Public transport has arrived on Google Maps
Added: 23 March 2016
Victoria’s public transport data has now been integrated into Google Maps, giving Victorians and visitors to the state the ability to plan a journey using the service online or via the Google Maps app.
The integration of Public Transport Victoria’s data into Google Maps means users of the service will now be able to find out how to get where they need to go by public transport, and can compare how long that journey would take if using a train, tram or bus, walking, cycling or driving by car.
Providing public transport information in Google Maps is expected to be popular with tourists, visitors, and users of public transport to help them find their way around without needing to know the network.
Google Maps is a route planning application that finds the best way to travel between two points, and both regional and metropolitan public transport service options will be presented to users.
Users of Google Maps will be able to see departure and stop information as well as walking directions to travel to the best stop to begin their journey from.
Timetable data will include planned service changes as well as extra services for special events such as the upcoming AFL season.
Customers seeking real-time arrival times for metropolitan buses and trams are advised to use the Next 5 feature on the PTV mobile application and website.