See a list of directions

You can see a list of step-by-step directions for just about anywhere in Google Maps. Travel by foot, car, or public transit. Choose between multiple routes and estimate your arrival time.

By default, your starting point will be your current location, but you can change it to an address or place.

Getting a list of directions isn’t the same as hearing turn-by-turn navigation

Get a list of directions

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps app logo image.
  2. Touch the directions icon directions button image in the bottom right corner.
  3. Touch the transportation icon (car, bus, bike, or person) to see different routes.
  4. Choose your starting point and destination.
    Use the map to set your starting point destination by touching Choose on map.
  5. Touch OPTIONS to customize your route.
  6. Your potential routes will appear. Touch your preferred route.
  7. To see the route details, swipe the info sheet up on the map.

Not all cities have public transit directions in Google Maps. Before you can get transit directions, your local transit agency needs to add their route info to Google Maps. See which cities are covered.

About Uber cards for transit & walking directions

If you have the Uber app installed, you can now compare your ride with transit and walking directions right from Google Maps in some cities. And if you choose the Uber option, you’ll jump right into the Uber app with just one touch.

Information shared when choosing Uber

We don't share any information with Uber until you have chosen to make a booking with them. The following information from Google Maps is shared when you are taken to the Uber app.

  • Your destination.
    Your current location and names you made for places (like “Home” and “Work”) won’t be shared.
  • Information shown on the Uber card (like estimates for cost and wait times)

Clear directions

  1. Go to the Google Maps app Google Maps app logo image.
  2. If you see a list of directions, swipe down to exit.
  3. Touch the X in the top right corner of the screen.

Edit directions

  1. Go to the Google Maps app Google Maps app logo image.
  2. If you see a list of directions, swipe down to exit.
  3. Touch the bar in the top of your screen that says “from:” and “to:”

Share directions

You can send directions to someone using Google Maps and a messaging app of your choice. A list of directions and a link to open the route in Google Maps is included in your message.

  1. Open the Google Maps app .
  2. In the bottom right-hand corner, touch the direction button directions button image.
  3. Select a route.
  4. In the top right-hand corner, touch the menu three vertical dots.
  5. Touch Share.

Print directions

You cannot print directions from your phone or tablet, but you can from your computer. Learn how to print directions.

Alternate instructions

For an older Android device or older version of Google Maps

To get directions

  1. Open the Google Maps app.
  2. Select Menu > Directions.
  3. Select your starting point and destination. By default, your start address will use the My Location feature to get directions from your current location. You can enter an address or search for a location, contact, or starred place.
  4. Touch the transportation icon (car, bus, bike, or person) to see different routes.
  5. Touch Get Directions to see your route on the map. You can select the navigation icon to launch turn-by-turn Navigation (Beta) (if available for your region and transportation method).

Biking routes

  • A darker green line indicates bike trails where there are no motor vehicles.
  • A lighter green line indicates streets with bike lanes.
  • A green and white dotted line indicates streets recommended for cyclists, but without a bike lane.
Google Maps in your mobile browser

Get a list of directions

  1. Go to maps.google.com.
  2. Touch the directions icon.
  3. Choose your starting point and destination.
  4. Touch the transportation icon (car, bus, bike, or person) to see different routes.
  5. Select your route.

Tip: With the Google Maps app, you can hear voice-guided navigation. Directions are read aloud as you need them so you can focus on the road. Try it by downloading the Google Maps app on your phone.