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Best UK transport apps for Android

Why Google Maps is the best

Google Maps delivers you a little bit of everything, making it easy to get around even if you have no clue where you are.

There are dozens of apps that can help you get around, but none of them are quite as accurate or as all-encompassing as Google Maps has become. It covers just about every mode of transportation, and will also show you the different routes that you can take along the way. Absolutely free, it may even come preloaded on your phone, making it hassle free to use.

Google Maps also has tons of features that you can choose to use. You can save the locations of favorite restaurants, or your friends houses. If you use Google Calendar it will also show you the locations of upcoming events in your calendar. If you need to find food, you can see local restaurants and their reviews from customers.

One of the greatest features that Google Maps offers, though, is the ability to adjust your route. You can choose to avoid tolls and highways, as well as add stops on your trip. You can also see up to date traffic conditions while driving, which means that it's easy to avoid accidents a few miles down the road.


While Google Maps can't do absolutely everything, it does its level best to try. From exploring the area around you to navigating your way across the country, Google has you covered. It's easy to save locations, add stops, and even avoid highways or tolls. Google Maps even delivers up to date traffic conditions as you drive to ensure that you get where you're going with as few complications as possible.

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • As a Londoner i have tried pretty much all of these Tubemap and waze are the best. I have ditched my Garmin satnav for waze a few years ago which is priceless in London rush hour to avoid traffic and Tubemap is good to get around on the tube even as a Londoner. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hi there, I work for Tubemap so it's great to get your feedback! Thanks very much.
  • Whilst it's not the most polished app I'd add the National Rail app for those who use the train a lot. I've tried Train Line but just find the National Rail app a bit more useful Posted on LG V10 via the Android Central App
  • Yep national rail app. Also the first bus app if you are based outside London with a first bus service. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've never liked the national rail app, I've given it many chances and always gone back to the mobile site, it just works better for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think the national rail app is a terrible outdated app. The problem is, it's the only one that provides live train information so it's a necessity if you travel by train a lot
  • The Traveline apps are useful for planning and getting an overview of options and connections across the transport network for trips.
  • I use UK bus checker on almost a daily basis, can't go wrong with it for bus time tables Posted via the Android Central App
  • Network West Midlands is a great so to use to check bus times in Birmingham Posted via the Android Central App
  • One app I'd recommend that's not on here is "MAPS ME" it's off-line maps and routing which means you don't have to use your data and I've used it travelling all around the world. It has local places and nearby and you download the map for your country to your phone. I saved myself a lot of gigabytes with this app :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'll second this one, great app, especially when roaming/dataless Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still can't beat Google Maps on the roads here. Nothing else comes close. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree, Google maps gives brilliant up to date info Posted via the Android Central App
  • But all the traffic info comes from Waze why not just come to the source.
  • Don't use The Trainline. They charge a booking fee whereas you can buy the exact same tickets on any train company's website without a fee. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, I use the crosscountry app which does exactly the same thing and doesn't charge the booking fee!
  • UK but most of these are for London... Anyway I just use Google Now and Maps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm shocked here maps hasn't made the cut