Travel by train, tram, tube, bus or boat across
Great Britain with Google Maps 

Posted by David Tattersall, Product Manager

When you need to get from A to B, public transport can often be the cheapest and easiest way to travel. With all the different ways to get around, you need an app which shows you all the information in one place. Starting today, Google Maps for iPhone, Android and desktop shows public transport across Great Britain, creating a comprehensive one-stop-shop for public transport.

You can now check the best time and route for millions of departures for trains, tubes, trams, buses and ferries every day. In total, 17,000 different routes across the UK are featured, from Land’s End to John O’Groats (a journey that will take you about about 27 hours by foot, train and bus).

You'll now know when the next trip is departing, how many stops and how far your walk is between each station. You can also pick your preferred method of travel and whether you'd rather walk less or make fewer transfers, so you can compare and choose the best option for you.

While national rail data and public transport information is already available in Google Maps for some cities like London, we now provide coverage across the whole of Great Britain. To make this happen we added schedules from National Express, and partnered with Traveline which collates the information from nearly 1,500 local and national operators like Centro.

My own journey with Google Maps started in a pub near Chester four years ago when I wanted to demonstrate the product I’d be working on to a friend: public transport in maps. I searched for directions to the town centre and even though the number 1 bus from Wrexham to Chester ran right past the pub, it wasn’t even listed as an option.

We’ve come a long way since then. You can now get public transport directions for everything from cross-country trips, to timings for the local village bus, to the St Mawes ferry in Cornwall which will save you a 55 minute journey over land to Falmouth. The number 1 bus to Chester town centre is also listed.

You'll find all you need to travel by public transport with Google Maps for iPhone, Android and desktop.

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