Let’s admit it - We all have experienced some not-so-good days when we were late for class or work because of missing the bus. Or there were those embarrassing moments when you were frantically asking strangers which bus stop you should get off at.

Then came the day when mobile apps were introduced into our lives, which made travelling ten times easier and more efficient! With simply a few taps on your smart phone, your transportation apps are able to do map navigation, plan trip itineraries, and provide real-time updates of bus/train arrival time. Here are some handy apps that may help you to travel around LA more efficiently with alternative transportation.

Google Maps – Simply type in your destination and Google Maps will give you a step-by-step guide for the shortest/fastest route to get there. Google Maps also allows you to search for nearby restaurants and businesses.

Go Metro LA – This app is made specifically for Metro bus and rail commuters! Apart from displaying updated arrival times, Go Metro LA gives you detailed information about the station, including the number of bike lockers, bike racks, and parking spots. Perfect for commuters on bike!

Zipcar – Here’s an awesome app for all you Zipsters out there. With the Zipcar app, you can reserve a Zipcar any time of the day, wherever you are! Having difficulty with locating your Zipcar? The Zipcar app will show you the direction to your reserved vehicle, and also allow you to locate it by honking its horn from your app!

Waze – Waze is unique because of its community-focused design and interactive interface. Users are able to share information about their commute, which makes it easy to coordinate with friends on the road. Carpool fans should definitely give it a try!

HopStop – HopStop provides directions for door-to-door transit, walking, biking, and even car rental locations! You can set your preference of travel modes, and HopStop will suggest a trip that is customized to your preference.

Are you a frequent user of transportation apps? Tell us which transportation app works best for you!