Win a Year’s Worth of Bus Travel with London Bus Checker

Jan 27, 2012 by

Any parent making the most of what London has to offer babies, toddlers, kids and families needs to know about London Bus Checker; the smartphone application that reduces twenty minute bus waits (which feel like hours to anyone with a toddler) to a mere thirty second click.  I bought the app on my own, tried it out, loved it and emailed the company begging them to become my sponsor.

I have been using London Bus Checker for several weeks and recently put it to the ultimate test leaving Kennington on a cold, blustery evening with my two tired, irritable children.  I had a choice of two buses, each running every 15 minutes.  Using London Bus Checker, I clicked on the map, located the bus stops, and quickly downloaded the arrival times.  I left the warmth of the sports centre at Burgess Park when the London Bus Checker indicated, just in time to board the bus with little fuss and waiting.

Over the last few weeks, the London Bus Checker app has allowed me to avoid much of the hassle of waiting for the pokey buses that have less frequent service; the ones I tend to use frequently.  Before stepping out into the cold night air, or rushing from the breakfast table, I can get real-time bus service from buses travelling around London.

What’s more there are special features so that when you are out and about in a new part of town, you can quickly and easily see bus routes on a map and find out exactly where you are going and when to get off.  These are not the spider maps on the bus shelters, nor are they the exhaustive comprehensive maps showing all the routes.  You get only the route you select superimposed over the regular street map with the stops indicated.  You can zoom right in and get exact details and street names.  These are brilliant functions, especially when you are running around to new parts of town for meetings and need to avoid taking a push chair in rush-hour traffic on the underground.

It takes about 30 seconds to open the application, click the map, find the bus stop and the route.  Admittedly, it is a bit of a struggle with winging kids, but it’s worth it when you are able to not only find EXACTLY when the bus will arrive, but loads of other information, too.  This is not a fool-proof solution, once a bus had its regular route truncated and I have also had the occasional bus arrive not showing up on the list – pleasant surprise.

In celebration of the app now being released for Android phones, London Bus Checker is happy to announce a competition to win a year’s bus pass from Transport for London.  click here and enter in a few good friends (and avid bus users) email addresses.  They get a chance to win, too!!

London Bus Checker is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones.  Search for “London Bus Checker” in the App Store or Android Market, or see www.buschecker.com for more details

I purchased London Bus Checker on my own, tried it out, loved it and contacted the company to sponsor my site for a few weeks.  This post is paid, but they are my own honest views of the application.

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