How to check transit times in Google Maps

Use your smartphone to find out exactly when the next train or bus is coming with this handy feature that's built in to Google Maps.

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Credit: Derek Walter

From the Bay Area’s BART to the New York Subway and parts in-between, there’s a universal question that comes to all commuters: when is the train coming?

Google Maps usually has the answer. If you’re tired of looking around for signage inside the station, then it’s time to get to know the transit features of Google Maps.

The first step is to find your station. Search for the specific location or find it on your map if you’re already there. Then tap on that location to pull up its profile page.

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Find your station and get a quick overview of which transit lines run there.

Scroll down and you’ll see the specific transit lines that operate here. Then, touch on the section with the name of that city’s service. In our example, it’s Metro services. You’ll then see the routes and arrival times for specific train lines. If you touch one of them, you’ll see exactly where the train is at and the where else it needs to stop before arriving at your location.

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You can see a specific list of stations and find out where the train is currently located.

You can use this to find out how long you have to wait at the station or to get an idea of how quickly certain trains run before heading out for your trip. The transit and bus times for most major and mid-sized cities are in Google Maps, so there shouldn’t be any mystery about what your wait time should be.

This story, "How to check transit times in Google Maps" was originally published by Greenbot.

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