How to Avoid Highways and Tolls in Google Maps Navigation

Google Maps is the most popular navigation app, providing directions for driving, walking, biking, and public transit. With real-time traffic information and route options to avoid tolls and highways, Google Maps helps you navigate to your destination efficiently.

As an experienced Google Maps user for over 5 years, I often rely on the app to explore new places. By customizing the settings, you can tailor Google Maps to meet your exact navigation needs.

Here’s how to avoid highways and tolls on Google Maps, on both mobile devices and desktop:

Avoid Highways

On Mobile

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android or iOS device
  2. Tap your profile icon in the top right corner
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Choose “Navigation settings”
  5. Scroll down and enable “Avoid highways” under “Route options”

This will automatically avoid highways for all future directions in the Google Maps app.

On Desktop

  1. Go to maps.google.com on your browser
  2. Search for directions to your destination
  3. Click “Options” below the route suggestions
  4. Check “Avoid highways” under “Route options”
  5. Click “Close”

The updated directions will exclude all highways.

Avoid Tolls

Similarly, you can choose to avoid toll roads and save on toll fees:

On Mobile

  1. Open the Google Maps app
  2. Tap the 3-line menu icon in the top right
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Choose “Navigation settings”
  5. Enable “Avoid tolls” under “Route options”

On Desktop

  1. Go to maps.google.com
  2. Search for directions
  3. Click “Options”
  4. Check “Avoid tolls”
  5. Click “Close”

Google Maps will show route options without any tolls.

Temporarily Avoid Highways or Tolls

If you only want to avoid highways or tolls for a particular trip, here are the steps:

On Mobile

  1. Search for directions in Google Maps
  2. Tap the 3-dot menu on the top
  3. Choose “Route options”
  4. Toggle on “Avoid highways” or “Avoid tolls”

On Desktop

  1. Search for directions
  2. Click “Options” below routes
  3. Check “Avoid highways” or “Avoid tolls”
  4. Click “Close”

The updated route will exclude highways or tolls just for that trip.

See Toll Prices

Google Maps shows estimated toll prices on your route. This helps compare toll roads and regular roads:

  1. Search for directions
  2. Review the route suggestions
  3. Check for the toll price estimate under toll routes

You can then decide whether to take the toll route or not.

Conclusion

Avoiding highways and tolls on Google Maps is simple on both mobile and desktop. By customizing these options under Settings > Navigation, you can tailor Google Maps to suit your exact navigation preferences.

So next time you need driving directions, use these tips on Google Maps to save time, avoid traffic, and reduce toll costs!