From live travel to bike rental services

Which apps are best to use during a transport strike?  (George Gillard/Daily Mail)

Which apps are best to use during a transport strike? (George Gillard/Daily Mail)

With more train strikes disrupting travel for many commuters, finding the best alternative means of transport can be critical.

From free bike rentals to live travel information, these apps will help you shift gears to make appointments or dates when trains are shut down and subway lines are disrupted.

The best live travel app: Citymapper

Citymapper is still the reigning champion of free real-time travel apps, despite the growing emphasis on monetization. Essentially, the app provides a detailed breakdown of the fastest and cheapest route to your destination by public transport and alternatives such as cycling, walking and driving. Advanced users can take advantage of additional features including personalized routes and rain alerts with the Citymapper club subscription, which costs £2.99 a month or £19.99 and is available to Citymapper super-duper travel pass holders.

Citymap enabled Application Store and Google Play Store.

Alternatives: TFL Go, Google Maps.

The best map app: Google Maps

Like Citymapper, Google Maps is another must-have for everyday commuters. In addition to navigation and public transit information for the selected destination, the app can also show nearby bike and e-scooter rentals, wheelchair accessible routes, and detailed prices for selected ride-sharing apps.

All features are free and easy to use, plus you can use them to find nearby attractions and places of interest, including supermarkets, restaurants, bars and other shops.

Google maps enabled Application Store and Google Play Store.

Alternatives: Apple Maps

Most Citymapper features are free, but you can pay for extras, including more personalized results and additional bus information (Citymapper)

Most Citymapper features are free, but you can pay for extras, including more personalized results and additional bus information (Citymapper)

The best app for ordering rides: Uber

While London has no shortage of ride-hailing apps, Uber is still the most popular with over 3.5 million users in the capital alone. The app basically allows you to book a car ride for a fee that varies based on factors such as demand. You can choose from different types of rides, from regular UberX cars for up to four people, to more luxurious and larger vehicles where you will be paired with a nearby driver to take you to your destination. Uber says an UberX ride in London costs £1.16 per mile during off-peak hours and £1.37 per mile during peak hours.

That said, it’s always a good idea to have alternative ride-sharing apps on your phone to compare prices and availability.

Turn on Uber Application Store and Google Play Store.

Alternatives: Screw, ghetto, Kabee, free now, Hello.

Brompton Bike Rental offers Londoners free rental during train strikes (Brompton Bike Rental)

Brompton Bike Rental offers Londoners free rental during train strikes (Brompton Bike Rental)

The ultimate bike hire app: Brompton Bike Hire

It may not be the most famous service in a cluttered field, but Brompton is the best bike hire app as it is free for Londoners during train strikes. The company offers 48 hours of free bicycle rental with the password “STRIKE”. A rental normally costs £5 a day and the promotion gives you a £10 credit to use during a rail strike. There are around 20 cycle docks in and around central London, usually near train stations.

Brompton Bike Rental Application Store and Google Play Store.

Alternatives: Santander cycles, Lime, dot, rung.

Best app for road travel: Waze

For car owners and renters, Google-owned Waze is a comprehensive, free road travel app that relies on real-time data provided by drivers. With around 140 million users, this theoretically means it should provide more up-to-date information about traffic conditions, road closures and hazards to help you get to your destination faster. Users can also provide information about speed cameras and roadworks. In addition to your phone, you can download Waze for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to use directly from your car’s head unit.

weigh on Application Store and Google Play Store.

Alternatives: TomTom AmiGo, Sygic, Google Maps.

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