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Get directions & show routes

You can get directions for driving, public transit, walking, ride sharing, cycling, flight, or motorcycle on Google Maps. If there are multiple routes, the best route to your destination is blue, all other routes are gray. Some directions in Google Maps are in development and may have limited availability. 

Important: Stay alert when you use directions on Google Maps. Always be aware of your surroundings to ensure the safety of yourself and others. When in doubt, follow actual traffic regulations and confirm signage from the road or path that you’re on.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
    • If you don’t yet have the app, download it from the App Store.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom left, tap Directions Directions.
  4. Choose your mode of transportation.

Tip: To choose another route in any transportation mode, select it on the map. Each route shows the estimated travel time on the map.

Google Maps transportation modes

You can get directions for different modes of transportation in Google Maps. Learn about the differences in features and availability between each mode:

Driving: Driving

  • Driving Driving routes are designed for use by cars and may navigate to car-only roads. When riding motorized bicycles or motorcycles under 125cc, use the “Avoid tolls and highways” route option.
  • You can pin your favorite trips when you tap the Pin button at the bottom. Learn more about how to pin your favorite trips.

Transit: Transit

  • 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.
  • You can pin your favorite trips when you tap the Pin button at the bottom. Learn more about how to pin your favorite trips.

Walking: Walking

Ride: Ride services

  • If you want directions in an area with ride or taxi services, you can compare ride services with transit and walking directions. Learn how to request a ride.

Cycling: Cycling

  • When you ride your bicycle, you can use cycling Cycling routes if they’re available in your country/region.

Flight: Flight

Add multiple destinations

You can get directions to multiple destinations for all modes of transportation except public transit or flight.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom left, tap Directions Directions.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Add stop.
  5. To add a stop, choose another destination.
    • You can add up to 9 stops.
  6. When you’re finished, tap Done.

Tip: You can search for places along your route.

To change the order of your stops:

  1. Find the destination you want to move and hold Reorder Reorder
  2. Drag the destination.

Customize your route

Avoid tolls & highways
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom left, tap Directions Directions.
  4. At the top, tap Driving Driving.
  5. In the top right, tap More More and then Route options.
  6. Turn on Avoid tolls or Avoid highways.
Change your starting point or destination

By default, your starting point is your location. You can change where your route begins and ends.

Important: You can't start navigation if you don't use your current location, but you can still get a preview of the route.

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom left, tap Directions Directions.
    • To edit your starting point, at the top, tap Your location.
    • To edit your destination, tap what's listed in the destination box.
  4. Tap Preview.
Change the time that you leave or arrive
You can change your travel date or time to find the best route before you leave, based on estimated traffic and transit schedules. This only works for routes with one destination.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom left, tap Directions Directions.
  4. At the top, tap More More and then Set depart or arrive time.
  5. To change your travel dates or times, select Depart at or Arrive by.
  6. Tap Done.
Find toll pass prices

Important: This feature is only available in select cities.

When your route has a toll road, Google Maps shows you the estimated price before you start navigation.

Change toll pass price settings in the Google Maps app

You can choose your settings for accurate prices. By default, Maps shows toll prices based on toll pass rates. To have Maps display toll prices without a toll pass:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Settings Settings and then Navigation settings.
  3. Scroll to “Toll Price” and turn off See toll pass prices.

Change toll pass price settings after you get directions

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom left, tap Directions.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Route options.
  5. Turn on or off See toll pass prices.

How Maps estimates toll prices

Toll prices in Maps are estimations. They don’t replace actual prices set by the toll operators, which they publish on their websites and road signs.

Maps estimates toll prices based on factors such as:

  • Day of the week
  • Hour of the day
  • Specific dates
  • Payment method (such as cash, pay by mail, toll pass, or tag account)

Maps doesn’t calculate toll prices for congestion-based toll roads or lanes where prices vary based on traffic.

Understand how we rank transportation options

When you enter a destination in Google Maps, we show you how to get there using different travel modes, like driving, cycling, or walking. 

Sometimes, the transport options we show you are ranked according to a combination of objective factors designed to help you find relevant and useful information. These factors can include duration, distance, price, your mode preference, or the relevance of a mode to your query. Generally, the most important factors are your mode preference, trip durations, and sometimes price.

Where available, we also show you other mobility services like public transport, scooter or bicycle rentals, and vehicle ride services. These mobility services are provided by third parties who have made their transport data publicly available or who have a partner agreement with us. Any partnerships or business relationships we may have with any transportation service providers do not influence the ranking of these services.

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