Mobility Apps – What to use?


Søren's mobility apps in February 2016

While we are all waiting for a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider to make one mobility app to serve all needs, I’m – like many others – using quite a bunch of apps to serve my mobility needs.

Following a LinkedIn/Twitter conversation with Anna Thormann and Gustav Friis about if there was a good list of apps, I made the below lists.

Please add suggestions in the comments section, or via Twitter – then I’ll update.

Disclaimer: The list is neither complete, nor objective.

Apps I use myself:

  • Afgangstavlen: Shows public transport departure times in your vicinity. Recommended by Anna Thormann.
  • Airbnb: Booking of private rooms/flats. Nice when travelling as a family.
  • Car2Go: Used for one-way car-sharing. Now closed in Copenhagen, but keeping it as I expect to use it when travelling.
  • CLEVER: Showing the positions and availability of EV charging operator CLEVER’s stations.
  • CPH Airport: Departure and arrivals at CPH.
  • DSB: Used for purchasing seat reservations when travelling with Danish State Railways ((DSB) – the actual ticket is paid for with the national Oyster-like travel card Rejsekortet.
  • DriveNow:  Free floating car sharing service. In Copenhagen operated  by bus/train operator Arriva, and by using nice BMW i3 electric cars. Use it about once a month.
  • Easy-Park: Parking app, mainly for going out of town by car. But also handy when having guests visiting Frederiksberg (as you just can put in any registration number in the app – you then pay for your guest’s parking, instead of them having to have the hassle of buying ticket or installing app)
  • e-Remote: App to check status (charging, position) of our VW eUp (and to turn on heat/aircon in advance – ahh)
  • GoMore: Has two uses:
    • Peer-2-Peer carsharing: I use this 3-4 times per year, when we need a long-distance supplement to our electric car.
    • Ride-sharing (the real kind, where the driver has a destination and need of his own): Mostly use it when driving empty to/from Jutland – not so often though
  • Google Maps: Good alround. Used mainly for way-finding on bike or in car.
  • Metroen: Shows status of the Copenhagen metro system. My main use is when I take the metro to the airport, and want to be sure that it’s running as usual.
  • Mobilbilletter: App to purchase public transport tickets (single, 10-trip, day pass, etc) on Sealand. Have used it quite much, but since I got the travel card (Rejsekortet) in 2014, I don’t use it very much.
  • Mols-Linien: App for purchasing ferry tickets between Sealand (Sjællands Odde) and Jutland (Aarhus/Ebeltoft)
  • Momondo: International flight tickets.
  • Movia: Bus app. Not used so often – mostly to check departure ‘signs’.
  • Norwegian: Electronic airline ticket/boarding card app.
  • Rejseplanen: The public transport travel planner in Denmark. I use it to determine best combination, when decision to use public transport has already been made.
  • SAS: Electronic airline ticket/boarding card app.
  • TripAdvisor: Some like to rate, I mainly it for finding good places to eat.
  • VIA Egencia: Our corporate travel agent’s app. Holds itineraries.

Other apps:

  • Ally: Multimodal travelplanner, also beyond public transport. Covering many cities.
  • City Mapper: Multimodal travelplanner, also beyond public transport. Covering many cities.
  • e-kWh: App for charging at pay-as-you-go chargers. Haven’t tested it yet.
  • DB Navigator: For international rail travel [Thx, @MilitantePolitologer]
  • DanTaxi: Taxi ordering app. Quite plain. Used to go a lot by taxi, now less so.
  • Donkey Republic: A Peer-2-Peer  bike-sharing app. Was a test driver once, but don’t use it as I bike on my own bike (so don’t need to rent, and need it myself).
  • Drivr: Used to provide same functionality as Uber, in collaboration with existing cab firms. But now seems unavailable in Copenhagen.
  • I bike CPH: Bike route planner for Copenhagen. [Thx, Anna Thormann for suggesting.]
  • Moovit: Multimodal travelplanner, also beyond public transport. Covering many cities.
  • Næste: Get next departure of bus, train or metro near you. [Thx, Mikkel Højbjerg for suggesting].
  • Plugsurfing: Finding EV charging spots in Europe. Haven’t tried it myself, but seems to cover quite well.
  • Qixxit: Multimodal travelplanner, also beyond public transport. Focusing (for now) on Germany. Led by DB.
  • Rejs Nemt: An an to supplement the travel card Rejsekortet, allowing you to look up prices, set check-out reminders, etc. I have not used it yet, though.
  • Trafikken Hovedstaden: Showing traffic reports, road works, road web cams, etc. Particuarly relevant for public transport and private car users, commuting on congested stretches. [Thx, Christian von Huth for reminding me]
  • Uber: Peer-2-Peer taxi app. Works in more and more cities (including Copenhagen, although it is currently uncertain whether it is legal)

Wish list:

These apps aren’t existing (yet):

  • Bycyklen: The Copenhagen bike share system ‘Bycyklen’ doesn’t have an app. Strange.
  • Park & Ride: A travel planner to combine car and public transport, through park & ride. (Actually Rejseplanen had this functionality back around 2010, but it was skipped again, due to lack of resources)
  • MaaS (Greater) Copenhagen: The killer-app, combining all kinds of transport, private or public.