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 from multiple routes and estimate your arrival time.

Note: Getting a list of directions isn’t the same as turn-by-turn navigation. Learn how to use voice-guided navigation.

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Search for your destination or touch it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, touch the blue circle. It’ll show a car, bus, bike, or person walking.
    Don’t see the blue button? Scroll down for alternate instructions.
  4. Choose a route.
  5. To see the list of directions, swipe up on the white bar in the bottom of the screen. It’s the one that shows the distance and travel time.

Tip: To customize your route - like avoid tolls or choose another starting point - see “Customize your route” below.

Customize your route

Avoid tolls
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Search for your destination or touch it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, touch the blue circle. It’ll show a car, bus, bike, or person walking.
  4. From the top, touch the car button .
  5. Touch Options.
  6. Touch Avoid tolls.
Route options
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Search for your destination or touch it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, touch the blue circle. It’ll show a car, bus, bike, or person walking.
  4. Touch Options.
Change your starting point

By default, your starting point will be your location. Here’s how to change it:

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Search for your destination or touch it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, touch the blue circle. It’ll show a car, bus, bike, or person walking.
  4. Touch Your location.
  5. Search for a new starting point or touch Choose on map.

Other ways to use directions

Clear directions
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. If you see a list of directions, swipe down to exit.
  3. In the top right corner of the screen, touch the X.
Edit directions
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. If you see a list of directions, swipe down to exit.
  3. Touch the bar at 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 maps.
  2. In the bottom right, touch the direction button directions button image.
  3. Select a route.
  4. In the upper right, touch the menu three vertical dots .
  5. Touch Share.
Availability of public transit directions

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.

Print directions

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

For your mobile browser and older versions of Google Maps

For an older Android device or older version of Google Maps

Get directions

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Touch Menu > Directions.
  3. Select your starting point and destination. Your starting point will be your location, but you can change it to an address or the name of a place.
  4. Touch the transportation icon (car, bus, bike, or person) to see different routes.
  5. To see your route on the map, touch Get Directions. To start turn-by-turn navigation, touch the navigation button .
    Note: Navigation might not be available for your region and transportation method.
Google Maps in your mobile browser

Get a list of directions

Get driving, transit, walking, or biking directions using Google Maps in your mobile browser.

  1. Go to maps.google.com.
  2. Touch the directions icon directions button image.
  3. Set your destination by typing the name or address. You can touch Your location to change the starting point. If you don’t see “Your location,” touch Choose starting point.
  4. Select the car, transit, walking, or cycling icon.
  5. Select your route.

Tip: You can get there easily with voice-guided navigation. Your directions are read aloud as you need them so you can focus on the road. Get started by downloading the Google Maps app on your phone.

Was this article helpful?