The My Maps mentioned in this article is no longer available.
This article is only exists now, for historical reference
Google Maps DIDN'T include a method to save ‘Driving Directions’
easily into MyMaps. This crops up occasionally on the group, so its
perhaps a good idea to nicely document a way I have found and refined
for doing it.
Fortunately as there are KML import/export options for most features,
so can export the route as KML then reimport it into a My Map. I've
detailed the export and re-import steps below...
Export Driving Directions
First create your route in Google Maps, and click ‘Link to This Map’
and select and copy the top ‘email’ link to the clipboard.
How, how you continue depends if you have more than one destination.
If you added more, or dragged the route to customise it then it will
actually contain many destinations, which the inbuilt KML export cant
* If only a single destination can just append &output=kml to the end
of the url you copied, and use it in the import below.
* however if you have multiple destinations then I have a little
script to create a KML file that gets round the limitation.
...1. Goto http://www.nearby.org.uk/multi-to-kml.php
...2. Paste in the URL you copied earlier, and click Go
...3. Right click the “Download Google Earth KML File” link and copy
the shortcut to the clipboard, this is the url you can use in the
Import into My-Map
Create a new MyMap - or open a previously created one you want to
* Goto Edit mode on the Map
* Click Import top left of the editor window
* Paste in the URL you prepared earlier (remember to add &output=kml
if using the output direct from GoogleMaps) into the ‘enter the url of
map data on the web’ box.
* Click Upload
* Be prepared to rename your map, as often the import will name the
MyMap as per the file just imported
… sounds complicated but not too difficult once you get used it it.