How to Get Public Transit Directions in Apple Maps on the iPhone

 How to Get Public Transit Directions in Maps

Apple Maps is a handy tool for getting directions to your destination, and with each upgrade the app gets only adds to its usefulness. With Apple maps you can choose to get directions for walking, driving, cycling, ride booking, and public transit. Using the Maps app to get public transit directions is simple and reliable. Let's look at the easiest way to get public transit directions on your iPhone.

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How to Get Public Transit Directions Using Current Location

Public transit makes getting from one place to another easy, and Apple Maps makes this process even easier. Here's how to map your Public Transit route in the Maps app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Maps app.
  2. Enter your destination in the Search for a place or address box.

    Open the Maps app to get public transit directionsEnter your destination
     
  3. Tap Directions
  4. You'll see a row of transit type options. Tap on the icon that looks like a train.

    Tap on directionsSelect the public transit icon that looks like a train
     
  5. You'll see a list of available options for routes. Swipe up to see all options.
  6. At the very bottom of this screen you can customize the types of public transit used, if needed.

    Swipe up to see the full list of public transit routesUse the bottom options to customize your route
     
  7. Once you've decided on a route, tap the green GO button to start your route directions.

    Tap the green GO button to start your public transit route

It's a simple process but it opens up worlds of convenience when using public transportation. If you liked this tip, you may way to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter to see more ways to make your iPhone and other Apple devices more helpful and useful in your daily life.

How to Get Public Transit Directions Using a Different Starting Location

  1. Open the Maps app.
  2. Enter your destination in the Search for a place or address box.

    Open the Maps app to get public transit directionsEnter your destination
     
  3. Tap Directions
  4. Near the top, tap the blue My Location link.

    Tap on directionsTap the My Location link to change your starting location
     
  5. Enter or select your alternate starting location, and tap Route.

    Enter your starting location or choose from the suggested locations belowTap Route to get your public transit route
     
  6. You'll see a row of transit type options. Tap on the icon that looks like a train.
  7. You'll see a list of available options for routes. Swipe up to see all options.

    Select the public transit icon that looks like a trainSwipe up to see the full list of public transit routes
     
  8. At the very bottom of this screen you can customize the types of public transit used, if needed.
  9. Once you've decided on a route, tap the green GO button to start your route directions.

    Use the bottom options to customize your routeTap the green GO button to start your public transit route

Now you're able to search for and customize your public transit routes in Apple Maps!

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