How to Avoid Toll Roads with Google Maps on iPhone or iPad

How to Use Google Maps to Avoid Toll Roads

Avoiding toll roads is something we all strive to do. Whether we’re on a cross-country road trip or simply want to get directions to home or work without tolls, we want our route to avoid tolls and Google maps makes that easy. There are many occasions when Google Maps will default to providing driving directions with toll roads. But, you can, essentially, turn off toll roads on Google Maps and never get suggestions for them again. Apple Maps is also capable of avoiding toll roads if that’s your preferred app for driving directions. In this article, however, we’ll focus on avoiding toll roads with Google Maps. Here’s how to avoid toll roads on Google Maps.

I think, for most instances, we all prefer to save some money and get driving directions without toll roads. Which means we need our maps app, like Google Maps, to avoid all toll roads for us. But I haven’t always know about this tip myself. A few years back, I took a trip to a certain Theme Park in Florida. Upon leaving, I found myself stuck on toll roads because Orlando is essentially surrounded by a ring of toll roads. I paid the price (literally!) that time; but next time, I’m using Google Maps to stick it to the man and avoid toll roads at all costs. Let’s get into how to turn off toll roads with Google maps.

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How to Avoid Tolls on Google Maps

  • If you haven’t already, download Google Maps in the App Store.
  • Open the app and search for your destination.
  • Tap the blue button or Route.
  • Sidenote: you can tap the up and down arrows next to the search boxes to switch your “from” and “to” if needed.
  • Enter your “from” address or use your current location.
  • Tap the three vertical dots right of the search boxes.

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  • Select Route Options.
  • Toggle on Avoid Tolls.
  • To save your preference for avoiding tolls with Google Maps, toggle on Remember settings.
  • Tap the back arrow to return to the map.
  • Tap the blue circle with a white arrow pointing up to begin navigating.

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Kenneth Boshell

Kenneth Boshell is a freelance writer who lives in Florida.  He considers Doctor Who to be one of the best shows in creation, and Firefly a close second.  His favorite things are tacos, books, cats, and giving Starbucks baristas a false name when he orders hot chocolate during frosty winter mornings in Florida.  Sometimes they get down to sixty degrees, you know.