Most people on an average spend 45 minutes to an hour on their commute – to work, to meet up with friends, for a weekend dining experience with family, et al. If you were taking your own vehicle, you would want to take the best and the fastest route, the one with the least traffic experience and fewer signals. And, if you were dependent on public transport, then the last thing on your mind is to keep waiting at the bus station for a bus or wait to get the local train so that you could get a seat and travel with ease.
In this era of smartphones and technologies, you can transform your commute into a comfy and smart journey with the help of some of these travel apps by just using your fingertips.
Every Mumbaikar’s delight; m-Indicator is the perfect travel guide for all commuters who wish to travel throughout Mumbai. This app provides you almost all information from railways to buses to auto and taxi fares to jobs and Marathi natak cinema too. It has a user base of an average of 3 million users.
At the railway icon, you’ll find the Mumbai Local, Express and Passenger train time table, rail map of all routes, train codes and ticket fares. Megablocks are a common feature of railways on most sundays. So stay updated with the railway megablock information.
So save time on travel by using this app and knowing when to leave home to get the train on time without wasting any time at the station itself. The bus icon, allows you to choose from the various bus services available in and around Mumbai – BEST, NMMT, TMT, KDMT, MBMT and VVMT. Enter your location and your desired destination and get the bus numbers and the route the bus will take to reach your destination. The app also provides for bus timings. Ever wondered if the auto / taxi guy is taking you for a ride with his tampered meter? Don’t fret! This app provides you with day and night auto and taxi fare details kilometer wise. You can also register a complaint against an auto/taxi driver on the click of a button, if you notice something fishy.
Set out on the next road trip with the Traffic Line App that provides you with real time traffic information. Thereby saving time and money on fuel by keeping in mind the traffic situation before you embark on your journey. The App recommends the fastest and quickest route to your destination keeping the traffic situation in mind.
Have a favorite restaurant or hang out place? You can save your favorite location and routes for easy access. You can be an active member by reporting any congestion on the road caused due to accidents, processions, vehicle stalls, etc. Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune are under the purview of Traffline for traffic information as of now. They are looking to explore and add other cities to their list soon. Their service is endorsed by the Mumbai Traffic Police, Bangalore Traffic Police and Thane Traffic Police for accuracy and reliability.
MapFactor Navigator uses OpenStreetMaps data to provide for free turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for Android phones and tablets. With maps installed on the SD card you don’t need an Internet connection when traveling. Its features include, voice guidance in various languages, cross-border routing without the need to switch between countries or to a less detailed map, overview of the upcoming manoeuvre and distance shown on the screen, realistic visual map display with the 3D/ 2D feature, day/night modes switch colour schemes for day or night time driving, map rotates in driving direction, or north up. Its OpenStreetMap covers Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Africa.
The latest addition to ease commute in Mumbai suburbs – Mumbai Metro – is here to reduce the traffic congestion in the city. Install the Mumbai Metro app to get first hand information of the Mumbai Metro, Its features include, Route Search – Input your source and destination and get all the right information for your route, based on your current location find your nearest Metro station, fare chart and train timings.
So whether you decide to commute by your own car, hire a taxi / auto, hop into a bus /train /metro, these apps are going to be your best buddies to reach your destination. Happy Traveling!