03. 19. 2009
Go anywhere with Métro, the free guide to transport everywhere
There you are in a strange town, like Chicago - or Brno. How do you get around? There's always a taxi, of course. But public transportation is not only cheaper, it often gives you a much better sense of the city and its people. Armed with Métro, you'll always be prepared to get around a new city.
Métro is an amazing accomplishment, a free guide to public transport systems - subway, bus, tram, elevated, suburban systems, ferries, etc, etc--in some 400 cities worldwide. It runs on your PDA (Palm or PocketPC) or your Smartphone and is updated frequently so you can always keep track of station closings and construction annoyances.
The Palm version, which I've been using for years, provides station searches, a station list for each line, hours of operation, places of interest and tourism info, color coding, a contacts list keyed to the proper station for each, and even a choice of routes (fastest or fewest connections).
With this nifty program you can install only the cities you need, install new ones to prepare for a trip, and run it from an extension card to save space. Métro is available in more than 3 dozen languages and is stunningly comprehensive - for example, covering more than 800 stations in Paris and more than 1800 in Tokyo.
Have a WAP or i-mode phone? Want to find local transport options from your desktop or laptop? Then you'll want the Web-based version, i-Métro. Only 10 languages and a mere 250 cities, but also free.