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Google Driving, Biking, Walking and Transit Directions

Google Directions can be obtained from Google Maps simply by entering "directions google" in your Google Homepage search box, then pressing [Enter] or [Search], then clicking [Maps] at the top left of your Homepage.

You can also substitute "directions google" with "get directions" and continuing, as above.

In each case you will arrive at the right place for Google directions, produced by Google Maps.

Alternatively you can go to the Google Maps page and click on the [Get Directions] link on the left-hand side of the Google Map. If it is missing, thent you need to regenerate the Google Maps Results side-bar by clicking the [>>] icon at the top left hand side of the map.

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Driving Directions Australia
Driving Directions Australia
Driving Directions  Ireland
Driving Directions Ireland
Driving Directions India
Driving Directions India
Driving Directions United States (US)
Driving Directions United States (US)
Driving Directions Europe
Driving Directions Europe
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Driving Directions United Kingdom (UK)
Driving Directions Entry Box
Driving Directions Entry Box
Driving Directions Street View
Driving Directions Street View
Driving Directions Split Screen
Driving Directions Split Screen

Google Directions Wordle

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Google Directions Wor Cloud by Humagaia

Get Directions on Google Maps

Get Driving Directions

Driving Directions through Google

There are at least 4 ways to obtain Google Maps driving directions:

  1. Enter a "from - to" statement such as: "From Rennes to Rome" in the Google Maps search box and click [Search Maps].
  2. Click [Get Directions] in either the Maps Results section or the top left corner of the map. Enter a depature and destination location and click the [Get Directions] link.
  • By clicking on a marker icon in a business or location layer marker (Google layers by Humagaia) and then clicking the [Directions] link in the infowindow presented (Google infowindow by Humagaia).
  • If you right click on a location within the Google Map the directions entry pop-up block will appear. The destination field will have been filled in for you. It represents the location most closely associated with the position at which your cursor was pointing at the time you right clicked.
Once you have completed the entry stage a map is displayed (or re-displayed) with a travel route laid out in blue. There are also driving instructions for the route displayed, shown in tabular format and where there are any, alternative routes. The functions that are then available to you for Google driving directions are explained fully in Directions Driving by Humagaia.

Directions Walking - NY Walk Route

Directions Walking - NY Walk Route
Directions Walking - NY Walk Route

Dragable Driving Directions

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Walking Directions

Walking routes can be found with Google directions. To get walking directions:

  1. Open a map for a metropolitan area like New York.
  2. Click [Get directions].
  3. Select the [Walker] icon.
  4. Enter the [departure] and [destination] location of your planned excursion.
  5. Click [Get directions].
  6. A map with the suggested route is presented, with the route in blue.
  7. A walking directions route locations list is available in the results section on the left hand side. It will let you know where obstructions can be overcome, such as 'this route includes a ferry' as the suggested directions are optimized for walking. Thus you will find that the route is optimized to avoid major roads and by using pedestrian walkways.
As Google explains "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution - This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."
As with all directions functions in Google Maps you are able to add destinations, drag to obtain additional destinations and change the measurement of distance from miles to kilometres and back.

Directions Biking - NY Bike Routes

Directions Bicycling -NY Cycle routes
Directions Bicycling -NY Cycle routes

Biking Directions on Google Maps

Biking Directions :: Bicycling Directions

So you are planning to do a cycle journey. If you do not know the route how are you going to plan it? If you have never been to the vicinity before how can you start planning?

Come in Google Biking Directions. But as Google Biking says "Use caution" as Google Bicycling is in beta development phase. They also ask "please report unmapped bike routes, streets that aren't suited for cycling, and other problems".

Now, even though Google Cycling is in beta, it still has bike routes for over 200 US cities. But that's it at the moment. No other countries have yet been rolled out for Bike Directions.

There is a method to obtaining cycling directions:

  1. Open a map for a metropolitan area like New York.
  2. Select [Bicycling] from the [more...] drop-down list. If the option is not present then there is no bicycling directions facility for the region.
  3. Click [Search Maps].
  4. An overlay appears with all the currently recorded cycle routes.
  5. Scan the map and decide whether there is a suitable start and end location closely resembling your preferred travel plans.
  6. Enter the [departure] and [destination] location of your planned excursion.
  7. Click [Get directions].
  8. A map with the suggested route is presented, with the route in green.
  9. A bicycle directions route locations list is available in the results section on the left hand side. Unlike driving directions you will unlikely get any alternative routes planned.

The routes are created using roads and paths, indicated on the map by:

  • Bike trails - a dark green line where there are no motor vehicles.

  • Bike lanes - a light green line on streets with cycle lanes

  • Streets recommended for cyclists - but without a bike lane has green and white dotted line.

Directions Biking - NY Local Bike Route

Directions Bicycling - NY Local Cycle Directions
Directions Bicycling - NY Local Cycle Directions

Directions Transit - New York Transit Routes

Directions Transit - New York Transit Routes
Directions Transit - New York Transit Routes

Transit on Google Maps

Transit Directions :: Public Transport Directions

Only available where Google has public transit information for the area mapped.

You can find public transportation routes as part of your directions.

As for biking there is a method to obtaining transit directions:

  1. Open a map for which Google has public transit or public transport information.
  2. Select [Transit] from the [more...] drop-down list. If the option is not present then there are no transit direction facilities for the area.
  3. Click [Search Maps].
  4. An overlay appears with all the currently recorded transit routes.
  5. Scan the map and decide whether there is a suitable start and end location for your preferred travel plans.
  6. Enter the [departure] and [destination] location of your planned excursion. You can right-click on a station and click either [Directions from here] or [Directions to here]. The [from] or [to] search entry will be populated accordingly.
  7. Click [Get directions].
  8. A map with the suggested route is presented, with the route in blue and the start and end points indicated with a green marker.
  9. A transit directions suggested routes list is available in the results section on the left hand side. This consists of routes using different modes of transport and separate icons are listed for trains, buses and by foot.
  10. Click a trip to see the transit route on the map.
  11. You can customize your search by clicking [Options], entering your [date] and [departure time / arrival time] and click [Update].

Directions Transit - New York Transit Route

Directions Transit - New York Transit Route
Directions Transit - New York Transit Route

See also:

How To Google - homepage of "Google How To".

How To Google in English - for the English version index to "Google How To" subjects.

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Milla Mahno 23 months ago from Florida

You are pressing the topic of driving directions quite a bit. But not MapQuest - why?


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Pro Design Source 6 years ago

Google maps is a dear friend that I rely upon daily.

When I'm lost, Google maps is there.

When I am hungry, Google Maps points the way.

When I need to see the ocean, Google Maps tells me it isn't realistic.

The best app on my Android phone.


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

That is absolutely fascinating! Technology really has moved on in leaps and bounds!

And there is us stuck in the sticks with very poor internet access, if at all, and moving about means losing whatever poor signal we had! Until the day we have global access to satellite telecommunications, we are always going to have this type of problem.


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humagaia 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Being in the sticks with no technology is where Google Maps comes into its own. You just need your computer to do all the work for you. You can even get street views on the move on your computer to show you what a place looks like.


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

Great hub about google maps you have here humagaia! Steep learning curve for me, living in the sticks with no sat nav, ipad or other modern necessity! Some people like me still use old-fashioned methods like the position of the sun, moon and stars for travelling - that and road signs help too!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Yes Google Maps does seem to work wonders - looks great on both iPhone and iPad. I used to always use Yahoo Maps now I change it up.


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humagaia 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

The iPad seems to be the best but all mobile devices are catered for billy so no probs for anyone on that score if they need Google Maps Navigation on the go! What is your preference?


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

This is a great Google Maps direction - I have used the app on my Palm too excellent. Do you have a preference for a mobile device for getting google map directions?


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba

I just wish that these worked better here in Saudi Arabia, but unfortunately most of the roads are not named, those that are are called different names or have different spellings by different people. Finding your way here is a nightmare, you don't even have bars/pubs to navigate by!

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