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Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Daniel - Google Community Manager 10/9/13 12:44 PM

Hello Google Maps Community,


Since May of this year, many of you have had the opportunity to preview the new Google Maps. Based on your input, we’re happy to announce our latest launch — directions for multiple destinations! This launch also includes two new tools to help manage your reservations and discover upcoming events. These features will begin gradually rolling out to users today.


Whether you’re running weekend errands or planning a cross-country tour, you can plot multiple destinations for your trip with ease – now available for driving, walking and biking directions. Once you’ve chosen a starting point, click ‘+’ and add stops to your route by typing in the search box or clicking on the map. Learn more about directions for multiple destinations in our Help Center.


Starting today, you’ll also be able to see your flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations right in Maps. Just search for your departing airport or dining destination, and we’ll instantly show your upcoming plans. This info is available when you're signed into Google, and only you can see it. This feature is currently only available in English to all US users.


You can also see upcoming events at your favorite local performance venues. Simply search for a venue, like Radio City Music Hall or the O2 Arena, and click on the Upcoming Events card to see a schedule.


For more information about the launch, be sure to read our blog post. Your continued feedback has been really valuable, please keep sending us your thoughts using the "Help & Feedback” menu in the upper right corner of the new Google Maps.


Happy Mapping!

Daniel Mabasa

Google Maps Community Manager


Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! nguettler 10/9/13 2:16 PM
Thank you for hearing our concerns. Functionality like this is vastly more important to many users than aesthetic improvements. 

Looking forward to being able to use the new Maps now that it has one of its most essential features reinstated.

Cheers,
Nick
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! VesNL 10/9/13 3:29 PM
Nice to see multiple destinations got added. This was probably the biggest asked feature to be added. 

Hope to see it on Android very soon. 
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! MarieJohnson 10/9/13 3:57 PM
Unfortunately, this 'fix' didn't help solve the problem for those routing multiple destinations via a copy/paste function.  I used to be able to copy/paste a list of destinations into the main search bar (by pasting text similar to - "To: XXXXX To: XXXXX To: XXXXX", etc. for up to 26 stops, where XXXXX is the address).  I have formulas in Excel that pull in different addresses weekly which need to be mapped.

This fix allows multiple destinations, but I'd have to manually hit the (+) and then copy/paste a single address.  20+ times.  Versus literally one copy/paste.  I've since reverted to the old Google Maps.  If the new version isn't fixed, I'll continue to use the old Maps, and if the old Maps goes away, I'd sadly need to use a different mapping website.  =(

I appreciate this fix, it works for folks making a few stops, but is much more time-consuming for those of us many more destinations at once.  I'd love to see a fix to make the new Maps as functional as the old Maps!  =)
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! MarieJohnson 10/9/13 4:03 PM
While I appreciate Google listening to their customers, sadly this fix didn't correct the problem for those of us using many destination points.  I typically map 20+ stops at a given time, and paste my data from Excel formulas (using different addresses each week).  I can currently copy a range of cells (formatted via a formula like: "To: XXXXX To: XXXXX To: XXXXX...) and paste into the top line of the old Maps, and it routes it all out for me, in one copy/paste step.  

This new fix does allow for multiple destinations, but I'd literally have to hit the (+), then copy/paste one individual stopping point, hit the (+), copy/paste another individual stopping point...etc.  20-ish times.  Clearly much more functional/easier in the old Maps, using just one input search line to copy/paste one time.

Please bring that back!!  I've converted (thankfully) back to the old Maps - I'd love to try new Maps but simply don't have the time or patience to copy/paste my 20+ destinations each week for my delivery route.  If what I'm saying doesn't make sense, I'd be happy to provide more examples or chat with someone from Google.  =)

Thanks!
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! MrSean 10/9/13 4:58 PM
Multiple directions don't work if you've selected public transport?
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! PaulSalter 10/10/13 1:24 AM
Nice to see some improvements to the maps
 
But until you get the basics fixed maps are useless (ie Orange roads do not work in the UK)
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! runscottygrun 10/10/13 6:49 AM
Yup it's working but it forces you to add steps to making it work.     First you have to enter an address in at the start.   You used to be able to just right click and place a starting point.   Then for every step you have to go back and hit the "+" button.   You used to be able to just right click the location and do a "add destination"    Instead of making it faster you doubled the time it takes to use the tool.     I sure there is some sort of coding hurdles to get by but forward progress is always better unless you have a master plan as to how this will get faster with this change.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! velt 10/10/13 6:27 PM
up to ten directions, after that you cant add more than ten directions. 
Needs work guys. 

Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Jeff Dillon 10/11/13 2:13 PM
Why no multiple destinations while flying? Up here in Alaska that is how we have to get around (I doubt dog-sled will ever be a transport option on Google Maps - would rock if it did!) and in my job we hop form one village to another all the time.  Please add this!
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Andrew James Hein 10/12/13 11:46 AM
I may actually check out the new maps after this update. Honestly as long as the Old Maps had terrain and multiple destinations, there wasn't a good reason to use the new version.  Once the New Maps has a solid terrain feature and a fully-functioning multiple destinations directions, I'll be set.

Keep at it guys.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Renato Avanzini 10/16/13 4:46 PM
That's great Daniel! Thanks a lot for this supa useful feature. 
Cheers
Renato
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Bill Seiwell 10/18/13 1:53 AM
What ever you guys changed you just added to the many problems one afrter another. what uuse to take me 10 minutes jusrt turned into 6 hours and not done yet. No incentive to start a business.  Between Merchant services, Wells Fargo,k Maricopa county health dept. and now Google.  Nothing but unneccessary problems 800,000 in sales since I started in  january 16,000 after expences and I cant pay my bills Guess I haven't paid my fair share.  Now a simple project I have to learn sonething new because I'm sure greed or some way to tax the people. Welfare or disability looks better and better and I like work but if you cant beat them join them and just wait for the day when the greed siniks the country. Yeah I'm a bit angry right now
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Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! JrZimmerman 11/21/13 2:13 AM
Where would one find this "+" sign in the new Google Maps to add an additional destination?  I don't see that as an option and it is really needed.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Steve Cobb 11/21/13 3:34 PM
After you put in your start location and your destination - the line right below these will have a '+' on the left side and "Route options" on the right.
Re: We are in the Wild West Blind Freddy 12/1/13 9:01 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Ruzie 12/1/13 9:32 PM
The only + sign I saw is to enlarge the map. That's all. It's kinda annoying I can't see my whole trip. I have to find one destination after another.
Re: We are in the Wild West Blind Freddy 12/1/13 10:55 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Ruzie 12/2/13 6:20 AM
So happy, after a few hours I posted this, I got the + sign on my GM. Thank you GM  :-)
Re: We are in the Wild West Blind Freddy 12/2/13 6:29 AM <This message has been deleted.>
ehg 12/2/13 7:43 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Ruzie 12/2/13 10:16 PM
Hi Blind Freddy.

I didn't do anything. It wasn't there before my post here. After a few hours it was there... Now I'm crossing my fingers 'Save to My Maps' will appear soon too... Haven't got any luck so far though... :-)
Re: We are in the Wild West Blind Freddy 12/3/13 2:54 PM <This message has been deleted.>
ehg 12/3/13 3:05 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Bountiful City 12/12/13 9:11 AM
The addition of multiple way-points is a great improvement but still lacks the A-Z way-point identifiers. I use multiple way-points for work almost every day and often having each point marked with a unique letter is the only way to organize my route effectively. This is a great feature of the old Google Maps and would losing it would force me to another service when the old maps become unavailable.

Thanks.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! rogerbarnes51 12/13/13 7:49 AM
Have the concerns of MarieJohnson from Oct 9 ever been addressed?  I also use excel to enter multiple destinations in one cut and paste.  Having to enter them one at a time will be tedious and a major step backwards for me.  What is Google Maps doing to correct this oversight?

Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 12/13/13 8:21 AM
Hi rogerbarnes,
regarding your "...will be... a major step backwards for me".

GoogleMaps in its classic form never provided the feature to enter or submit an excel file or any kind of csv file to get directions calculated.
Consider therefore your "step backwards" as not true.
You are free to post a feature suggestion to get such suggestion realized. 
But would not hold my breath
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! MarieJohnson 12/13/13 8:38 AM
ehg, rogerbarnes51 & myself never said we submitted an excel/csv. FILE to get directions calculated.  We both were quite specific saying we copied/pasted FROM excel into Google Maps.  So there is no upload of any sort.  We literally took pre-organized and pre-prepped data from Excel, and were able to copy/paste the formatted data directly from Excel into the main Google Maps search bar.  It would map 24 or 25 at one time, as long as the addresses were formatted in advance a certain way.

So yes, it is a major step backwards to have to manually click the (+) to add an additional stop in my route, then copy/paste each of the 24 addresses on at a time, versus the current/'old' method of one copy/paste.  I will not use Google Maps in the future if the 'new' way is the only way, as there are other sites that will maps as Google Maps once did.  I just love Google Maps the most & hope they are able to keep the same functionality in the new version.  Unfortunately, I have not heard anything about the correction to the new version, either from a Google contact or via this discussion, so I continue to use the 'old' Google Maps until they get it corrected.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! rogerbarnes51 12/13/13 8:39 AM
As MarieJohnson so ably pointed out, in the old maps, I am able to enter a series of destinations in the format of : "To: XXXXX To: XXXXX To: XXXXX..." up to 20+ destinations.  I use excel to create this format to help me create a route to a series of destinations.  I paste this formatted data into the destination field and I have my routing as requested.  Does the new GM handle this functionality?  If not, then it is a step backwards and my comment as stated is correct contrary to your attempts to characterize it otherwise.  Please understand that I am not talking about entering or submitting an excel file or a csv directly to GM. I only use it as a tool to create the format needed by the classic GM.  
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 12/13/13 9:01 AM
still don't agree with both of you.
pasting excel content in the main GMaps bar is IMHO a kind of hacking of a Google feature and nowherei documented as a feature.
So you can't expect working this ssort of a hack in all eternity.

Still can paste in the classic and in the preview fields of "get direction any address or destination (even copied from your excel file)
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! MarieJohnson 12/13/13 9:13 AM
I never considered what I do to be a 'hack' but that aside, I thought this forum was to post concerns, ideas for improvement, etc.  I never said it was documented as a previous official Google Maps feature, but it is clearly used by at least one other person besides myself, and perhaps several other folks as well.  I'm hoping that by posting my mapping needs, and the fact that I was able to do so in the 'old' version, they'd be able to allow this sort of functionality in the new version.  Even if it isn't done exactly the same as I currently do, I'm a big Excel fan, and use it a lot to automate things for my job.  So if Google Maps is able to allow some sort of copy/paste from Excel to map multiple destinations (hence my original concern/suggestion), it'd be greatly appreciated.  =)
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! runscottygrun 12/13/13 9:19 AM
ehg,

It doesn't matter if you type the line:  To: xxxx To: xxxx To:  XXXX,   or paste it in from a word document or an excel document.   It works today in the old version of the map tool.    Don't get hung up on the word "paste"         The fact of the matter is it takes much longer with the new tool to go to multiple destinations.     I use the option of right clicking the mouse to add another destination of a series of locations.   These people type in multiple destinations.   Both options are now NOT available with the new mapping app. 
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 12/13/13 1:47 PM
yes  runscottygrun, I know  It works today in the old version of the map tool and it will work tomorrow too. But why should it work in the preview in the same way?

The both other users are complaining it would not be possible to paste excel content in the preview version. So why don't they use jsut  the classic maps?

The can do so!
I consider their requests to be able to to exactly the same steps or inputs or hacks in the preview as in the classic GMaps as not hgelpful.
New products or just previews of new products mostly do not have the same features as its predecessors.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! MarieJohnson 12/13/13 2:03 PM
ehg, you must have way too much time on your hands!  Why does it bother you so much that myself (along with others) would like to see certain functionality in the new maps?

Yes, we can use the old Maps if the new version doesn't fit our needs.  And, um...as clearly specified above, we are.

That being said, I figure at some point, Google will stop the old Maps and just use new Maps (because today, yes, it is just a preview, but tomorrow it could be the only live version they use).  If users don't give constructive criticism to trials of new products, how would a company know what users want?  So if they don't enable this (or a similar) function in new Maps, they will lose users, and if I (and others) didn't ask for it, they would never have known why we no longer use their product.

I don't believe anyone is "complaining" as you put it.  Nope, not a bit.  But yes, I am offering my input to make their future product as good as it could be.

And frankly, I'm not sure why it matters to you either way.  If they better their product to suit my needs, how does it make it WORSE for you?  Oh yeah, it doesn't.

I'm glad you find my request not helpful.  Thanks for your opinion (although nobody asked for it...)  Continue as you were.  I'm done trying to make sense of any of this with you.  Clearly, you just don't 'get it'.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Nick Seeley 12/18/13 1:57 AM
Hey ehg or anyone else that may be able to help!

I was wondering if you could send me the formula that you use in excel to format the address correctly. Being able to copy and paste the information into the search bar in the "old" version of google maps would help me out a lot.  I am pretty new to google maps and I am trying to learn all the little tips and tricks. Being able to use the "From xxx To: xxx To: xxx feature would just really change my entire experience with the maps.  Its the little things :) 

Hopefully you guys can help me out,

Many thanks! 
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 12/18/13 8:34 AM
Hi Nick, 
I'm not an excel expert.
But I created a sample for you.

in the aatached  table the field E2 contains this formula:  ="from:"&A2&",to:"&B2&",to:"&C2&",to:"&D2
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 12/18/13 9:39 AM
Nick

in the excel tab you should change the content of E2-cell  to   ="from: "&A2&", to: "&B2&", to: "&C2&", to: "&D2.
Otherwise if copying the content the resulting string from the excel file into GMaps the direction will not properly show up or correctly calculated.
But using the red highlighted formula it works on my end as intended.
Regards
ehg
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Poppy Ann lynagh-smith 1/4/14 2:14 AM
hi is there a limit to how many steps can be used as i cannot seam to be able to put in more than 8 steps, i was trying to make a route showing the whole of the A38 from Bodmin to Mansfield.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 1/4/14 3:26 AM
Poppy Ann, in the so called New Google Maps preview the limit is all together 10 points.

in the classic GMaps the limit is 25 points
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! harsh.manutdblu 1/4/14 9:50 AM
@ehg: What MarieJohnson and rogerbarnes51 are trying to say is this:

In the old maps, there was a functionality to specify multiple stops directly in the search query, like so:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Delhi To: London to: Paris To: Timbuktu To: S... | O, |
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In the new maps, this is not there.
There is very less functionality for power users...

This does not have anything to do with Excel or it's data formats.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 1/4/14 10:40 AM
harsh,
frankly I'm not sure why you believe I can't read.
I read & understood  Rogers & Maries posting three Weeks ago already .

My todays post was answering poppys concrete question about limits and indeed this has nothings todays do with Excel or  from | to keywords not available in that experimental preview.
People disliking the preview  should use the classic GMaps
 

Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! John Knoche 1/14/14 1:23 PM
This feature — directions for multiple destinations - has been working fine for me until today. Now when I click on a sugested name for a destination the screen refreshes but never includes the added destination;

Any ideas what's going on?
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Nitin Goel 1/19/14 9:42 AM
I am still not able to see multiple destination option in android smartphone!  Is it still not available in android devices or am I missing something?
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Lauren Wiersema 1/20/14 10:38 AM
Multiple destinations for public Transit would be quite nice.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! smachs 2/4/14 11:31 AM
instructions should include to click on the auto icon as the plane icon & associated flight options block the + sign function unless the auto icon is selected first.

Add multiple destinations and waypoints

Here's how to get directions with multiple destinations or waypoints:
  1. Get directions using the instructions above.
  2. Click the + button in the info card at the top of the map.
  3. In the text box that appears, type a destination. You can also click the location on the map.
  4. To add another destination, click + again.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Peter Helsby 2/6/14 12:20 AM
After 10 destinations it wont allow me to add more? I am trying to determine a route to about twenty places and it wont do that.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! bruce conger 2/25/14 9:51 PM
I'm a Concierge. I type in my home direction, and I get no hint on how to get there from another direction. Confusing. Some IT kid gets a raise for this horrible setup?

Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Merideth Smith 2/27/14 12:24 PM
I can not add multiple locations when using public transportation.  
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! ehg 2/27/14 12:28 PM
Merideth, this was never possible - not even with the classic GMaps.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Mygoodness23 3/1/14 6:59 PM
Yes, I dumped the new Google maps because of the lack of multiple destination functionality.  Now they're shoving it down our throats.  What should we use instead?  I think it's time for mass anarchy. ;-).
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Mike Dacko 3/4/14 7:23 PM
Agreed.  I'm a realtor and i NEED to be able to plot 15-20 destinations and now the function is gone.  I don't know why they took it away - I mean, its really a quick fix programming-wise. 
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Glenn Edgley 3/9/14 6:36 PM
Why don't you put the old system, (you know, the one that works) back, and to hell with a new system? 

Why change something that didn't need to be changed? 

Or, at least give us the option to use the old system instead, see how many use the new system after that...

An improved system starts with what we already had, not with a loss of what we already had. 

ABSOLUTELY USELESS!!!
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Johannes Weil 3/10/14 10:08 AM
Here is a fix that maybe is usefull for the one or the other.

You can add query param output=classic to your classic direction request urls.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.de/2013/10/classic-google-maps-url.html
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Klaus Riisberg 3/31/14 5:51 AM
Would be great if you supported multiple destinations without the 10-destinations limit.
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! K V Phani Madhav 4/5/14 6:35 PM
hi mr daniel mabasa

i had searched for the "+" to add multiple destinations in google maps but could't find it please help me

thank you

regards 
k v phani madhav
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! treebles 4/5/14 9:12 PM
Hello K V Phani,
Please, see the Maps help article to get directions
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3092446?hl=en&ref_topic=3292869
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! Bernie L 4/8/14 6:18 AM
I used to be able to plot up to 20 or more locations so I could plot my delivery route.  Now only allows 10.  How do I go back to old Google maps?
Re: Get directions for multiple destinations on the New Google Maps preview! charvista 4/8/14 1:51 PM
Bernie,
Click on the question mark in a black circle at the bottom right side of Google Maps, it will open a small popup and choose "Return to classic Google Maps" and you are done.
I have the same problem as you. I am also delivering goods and used between 20 and 30 waypoints. The new Google Maps is useless to me.
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