So, my question is

Is there any way for me to tell google maps, to avoid motorways?


I'll add some screenshots to show why the currently suggested answer doesn't seem to apply.

Say I search for my destination

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I see no blue circle

I can tap "Get Directions" then I get this screen

So I see the icons for car, bus, cycling, walking.

Say I tap the bottom right three dots. Then it just says "Reverse start & end"

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If I tap the car, then I get two options. Get Directions, or Navigate.

There's no 3 dots in the top right or anywhere, with a "route options" option, that the suggested answer mentions.

I'm not seeing the option to avoid motorways.

4 Answers 4


using advice concerning route plotting avoiding motorways etc. i couldnt find the suggested thing to be looking for. i did however find out how to do it. open maps, choose location. tap directions, then start. along the bottom there is now a symbol of a 2 pronged arrow one side is a broken arrow. tap here and you will get the options on what you want to avoid :)


The following seems to be the answer though I haven't put it in practise yet.

in google maps, choose navigation, then in the bottom right there are 3 horizontal bars, then it has options of "routes and alternatives, directions list, layers, turn off voice, exit navigation, more". Choose "routes and alternatives"

Then it has 4 buttons..

A button with a blue arrow,

A button with 2 cogs

A button with arrows pointing to what looks like a raindrop.

A button with 3 dots with 3 horizontal bars alongside the dots.

Click the button with 2 cogs.

Then it says Route options. Avoid motorways. Avoid toll roads. You can choose "Avoid Motorways".

I'll include some pics when I can.


Highways can be avoided ( as also tolls)

Maps app help gives the way for it (search for avoid Motorways in app help

  • Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.

  • Search for your destination or tap it on the map.

  • In the bottom right, tap the blue circle. It'll show a car, bus, bike, taxi, or person walking.

  • At the top, tap Drive .

  • In the top right, tap More three vertical dots and then Route options. Tap Avoid tolls or Avoid highways.

Post your edit, here are the screen shots from Google Maps version 9.33.1

Steps 1 and 2 are obvious

Step 3 showing the blue circle

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Step 3(a) ( not mentioned separately , perhaps app help needs updating)-choosing the start point and mode of travel

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Step 4 (by 3 button menu on to right) and 5 (sub options of route options)

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  • What do you mean "Click Directions Directions". And What does it mean "Click points on the map"? Can you try it yourself, since you post it as an answer?
    – barlop
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 12:14
  • That was for web meaning if you are you using a web browser. Will delete that to remove confusion. I have linked the source too
    – beeshyams
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 12:21

Okay, this is how I did it.

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Search destination
  3. Tap blue bar at bottom which says "directions"
  4. put in starting address in upper bar
  5. Tap the 3 dots to the right
  6. Look down and locate and top "Route Options"
  7. Check Avoid Highways.
  8. Click "Done"
  • By the way, 2. tap blue bar that says "directions" not destinations. Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 23:01

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