In addition to driving directions, Google Maps offers a wealth of options if you rely on public transit for your daily commute. The service gives you a list of the various forms of public transportation for your journey, and it also offers the ability to set a departure time and see the options available at that particular time.
Google Maps catalogs public transit information — including bus, train, ferry, and tram schedules — from over 100 countries and 25,000 towns. Along with finding the optimal transport mode for your daily commute, Maps makes it easy for you to find transit information when visiting a new city.
How to use Google Maps for public transit
- Enter the location you want to travel to in the Search here field.
- Tap the blue navigation button in the bottom right corner.
- Select the train icon to see public transit options.
- You'll be able to see options available currently as well as the weather.
- To see if trains or buses are available at a particular time, select the Depart at field.
- Enter your desired time and hit Done.
- You'll see a new list of options.
- If you have a preferred mode of transportation, select the Options button.
- Choose your preference and hit Done.
Do you rely on Google Maps to find bus and train schedules in your area? Let us know in the comments.
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