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Travel like a local: 5 apps that help you use public transport abroad

Discovering a foreign country is an enriching experience. But cultural differences and language barrier can be a challenge. Therefore, many tourists choose travel in groups, with a guide who speaks the local language and can guide the traveler's daily life. On the other hand, there are people who prefer to “tour” on their own, adapting as much as possible to the local routine.

Even if you rent a car or using an app car are widely available alternatives, using public transport is more economical and allows the traveler to discover other nuances of the city. To avoid getting lost and knowing how to get to your destination in the best way, technology is an ally. Today, it is possible to download applications that plot routes and indicate the nearest stations and terminals to facilitate the journey.

Most of them work online, but they also allow the user to download maps or specific routes so that tourists have the information at hand whenever they need it. We've selected five apps that help you use public transport abroad. Follow us and be prepared for your next international trip!

1- aMeter
aMetro brings together subway maps from 180 cities around the world. It calculates the shortest route, informs the estimated time and provides information about the nearest stations. The application allows the user to download files to their smartphone, avoiding problems if they do not have an Internet connection.

2- Moovit
Moovit is already a favorite among more experienced travelers because, in addition to working in more than 1,200 cities around the world, it allows tourists to plot routes, providing timetables for train, bus and subway lines. It also calculates the approximate value of the app's car for the given route and provides real-time traffic updates.

3- Metro Maps
As its name suggests, Metro Maps has maps of subway lines and stations in different locations spread across the five continents. Once downloaded, all information can be consulted offline.

4- Google Maps
Google Maps already has many fans, even for short journeys within Brazil. However, it is also an efficient helper when traveling internationally. It allows you to plot routes and suggests the best ones, indicating public transport lines. Among the differences is the possibility of marking points of interest in advance to discover the best route and optimize time when arriving at the destination. destiny.

5- Omio
Although it does not provide information about public transport, if the trip is to Europe, Omio can be an ally for travelers who are going to visit more than one place on the Old Continent. The app gathers prices and travel times for trains, bus and plane to move between cities or countries. This way, tourists can compare prices and choose the best option for the chosen date.

Search for local apps
The applications mentioned work in the main tourist cities in the world, with the difference of having versions in Portuguese or at least in English and Spanish. However, it is worth searching for local apps, as they may contain more up-to-date information, such as stations undergoing renovation or lines experiencing some interruption, for example.

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