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9 best London transport and travel apps

Use this list of the best London travel apps to discover hidden stories, London landmarks new and old, and free events throughout the capital.

Using your smartphone in London may incur data charges, so check your data allowance with your phone provider. You can cut costs by downloading any apps before you travel, and by using London's many wifi hotspots when you're out and about.

Alternatively, download some of these free London maps and guides in advance.

1. Visit London app - official city guide and offline maps

This official London city app helps you make the most of your time in London while on the move. Features include offline maps, hand-picked lists of the best things to see and do, hidden gems and area guides, great deals and offers, and directions to help you navigate the city. Available on iPhone and Android
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2. TfL apps

TfL Oyster app

Download the TfL Oyster and contactless app on your smartphone to top up your pay-as-you-go credit, buy adult-rate travelcards and check your balance. Plan ahead and get around London safely with the TfL Go app, whose journey planner helps you plan the best routes and travel outside of peak times to aid social distancing.

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3. AccessAble app

AccessAble app. Image courtesy of AccessAble.

Travel around the city with confidence or plan a trip to a new London area using the AccessAble app. You can ensure that your specific needs are met by using detailed access guides for attractions, venues and areas around the capital.

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4. Citymapper London app

The Citymapper London app simplifies public transport in London by providing up-to-the-minute information and multiple route options. Features include disruptions, offline maps, prices, taxi fares and even calorie burn counts!

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5. Santander Cycles app

Explore London with Santander Cycles' free app - also on Android - showing you bike availability and routes to the nearest docking station. Receive a bike release code to your phone and hire a cycle without using the docking station terminal.

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6. Natural History Museum app

Use the Natural History Museum visitor app to navigate to hidden treasures and popular highlights, such as the famous Dinosaurs gallery, special exhibitions and the Cocoon experience. The app is updated regularly with details of events and exhibitions to help you make the most of your visit.

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7. London Architecture Guide app

London Architecture Guide app. Image courtesy of The Architecture Foundation.
Learn more about the capital's amazing buildings with the London Architecture Guide app. Use the interactive map to discover more than 1,100 of the city's fascinating structures, from iconic landmarks to hidden gems in London.  Read More

8. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers app

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers at Canary Wharf. Image courtesy of Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.

You can buy tickets wherever you are for the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers using the Uber app or Thames Clippers Tickets app, meaning no queuing or printing before you travel. Activate your ticket as you board and show it to the crew. There's also the option to check live departure times.

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9. Raise Tower Bridge app

Download this free Tower Bridge augmented reality app, and take your smartphone up to the Walkways to see the bridge being raised in a 360-degree panoramic video. This app is also available for Android devices.

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