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Get directions & show routes

You can get directions for driving, public transport, walking or biking on Google Maps. Whenever you see multiple routes, the best route to your destination is blue. Other routes are in grey on the map.

Some directions in Google Maps are in beta, and may have limited availability. Always be cautious when using directions on Google Maps, remain aware of your surroundings at all times and take necessary means to ensure safety of yourself and those around you. When in doubt, follow signage from the road or path that you are on when using directions.

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Click Directions Directions.
  3. Click points on the map, type an address or add a place name.
  4. Choose one of the following:
    • Driving: Driving
    • Public transport: Public transport
    • Walking: Walking
    • Cycling: Cycling
    • Flight: Flight

Tip:

  • Directions to multiple destinations, or waypoints, aren’t available for public transport or flight searches.
  • Directions searches might not be available in all regions.
  • Not all cities have public transport directions in Google Maps. Before you can get public transport directions, your local transport agency needs to add their route info to Google Maps. Learn which cities are covered.
  • To change a driving route, click and hold a spot on the route and drag it to a new spot on the map.

Add multiple destinations

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Click Directions Directions.
  3. Add a starting point and a destination.
  4. On the left, below the destinations that you entered, click Add Add.
  5. To add a stop, choose another destination.
  6. To continue adding stops, repeat steps 4 and 5.
  7. Click on a route to get the directions.

Tip: To change the order of your stops, find the destination that you want to move. Click and drag the destination.

Customise your route

Avoid tolls and motorways
  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Click Directions Directions.
  3. Click points on the map, type an address or add a place name.
  4. Choose Options.
  5. Tick the box next to 'Tolls' or 'Motorways'.
Change your travel time

You can change your travel date or time to find the best route before you leave, based on estimated traffic and public transport schedules. To change your travel time, follow the steps below.

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Get directions.
  3. After you've received your directions, click Leave now.
  4. To change your travel dates or times, select Depart at or Arrive by.

Tip: If you have more than one destination, you won’t be able to use this feature.

Other ways to use directions

Share directions with others

To send directions in Google Maps:

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Click Directions Directions, then enter your desired location.
  3. On the map, select a route from the options provided.
  4. In the left menu, click Details and then Share .
  5. Select from the following:
    • To share a link via email or text: Click Send a link and then Copy link.
    • To share a link via social media: Click Send a link, then select the app you want to share the link to.
    • To share a link via a web page: Click Embed a map and then Copy HTML
Tip: You can also copy the web address from your browser's address bar in all browsers except Internet Explorer 8 or 9.

Send directions to your phone or tablet

To send directions to your phone or tablet:

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Click Directions Directions, then enter your desired location.
  3. On the map, select a route from the options provided.
  4. In the left menu, click Details and then Send to phone .
  5. Select the device or email that you’d like to send the directions to.
Tip: If you have more than one destination, you can't send directions to your phone or tablet.

Print directions

To print directions:
  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Click Directions Directions, then enter your desired location.
  3. On the map, select a route from the options provided.
  4. In the left menu, click Details and then Print Print Icon.
  5. Select Print including maps or Print text only.
  6. Click Print.
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