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Awesome Apps for Commuters

Awesome Apps for Commuters

Just getting to work doesn't have to turn into a second job. These apps keep you happy and entertained while making your travel as pain-free as possible. Whether you want to find a route, keep updated on traffic, or have something to listen to other than morning radio, they have you covered.

Public Transit

Whether your car is in the shop or you're just trying to save money or stay green, these apps have you covered. They'll let you check out bus and train schedules to plan your trip and make it to your stop on time.

Google Maps - GPS Navigation

Get where you're going with Google Maps

Google Maps - GPS Navigation

Google Maps

For anyone who needs turn-by-turn nav, transit routes, nearby places, live traffic, and more.

Google Maps is probably the most comprehensive free maps app on iOS. The app allows you to use Google’s local search to find places to eat, drink, and shop around you. Google’s local search pulls up reviews and ratings of places you find to help you decide whether a place is worth going to. In addition to the local search, Google Maps features full, voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation when you’re driving. You can view walking and public transport routes in the app, too. There is also live traffic information available for select cities within the app. There are swipe based gestures in the app that make the minimalistic user interface very intuitive. Google Maps is what Apple Maps should have always been.

Why we love it

If you're looking for a free alternative to Apple Maps, this is the cream of the crop. While the interesting UI might not be for everyone, Google Maps is still arguably even better than Apple's own system and definitely worth a look - especially if you're well ingrained in other Google apps.

Citymapper Transit Navigation

Visiting a major city? This transit app will help you get around.

Citymapper Transit Navigation

Citymapper Transit Navigation

For those interested in a helpful transit app.

Citymapper is a useful app if you are traveling to a major city and want to check out your transportation options. With support for buses, rails, and ferries as well as Uber, you can check real-time departures, transit maps, and even disruption alerts. You can also vote to have a city added by visiting citymapper.com/nextcity.

Why we love it

Check out your transportation options with the helpful and handy Citymapper.

Navigate Your World Faster and Easier

It's important to know where you're going, but it's equally crucial to know how to get there. These apps provide maps, routes, and travel times both on and offline to help you arrive at your destination on time. They'll even reroute you in case of traffic snarl-ups to keep you on schedule.

inRoute Route Planner
inRoute Route Planner

inRoute Route Planner

Carob Apps, LLC

Plan optimal routes or chart your own course using weather, elevation, curves and more. Then navigate safely with voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions that automatically check your route for severe weather.

Test all features free for 7 days.

***As seen on the TODAY show in the Traveling This Summer segment***

“adding to both the safety of the ride and the pleasure of knowing beforehand what to expect” - Florin Tibu, “autoevolution”

“I used InRoute for planning six world record attempts. No weather app gives you more information, period.” - Carl Reese, Multiple World Record Holder

Key Features (some require in-app purchase--see below):
• Voice guided navigation of up to 100 locations with automatic severe weather alerts (alerts are currently available in US, Canada, UK, and Germany)
• Optimize waypoint order for fastest time, or manually reorder
• Import from XLSX, GPX and KML files
• Create custom routes based on weather, elevation and curviness, or build your own route from available alternates on each leg of a route
• Interactive charts showing route elevation, curviness, weather (temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind speed/direction, severe weather alerts), and sunrise/sunset times
• Search along a route—the whole route, every x miles/hours, or the next x miles/hours from a place—find gas, hotels, campgrounds or places to eat close to a route
• Set Departure and Layover Times—weather forecasts, road conditions (e.g. congestion), and travel times accurately reflect conditions throughout the trip
• Save your favorite routes and places, sync between devices, organize into folders, print via Airprint, and share with family and friends
• Easily add places to the map using a Dropped pin, Search, or Contacts
• Export routes to Apple Maps, Google Maps, Navigon, and Waze. Some apps use inRoute's "Agenda Nav" feature. See the in-app FAQ for more info
• Export to GPS devices and apps compatible with GPX files
• Routes are stored on your device so you can access them even if you lose connection

The following are available after in-app purchase.
- Add more than 5 places per route, weather and elevation charts/custom routes, voice navigation, iCloud sync, export, layovers, advanced route search
- For additional details, see the in-app Upgrades screen

Two purchase levels. Test 7 days for free.
1) inRoute Pro: $3.99 monthly, or $29.99 annually. Create routes with up to 100 locations and access all services.
2) inRoute Premium: $14.99 one-time purchase. Create routes with up to 25 locations and access all services.

Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. Manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase.

Note: Since continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life, inRoute will automatically shut down if you haven't used it in a while.

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MapQuest: Navigation & Maps
MapQuest: Navigation & Maps

MapQuest: Navigation & Maps

AOL Inc.

MapQuest from AOL is another free maps alternative on iOS. The app offers voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic information, and gas prices. The app does not include offline maps or support for places to eat and drink other than those in the United States and Canada. MapQuest is ad-supported, these banners can become a bit intrusive when you are trying to navigate around the map. It isn’t the best app out there, but deserves a mention.

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Interactive Bike Maps for the Urban Commuter

A bike is a good way to save gas money and get into shape. But it's no good unless you have a place to ride it, and here are some apps designed to get your wheels rolling. They'll help you plan your ride and track how far you've pedaled. And they'll even help you discover new routes in your area so that you can go on new adventures.

Runtastic Road Bike GPS PRO

Runtastic Road Bike GPS PRO

runtastic

Runtastic Road Bike GPS PRO

For those looking to track their bike performance and monitor their progress.

The Runtastic Road Bike app, developed by road biking experts, turns your iPhone into a top GPS cycling computer with an array of incredible features! Track your tours, races and rides with your iPhone, monitor your training progress and compare your performance to your friends’! Become a part of the Runtastic Community with millions of enthusiastic users.

Why we love it

If biking is your life, Runtastic Road Bike is for you. It has loads of features, but none cooler than the ability to go live and show your friends where you are and how fast you’re moving.

Bike Maps

Bike Maps

Pathym Corp.

Bike Maps

For those looking for the best bike routes for commuting or exploration.

Bike Maps shows you bike routes, lanes, and trails everywhere in the world. Whether you’re commuting to work, exploring your local neighborhoods, or planning a round-the-world tour, this app will help you find a good route to ride.

Transform Your Commute With Audiobooks

You don't always want to listen to music while you're on the go, and these apps let you expand your horizons while keeping your hands free. Audiobooks help you learn and keep you entertained by putting knowledge and stories directly into your ears. We don't always have time to read, and they help keep us relatively literate with polished productions from professional narrators.

My Books – Unlimited Library

Listen to classics on the go.

My Books – Unlimited Library

My Books – Unlimited Library

For those interested in a huge variety of free books.

Free Books lets you check out over 50,000 ebooks including the world best known classics and read with the fully featured reader. It also includes of non-fiction content, so you can study or just broaden your brain. It also features reading statistics, original covers, and the ability to import your own tomes via Dropbox.

Why we love it

Free Books includes over 50,000 books, so there is something for everyone. Catch up on the classics anytime, anywhere.

Free Audiobooks HQ

Free Audiobooks HQ

Inkstone Software, Inc.

Free Audiobooks HQ

For those interested in a huge selection of free and premium audiobooks along with radio shows.

Free Audiobooks HQ offers 10,500 free and 250,000 premium audiobooks for an enormous selection. You can browse popular, top-rated, or a specific genre, preview the book before you download it, and use the handy bookmark feature. As a bonus, the app includes an Old Time Radio catalog that includes more than 77,500 episodes.

Why we love it

Free Audiobooks HQ provides a simple interface, great selection, and easy search feature.