View traffic and other layers

This article is about the classic Google Maps. Learn about information on the map in the new Google Maps.

You can often view location-specific information such as real-time traffic and photos in Google Maps. 

How to switch between layers

  1. Navigate to a location in Google Maps.
  2. Hover your mouse over the square widget on the top righthand corner of the map.
  3. A menu with available layers for your map will appear. Click on the down arrow to view additional layers, if necessary.
  4. Click the name of the layer that you'd like to turn on for your map (e.g. Traffic). Simply click again to turn off the layer.

Available layers

  • Traffic: Get up-to-date traffic conditions to find the best route to your destination.
  • Photos: View photos taken from locations all around the world.
  • Labels: Show street, city, and boundary names within your map (available when in Satellite view).
  • Bicycling: Find biking paths and trails. You can also get biking directions from Google Maps.
  • Terrain: View the 3D elevation of natural geographic features, like mountains and canyons. Terrain view is also available for the new Google Maps.
  • Transit: See the public transport network of your city overlaid on the map where available.
  • 45º: See your location on the map at a 45º angle birds'-eye view (where available when in Satellite view).

Note: Photo Tours are currently only available in the new Google Maps for Photo Tours. Meet the new Google Maps.

Learn how to change the map between Satellite and Map view.