The Citymapper app is a godsend in any city, and particularly in Paris, where the sheer density of labyrinthine passages and lookalike streets can be overwhelming for the visitor. Comparing available routes across a wide variety of transports (bus, metro, RER, Vélib, taxi, tram, train), the app offers plenty of practical functions you don’t get on most itinerary planners, like practical alerts on approaching climbs and dips on bus routes, a map that works offline and a calorie loss calculator (converted, if you wish, into quantities of sugary food). It even enables you to find out how many bikes are free at the nearest Vélib dock.
How does it work? From the welcome page, tap on ‘Where are you going?’ and type in where you’re headed. The app will then work out a suitable route according to your current position, but you can also choose an alternative starting point. After your destination has been registered, a map will then pop up with a proposed itinerary – choose your mode of transport and the route details will appear.
Availability: Free on iOS and Android