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How to use Google Maps for Multi-Stop Route Optimization?

For good reason, Google Maps is the most popular mapping and navigation app worldwide. It is dependable, simple to use, and free. But suppose you need to plan a route with several addresses and need to complete more than just get from point A to point B, like for a road trip? Plans for multiple stops can also be created with Google Maps!

In this guide, we’ll demonstrate detailed instructions for creating a route with multiple addresses and up to ten stops using Google Maps.

Knowing Multi-Stop Route Optimization

It’s important to understand the idea of multi-stop route optimization before we can discuss how to use Google Maps for it. To reduce travel time and distance while considering a variety of challenges like traffic patterns and scheduling preferences, multi-stop route optimization involves organizing multiple destinations in the quickest and easiest order.

Multi-Stop Route Optimization with Google Maps

1. Launch Google Maps

Use your device’s application or a web browser to access Google Maps.

Open Google Maps

2. Enter Start and End Points

Enter your starting point and destination at the beginning. To continue, click the “Directions” button.

Google Maps delivery route planning

3. Add Multiple Stops 

Click the three dots (more options) icon next to your destination to add between stops. To add a stop to your route, choose “Add stop” and put in its address or location.

4. Rearrange Stops

You can drag and drop the stops into the correct order on Google Maps to change the order in which they are located. Try out different arrangements to determine the most effective path. 

5. Route optimization

After adding all of your stops, click the three dots icon once more and choose “Optimize stop order.” Using real-time traffic data, Google Maps will reorganize the stops to reduce the total amount of time spent traveling.

6. Review and Proceed

Take some time to look over the route that has been made better. Google Maps gives you step-by-step instructions for driving and an idea of how long it will take to get to each destination. The navigation will begin when you click the “Start” button.

NextBillion.ai’s Route Optimization API

One of the main difficulties you might encounter while using Google Maps for multi-stop route optimization is that Google Maps only offers this feature up to 10 stops. If you are a business owner or an enterprise looking to have the capability to optimize routes for more than 10 stops, Google Maps won’t provide you with the necessary capabilities. 

NextBillion.ai’s Route Optimization API enables you to optimize routes for a fleet of vehicles with more than 1000 locations. The API offers several advantages, such as:

  • Advanced truck routing support with seamless integration with your existing telematics solution.
  • Set up both direct and indirect task sequences based on the unique needs of your business.
  • Offers over 50 plus Soft and Hard constraints to make routes flexible.
  • Easily plan routes for different vehicle types like gasoline delivery trucks, waste collection trucks, employee transportation vehicles etc.

Book a Demo to learn more about our Route Optimization API and other solutions.

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Rishabh is a freelance technical writer based in India. He is a technology enthusiast who loves working in the B2B tech space.


With the Google Maps app, users can plan a route and add up to 10 stops. For some users, this limit may be enough, but for those with more complicated plans, it may be too much. These groups could instead use NextBillion.ai’s Navigation APIs for access to more advanced navigation tools that can help them find the most efficient routes with multiple stops.

Route optimization is the process of finding the best way to get from one place to another. It tries to reduce travel time, distance, fuel use, or other resources that are useful while taking things like traffic, vehicle capacity, and time limits into account. Businesses and people can increase productivity, cut costs, and make customers happier in logistics, transportation, and delivery by finding the most efficient routes.

Yes, Google Maps can find the best routes that have more than one stop. Users can enter their starting point, destination, and any extra stops they want to make, and then click the “Optimize stop order” button. Google Maps rearranges the stops to cut down on time spent on the road based on real-time traffic information, giving you an efficient route that takes all of your specified locations into account.