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Best public transport apps for living abroad

Exploring a new city is always exciting, but navigating it can be another story if you don't know your way around. You'll get a smoother ride to your destination with these nifty public transport apps.


This app specialises in planning your journeys in 24 of the world's busiest cities. Using public transport just got more simple and stress free. Depending on which country or city you're in, Mapway's travel app covers bus, train, tube, metro and subway systems. You'll have no excuse to be late!


Like its name suggests, this app lets you map out your ideal commute in major cities like Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore and London.

Simply key in your destination and it will give you a variety of travelling options on public transport networks. City Mapper also let's you customise your commute for bus or train-only options. But the best of all features, on top of detailed directions and routes, there are real-time updates on bus or train arrivals, making this a great choice for first-time commuters.

Google Maps

You've guessed it - Google Maps is also up there with the top apps in navigating a city's public transport system. With over 220 country and territories mapped in this app, you have the option to not only get to your destination but also explore the millions of businesses and places the city has to offer. Whether it's to eat, visit a museum or find the nearest pub, Google Maps uses real-time updates to help you get to your destination, no matter what part of the world you're in.

Feeling lost in more ways than one? Lots of apps, including those for wellness and meditation, can help international students get the most out of their time abroad.


Moovit prides itself on having one mobility app for all your local transit needs. It helps you choose the best route, view real-time arrival information and receive service alerts, as well as available bike routes and docking station information. You can also set up a Mobility Wallet account which helps pay for your transport through one app!

Transit App

Get on your way with the Transit app. A simply public transport app which allows you to reliably navigate some of the main cities of the world. With extended features like Uber, Carshare and bike hire, it goes beyond the world of public transport to help you reach your destination.

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There's going to be a learning curve whenever you move abroad. Transport apps can get you from A to B but you still have a lot of other things to consider, like accommodation, healthcare and your banking. That's where we come in.

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