Plan your commute or trip

Before you start your drive or transit trip to home, work or other places, plan your trip and find useful info. This way, you can know when to leave, what traffic to expect, which route to take, and if there are any disruptions along the way.

Find traffic & transit info

You can use Google Maps to quickly find all of your frequent trips in one tap. You’ll get information about your ETA, the traffic reports and the accidents along the way.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. At the bottom, tap Go Go

Tip: To show the map, tap anywhere on the map or drag the tabs back down.

Change the way you commute

You can get access to directions for your frequent trips by pinning trips on the Go tab Go.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. At the bottom, tap Go Go.
  3. Search for your destination in the search bar at the top.
  4. At the bottom, tap on “Directions.”
  5. At the top, select your transportation mode.
  6. Select your preferred route.
  7. At the bottom, tap Pin .

You can pin your trip and find it back in the Go tab next time you need it.

Tip: Pinning only works with “Driving” and “Transit.” Learn more about the Go tab  Go.

Turn off your regular routes

If your Location History is on, we might show you directions for your regular routes. If you don't want the routes you take regularly to be associated with your Google Account, you can turn off your Location History.

Note: Your regular routes are only visible to you.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Settings and then Personal content.
  3. Scroll to “Location settings.”
  4. Tap Location is on.
  5. At the top, turn off Location History.

Check traffic now & later

To reach your destination as quickly as possible, check typical traffic before you drive. You can avoid the busiest times of day.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for a destination, or tap a place on the map.
  3. At the bottom, tap Directions.
  4. At the top, tap Driving Driving.
  5. At the bottom, tap the white bar to display:
    • The current traffic on your route
    • Typical traffic by the hour and any slowdowns on the way

Change the mode of transportation for part of your trip

Tip: Only available on mobile and in some locations.

You can combine different modes of transportation, like driving, ride-sharing, or bicycling with transit on the same trip.

Once you’ve selected your route and can view the directions, you may be able to change how you travel for part of your trip. The rest of the route, like transit departure times and total journey time, will be updated when you change the mode of transportation.

Change driving routes to suggested transit or walking routes

Important: This feature is only available in select cities.

In supported locations, when you search for driving directions, Google Maps may suggest public transit or walking routes alongside driving routes if travel times are similar. To switch routes, either:

  • Tap the desired driving, walking, or transit route on the map
  • Tap the "Also consider" card at the bottom of the screen with the route you'd like to select

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