FOR TRAINS AND BUSES
Citymapper’s edge over Google Maps is the way it displays info succinctly and intuitively. It gives a bird’s eye view of the various routes you’ve got, puts the buses that ply the same way together, and even refreshes the screen constantly with upcoming bus and train timings.
Once you’ve selected a route, tap on ‘Go’, and it’ll guide you with step-by-stop public transport navigation. It’ll trace your progress on the notification screen, and buzz you with a reminder to alight. If you just want to dive straight into checking bus and train timings, that’s within easy reach too.
But get this – the ‘City’ tab is hooked up to the Twitter feeds of SMRT and SBS. Just glance at this before you head out to find out if there are any delays and breakdowns.
Love it or hate it, you gotta admit that ComfortDelGro’s stronghold means your chances of getting a cab – even in more far-flung areas – is higher than its competitor apps. The old, clunky interface was overhauled in February for a polished new look with additional user-friendly features.
It now provides an estimated fare (although that excludes tolls and location surcharges), location tracking of the driver, and e-receipts with full breakdowns for ten of the most recent trips.
FOR PRIVATE CABS
A strong contender to the formidable ComfortDelGro app, Uber provides a total of five price tiers for your transport needs: Taxi, uberX, uberXL, UberExec and ExecLarge. So if taxis are sparse around you, there are alternatives for your consideration. Price estimates are provided before you make the booking, so that you can make an informed decision about which tier to book.
The uberXL and ExecLarge will come in handy if there are five or six people in your group, as you wouldn’t need to wait for two different cabs. Better yet, splitting the fare is a breeze. In fact, it’s currently the only service in the Singapore market that offers this feature.
If you are not the type to carry much cash around, then you’ll also love that Uber doesn’t charge extraneous administrative fees for paying with your credit card. You needn’t worry about errant taxi drivers too, because the customer service is blazingly quick and helpful.
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first – Singapore Map by Streetdirectory is downright ugly. But if you’re willing to look past its dated façade and cluttered ads, you’ll be surprised to learn just how full-featured it is. Remember, Streetdirectory was actually the leading publisher of street maps in Singapore, way before smartphone apps came along.
Besides duration, looking up directions also gets you fare estimates for taxis, buses, as well as bus-and-train hybrid journeys. And just like Google Maps, you can select toll-free driving routes. But the star feature is actually the Traffic Camera function. You can actually view up-to-date camera stills of the road condition along expressways.
If you make frequent road trips to our neighbour up north, you can also download offline apps for popular destinations such as Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Penang.