Download BostonBusMap apk Varies with device free for Android smartphone

17 Sep

Posted by George Schneeloch in Travel & Local | Sept. 17, 2016 | 76 Comments

Apk file size: 2.6 MB

This app shows locations and predicts bus times in Boston and nearby cities, using GPS info from the MBTA.

Regarding permissions for photos or other media files: This is required by Google Maps, I don't have control over it. The app does not make use of this permission directly.

Please email [email protected] if you have any problem, and please report a crash if you see one! Twitter feed for bug updates: @bostonbusmap

Basic usage:
- choose a mode by clicking the button on the upper right corner. You can see all vehicles at once, vehicles for a single route, bus predictions for a single route, or only bus predictions on favorited stops
- choose a route by clicking the menu button and clicking "Routes". You can also type in the route in the search textbox
- click on a stop to show the next few buses that are driving by.
- click 'more info' to show more predictions for that stop
- click 'report problem' to report a problem with the predictions
- click the star in the popup (see screenshot) to mark a stop as a favorite
- choose a favorite stop by pressing the menu button and clicking "Favorite stops"
- center on your current location by clicking the menu button and choosing "My Location". The speed and accuracy of location information depends on your phone location settings. You can tweak those in Home -> Settings -> Location & Security
- draw the path along a route by clicking the menu button, going to Settings and selecting "Show route path"
- this app should work for all touchscreen devices that are Android 1.5 and up (which means pretty much all Android phones and tablets). Please let me know if something doesn't work

Whats new

    Schedule update

George Schneeloch part of our Travel & Local and have average installs from 100000 to 500000. Last Update Sept. 17, 2016. Google play rating is 86.5377. Current verison is Varies with device. Actual size 2.6 MB.

Download bostonbusmap.apk 2.6 MB


Luke Noteboom

Awesome again. Dev fixed the crash issue really fast. It's the best MBTA app once again.

Andy Cox

Excellent Support Crashes fixed in a matter of hours. Prompt replies to error reports. And a really great, reliable app too.

Jonathan Celestin

Prompt response time The app was crashing yesterday, and by today, the team that works on this application fixed it. Amazing app and team..

Chris Drouin

Solid bus map app Does a reasonable job of showing when buses are arriving at various stops. The UI is a bit on the outdated side, but it's a useful tool, and ad-free. Had a recent issue with crashing, but it was resolved quickly by the dev.

A Google User

Works great Thanks for fixing the crash issue. This app has saved me on many occasions and I'm glad to have it back.

Carlos Smith

Great Support This is the easiest to use MBTA tracking app I've found, and it's free - and ad-free. The author also provides amazing support. Four hours ago I noticed that it had started crashing at launch. It had been fine this morning when it navigated me to work like it does every day. What changed? Who knows - a change in the data feed, another background Google Play Services update? Doesn't matter, he fixed the bug within hours. Thank you George!

Kyle Rose

Just works No frills: just does what it's supposed to. Lets me predict bus and subway arrival to the minute so I'm never waiting, and makes it straightforward to organize the stops I use most often.

Noah Ch-hab

Usually works great But now it won't open. Just started doing this today

Jose Garcia

I live in boston this app is the best from all i depend on the mbta when its cold out and u dont want too wait outside you follow your bus on map and leave the house just before the bus arrives best app for people tht depend on the bus?

Ken Zhou

Gives me crash error upon trying to open. No longer even opens

Sally McGee

wth Worked fine up until this afternoon. Loved this app, nothing compares... but they NEED to fix the problem and then ill update my review.

Kenneth Reeds

Just started crashing Use it frequently, but today will no longer open. Do we need an update?

Nick Upton

what the hell? never had a problem until today.. fix please??

reynaldo montanez

Doesn't wanna open anymore It was working fine this morning now it crashes

Lawren Quigley-Jones

Best mbta bus app Suggestions: "Bus Alarm" should ring or notify n minutes before bus arrives. "Text Only View" should list your favorite stops and skip loading the map for low bandwidth.

Mark Halliday

Great! Best T app out there

Michael Jones

Honestly the best MBTA app I went to an iPhone for a bit but it broke so i went back to my Droid. Couldn't remember the name of this app so tried another. It was terrible in comparison.

Marika Bailey

No setting Icon available on s5 I have the Galaxy s5 and for some strange reason there's no settings icon. I would definitely love to see the route of which the buses/train travel.

Andreina C

I would have given it 5 stars but When the weather is acting up the app acts wonky. Understandable, it's the weather nothing we can control or do about it but that's when I rely on the app even more...

A Google User

Best bus and T app. My most used app. Excellent for commute.

A Google User

By far the BEST real-time transit app for MBTA I will forever miss the onscreen drop-down menu (went away at least two years ago) for routes rather than having to do a search. My other gripe is I wish the trains could be lumped in with the buses in "predictions at all stops" mode--so you make a quick decision between E Line and 39 or B Line and 57.

A Google User

Still Great application! Great app! I use it to get the bus to college, shopping, and to work/home. Works well on Lg Optimus V & F3.

Gary Gray

Lifesaver I can't imagine waiting for a bus without this app!

Harshal Chaudhari

Works exactly as it should and is well maintained.

A Google User

The best bus-time app I have tried. I am happy with Boston Bus map. Works well for me. Occasional crashes, but that happens with most Android apps.

Craig Volpe

Don't bother with the other apps While this application definitely has its quirks, it has been my go to app for bus information for several years now. *** If I were to change anything, one of the last updates made the buses on-route a little choppy. I also agree with a previous comment on showing local bus routes when they are selected. Perhaps holding on the bus will pop up the info box, while tapping the icon only highlights that single busses route . *** keep up the good work! Your ratings are truly tale to the app quality!

Rasmus Schøler Sørensen

Author didn't mention this has github powers! This app has almost all the elements I would wish for. And still, the implementation is slightly off. For instance, when displaying busses on a route it only shows the an icon for the bus, but not the route it is taking. The stop info box is also very awkward and out of place (and, particularly, much to big). Open source and let us help make this app better :) Edit: Y U no mention this is GNU licensed with github superpowers? I'll just shut up, give you 5 stars and fork it to my own liking ;)

Aileen Q

No longer gives ETA for buses This app used to give the estimated time of arrival for buses but hasn't for a while now, which renders it entirely useless to me. I have updated to no avail. Please fix.

John Murphy

Dont work Ive been trying to use in somerville and Cambridge area suxks

John Fitzmaurice

It is handy to have If you ever get stuck in an unfamiliar place or you are in a hurry, this is a handy app to have.

Beba De Papi

This is the BEST Bus App I have ever used they are ALWAYS on time Thank you!!!!

Mark May

Works great used this for 2/3 years and just keeps getting better thanks

Jeremy Bazinet

Extremely useful and very accurate You will find yourself correcting people using other apps with this. The only gripe I have is the app doesn't seem to predict scheduled buses that aren't turned on yet, you won't know a bus is coming early on in the route until it starts

Karen Chan

Its ok Its pretty accurate but sometimes not working due to unknown error

Shaun Murphy

Works great nearly always Rarely does not show busses accurately, but I certainly use it for every commute.

James Kim

New green line update is awesome

A Google User

I think it is great, been using it for a few years now.

Joseph Vigneau

Does the job.

Jen F

Used to be good When I first installed it this app was a lifesaver. Now there are no predictions and it is useless. I'm uninstalling and finding one that does what it is supposed to do. Also customer support sucks.

A Google User

Great app, I'd pay for it. This is a fantastic app, and the developer of it will fix it whenever it needs fixing. I wish all developers were like this one.

Charles Durst

New Green line! Great app! Now it even does the Green line... well, somewhat (no predictions, just locations of above ground trains). Only as reliable and as helpful as the MBTA, but there's nothing that can be done about that.

Alexis Germain

Pretty user friendly, but not very accurate. It shows arriving now for several minutes at a time.

Alexandra Vega

Very Accurate I've used other apps to track buses but none are as accurate as this one. Very helpful.

A Google User

I've used this for several years. There's always been something a little clunky about it, but it keeps getting better with every update.

A Google User

Still Great application! Great app! I use it to get the MBTA Bus system. Works well on Lg Optimus V & F3. Very accurate, w/in 30 second updates.

Adam Adkison

Great app Only complaint is favorite stops occasionally un-favorite themselves.

Clay Law

The best bar none!!!!

Jose Garcia

since last review app is still the best use it all summer long no problems ????

A Google User

Great app, I'd pay for it. This is a fantastic app, and the developer of it will fix it whenever it needs fixing. I wish all developers were like this one.

A Google User

App had a small bug, the developer fixed it and updated the app in 2 days.

Justin Unton

This is the best MBTA bus app I've tried all of them. This one is the most accurate. Bus breaks show as stops, so just be careful with that if you're running late. The bus does show up, but it won't leave until the next stop on the list.

Victoria Queeno

Broken after update Won't save or show my favorite stops after updates. Basically unusable now. Trying another app.

A Google User

I loved this app until the last update rendered it unusable with my phone. It needs a Google add-in my phone won't install. It is a shame.


now will not load data load data function is in the spin of death...

Dave A

Stopped working a couple days ago It won't update, only swirls.

doug mayo-wells

Even easier to use with the new update

Paul DelRe

Too many permissions

A Google User

Too many permissions I used to rate this 3*, but I can't get why it now needs access to my photos/camera/etc to show me where a bus or train is. It's unnecessary.

A Google User

The best bus-time app I have tried. Update: A new update today wants access to photos/media/files. Am not comfortable with that, maybe will uninstall. Too bad, as this is the best bus app I have used.

Thomas Andrews

Not updating No idea why new version of app wants access to my photos.

A Google User

Why do you need access to my photos? Used to love this app, but new updates request too many permissions.... This is great for the 57 line, highly recommended, makes the unpredictable bus a bit more predictable, because now you can know when it won't be there

A Google User

Works great This app has saved me on many occasions.

Stephen Linn

Great app. More reliable than the buses themselves!

A Google User

Works well

Taryn Kitchen

Accurate for pickup and destination times The arrival predictions are very accurate. Only app I found that also showed when I'll get there. It predicts the next few arrivals for each stop, so you can click the stop you're going to and see when you should arrive (it says when reach specific bus arrives there, so you can just look at the number at the front of the bus to see when the one your on gets there)

Dianes Dejesus

Very accurate It is always right and i like how it shows the time it comes

Tyler Ault

Kinda useful Would be 5 stars, but updates too seldom and shows busses from 7000+ seconds (2+ hours) ago.

Jason Merkin

Unreliable. Times change and you miss the bus It's cold out so you try to time when you arrive at the bus stop. You leave, giving yourself 5 extra minutes and watch the bus drive by as you walk up to the stop. It does something to try to be a minute more accurate, but it makes it unreliable somewhat frequently.

Alexandre Putz

Very good Very precision on the right time. I use every day and help me a lot to plan.

joseph frunzo

Fix your app! It keeps showing white boxes for vehicles every time and none of them load or go away unless I select that vehicle and keeps doing it again and again every time I zoom in/out. been doing this now for nearly 3 weeks every time this app has some sort of new issue or problem. If it's too many to load eliminate the trains this app is mainly for bus and has enough issues already as it is extra buses = more lag making the app slow!

Jason Alonso

An essential part of everyday life I just wish for Android wear support.

Jose Garcia

since last review app is still the best use it all summer long no problems ????

No Thankyou

Love it Accurate & easy to use (after to get used to it.) Loses your favorites easily.

Monica Mondloch

Doesn't always load Reasonably accurate but after 1 yr of use I'm tired of the "no information found for this station" message I get almost daily. Force close and reload sometimes helps, but often it's just no info.

Amri Ilmma

Thank you! This app help me a lot to see bus schedule and make my life in Boston easier. I can't thank enough the developers, wish there's a way to donate (e.g. in app purchase).

F Shah

Helpful in the short time I used it.

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