Get Walking Directions With Google Maps

Take a hike, go on a walk, or get a quick jog in with Google guiding the way

Screenshot of walking directions in Google Maps

Google Maps not only gives you driving directions, you can also get walking, biking, or public transit directions. 

Tip: These instructions will work on any mobile device using the Google Maps app or Google Maps on the web. That includes iPhones and Android phones from companies like Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

To get walking directions (or biking or public transport directions), go into Google Maps on the Web or your mobile device and:

Search for your destination first. Once you find it, follow these steps:

Step 1: Tap Directions (on the website this is on the upper left side of the open browser window).

Screenshot of Directions button in Google Maps

Step 2: Select a starting point. If you're logged into Google, you may have already designated your home or workplace, so you can select either of those locations as your starting point. If you started from your mobile device, you can choose "my current location" as your starting point. 

Step 3: Now you can change your mode of transportation. By default, it is usually set to "driving," but if you are using the mobile version and often go places using an alternate transportation method, it may have a different default setting for you. Sometimes you will have multiple options for routes, and Google will offer to give you directions for whichever one is most appealing. You can see an estimate for how long each route would take to walk. 

Screenshot of walking directions button in Google Maps

Tip: Drag along the route to adjust it if necessary. You may know the sidewalk is blocked along a certain route or you may not feel safe walking in the neighborhood, You can adjust the route, and if enough people do it, Google may adjust the route for future pedestrians. 

Walking times are just estimates. Google aggregates the information by looking at average walking speeds. It may also take the elevation and grade into consideration, but if you walk slower or faster than the average "walker" by Google estimates, the timing may be off.

Google may also not be aware of road hazards like construction zones, unsafe neighborhoods, busy streets with inadequate lights, etc. If you live in a great city for walking, the maps are usually pretty good. 

Public Transportation Directions

When you ask for public transportation directions, Google usually also includes some walking. That's what public transportation experts sometimes call the "last mile." Sometimes that last mile is a literal last mile, so keep an eye out for exactly which portion of your public transportation direction involves walking. If you don't want to hoof it, you can always order an Uber ride directly from the app.

Screenshot of walking segments of public transportation route in Google Maps

Although Google provides biking and driving directions, there is currently no way to combine the biking, driving, and public transportation directions with Google Maps if you wanted to specify that you solve your "last mile" problem by biking to or from the bus stop. While it might be easy to dismiss this as a non-issue because the walking directions are likely overestimating the time you need to get to or from the bus stop if you're using a different transportation method, you need different directions when you drive or bike. Pedestrians can walk in either direction on a one-way street, for example.