3 Best Navigation and Transit Apps for Visitors

The city of New York has one of the most extensive transit systems in the world. Of course, it makes getting around the huge metropolis pretty convenient. But with 24×7 subway lines and a complex bus system that come with different schedules and frequent service hindrances, moving around the city can get quite overwhelming. One of the best ways to learn your way around is by walking. Though walking ‘round the city with old-fashioned maps and pamphlets is all good, but if you want to go out there alone without looking like an obvious tourist, there are quite a few mobile apps that provide detailed directions and not only let you travel New York City with ease but also determine the fastest, safest city routes.

 

Do Apple Maps leave you cold? Fret not! Here are some of the best navigation and transit apps that we’ve rounded up for our readers. These tourist-centric transit apps can help you navigate and determine the fastest and safest routes in the city. Depending on whether you’d prefer to arrive by bike, foot or car, you might prefer one app over the other.

 

Transit App

This app provides you with schedule information based on the closest transit options near you along with the departure times. Apart from English, it also features other languages including German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Supported Platforms: iOS and Android

Price: Free

 

City Mapper

The New York Times calls it the best travel app introduced to NYC. So basically, what it does is that it provides start-to-finish journey planning across all boroughs. And it comes with real-time information on subways, busses and ferries.

 

Supported Platforms: iOS and Android

Price: Free


Embark NYC

Embark NYC is essentially a subway transit application which works as a trip planner. It also works on regional rail systems providing details on delays and accidents.

 

Supported Platforms: iOS and Android

Price: Free

 

But for those of you who are bus-bound, there couldn’t be anything better than OurBus.

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