When you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place, or a big city with overwhelming public transportation, there are many websites and applications you can turn to for directions and online maps. But which directions and mapping service provides the best route? Google Maps, MapQuest, HopStop, Bing Maps…which is the best trip planner?
Google Maps is the industry standard, and probably most people’s go-to application for directions. In many ways Google Maps has earned this reputation, delivering accurate and simple driving and walking directions. If you have a smart phone such as an iPhone or Android, Google Maps serves as a GPS navigation system, and really becomes a life saver at times. MapQuest is a thing of the past.
However, for subway directions I always turn to HopStop. HopStop is reliable in always accounting for service changes and planned work for the subway, bus and train system. I have had most of my experience with HopStop in New York City, but I am told that it is as consistent for many other cities as well. Many times HopStop and Google Maps provide the same subway route, but I rather stick with the more reliable and thorough service.