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Best Android apps: Five public transport apps

Use your smartphone to navigate trains and tubes

Whether you're travelling by train or bus, tram or tube, your smartphone can be helpful when navigating public transport to make your way across the UK. There are apps that offer train times and provide information on live departures and arrivals, along with those that let you purchase tickets, plan your journey and even wake you app if you fall asleep while travelling. Here's five of the best public-transport related apps for Google Android devices.

Train Times UK

It may cost £3.49 but this app allows you to view access fair information, train times and even live departures and arrivals at national rail stations across the UK.


This app from the Trainline lets users purchase tickets for train travel across the UK from their smartphone.

Train Sleeper UK

If you've been a victim of the curse of falling asleep on the train and missed your stop, or worse, woken up at the end of the line, then this is the app for you. Train Sleeper allows you to select the rail network you're travelling on. Then simply select the station you're travelling to and from and duration from your stop you want to be woken up, then you can nod off, safe in the knowledge the app will alert you as to when you need to get off.

London Tube Update Live (TfL)

This app offers real-time information and traffic news on London Underground service.

UK Journey Planner

With the UK Journey Planner you can get public transport directions covering rail, bus and tram from your location to any UK destination.

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