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View traffic, satellite, 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


Get traffic, transit, bicycling, satellite, or terrain information

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, click the Menu Menu.
  3. Select Traffic, Transit, Bicycling, or Terrain.
  4. At the bottom, you'll see more info.
  5. To turn off a view, click it again.

Learn more about satellite and 3D imagery.

Note: If a type of map is gray, information isn't available for the area of the map that you're viewing.

What the colors and symbols mean on the 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 , , 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.

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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