5 Best Seattle Subway Map App For iPhone

Seattle like most metro areas is an extremely busy place. Traffic is insanely difficult to navigate through, whether you’re a tourist or a commuter trying to get to and from work. To make it even worse, Seattle doesn’t have a super great transit system; however, it does exist and will help you get from one side of the city to the other.

Unfortunately, if you’re new to the area, such as visiting as a tourist, getting information on Seattle’s subway system — such as nearby stations and arrival times — can prove to be difficult. That’s largely because Seattle doesn’t have nearly as robust of a transit system as other major cities. Luckily, an app can quickly put you in touch with need to know information. That said, here are some of our top picks for seeing and locating Seattle’s subway stations and their routes.

Seattle Rail Map Lite

Coming in at number five on our list, we have Seattle Rail Map Lite. If you’re looking for an application that will save you money on data and roaming chargers, this one is it. Working completely offline, Seattle Rail Map Lite is an offline map of Seattle’s subway and rail system. You can plan your route with this application, and it will give you estimated arrival times. This map is always up to date, so you can be certain you’re getting accurate information as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Seattle Map

Looking for something a little more basic for navigating the complex system that is Seattle? It won’t be showing you any real time data, but that’s because Seattle Map works entirely offline to save you on roaming and data chargers. The internal map is interactive, allowing you to pinch and zoom across it for an idea of where you want to go. There’s a built-in route planner, which can help you identify estimated arrival times. On top of that, Seattle Map has offline navigation for car and bus, but also offline navigation for the subway.

Download it now: iTunes

Seattle Transit

Coming up as third on our countdown, we’re looking at Seattle Transit. This is a simple app that will help you navigate the busyness of the Seattle rail and bus system. This one does require an Internet connection, as it’ll be providing you real time data on arrival times and stops. You should get instant loading of maps, and there is even offline navigation here. You can search for specific stations with the search bar as well.  There’s an easy to use route planner for planning your subway trip around Seattle as well. You can favorite all of your subways and stops, too.

Download it now: iTunes

Citymapper

And in second place on our countdown, we have Citymapper. This is the tool that will help you navigate the hectic rapid transit system that is Seattle’s metro area, as well as any other supported metro areas worldwide. Citymapper has all the usual transit features like bus, subway and train routes and real time departure and arrival times as well. With Citymapper, in supported cities, you can see real time data for service outages and notifications. You can even use GPS to find nearby subway stations and bus lines.

Citymapper comes with plenty of international support — offering transit information for most major EU, South American, and United States major cities as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Transit

You certainly don’t want a Subway Map app on your phone for each city you visit worldwide. That just unnecessarily takes up space on your iPhone! space that could be used for photos and other things. That’s why, with Transit, you can just adjust your Transit location, and it’ll show you all of the necessary transit and subway information for that new city, whether you’re in Seattle, Boston, or Los Angeles. Transit’s highlight really is its versatility — Transit supports many more cities across the world, such as in the Asian regions, which few apps support.

Download it now: iTunes

Verdict

There are plenty of Subway Map apps out there for navigating Seattle’s rapid transit system, but we’ve shown you just a handful of the top picks. With any of these applications, even a newcomer to the city will be able to easily find their way around Seattle, its large expanse, and the surrounding metro areas. However, if you travel a lot, you might want to consider something a little more versatile, like Transit or Citymapper, which can be used in most major cities across the world.

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