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Over the last 48 hours, Apple Maps has expanded its transit directions coverage across Europe. Using the app, travelers in cities across France, Germany, Spain, and possibly other countries in the EU are now able to access departure times and transit routes for various modes of public transport including buses, trams, metro trains, and more.

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Screenshot credit: @guillamet

Apple has yet to update its official list of locations for which Maps offers Transit data, possibly because some of the real-time information is still being deployed. There have been a few reports that some cities in the aforementioned countries are still displaying uneven transit coverage.

Google Maps has supported transit directions for several years now, but ?Apple Maps? has been steadily catching up with detailed routing information in recent years.

Transit coverage began in 2015 with an initial rollout in Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, and China. Since then, Apple has expanded the feature to many other regions around the world.

(Thanks, Mauricio!)

Article Link: Apple Maps Transit Directions Go Live in Various EU Countries
 

baryon

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Though I'm in Hungary and I've had transit in Apple Maps for many years. I'd be surprised if Hungary got it before Germany or France... what gives? Usually we're last with this type of stuff.
 
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beanbaguk

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Apple Maps simply isn't a patch on Google or Waze as others have said. There are so many missing roads, the route guidance is terrible and whilst perhaps it's fine in the US, it sucks elsewhere. This is why I'm so excited for the new iOS 13.4 update so I can finally use CarPlay and have Google on my dashboard instead of the terrible Apple Maps app. The only positive is the ETA feature, but my BMW does this anyway.
 
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Living near London: So what are these directions that I'm getting for ages in Apple Maps when I ask for directions from A and B and click on "public transport", and then it tells me which train to board, what station to exit, which bus to take from there and so on? Is "Transit Directions" something different?
 
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It's funny to see how (almost?) all states are mentioned in-between the several countries, just because otherwise it would be a really short list, or is it because not even all states of the United States of America are being covered (since 2015 -> 5 years???).
now if you were a small company with small budget, I would understand this....
 

Moakesy

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Apple Maps simply isn't a patch on Google or Waze as others have said. There are so many missing roads, the route guidance is terrible and whilst perhaps it's fine in the US, it sucks elsewhere. This is why I'm so excited for the new iOS 13.4 update so I can finally use CarPlay and have Google on my dashboard instead of the terrible Apple Maps app. The only positive is the ETA feature, but my BMW does this anyway.

Google maps has worked on CarPlay for ages....or are you talking about specifically the digital dashboard, where the speedo etc is?
 

SBlue1

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Just tried it. It sucks for Germany. I can't select or deselect the type of train (local train, subway, IC, ICE...) according to my travel pass. I will stick to my local public transportation app.
 
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IgorFB

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Living near London: So what are these directions that I'm getting for ages in Apple Maps when I ask for directions from A and B and click on "public transport", and then it tells me which train to board, what station to exit, which bus to take from there and so on? Is "Transit Directions" something different?
Works in the UK...nice


It has worked in the UK since around 2016..
 

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Seems to have the local public transport for Stuttgart, Germany but not the Deutsche Bahn (S-Bahn) or bus

Maps VS Google Maps

i also don’t like the interface of Maps, looks confusing and doesnt seem to consider walking times

Edit: nvm, looks like it does have all the above but not in the initial overview so yes it is indeed more confusing that google maps
 

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robinp

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Interestingly it wasn't working as normal for me earlier in London. It was doing directions on my iPhone, but not turn by turn walking directions to the station. Also, not communicating with my watch.

Hopefully this is just a glitch as things roll out.

I wondered if they were in the process of updating to their new mapping info, but changing transit directions sounds more likely a culprit.
 

silvetti

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While directions are available in many cities across Europe, my experience has been very poor. In Oslo the directions to enter the train station are completely wrong and take you somewhere where there is no entrance. I mean, in general walking directions in Europe are horrible. I guess like my boss from US says "Americans don't walk" so it makes sense for Apple Maps to have poor walking directions.
 

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Pretty cool for a start of public transport in France. Just tried planning a route from a small French village to Geneva in Switzerland and it offered some good options, including the countryside bus line to get to the nearest train station.

Switzerland (which is small) had public transport for a while now, but France is new.

Impressed. ?
 
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