. Tube Map (Free)

Reviewed by London visitor diablolita: “This app lets you look at the London underground by station and look at the Tube map. Gives live status, journey planning, and details about journeys. It's a great app, but is missing the above-ground and bus info.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail

Listed by: diablolita and jelagasse

Los Angeles Public Transportation Apps

1. AnyStop - LA Metro (Free)

Reviewed by Los Angeles native diablolita: “This free app has Metro Los Angeles transit schedules - bus, rail and ferry. Occasionally the times aren't accurate on this app - not sure why - but it shouldn't be trusted 100%.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail, Bus

Listed by: diablolita

2. Los Angeles Subway Map (Free)

Reviewed by Los Angeles native:

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: jennymurphy

NYC Public Transportation Apps

1. NYC Bus & Subway Maps (Free)

Reviewed by NYC resident Saperle: “This app a lifesaver whether you're a tourist to NYC braving the public transit system, or a New Yorker who is exploring an unfamiliar neighborhood or borough. It lets you download the subway and bus maps you'll need before you get underground and saves you from having to lean over other passengers at length to study the map of the New York transit system. It's particularly useful for New York transplants like myself who may know where they're going, but not necessarily the best way to get there and who are too proud to ask.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Bus

Listed by: etherealglimpse, Saperle, and diablolita

2. NYCMate (NYC Bus & Subway) (Free)

Reviewed by NYC resident MikaelaLynn: “Even as a seasoned New Yorker, I occasionally have no clue what train I need to transfer to and where to do it. This app is one of the few that works while I'm on the subway! It even gives you train arrival times!”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Bus

Listed by: MikaelaLynn, jennymurphy, and diablolita

3. NY Subway Map (Free)

Reviewed by NYC visitor diablolita: “A nice subway map of NYC with bus, railroad, and ferry connections. Pinch to zoom.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Bus

Listed by: diablolita

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Paris Public Transportation Apps

1. TransParis (Free)

Reviewed by Paris visitor diablolita: “This free app gives real time schedules of public transportation in Paris including the Metro, Tranways, Buses, and more. Great info - but sometimes the searches don't lead to anything even though there're definitely lines/stops/vehicles there - also you can't search by stop, only by line.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: arvid, diablolita and JennyMurphy

2. RATP : Subway Paris (Free)

Reviewed by Paris visitor diablolita: “This free app has RATP network maps and schedules as well as traffic info. Save favorites and easily call up stored routes.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: diablolita

Portland Public Transportation Apps

1. PDX Transit Finder (Free)

Reviewed by Portland visitor diablolita: “This free app is a stop-finder for the Trimet transit system in Portland. It finds the stops and puts them on Google Maps. Bare bones, but it works.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Bus, Streetcar

Listed by: diablolita

2. Portland Transit (Free)

Reviewed by Portland visitor jennymurphy: “This app costs $2.34 and has everything you need to know about the Portland buses including route listing, trip planning, stop info (lots of ways to search and you can save favorites). Great app - but isn't always 100% accurate.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: jennymurphy

San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley Public Transportation Apps

1. AnyStop: BART (Free)

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: diablolita

2. CaltrainDroid (Free)

Transportation Method: Rail

Listed by: elysa

3. Muni Alerts (Free)

Reviewed by San Francisco visitor Saperle: “You can't survive in San Francisco without knowing the weird ins and outs of the Muni system. I like this app because it gives you transit arrival times (because you can't rely on those times the bus shelter gives you) and alerts.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail

Listed by: Saperle

Seattle Public Transportation Apps

1. AnyStop: Seattle Transit (Free)

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail, Bus, FerryListed by: JennyMurphy

2. OneBusAway (Free)

Transportation Method: Bus

Listed by: jessicadally and LadyX

Washington, DC Public Transportation Apps

1. DC Metro Arrival Times (Free)

Reviewed by DC visitor diablolita: “This app is the fastest way to search for the next train's arrival time at a given station in Washington DC. Very quick results and easy to use. Simple.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: diablolita

2. DC Metro Rails (Free)

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: diablolita

3. DC Metro Transit - Free (Free)

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro

Listed by: diablolita

4. Washington Area Metrorail (Free)

Reviewed by DC visitor diablolita: “This app sorts the DC Metrorail into stations - and allows you to see the "next train" info for any station in the system. You can also sort by line or by distance from your current location and you can mark favorites. Only for the metrorail.”

Transportation Method: Subway/Metro, Rail

Listed by: diablolita

5. Washington DC WMATA Bus Finder (Free)

Transportation Method: Bus

Listed by: diablolita

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