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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.

iTranslate - translator & dictionary

Free with 'Top In-App Purchases' - Requires iOS 7.0 or later www.itranslateapp.com

Impressive translation tool offers support for a wealth of languages, currently over 80, as long as you have an internet connection. Free users type in words or phrases for fast and seemingly accurate translation, while you can listen to the translation being played back to help perfect your pronunciation. iTranslate comes with 'Top In-App Purchases,' which essentially removes ads and unlocks the voice recognition function, an extra well worth investing in. Rather than type users speak, which is turned into text without the need for voice training the app and then translated. iTranslate Voice (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/itranslate-voice/id522626820?mt=8), from the same Sonico team, is also worth considering promising the ability to 'instantly speak another language.'

Best language translation apps for iPhone

KAYAK

Free / 69p (Pro version) - Requires iOS 7.0 or later www.kayak.co.uk

Well reviewed, KAYAK compares hundreds of travel sites to seek out the best deals on hotels, flights and car rentals worldwide. An attractive and intuitive user interface helps improve the search function, which does get a little muddy at times due to the amount of information available and the diminutive iPhone screen. KAYAK also lets you book from within the app, track flight status, check baggage fees and view and manage your trip itinerary with My Trips. The modesty priced KAYAK PRO includes airport terminal maps for over 100 airports, which may be useful for those who travel frequently and widely.

Simply Declare Travel App

Free / 69p (Ad free version) - Requires iOS 4.3 or later www.simplydeclare.com

Useful, wi-fi only Simply Declare is part currency convertor, part way of keeping tabs on purchases when abroad and, for those visiting the UK, claiming refunds on tax free shopping. Claiming back money isn't the most user friendly experience but Simply Declare helps bring some order to spending despite a less than attractive user interface, which looks dated despite iOS 7 compatibility. The app offers the ability to photograph and store receipts and produce an itemised list of purchases, while a modest outlay removes the ads, a good option if you are a regular traveller.

Skyscanner All flights, everywhere!

Free / £1.49 (Ad free version) www.skyscanner.net

Simple app for finding and indirectly booking via the provider, cheaper flights, with the ability to search millions of flights from 1000 airlines worldwide. Users can search by specific destination, date or, for more impulsive travel, view an interactive globe to see current 'indicative' prices. Once a destination is selected, users can easily see the cheapest days to travel, which is great if you have a flexible travel agenda. iTunes App Store feedback is generally very good, with users highlighting the chance to discover genuine discounts on flights. Additionally, the Skyscanner website offers deals on hotels and car hire, with a dedicated Skyscanner - Airport Car Hire app available separately and free.

 

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