Travel with style with Citymapper’s Smartride 🚐 (£5 code included)
I have been using Smartride since Spring 2018 and I could easily rank it as one of the best life-hacks I discovered this year! I am so enthusiastic about it I keep promoting the service at any relevant occasion. I had to write this blog post to share the love even further! Read through and enjoy a £5 Citymapper Smartride code on me!
What is smartride
Smartride is a new form of shared transportation ran by Citymapper, the go-to app whenever travelling around London or any city: Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, New York, Hong Kong, etc. If you don’t know Citymapper yet, it’s never too late to check it out, feel free to thank me whenever… Back to Smartride, Citymapper describes it as a ‘mix of a bus and a cab’ because like a bus it is affordable, it requires some walking, some sharing but like a cab, you can book it and it will take you anywhere on the network without having to worry about transfers. I understand the need of comparing it for the sake of making it clear to newbies but to me Smartride is something new, different and it rocks!
how to book it
You can easily book Smartride from the Citymapper app as it will show up when it makes sense for your trip and you can also access it directly from the home screen as you would access buses or tubes. The network covers most of London zones 1 and 2 and is extending every week. Payment is integrated in app where you can provide your credit card details or use Apple Pay. You have to confirm before you actually get charged and you can cancel any time before boarding without paying any fee (hello Uber!).
how do I use it
Having used Smartride for a few months now, I have experienced a wide array of its benefits and constraints and I have identified 4 occasions when the service is right on point to me!
When I need to work
With Smartride, I know I will get a seat in a premium vehicle with a charger for my iPhone. It feels safe for me to use my laptop and work. If I have to undertake a long journey taking me from Hackney to Central London and vice versa, I always book a Smartride as I know I will make the most of the commute getting ahead with work. If I may suggest one thing to the Citymapper team, WiFi on board would be awesome!
when i carry stuff
I travel to Paris and Amsterdam almost once a month, when back at St Pancras, I find it quite handy to call a Smartride to carry my luggage on the last miles keeping me away from home. It’s definitely all about traveling with class too, hahaha…
when i am out with the clique
You can book a Smartride for up to 7 people including yourself!! Extra cool when going out as you can catch up with the gossips of the week while traveling. One thing to consider here though is that you all need to go to the same place as you cannot set up different drop off points.
when i WANT TO TREAT MYSELF
I stopped buying Travelcard since last spring as I switched to cycling, walking and using TfL services on a pay-as-you-go basis. As my monthly transport spending has decreased, I like to treat myself to a Smartride now and then. Who doesn’t like to seat in a premium vehicle?
when i don’t use smartride
I won’t be too long on this one, I don’t use Smartride when I am not in the situations above or when I can walk (would be ridiculous to use it to go from home to my usual co-working space, which is 15-minute away by walk), cycle (disclaimer: I don’t do much cycling these days as I am waiting to bring back my bike from Paris) and when I am in a hurry (who takes a shared transportation service when in a hurry, duh…).
Oh and by the way…
Smartride is licensed by Transport for London (TfL) and Citymapper hires licensed and trained drivers, with reliable pay. I often discuss with the drivers and the many I asked about the service were quite happy with it and confirmed the pay was good. In addition to the lovely drivers, you also get to meet awesome people! I even met a same person twice and it was nice to catch up (hello Eden!). I love to use it for networking as it’s comfortable and rides are of a good duration for that. It’s easy to start a conversation, just ask if the person is using Smartride for the first time! Almost feels like professional speed dating sometimes (forget about LinkedIn)!
WHAt ABOUT YOU?
Do you use Smartride? If so, how? What do you enjoy the most about it? If you’ve never used Smartride before, it’s time to jump in! Check out Citymapper and add my promo code sophie0bn to enjoy £5 on me right there! Try it out and let me know if hooked too!