Macworld Masterclass: Navigate London with Bus Checker

Steer your way around the capital’s bus routes with this pocket guide

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  • anno Intro
  • 1 Getting started Step 1: Getting started
  • 2 Stop search Step 2: Stop search
  • 3 Find your route Step 3: Find your route
  • 4 Countdown Step 4: Countdown
  • 5 Take me home Step 5: Take me home
  • 6 Favourite haunts Step 6: Regular haunts
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Intro

Getting from A to B without using the Tube is a daunting task for visitors to London. Even if you live in the capital, you’ll probably find its sprawling bus network can be a chore at times.

Enter London Bus Checker, a neat app that guides you to your nearest bus stop and explains all the routes that particular stop serves. It will even tell you how long you’ll have to wait for the next bus on each route to arrive, on real-time countdown boards.

Just about the only thing it’s lacking is a journey planner, but if you vaguely know where you’re going, Bus Checker is a brilliant little tool to have at your fingertips.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time required: 10 minutes

What you need

iOS 4.0 or later
London Bus Checker app (£1.99)

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Getting from A to B without using the Tube is a daunting task for visitors to London. Even if you live in the capital, you’ll probably find its sprawling bus network can be a chore at times.

Enter London Bus Checker, a neat app that guides you to your nearest bus stop and explains all the routes that particular stop serves. It will even tell you how long you’ll have to wait for the next bus on each route to arrive, on real-time countdown boards.

Just about the only thing it’s lacking is a journey planner, but if you vaguely know where you’re going, Bus Checker is a brilliant little tool to have at your fingertips.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time required: 10 minutes

What you need

iOS 4.0 or later
London Bus Checker app (£1.99)

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Getting started

First off, you’ll need to allow the app to find your location. Next, tap ‘Nearby stops’ to see your position on a map.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Stop search

Unpinch to zoom in until your nearest bus stops appear. To refresh your location, simply tap the arrow in the top left.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Find your route

When you tap ‘View list’ in the top-right corner, the app will display all the stops in your vicinity and the routes they serve.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Countdown

Tap a stop on a list or on the map for the live arrivals board, showing how long you’ll have to wait for the next bus.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Take me home

Not sure which bus you need to catch? Tap through the bus numbers for more information about their routes.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Regular haunts

If you hit the star in the top right-hand corner of a stop’s page you’ll save it to the Favourites page shown here – handy for checking times.

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