Formerly known as Taxibeat, Beat is the number one taxi-hailing app in Greece. In fact, it even rivals the likes of Uber which offers luxury cars to take users to where they want to go. So why do the Greeks like this as much as the world-famous app? Simple—the locals here prefer riding a taxi. Not only are taxis still some of the best modes of public transportation in the country, but they're also more trusted by the general public than volunteer drivers. Of course, you'll see an estimated price—metered, of course—as you book so you'll have an idea of how much you'll pay for your trip.
While ride-hailing apps are all well and good, sometimes, all you need are navigation apps. And here in Greece, one of the most popular is Moovit. Wherever you need to go, Moovit will serve as your digital map, laying out the exact distance from where you are to where you need to go. It also shows the estimated time you'll spend if you take any mode of transportation to get to your destination. Beyond just the distance and directions, you'll also see which bus, tram, and metro stops you'll see along the way. Convenient, right?
Speaking of buses, with so many separate lines of this system, it's easy to get confused as to which one you should ride to get to where you need to be. Fortunately, there's the OASA Telematics app. This nifty digital program shows you al the bus routes in the Greek city you're in and which lines go on which routes. You can easily choose which one you need to board to get to your destination, as well as an estimated arrival time too. Don't worry, more often than not, this app's ETAs are accurate.
Aren't buying tickets a pain? Unless you got a travel pass for the day or for the week, every time you need to get on a public transport system in Greece, you have to fall in line and it's better if you have exact change. But if you don't want to go through all that and you're not too keen on investing in a travel pass, you can actually buy tickets via the Tfa Tickets app. just connect your credit card and you can purchase tickets to the metro digitally, without having to fall in line and wait for a while.
Finally, the most famous ride-hailing app in the world—Uber! And yes, Greece has uber and you can use it to get a ride here. But why is this undeniably popular and useful app last on this list? It's because the Greeks actually rarely use it. As already mentioned, locals in this country are comfortable enough and actually prefer taking a taxi or going on a public transport system for their commute. But, of course, at times, it can't be helped. If one is running late, Uber is the best last resort for transportation. Fortunately, it remains one of the most useful apps of its kind.
Contrary to popular belief, Greeks actually make use of transportation apps to make traveling around the many cities here easier and less of a hassle. You'll find that the ones they use here are just as convenient as those in other countries.
Whatever app you use, it's better to use these apps if you're coming from a luxurious Greek home. They're often located in some of the best areas in the city.