View places, traffic, terrain, biking, and transit

With Google Maps, you can see things like:

  • Traffic for your commute
  • Transit lines in a new city
  • Bicycle-friendly routes
  • Satellite imagery
  • Information about the landscape
  • Places nearby


Tip: You can see traffic info, public transit options and local places of interest in just a few seconds. Learn more about nearby places and travel.

Get traffic, transit or terrain info

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. On the top right, tap Layers Layers.
  3. Tap the style of map that you want to see.
  4. Tap the details that you want to include:
    • Transit: Public transportation information, like train lines and bus routes.
    • Traffic: Flow of traffic on the roads. Note: Traffic information isn't available everywhere.
    • Biking: Bicycle paths that you can take.
  5. To turn off a view or hide details, tap it again.

See satellite view all the time

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Next to "Start maps in satellite view," turn on the switch.

Note: When you use satellite view, you’ll use more data than when you use the regular map view.

What the colors and symbols mean on the legend

Nearby places of interest
To see places of interest, look for mini-pins that show you nearby locations. Places of interest make up different categories, including:
Food and drink
Food Wine Bar or pub Cafe 
Shopping Grocery
Outdoor attractions:
Camping Golf Zoo Park Mountain
Emergency services:
Pharmacy Medical aid Red Cross Red Crescent Red Shield of David 
City services:
Police School Restroom Post Office Library
To learn more about the mini-pins and what they represent, see the full legend.

Traffic colors

The color code shows you the speed of traffic on the road.

  • Green: No traffic delays.
  • Orange: Medium amount of traffic.
  • Red: Traffic delays. The darker the red, the slower the speed of traffic on the road.

Note: Gray or blue lines on the map show your routes.

Traffic incident symbols

Traffic incidents include these types of delays:

  • Crashes Accidents
  • Construction Construction
  • Road closures Road closures
  • Other incidents Other incidents

To see details about what happened, click or tap the icon.

Note: For road closures, you'll see a dotted red line where the road is closed.

Public transit

The lines on the map show bus, subway, and rail routes. To see more information and upcoming trains or buses, choose a station stop icon .

To see station stops, look for transit icons like BART logo, METRO Logo, or London Underground logo.

Tip: When possible, the colored lines on the map match the transportation agency's color system. For example, the “A” line in New York City is colored blue by the Metro Transit Authority (MTA), so it is blue on the map.

Biking trails

The colors show you the type of bicycling paths.

  • Dark green: Trails that don't have auto traffic.
  • Green: Dedicated lanes are roads that are shared with cars and have a separate bike lane.
  • Dotted green line: Bicycle friendly roads are roads that don't have a bike lane but are recommended for cyclists.
  • Brown: Unpaved trails are off-road dirt paths.

See the elevation of the landscape, like mountains and canyons. Contour lines overlaid on the map show elevation and gray numbers show altitude.

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