5 Best NYC Bus Map App For iPhone

As you already know, New York City is one of the busiest places in the United States — some of that is due in part because of the density, but also that it’s a popular location for tourists as well as professionals. Due to the busyness of the city, getting around New York City and its surrounding boroughs is a serious chore — this is why New York City has one of the best transportation systems in the nation. If you can’t get around by car, you can do so much easier by subway, bus, bike share, or something else. We already showed you some great ways you can get around New York City by subway, but now we’re going to show you five best ways to navigate NYC’s bus routes.

If you follow along below, we’ll show you the top NYC Bus Map apps for iPhone. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Bus New York City

If you’re new to New York City, visit often, or live within New York City or a surrounding borough, Bus New York City is a must have. Bus New York City pulls data directly from the official MTA system in order to show you estimated arrival times, planned routes, and more. One of the highlights of this app is that you can see the service status of the transit system in order to avoid any potential delays on your trip through NYC and the surrounding area. This one has all of the downloadable Bus Map routes as well. There’s even a handy guide for first time visitors!

Download it now: iTunes

NYC Bus Checker

NYC Bus Checker comes in at third place, and is actually one of the cleanest and sharpest subway maps on the market. If you need quick access to bus information in New York City, this is the app for you. This one actually has high-res versions of the bus routes, allowing you to download them on your phone for offline viewing. The app pulls data straight from the official MTA system, keeping you in touch with real time arrival times and delays. There’s even a way to see the Service Status of the system, too. With GPS functionality built in, the NYC Bus Checker will allow you to find nearby stations that are closest to you.

Download it now: iTunes

New York Transit: MTA Subway

And in third place, we have New York Transit: MTA Subway. While this might come across as a Subway app, New York Transit actually supports Bus Map routes as well. You’ll get instant access to all sorts of Bus Map apps across New York City, and for specific train stations and subways as well, if yous o choose. Not only that, but you can view the Service Status of many bus stations and other transit systems, too. It, of course, supports GPS to help you find stations near you.

Download it now: iTunes


Citymapper comes in at second place on our countdown, and is actually a personal favorite. If you don’t want to download multiple bus maps on your smartphone for all of the cities that you visit, Citymapper is a great choice. That’s because it supports multiple major cities across America — including New York City — as well as capitals and cities in other nations. Citymapper has all the usual transit features like bus, subway and train routes and real time departure and arrival times as well. Bus maps (and other transit methods) are downloadable for offline viewing. There’s even ridesharing features for bikes, mopeds, and scooters. Citymapper is constantly updated, so you’ll always have all of the latest transit information at your fingertips.

Download it now: iTunes


Coming up in first place, we have Transit. This is a beautiful application that was designed to be easy to use to navigate around the major city of your choice. Transit works for most major cities in the United States, as well as in other countries. For New York City, it’ll put you in touch with all of the local bus stations, and even give you access to bus maps that you can download for offline viewing later. With Transit, you’ll be able to see any delays, as well as the service status of the transit system that you’re using. Grab it for free at the link below!

Download it now: iTunes


Here we’ve shown you five of the best ways to navigate and see New York City’s bus maps. It can be hard to get in touch with that information, but with the Internet in our pockets, it’s easier than ever to find what bus you need, and where it’s going. Some of these even use GPS data to show you the closest bus station to your location! Any one of these applications will help you get in the right place, putting schedules and estimated arrival times right at your fingertips. However, if you want the best of the best, you really cannot go wrong with what Citymapper or Transit has to offer — the versatility in these two maps is unmatched.

Do you have a favorite transit application for iPhone? Let us know what it is in the comments section below!