Going from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ in a big city is challenging as it is. The challenge is even more daunting when you are exploring a new city. The constant fight to find a cab or any mode of transport can be a disheartening experience for many travellers. Add to that the potential scams that they might fall prey to.
These problems have become a point of consideration for most travellers, but since it is the 21st century, there is a solution for everything. Like in most situations today, the internet has come to your rescue once again. If you’re planning to visit Melbourne in the near future, make sure that your smartphone is equipped with these apps and your trip will probably be as enjoyable as you expect it to be.
This one was expected, I accept, but nonetheless, it is important to mention Google Maps here. For those of you who don’t know about it, Google Maps is your best friend in a new, unexplored city. Use the maps to find your way around the city and make your commute a cakewalk.
Using Google Maps creatively can also save you from overcharging by cab drivers by taking longer routes. In fact, always make sure your cab is on the shortest direct route between your pickup point and destinations. No more struggling to understand the route from the locals, your smartphone will get you anywhere you want to go.
GoCatch is Australia’s premium metered taxi booking service. It operates in all major cities around the continent and provides, safe, reliable and professional transit services for commuters across the country. All drivers registered with the service go through a photo-ID and ABN verification process which makes the it one of the safest silver service taxi around the globe. The best part is the service will charge you the same fare as what the cab’s meter shows, with a surcharge of 5% on credit card payments (which is half of the 10% everyone else charges around the country).
Ingogo is another very popular cab booking service in Australia, primarily operating in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. The application allows you to make advance bookings up to 48 hours prior to when you plan to travel. The booking is backed by $10 guaranteed credit, in case the driver fails to show up for whatever reason. The application also allows you to track your ride and make cashless payments
Although currently, the app is only available on android app store, it allows you to decipher the complicated, but efficient tram and bus network laid out across Melbourne. There are many similar applications like ‘Melbourne Public Transport’, ‘Melbourne Train Trapper’ and ‘Victoria Public Transport’ available on other platforms like iOS and Windows For Phone.
To conclude, please note that while hailing public transport and cabs might provide you with a hassle free experience, but it might not always be enough to fully explore a city, especially a city like Melbourne which is bustling with unique experiences and people. If you truly want to explore the city like a traveller, be prepared to get on a bike or walk around for miles around the city and experience the hidden treasures of Australian culture accompanied by great weather and memorable experiences.