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WHICH TRAVEL APPS CAN I USE WHEN TRAVELING IN THE UK?

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If you want to find the best London apps and great apps for UK travel, this guide lists 15 of the finest. Whether you need the best app for London transport or want to find a great vegan restaurant nearby, these apps will make life on the go so much simpler. Before you proceed further the best site to book travel is the one you are currently on which is ssbhv.com.
From the cheapest train or theatre tickets to the closest public toilet facilities or a great deal on a hotel room, accessing the best London travel app can help you pin them all down – and many even work while you’re off-grid. If easy access to live transport updates and route planners for walking, hiking, cycling, and mountain biking appeal to you, then don’t miss this quick reference guide to all the top apps for UK travel.
The following apps for London and the UK can also help you check the weather forecast at your destination, find an accessible route, choose an attraction to visit or tour, and even transfer cash as quickly, easily, and cheaply as possible.

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CITYMAPPER
City mapper describes itself as meeting all your transport needs in one app. Indeed the app will give you step-by-step directions for getting around by bike, public transport, carshare, scooter, and foot.
The City Mapper London app can also compare prices via partners such as Uber and Santander Cycles (for-hire bikes) and let you see live waiting times for trains, buses, and trams. You can even select the ‘main roads’ option to ensure your way is well-lit at night and share your journey details and your ETA with friends.
GOOGLE MAPS
We all use Google Maps, and their coverage of the UK is pretty much unrivalled. You also use this app for satellite navigation, ensuring you can find your way anywhere on the land. The app will also pinpoint the most efficient route to take.
Real-time live updates mean you can keep ahead regarding road conditions, closures, and public transport times. With Live View, you can always see exactly where you are, too, while Street View lets you look around any area. There are even offline maps for when you’re without a Wi-Fi connection.
TFL GO: LIVE TUBE, BUS & RAIL & OYSTER APP
Navigating the London Transport system isn’t always easy for beginners, but the official Transport for London app will give you a good head start. It will also help you find the nearest toilets. The best app for London buses, trams, and trains can keep you updated regarding over ground, and DLR (Docklands Light Railway) trains, and the route planner can also be used to plan cycling and walking routes.
A great feature of the best London tube app is the step-free map, which is ideal for anyone using a wheelchair, buggy, or mobility scooter. You can switch to this step-free option at any time while using it.
TRAINLINE
Popular across Europe, the Trainline app works just as well for coach travel as it does for rail. Once you’ve downloaded the app, it’s simple to compare fares, find discounts and book your travel all in one place.
The Trainline app also shows live information and can also help you skip the queues and locate a carriage with vacant seats.
NATIONAL RAIL ENQUIRIES
Savvy Brits have trusted National Rail Enquiries for decades to get them from A to B, and this useful public transport app also gives you the latest train info for the London Underground. The app will allow you to plan rail journeys, see timetables, track trains and even save frequent journey or station details.
A clever feature is a pin that you can add to a map, tracking its progress. You can also set up alerts so you’ll be the first to know about any disruption to services.
PARKOPEDIA
Parkopedia is an excellent app for those planning to drive in the UK. It lists car parking by city, place, or postcode. It is possible to search by price, distance, rating, and availability
GET YOUR GUIDE
Using Get Your Guide is easy to find out about all the top sights to see and things to do while you’re in the UK. You can even book tickets via Get Your Guide to avoid queuing at popular attractions, potentially a huge time saver.
The app will also pinpoint the highest rated activities, tours, and attractions so you can make the most of every moment – and offers flexible cancellations, too, should your plans change.
LONDON THEATRE DIRECT
Seeing a West End show is a must for many when in London, and London Theatre Direct can ensure you do this as cheaply as possible. You can also book last-minute tickets.
Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before showtime and collected at the theatre. The app is also user-friendly and fully secure.
NATIONAL TRUST
The National Trust (NT) is a British institution, and its app gives you easy access to the abundance of historical, cultural and natural sights the country is famous for.
The NT app will allow you to discover unique places across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, from city to coast to countryside. You can even search when off-grid and browse current or future events. Audio files, maps and trails can also be downloaded to help make the most of your visits.

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WISE
Formerly known as TransferWise, the Wise app is adored by those who regularly receive or send international payments, as its fees are far lower than those charged by competitors. It’s not only the lower fees that will save you cash – the exchange rates are far more favourable. You can even order a Wise debit card to pay directly from your account.
We use our Wise debit card when we travel as we have found it one of the cheapest ways to pay around the world – it lets you send and spend money at the real exchange rate, avoiding fees or exchange rates charged by ATMs.
MET OFFICE
Brought to you by the UK’s official weather department, the Met Office app gives users the latest and most up-to-date weather forecasts. You can check the forecast from an hour to a week in advance, and the app will also alert you to any Severe Weather Warnings that could affect your travel plans. We recommend checking the weather the week before you arrive so you can adjust your packing accordingly!
There is also an interactive rain map to see the likelihood of rainfall – something that’s frequently important in the often wet British Isles!
FLUSH
Why Flush? Because it’s the quickest and easiest way to find the nearest public toilet! This isn’t always straightforward when you’re in a strange city, especially as they’re not often signposted.
The app can also let you know if there is any charge to use the bathroom or whether it has disabled access. If this is the case, it can also tell you whether a key is required. Users can also help improve the app by rating the facilities and adding new ones they come across to Flush’s list.
BOOKING.COM
Even when you make last-minute plans, the Booking.com app can rescue you by helping you book a great value and highly rated place to stay.
The interface allows you to search in the way that suits you – whether that’s my name, location, or a nearby attraction. Free cancellation is often included, and the app also gives you access to a range of daily deals across all price levels.