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

With specific 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, biking, or terrain information

  1. Open Google Maps or clear your search box by clicking .
  2. In the top left, click the main menu  .
  3. Click Traffic, Transit, Biking, or Terrain.
  4. A card appears at the bottom of the screen with more info. 
  5. When done, switch off the information. 

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. Information might not be available in all regions.

What the map’s colors and images mean

Traffic colors

In general, green means clear roads while red means slow traffic. You can also see traffic incidents, like construction zones, accidents, and road closures, on the map. Learn more about traffic.

Transit lines

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

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 appears blue on the map. To determine station stops, look for the transit icons - like  or  or .

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 to show elevation, and gray numbers show altitude.

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