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Get directions and show routes

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

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, tap Directions. It'll show a car, bus, bike, a person waving, or a person walking.
  4. Choose one of the following:
    • Driving: Driving
    • Transit: Transit
    • Walking: Walking
    • Rides: Ride Services
    • Cycling: Cycling
  5. To see the list of driving, walking, or biking directions, on the bottom left, tap Steps Steps.

Notes:

  • To choose another route, tap it on the map. Each route shows the estimated travel time on the map.
  • If you’re looking for 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.
  • For transit directions, choose a route, then tap the white bar.
  • 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.

Add multiple destinations

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, tap the blue circle. It'll show a car, bus, bike, a person waving, or a person walking.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Add stop.
  5. When you are finished, tap Done.

Notes:

  • You can add up to 9 stops.
  • Directions to multiple destinations, or waypoints, aren’t available for public transit or rides.
  • To change the order of your stops, find the destination you want to move and then touch and hold Reorder Reorder and then drag the destination.

Customize your route

Avoid tolls and highways
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, tap the blue circle. It'll show a car, bus, bike, a person waving, or a person walking.
  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. To change where you start and where you're going, follow the steps below.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, tap the blue circle. It'll show a car, bus, bike, a person waving, or a person walking.
    • To edit your starting point, go to the box at the top of the screen and tap Your location.
    • To edit your destination, tap what's listed in the "to" box.
  4. Search for a new starting point or tap Choose on map.

Other ways to use directions

Share directions

To send someone directions and a link to the route in Google Maps, follow the steps below.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the bottom right, tap Directions Directions.
  3. Select a route.
  4. In the top right, tap More More.
  5. Tap Share directions.
  6. Choose an app to share directions.
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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