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Get directions and show routes

You can get directions for driving, public transit, walking, biking, or flying on Google Maps. Whenever you see multiple routes, the best route to your destination is blue and is the first result shown. Other routes are in gray on the map.

Note: Flight information isn’t available on your phone or tablet.

  1. 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
    • Transit: Transit
    • Walking: Walking
    • Cycling: Cycling
    • Flight: Flights

Notes:

  • Directions to multiple destinations, or waypoints, aren’t available for public transit or flight searches.
  • Directions searches might not be available in all regions.
  • 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.
  • If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you won't be able to drag to change routes.

Add multiple destinations

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Click Directions Directions.
  3. Add a starting point and a destination.
  4. On the left, click Add Add.

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

Customize your route

Avoid tolls and highways
  1. 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. Check the box next to "Tolls" or "Highways."

Note: If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you won't be able to use this feature.

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 transit schedules. To change your travel time, follow the steps below.

  1. After you've gotten your directions, click Leave now.
  2. To change your travel dates or times, select Depart at or Arrive by.

Note: 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 someone directions in Google Maps, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Get directions.
  3. When you're ready to share, click the Menu Menu.
  4. Select Share or embed map. If you don't see this option, click Link to this map.
  5. Optional: To create a shorter web page link, check the box next to "Short URL."
  6. To highlight a link, double-click it. Then, copy it by pressing CTRL + C (Windows) or ⌘+C (Mac).
  7. Paste the link by pressing CTRL+V (Windows) or ⌘ + V (Mac) wherever you want to share the map, like an email or Google+ post.

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, follow the steps below.

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps and make sure you're signed in.
  2. Get directions. To change your route, drag the route line.
  3. Click Send directions to your phone.
  4. Choose a phone, tablet, email, or text.

Note: If you have more than one destination, you can't send directions to your phone or tablet .

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