Free - http://citymapper.com
Former Apple Editors' Choice, Citymapper takes a variety of available data including information from Transport for London (TFL), and combines it seamlessly to ensure speedy travel in major cities - currently London, New York and Paris. The app includes an impressive array of features including A to B journey planning, real-time travel information, weather forecasts and much more. Crucially, Citymapper is great to navigate on the go, with an interface which is unfussy yet stylish. The app consistently receives five star reviews, and we are impressed enough to suggest this is a must have app not only for travellers, but for anyone living and working in those locations.
Free - Requires iOS 5.1 or later www.thetrainline.com
Billed as the UK's leading independent train ticket retailer, thetrainline is essentially a one-stop shop for booking a train at the cheapest price available, although a modest fee is added to all transactions. You can search and save train journeys well in advance for the best deals, although the actual process is a touch fiddly compared to using a computer. The app also excels as a way to check live train times, including a 'next train home' and arrivals, including when possible platform numbers. Additionally, users can buy train tickets up until 10 minutes before boarding, download train timetables for browsing offline and view local maps.
Best apps for holiday and vacation travel
Airbnb - Free - Requires iOS 5.0 or later www.airbnb.co.uk
For the slightly more adventurous traveller, Airbnb offers a: "trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world." These are essentially B&Bs, flats, homes and even long-term sublets potentially undercutting the cost of staying in a hotel. The app uses a message style system so that guests can chat directly with hosts, along with host supplied photos so that you can gauge the quality of the let before your visit. Airbnb provides a hospitality standards section, but a system like this could be open to abuse so it's a good idea to read user feedback.
Hipmunk Hotels & Flights
Free - Requires iOS 6.0 or later www.hipmunk.com
A relatively recent arrival, Hipmunk was launched in 2010 backed by some high profile, hip founders and investors, including actor Ashton Kutcher, who played Steve Jobs in the 2013 biopic of the former Apple CEO. Hipmunk essentially compares travel sites to hopefully find the best deals on a range of services, including flights, trains and accommodation. It does this visually to great effect, which is particularly easy on the eye for iPad users and makes searching and planning a trip much more simple and pleasurable. Reviews provided by TripAdvisor are also available to browse, while flights can be sorted by 'agony' to best avoid long journey times and layovers.
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