See traffic, transit, bicycling, and terrain on the map

With Google Maps, you can get things like a quick overview of traffic for your commute, transit lines in a new city, bicycle-friendly routes, or information about the landscape.

Get traffic, transit, bicycling, or terrain information

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, click the main menu .
  3. Click Traffic, Transit, Bicycling, or Terrain.
  4. At the bottom, you’ll see more info.
  5. When done, turn the switch off.

If a type of map info you want is grayed out in the main menu, that information isn't available for the area of the map that you're viewing.

What the map’s colors and images mean

Traffic

See traffic information

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Type traffic in the search box. Or enter a place name, for example, traffic near paris.
  3. Press Enter or click the search icon .

See typical traffic for a day and time

You can see typical traffic for an area based on the day of week and time of day.

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Type traffic in the search box. Or enter a place name, for example, traffic near paris.
  3. Press Enter or click the search icon .
  4. At the bottom, click the arrow next to "Live traffic."
  5. Select Typical traffic.
  6. To choose your date, click the day of the week you want to see.
  7. To pick your time, use the slider.

Traffic colors

The colors show 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.

Gray or blue lines on the map show your routes.

Traffic incidents

Traffic incidents include these types of delays:

  • Accidents
  • Construction
  • Road closures
  • Other incidents

To see details about what happened, click the icon.

Transit lines

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

To determine station stops, look for the transit icons like  or  or .

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.

Bicycling trails

A legend below the search box explains the paths on the map.

  • “Trails” don’t have auto traffic.
  • “Unpaved” trails” are off-road dirt paths.
  • “Dedicated lanes” are roads that are shared with cars and have a separate bike lane.
  • “Bicycle friendly roads” are roads that don’t have a bike lane but are recommended for cyclists.
Terrain information

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

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