Depending on your location, you can get directions from one location to another. To do this, do one of the following:
- In the search field, enter a from-to statement (example: from New York to San Francisco) and click the magnifying glass Search button.
- Click Get directions, enter a starting and ending location, and click Get Directions.
- Right-click on the map to get directions to or from that location.
- Get directions using search results:
Directions appear on the map as a purple line. If there are multiple results for any of the waypoints specified, Maps will automatically select what it thinks is the correct choice. If we get it wrong, click the hyperlink at the end of the "Did you mean..." statement that appears underneath the listed endpoints.
Google Maps breaks down directions into numbered sections in the left panel, along with an estimated drive time. You can click on any numbered section to skip to that place on the map.
Where available, highway exit numbers are marked with an appropriate icon. Example: In certain locations, you can view street-level imagery of your driving directions. View street-level imagery by first clicking on one step of the route and then clicking on the Street View pegman icon.
You can change your mode of transportation by clicking the icons that represent either driving, transit, walking, or biking. Learn how to get walking, biking, and public transit directions.
Once you have gotten your directions, learn how to print directions.
Other tips and tricks:
- Add multiple stops on a single route by clicking Add destination in the left panel. You can also right-click an area on the map to add a destination.
- If you create a trip with multiple destinations, you can reorder them by clicking and dragging the green labels associated with each address at the top of the left panel.
- To customize your route, click and drag any point on the purple directions line to any location on the map. Google Maps immediately re-creates the directions on both the map and left panel, and also updates the estimated travel time and distance.
- Avoid highways or toll roads by clicking Show options in the left panel and selecting the appropriate checkbox.
- To change the distance units for your directions, click Show options then km (kilometers) or miles. The selected units will appear in black and bolded.
If you're a business owner, you can even add a Driving Directions gadget to your website. This makes it fast and easy for customers to get customized directions to your business location. Learn more.