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On Feb 04 2020 / by Wyoming Paul

The 7 best apps for exploring the city

How to easily navigate the urban environment - all from your phone

It can be tricky to make the best of the city you’re in, to successfully navigate and explore a place - even if you’ve lived there for years. There are always new things to do and places to eat, as well as easier ways to travel and be active.

However, there is also a range of intuitive, effective apps to help you through. Whether you’re looking for the best transit options, the closest e-scooter, the most interesting running route, the least stressful way to park, or the best things to do this Friday night - the app world has your back.

For transit: Citymapper and Moovit

What do you want when you’re planning some inner-city travel? Accurate timing estimates, different modes of transport, clear directions, prices, and easily comparable options. Happily, there are a range of apps that give you what you want.

Citymapper is one of the most highly-rated and reviewed apps, compiling information from subways, buses, trains, ferries, bike and car share, and Uber, plus providing a wide range of maps for offline use. If Citymapper isn’t in your city, try Moovit - available in 1,200 cities in over 70 countries, Moovit should have you covered.

For scooting: Scooter Map

There’s a huge range of rideshare electric scooter brands available - Bird, Lime, Voi, Spin, Jump, Lyft, Skip, Scoot, Razor - and that can mean a phone cluttered with e-scooter apps. Instead, see all of your options on one platform and find the ones closest to you with Scooter Map. The app was originally created to help ‘chargers’ (people who charge electric scooters at home for a payment) find e-scooters, but it now also helps riders to find scooters from any company.

For cycling: Bike Citizens

If you’re looking for new cycling routes, either for a convenient work commute or for weekend leisure trips, Bike Citizens is the place to go. Designed for urban cycling and to take into account your bicycle type and route preferences, Bike Citizens is an app specifically designed to help cyclists navigate big cities safely and efficiently.

For running: RunGo

Exploring your city by foot? Check out the RunGo app for running routes, races, and city tours, as well as for tracking and logging your running stats. RunGo uses turn-by-turn voice navigation, so you can just plug in your earphones and set off, never needing to check the map for directions.

Because you can use it for any city, it’s great for travellers who love to run - just show up somewhere new, pick a route from the app, and go! If you find a new route that you like, you can upload it to the app for other runners to use.

For parking: Parkable

Driving around a city is always more stressful (and time-consuming) when you have the question ‘Where am I going to park?’ hovering over your head. Parkable shows you exactly where available parking is and how much it costs, removing the blind and frustrating search for a park.

Useful features include the ‘reserve a park’ function, so you can turn up knowing there’s a parking spot waiting for you. You can also get a Parkable parking subscription, letting you park in the same place every day - without the year-long leasing contract. Learn more about using Parkable here.

For events: Nearify

So now you know how to get around, but where do you want to go? Search the 20 million worldwide events compiled by Nearify to see what’s happening near you. The app covers eating and drinking experiences, music events, theatre, festivals, comedy, and much more. Browse based on your interests, on what’s trending, or set up alerts so you never miss your favourite artists and venues.

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