How to Add Stops on Google Maps

Create a multi-stop route

What to Know

  • On Desktop: Google Maps site > blue arrow > enter a starting and ending destination > click the + icon to Add Destination (stops).
  • On Mobile: Blue arrow icon > enter a starting and ending destination > tap the three dots in the top right corner > select Add Stop.
  • Google Maps has a limit of 10 stops per route (this includes starting point and ending destination).

Google Maps is a great tool for getting from point A to point B, but it can also be used to get you to point C, point D, and beyond. On both desktop and mobile, Google Maps lets you add multiple stops to your route and customize the order in which they appear. 

Below, you'll find instructions on how to create a multi-stop route in Google Maps on both desktop and mobile devices.

You can only add stops for driving, cycling, or walking routes. They can't be used with public transit or rides. 

How Do You Add Multiple Stops on Google Maps?

The process for adding multiple stops on Google Maps is similar across both desktop and mobile apps.

Desktop

  1. Navigate to Google Maps in your browser.

  2. Click the blue arrow next to the search bar to start inputting directions.

    New York City map in Google Maps with the blue arrow next to search box highlighted
  3. Enter a starting and ending destination.

    Google Maps with Start and end points in search box
  4. Click the + sign under your ending destination to Add Destination. This will add a stop to your trip.

    New York City route in Google Maps with Add Destination highlighted
  5. Repeat this step to add more stops.

    New York City Google Maps route with multiple added destinations highlighted

    There is a limit of 10 stops you can add to one route (this includes your starting and ending destinations).

  6. To change the order of stops, drag the bullet points to the left of a destination up or down.

    Changing stop order in Google Maps with Drag to Reorder highlighted

Mobile

To save time, you can send a customized Google Maps route to your smartphone by clicking Send directions to your phone from your desktop. This is useful if you’d like to use the full tools offered by the desktop version of Google Maps to build your multi-stop route.

  1. Open the Google Maps app on Android or iPhone.

  2. Select the blue arrow in the bottom right to begin planning a route.

  3. Enter your starting point and ending destination.

  4. Tap the three dots in the top right corner and then select Add Stop.

    Google Maps Mobile app with direction arrow, destination route, More (three dots), and Add Stop highlighted
  5. To reorder stops, click and hold a destination to adjust its placement in the order.

  6. When you’re finished adding stops, tap Done.

    Google Maps on iPhone with new destination order and Done highlighted

Is There a Way to Add More Than 10 Stops on Google Maps?

Unfortunately, Google Maps sets a hard limit on the number of stops you can enter into one route. You could open a new tab and start a new route from your last stop, but Google actually has an even better solution: My Maps. 

This free tool is part of Google’s Workspace tools and lets you create your own maps, as well as share them with multiple users like a Google Doc. Although My Maps also has a stop limit of 10, you can create additional layers to keep your multi-stop route going.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Navigate to Google My Maps.

  2. Click Create A New Map.

    Google Maps in a browser with Create a New Map highlighted
  3. Click the Add directions icon underneath the search bar.

    Google Maps with Add Directions icon highlighted
  4. Begin entering your destinations.

    Google Maps with directions entered
  5. Once you reach the stop limit, click Add directions again to start a new layer.

    Google Maps with multiple New York City destinations and Add Directions icon highlighted

    You can create up to 10 layers on a single map, for a total of 100 stops.

  6. Input the final stop from your previous layer and add new stops to keep your route going.

    Adding additional destinations in Google My Maps with new layer highlighted
  7. My Maps will automatically set the fastest route between destinations, but you can click and drag the route line to set a custom route.

    Adjusting route in Google My Maps with Drag to Change Route highlighted

Can I Mark a Route on Google Maps?

Google Maps offers little in the way of customization, but you can add labels to individual stops on your route for a bit of personalization.

  1. Click a stop on your route.

  2. Scroll down to Add a label.

    Google Maps destination with Add a Label highlighted
  3. Type a personalized note for this location and press Enter on your keyboard.

    Google Maps with personalized label highlighted
  4. Your label should now appear above the location name on the map.

    Destination on Google Maps with personalized label highlighted on map
FAQ
  • How do I add rest stops on Google Maps?

    Once you create a route, you can ask Google Maps to find and add rest areas. In the mobile app tap Search (magnifying glass), and then type in rest area. Google Maps will find rest stops along your route; tap one, and then tap Add Stop to add the rest area to your route.

  • How do I search along my route in Google Maps?

    When you're heading to your destination, find a safe spot to pull over or have a passenger search for you. Tap Search (magnifying glass), and then tap one of the available categories, such as gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops. Or, type the name of somewhere you want to stop in the search bar. When you find a destination you want to add to your journey, tap it, and then tap Add Stop.

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