Google Maps adds NSW public transportation directions

Step-by-step navigation available for those nervous about when to get off the bus, transfer trains

Google Maps directions now include train, bus and ferry in NSW.

Google Maps directions now include train, bus and ferry in NSW.

New South Wales residents can now get public transportation directions straight from Google Maps.

Starting today, Google Maps will calculate the best non-driving route to get from point A to point B, whether by train, bus, ferry, light rail or monorail. Directions include the best walking route to each stop. Public transportation directions can also be accessed on the go through the Google Maps mobile app. The app’s Navigation feature will alert users when it’s time to get off a bus or when to transfer trains.

South Australia and Western Australia are currently the only other states where residents can access the public transportation directions. "Unfortunately at this stage we cannot give comment on plans for these states to introduce the tool as we have no information available," said a spokesperson for Google.

The addition arrives two weeks after Google added cycling directions to Maps.

“Locals and tourists alike use New South Wales’ hundreds of train, ferry, and bus lines — to the tune of over 500 million times per year,” Google wrote in its on its Australian blog.

"Just as we added cycling directions two weeks ago, you will now be able to quickly generate public transport directions from point A to point B by simply clicking on the 'Get Directions' button and then selecting the public transport icon."

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