Beyond Uber: 5 apps helping make daily commute easier

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Updated: February 12, 2018 1:04 PM

The use of transportation apps is on the rise. Whether one is a daily traveller or an escapist or even an occasional traveller, one just can’t resist the appeal of them.

The use of transportation apps is on the rise. Whether one is a daily traveller or an escapist or even an occasional traveller, one just can’t resist the appeal of them. After all it takes just a few touches and not much data, and the user is good to go. Whether one is planning, buying tickets or just checking out the local transport, these apps are here to help.

Here are 5 apps making that grinding commute a little bit easier.


Founded by Brijraj Vaghani in 2010, the public transportation information app enables users to track live routes of local modes of transportation (Mumbai Metro and Mumbai local busses). Not just that, the company has tied with the local transportation board to provide complete information to the users regarding delays, price hikes, news etc. With their partnership with the transportation boards and now Reliance, users can seamlessly book tickets, recharge their daily travel cards even before entering the station/stand.

Investors: Times Internet, Qualcomm Ventures, Indian Angel Network, etc

Total Investment raised: $6.4 million


Founded by former Google employee Azmat Yusuf in 2011, CityMapper enables transit and mapping service for its users. It integrates data for all urban modes of transport, from walking and cycling to driving, with an emphasis on public transport.

If one is looking for a detailed trip planner, Citymapper may come in handy. It features information for bus, train (subway), black cab, minicab etc. In fact, the company claims that the trip planning information CityMapper provides is more detailed than Google Maps. As if that wasn’t enough, the app even has Uber integration.

Investors: Balderton Capital, Index ventures, DST Global etc

Total Investment raised: $50 million


Skyscanner is a global travel search site and app providing free comparisons for flights, hotel and car rental. Founded by Barry Smith, Bonamy Grimes, and Gareth Williams in 2003, the company claims to serve over 35 million people every year.

Skyscanner is a diversified app with features ranging from flights to travel. It now has apps for car hire and hotel booking. The company has also launched Skyscanner for Business, which helps the travel industry with data-driven tools.

Acquired by Ctrip for $1.94 billion in November 2016


Founded by Nir Erez, Roy Bick and Yaron Evron, Moovit aims to make travelling around town via mass transit easier and more convenient in major cities across the world. Moovit claims to be the one of the most widely used transit app with more than 120 million users. It was named Best Local App of 2016 by Google and Best of 2017 app by Apple.

By combining information from public transit operators and authorities with live information from the user community, Moovit offers travelers a real-time picture, including the best route for their journey. The Moovit community sends active reports about their travel experience, such as bus congestion levels, cleanliness, and more to help others have a better travel experience.

Investors: Sound Ventures, BMW i Ventures, Sequoia Capital, among many others

Total Investment raised: $81.5 million


Founded by Dave Waiser and Roi More in 2010, Gett is a global ride sharing app built on a simple idea – if you treat drivers better, they will treat riders better. Gett operates in more than 100 cities across Europe and the US. In London alone, the company claims nearly half of all black cabs run on Gett. In NYC, it’s among the fastest growing ridesharing apps, and is eyeing to become the second-largest player in that market. It is also caters to over 10,000 corporations  worldwide, offering them business ground travel services. Gett has raised $640 million in funding and was selected by Forbes as one of the “top 15 explosively growing companies”.

Investors: Volkswagen group, Sberbank, Kreos Capital, among many others

Total Investment raised: $640 million

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