New Maps updates and tips to navigate the holidays


The holiday season is coming! To make sure you have a tree-mendous time, here are 8 ways Google Maps can help you get around, plan festive outings with friends and more — including three new updates for Maps along with tried-and-true features. Check this list so you can head out on your merry way.

1. Sleigh the bus, train and subways with transit route recommendations. (New!)

Whether you’re staying local or exploring a new city, figuring out how to get around with transit during the holidays can turn anyone into a Scrooge. To save you time and help you make quick decisions, we’re now updating our transit directions so you can easily see the best route to your destination based on key factors, like ETA, number of transfers and the length of your trip. You can even customize your route with handy filters that let you select what type of transit you want to take, or if you want a route with less walking.

In over 80 cities around the world — including Berlin, Boston, London, Madrid, New York City, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto — you’ll also see exactly where the station entrances and exits are, what side of the street they’re on, and a clear walking route to and from it. So now when you enter the station, you can be confident that you’re catching the right train in the right direction. New transit updates start rolling out on Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

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