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London Tube Strike: Use these best travel apps for iPhone, iPad to get home

Nick Spence | Aug. 7, 2015
We highlight some of the best travel companions, that are ideal for finding alternative routes to work and back home in a Tube Strike. We also have other travel apps for bagging a bargain flight and hopefully never missing a train or bus again.

Travelling around London can be a nightmare at any time, but that's even worse when there is a tube strike. We've updated our best travel apps feature with some gems to help you get around in the London Tube Strike.

Delays to your journey can be stressful, so here we round up some of the best apps, to hopefully ensure your journey is as speedy and safe as possible. As well as apps for checking travel arrangements, we've also picked our favourite apps for bagging a bargain, including cheaper flights and train journeys. We also highlight some of the best travel companions, including language tools and currency convertors, although you are best to stick to free Wi-fi spots then get hit by excessive roaming fees. Feel free to add your favourite travel related apps in the comments below, we'll likely add them in a future update. In the meantime, happy travelling.

Best apps for getting around London in a Tube Strike

London Bus Live Countdown

FREE Bus Stop Checker - Free / £1.99 (Ad free version) -

If you travel around London chances are you need to use the buses, at the very least it's a scenic way to get around town and discover points of interest you might otherwise miss. London Bus Live Countdown uses data directly from Transport for London (TFL), the local government body responsible for the capital's transport, to take the guess work out of when buses are due to arrive at your stop. Users can also find local bus routes using the iPhone's GPS function, explore maps and check which routes may be cancelled or delayed. For those will Oyster travel cards, the app also displays your balance, a useful reminder for when you need to top up. The only real niggle here is that the data supplied by TFL is occasionally not available, due to maintenance work.

National Rail Enquiries

Free / £4.99 (Ad free version) - Requires iOS 5.0 or later

This official app provides customer information for all passenger rail services on the National Rail network in England, Wales and Scotland, promising detailed, real-time train data including delays and disruptions. As well as viewing live train arrivals and departures you can plan and save journeys although you need to visit a third party website, or app, to actually buy tickets. National Rail Enquiries has received fairly mixed reviews from users, not least because the rather cluttered design, for now at least, isn't the easiest to navigate on the go. Ads, the bane of many free apps, also distract and cost a considerable £4.99 to remove.


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