Monday, 19 December 2011

London Transport – helpful apps and websites

Transport for London's website is pretty comprehensive but can be a bit daunting if you don't know where to start. Here's some tips on how best to use TFL and other tech/sites to help you get around London – we've already touched on some general advice on getting around London.

STEP ONE: Sign up to TFL's weekend DLR, Tube and Overground closures email for the weeks you'll spend in London here. That way you can plan ahead and rule out ridiculous, roundabout routes.

STEP TWO: Download the Bus Checker app for iPhone so that you can find out exactly when to leave your apartment to catch the next bus to your chosen destination. It's £1.99 and well worth it if you're in London for more than a few days and want to explore by bus.

STEP THREE: Use Google Maps before you leave or on your phone instead of TFL if you're walking. TFL often overestimates how long it will take you to walk to destinations. So just check Google Maps before you leave and it will show you a route to take and approximately how long it will take.

STEP FOUR: Walk It "the urban walking route planner" is also great for walking around the city - make sure you check the site before you leave.

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