How to avoid tolls on Google Maps and save yourself money on your next road trip

How to avoid tolls on Google Maps

If you are not familiar with Google Maps use, our Google Maps Tips and Tricks post will make you a Pro at using it. In this post, we’ll learn how to-

  1. Customize Google Maps routes to avoid tolls
  2. Change your Travel time in Google Maps

This Google Maps tip will surely be helpful to you.

1] Customize Google Maps routes to avoid tolls

On your computer, open Google Maps.

Click ‘Directions’.

Provide input by clicking points on the map, type an address, or add a place name.

Next, select ‘Options’.

Next, select ‘Options’.

In a new window that opens, check the box marked against

  • Tolls
  • Highways

Make your selections here.

If you’re using Maps in Lite mode, you won’t be able to use this feature.

2] Change your travel time

Google Maps also allows you to customize your travel date or time to let you discover the best route for your journey. Before you leave, you can get all the information related to the estimated traffic and transit schedules.

To change your travel time, follow the steps below.

On your computer, open Google Maps.

Choose ‘Directions’ adjacent to Google Maps Search bar.

Enter the details to get directions. After you’ve

Enter the details to get directions. After you’ve got your directions, click ‘Schedule Explorer’ link (visible as 3 horizontal lines).

Now, hit the drop-down arrow in the upper left cor

Now, hit the drop-down arrow in the upper left corner and select ‘Leave Now’ option.

To change your travel dates or times, select ‘Depart at’ or ‘Arrive by’.

If you have more than one destination, you won’t be able to use this feature.

So, this way, you can choose to customize Google Maps routes to avoid tolls and change your travel time.



2. Download Maps for Offline Use

The offline aspect of Google Maps has always been a bit of an enigma to use, never feeling quite as easy to enable as it should. Thankfully, a few updates ago Google overhauled this feature to make it simpler.

  • From the main Maps screen type the name of the area you want to save offline, press the so-called hamburger menu icon (three horizontal lines) at the top left, tap “Offline areas,” then the “+” icon. Select the area you want to access offline, then tap “Download.”
  • Downloaded maps can take up a lot of space, so you might want to save them to your SD card. To do this, go to “Offline areas” in the hamburger menu, tap the cog icon at the top right, then change your download location under “Storage preferences.”

Displaying a map

Use the geo: intent to display a map at a specified location and zoom level.


  • latitude and longitude set the center point of the map.
  • z optionally sets the initial zoom level of the map. Accepted values range from 0 (the whole world) to 21 (individual buildings). The upper limit can vary depending on the map data available at the selected location.




6. Make Google Track (or Stop Tracking) Your Visited Locations

Remember that old Maps feature called Location History? You may think it’s disappeared, but it’s actually been renamed to Your Timeline, which tracks you location almost constantly, letting you go into it to reminisce about places you’ve visited. To access the timeline, drag your finger from the left edge of the screen in Maps to bring up the hamburger menu, then tap ‘Your timeline.’

It’s a “love it or hate it” feature, with some appreciating its function as a kind of diary (it even tracks where you took photos and displays them in your timeline at the location you took them), while others don’t like the privacy implications of Google knowing your every move.

  • If you want Google to stop tracking your location, go to ‘Your timeline,’ the Settings icon at the top right, then “Timeline settings.”
  • Here you’ll be able to switch off and delete your Location History.

How to Avoid Tolls on Google Maps on the Mobile App

You can also configure Google Maps to avoid tolls when you create a route using the Google Maps mobile app.

The procedure to remove tolls from Google Maps works on the mobile app for either Android or iOS phones.

  1. Launch the Google Maps app on your mobile device. Use the search field to search for your destination. Select the Directions button to have Google Maps plan out the route from your current location to this destination.

  2. When the Google Maps route appears, select the three dots on the right side of the location field. Next tap Route options.

  3. In the Driving options pop-up window. select the check box next to Avoid tolls. Select Done.

When you submit this change, Google Maps will update the route so it doesn't include any toll roads.

Launching turn-by-turn navigation

Use this intent to launch Google Maps navigation with turn-by-turn directions to the address or coordinate specified. Directions are always given from the user's current location.


  • q: Sets the end point for navigation searches. This value can be latitude, longitude coordinates or a query formatted address. If it is a query string that returns more than one result, the first result will be selected.

  • mode sets the method of transportation. Mode is optional, and can be set to one of:

    • d for driving (default)
    • b for bicycling
    • l for two-wheeler
    • w for walking
  • avoid sets features the route should try to avoid. Avoid is optional and can be set to one or more of:

    • t for tolls
    • h for highways
    • f for ferries


The below Intent will request turn-by-turn navigation to Taronga Zoo, in Sydney Australia:


If you prefer not to pay tolls or ride a ferry, yo

If you prefer not to pay tolls or ride a ferry, you can request routing that tries to avoid those things.


If you'd prefer a bit of exercise, you can request bicycling directions instead.


If you'd prefer taking a motorized two-wheeler, you can request that the directions include narrow roads and trails unavailable to cars. The below intent returns a route in India.


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