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How to get driving directions in Google Maps

Google Maps has a wealth of options for driving, walking, public transit, and cycling. The desktop version of Maps also includes flight information, but that option isn't available on mobile. Whether you're looking for turn-by-turn directions to your favorite restaurant by car or are interested in cycling through a particular area, Google Maps has you covered.

Google offers tailored options for each navigation mode. For instance, in driving mode, you can ask Maps to pick out a route that avoids tolls, highways, or ferries. You can also press and hold the blue Drive icon at the lower right corner of the screen to quickly start navigation. Doing so lets Google automatically pick out the fastest route and launch into turn-by-turn navigation mode. Similarly for biking directions, you will see the elevation point of your destination.

How to get driving directions in Google Maps

  1. Open Google Maps from your app drawer or home screen.
  2. Enter your destination in the Search here textbox.
  3. Pick the most relevant option from the list.

How to get driving directions in Google Maps

  1. You'll see an icon with your last-used mode of transport. Select it to see all available options.
  2. You should be able to see driving, public transit, walking, and ridesharing options to your destination along with estimated journey times (biking directions aren't available worldwide).
  3. If you're driving by car and want to avoid tolls or highways, you can easily do so. Select the action overflow icon (three vertical dots in the top right corner of the screen).

How to get driving directions in Google Maps

  1. Hit Route options.
  2. Select your preferences and hit Done. Google will remember these settings for upcoming trips as well.
  3. Once you're done, tap the Start button to commence turn-by-turn navigation.

How to get driving directions in Google Maps

You'll also be able to add multiple stops to your route, and if you're in a city that has a lot of public transit options available, you can easily view their schedules in Google Maps. What option do you frequent for turn-bu-turn directions in Google Maps? Let us know in the comments.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

6 Comments
  • "Thanks" said the technically illiterate person who doesn't read these articles.
  • Great advice. Thank you very much.
  • I just want traffic for my route, not directions. Is there that option?
  • I swear by Google maps for all my driving directions. I use it a lot and replaced my sat Nav with it it's that accurate. It gives me up to the minute traffic information on the route ahead and I check my route prior to leaving because if there are any delays, it highlights that part of the route in red giving me the option to choose a different route.
    If I've set off and I'm driving into heavy traffic with unusual delays or sudden accidents, it alerts me in good time and offers alternative route turn by turn. Google is more informative of the route in the directions than my garmin sat Nav. I wouldn't think twice about using it! My husband is mobile lazy and rings me to ask why he's sat in traffic so I checked his location on Google maps for his destination and it told me Easter Sunday that there was a 33MIN delay on M5 but if he'd used Google maps, he could've avoided it completely. I plug my phone into aux port in the car and it speaks my directions via audispeakers. I have it set to override any call so if I have a call, I still get my directions over the voice on the line! Amazing. I am a huge fan!
  • It finds addresses 100% of the time, it beats a sat Nav hands down and keeps you bang up to the minute on traffic info with plenty warning and it displays a yes or no for alternative routes! Yrs to accept it even tells you by how many minutes you'll save and also, at the start of a journey, gives your arrival time.
  • I'm just comin on over to Android land from Windows. We didn't have Google Maps, but I regularly use Waze. Tomorrow my GS8 arrives and I'm wondering if GMaps is the choice of if Waze is the better option for this traffic nightmare of a city (Los Angeles) that I live in.