7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (2022)

How-To

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (1)

By Ryan Dube

Last Updated on

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (2)

Even if you’ve used Google Maps for years, you may be missing out. Try out a few of these Google Maps alternatives and see if they might be better for your mapping needs.

Google Maps is an excellent navigation and mapping tool, but many Google Maps alternatives are as good or better for several reasons. Your choice of mapping tool really depends on how you plan your trips and how you use your maps. Do you like planning out your trips at home on your computer, or are you doing most of your trip planning and navigation from your phone?

The following list highlights the features and all of the pros and cons of each Google Maps alternative so that you can choose the perfect mapping tool for your situation.

1. MapQuest

MapQuest has been around for about as long as Google Maps has. It offers both a web-based tool as well as a mobile app. With a MapQuest account, you can sink all of your navigation plans between the web and your phone.

MapQuest works much like Google Maps does when it comes to searching for locations and finding directions. It’ll recognize your current location based on your IP address (if using the web) or your phone GPS (if using mobile). Just type in a location and click Get Directions to see the route.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (3)

Route directions are very accurate and include current traffic levels, distance, and even estimated fuel costs to make the drive. A hovering tool along the right provides you with zoom controls, satellite or traffic views, and share or print buttons.

The MapQuest mobile app actually has more features than the web-based tool. It offers more one-button location finding options like hospitals, parking, post office, schools, and more. It also displays the current temperature at your location.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (4)

How MapQuest is better than Google Maps:

  • Directions include estimated fuel costs.
  • An integrated tool for quickly finding hotels and making reservations.
  • One-button tool for finding gas stations, grocery stores, coffee shops, shopping areas, food, and hotels.
  • Re-routing the planned trip path is more user-friendly.

How MapQuest is worse than Google Maps:

  • The web tool is covered with several very annoying ads that block the map view.
  • Route planner has fewer features than Google Maps.
  • The route is slightly less accurate than Google Maps and doesn’t update as frequently.

2. Waze

If you visit the Waze website, it doesn’t look like there’s a web-based tool at all. That is until you click the Live Map link in the menu.

The web tool is really meant as a supplement to your mobile experience. The Live Map lets you quickly search for destinations and plan routes, click locations on the map to drop pins or add destinations, and use the Waze Map Editor to customize your own map of any area.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (5)

The Waze mobile app is much more fun to use than most other navigation tools out there. This is because of the social integration it offers with other users (called Wazers).

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (6)

You can quickly share traffic or police alerts, hazard warnings, note cool places, post camera shots, or ask for roadside help.

How Waze is better than Google Maps:

  • More of a social driving experience.
  • Better warnings about crashes, speed traps, and more.
  • Integration with your mobile music apps.
  • Online and mobile trip planning with scheduled departure times.
  • See and interact with other users around you.

How Waze is worse than Google Maps:

(Video) 5 of the Best Google Maps Alternatives You Should Try

  • Maps are less detailed on both the web and on mobile.
  • The navigation mobile view is more cartoonish.
  • Far fewer features than other navigation tools.

3. Bing Maps

Bing Maps is probably one of Google Maps’ most direct competitors. However, Microsoft doesn’t just try to copy the Google Maps interface to compete. Instead, you’ll find a fresh and clean user interface that’s very simple to use. All controls for directions, traffic, sharing, and more are lined up along the top.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (7)

Bing Maps has all of the same features you’ll find in Google Maps, including road, aerial, and streetside layers, as well as transit and walking maps in addition to driving. It’s straightforward to add destinations all along the route and then print the map to take with you on your trip.

How Bing Maps is better than Google Maps:

  • Maps are extremely detailed, with multiple layers available.
  • The user interface is modern and easy to use.
  • Map tools and features are situated all around the edges of the map.
  • Easily save places to your personal library.

How Bing Maps is worse than Google Maps:

  • No mobile app is available.
  • No trip planner tool.
  • Overall fewer features and tools are available.

Even though there’s no mobile app available, it is possible to use the Bing Maps website on your smartphone, but it could use up more data than other navigation apps.

4. Here WeGo

This navigation service may not be quite as well known or popular as Google Maps or MapQuest, but it has its own unique features. The Here WeGo mobile app is well known, but there’s also a website worth using if you want to take some time before you head out to plan out your trip.

The online map interface is clean and simple but filled with great features like many route options like transit, taxi, or even car-sharing routes. There are also just as many layers like Google Maps, including transit, traffic, satellite, and terrain.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (8)

You won’t find advanced route planning or any extra bells and whistles that you may find with Waze or MapQuest, but that’s because the crown jewel of Here WeGo is the mobile app, and that’s where you should be using it the most.

It’s simple to use. With just a couple of taps, you can switch to satellite, transit, traffic, or classic view. When you first open the app, you can set your home location. After that, type your destination and launch the navigation tool to start driving.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (9)

The website and the app are perfect for minimalists who don’t want many distractions from their navigation app. With the app, you just set your destination and go. That’s it.

How Here WeGo is better than Google Maps:

  • Must faster to plot a route and start navigating.
  • Large, easy-to-follow mobile navigation screen.
  • Fewer distractions in navigation mode.

How Here WeGo is worse than Google Maps:

  • No extra route planning tool or features like Google Maps.
  • Adding stops while en route is more difficult.
  • Far fewer features than Google Maps and other tools.

5.Rand McNally

One of the most well-known names in the mapping world is Rand McNally, the publisher of traditional map books. Not to be left behind in the dust in the digital age, the company offers Rand McNally online maps.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (10)

Using the Rand McNally online map website is simple. Just type your origin and destination and click Get Directions to see the route. Just like their paper maps, the online Rand McNally maps are detailed. You’ll spot even the smallest bodies of water and even obscure walking trails.

The map tool itself doesn’t have the sort of transit and walking layers other online mapping tools have; it does have an impressive satellite view to see the contour of the land. You won’t find a companion Rand McNally mobile app, but the online site is an excellent choice for planning your routes to any destination.

How Rand McNally is better than Google Maps:

  • More detailed than any other mapping service.
  • Impressive and useful satellite view.
  • The zoom tool is fast and simple to use.
  • Quickly save locations to your own library.

How Rand McNally is worse than Google Maps:

  • No mobile app.
  • No transit, walking, or other layers.
  • Far fewer features than any other online map tool.

6.Maps.me

While other mapping services only have a website but no mobile app, Maps.me is the opposite. This is a mobile-only service without any companion website.

However, it’s also one of the few mapping apps that let you navigate anywhere offline. It’s a perfect way to save on your mobile data plan by downloading apps while you’re connected to your home Wi-Fi network and using those maps when you’re mobile.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (11)

It also doesn’t use a whole lot of storage. You can download general maps of the entire United States of America, consuming only 21 MB of your phone’s storage. You will need to download more detailed maps when you plan more specific routes.

  • Includes traffic and subway layers (subway layers don’t work with other online mapping apps).
  • Discover nearby businesses and attractions.
  • Download free travel guides for your destinations.
  • Bookmark and store locations in the cloud.

How Maps.me is worse than Google Maps:

  • Features small ads on the app display.
  • You can’t search for specific businesses, only map addresses.
  • Far fewer features than Google Maps.

7.OpenStreetMap and OsmAnd

This service includes two services that work apart from one another. The first is the OpenStreetMap web mapping tool, and the other is the OsmAnd app that pulls data from the OpenStreetMap location database.

OsmAnd is another offline mapping app that can save you on mobile data and help you keep track of where you are even when you’re off the grid.

The OpenStreetMap website is simple, but it includes more features than many of the other simple online mapping services out there. You’ll find different layers available, very accurate route planning, and a detailed map of your route.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (12)

Routing includes very accurate bicycle or walking routes as well.

One drawback of this site is that entering the origin and destination is not as intuitive as other mapping services. Also, the online mapping site isn’t directly linked to the OsmAnd mobile app, so you can’t directly share saved routes. However, when you have your route finished, you can download the map as a file, transfer it to your phone, and load it into the mobile app for offline use.

Using the OsmAnd mobile app, you’ll need to download map data for specific locations. This app downloads the fully detailed maps, so it uses a bit more space initially than Maps.me. The free version also includes only 7 free map downloads, so if you plan to travel a lot, you’ll need to invest in the premium version.

7 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They're Better (13)

(Video) Top 20 Google Maps Tips & Tricks: All the best features you should know!

However, with those big downloads come lots of impressive detail. You’ll see icons for business types, walking paths, and even the direction of river flow. It’s great for scouting out areas but not so good for real-time driving navigation.

How OpenStreetMap is better than Google Maps:

  • Doesn’t use any mobile data.
  • Works completely off the grid.
  • Extremely detailed maps.

How OpenStreetMap is worse than Google Maps:

  • Slower to route than other mapping services.
  • The web mapping interface is not very intuitive.
  • Website and mobile app are not integrated.
  • Driving navigation mode is basic and not very useful.

Choosing Google Maps Alternatives

As you can see, all of these mapping services have their own pros and cons. The one you choose depends on how you plan to use it. If you travel a lot off the grid, then offline access is critical. Do a lot of exploring in the city? Detailed maps are key. If you use your mapping app in the car, ease of use is the way to go.

Don’t stick with Google Maps just because it’s what everyone uses. Branch out and try a few of the ones listed above. You may find that one of them works much better for you.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Sean B

    How can you completely skip over the fact that Here We Go can use offline maps as a pro over Google Maps, yet highlight that for the following app saying it really makes it stand out from the rest?? lol

    Otherwise, nice article. Thank you.

  2. Greg

    Blast. I’m desperately trying to find an online map into which I can import some recorded GPS traces. No luck yet.

    Reply

  3. Mohan

    using Google maps app & web in Iphone11 is getting worst navigation and it is always showing opposite directions, even 1 KM also not showing correctly where I am and I need to go destinations. Hence searching for Google maps alternatives.

    Reply

    • Greg

      @Mohan, for navigation purposes (walking, driving, and public transport), I have been using Here WeGo for some years. I wouldn’t use Google Maps. I would consider using one of the OSM apps, providing it was multi-platform, reliable, easy to use, and fast.

      (Video) EP 311: Debunking 7 Myths About Editing Listings on Google Maps w/Joy Hawkins

      Reply

  4. Makzone

    Google maps are untrustworthy, especially in Australia where there are many way-out places which Google has never seen.
    Google could not pinpoint where I live and the GPS co-ordinates were way off, even the mail and other services went to an incorrect location.
    I have been using WAZE as it is superior to others whivh have failed miserably, and the program is aware of where Australia is located and does not direct people into the sea or a lake as Google has done on many occasions, to overseas travellers also who should not be only trusting Google or Bing maps.

    Reply

  5. tj

    Rome2rio is a great map app. I have used it in Japan, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland and my home country, Australia. I find it is more reliable than Google in Australia.. as another person commented, Google is getting worse with directions.. a half hour drive could have very straightforward directions with only a couple of turns but with Google Maps, each new intersection will cause the app to direct you another way, it’s so frustrating that I’ve had to write down the directions beforehand and keep them next to me when driving rather than rely solely on the app. So, I have swapped entirely to Rome2Rio and so far, love it, although, there isn’t a way to keep maps offline as of yet.

    Reply

  6. Jim

    I am looking for a platform where I can upload a number of addresses on my PC, create a route, and then be able to see that route on my android app. Any suggestions?

  7. Greg

    No suggestion from me, I’m afraid, but I’d be interested to hear if someone else suggests something.

    Reply

    • Greg

      (Video) OSINT At Home #9 – My Top 4 Free Satellite Imagery Sources

      @Jim I use Here We Go all the time, including to plot route alternatives on a desktop computer, before navigating using a mobile Android device. You can set an overall destination, and waypoints along the way, and fiddle about with the proposed routes (which you can probably do on most mapping platforms), but the developer won’t (yet) enable “Send route to mobile device” functionality.

      ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      Reply

  8. brian

    Missed an alternative called whereis. Online mapping with more accurate and up to date maps than google. Google confuses driveways with roads and has roads where there aren’t any. And refuses to fix the errors when brought to their attention.

    Reply

  9. Charles A Tomaras

    You seem to forget that WAZE is owned by Google and uses Google Maps.

    Reply

  10. Jonah

    Help I need to use a map website that is fast and uses little data, I have a really, really terrible internet connection.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Related Items:apps, Maps, Mobile

(Video) 5 FANTASTIC Google Maps Features You Want To Know About

FAQs

Does Google Maps have better alternatives? ›

MapQuest. If you are someone who uses public transport to commute between places, then MapQuest is a great Google Maps alternative to try out.

What alternatives are there to Google Maps? ›

In short, here are the five best Google Maps alternatives that respect your privacy:
  • OsmAnd.
  • HERE WeGo.
  • OpenStreetMap.
  • Apple Maps.
  • Navmii.

Which is better maps or Google Maps? ›

Google Maps is the clear winner for the amount of data present and available. It sources its vast collection of information gathered from businesses, websites, users, and more. Apple Maps has a lot of data too, but even if it uses crowdsourced data similar to Google, it isn't sourcing from as many locations.

What makes Google Maps the best? ›

It provides up-to-date information and often gives you the simplest route to your destination. Quoting The Daily Express; “When it comes to finding places to go and how to get there, Google Maps should be your first port of call.”

Why is what 3 words better than Google Maps? ›

Google Maps is a tool for navigation, public transport and for looking up POIs. what3words has a very different function – it's an easy way to communicate exact locations, whether that's spoken over the phone or into a car voice navigation system, or typed into a taxi app or a website checkout page.

Which online map is the best? ›

The Best Map Online and 12 Best Google Maps Alternatives in 2021
  • TomTom.
  • Rand McNally.
  • Maps.me.
  • OpenStreetMap and OsmAnd.
  • Apple Maps.
  • Waze.
  • Pocket Earth.
  • Citymapper.
2 Feb 2021

What is the best Google alternative? ›

  1. Bing. Bing search engine. Microsoft's Bing is the second largest search engine after Google. ...
  2. DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo search engine. ...
  3. 3. Yahoo! Yahoo search engine. ...
  4. Ask. Ask search engine. ...
  5. Baidu. Baidu search engine. ...
  6. WolframAlpha. WolframAlpha search engine. ...
  7. Boardreader. Boardreader search engine. ...
  8. StartPage. Startpage search engine.

What is clearer than Google Maps? ›

The Waze mobile app is more fun and easy to use than Google Maps because of the social integration with other users (known as Wazers). Waze Maps are less detailed on both mobile and web. It also has fewer features than Google Maps. Waze app and Google Maps are both free for anyone who wishes to use them.

Is Google Maps better than Waze? ›

While both Google Maps and Waze provide similar services, Google Maps is much more comprehensive. As covered, Waze is a more driver-focused app, whereas Google Maps provides navigation for anyone, whether they're commuting using public transportation, walking, riding a bike, or driving.

Why is Google Maps so useful? ›

Google Maps acts as both a search engine to find the business users are searching for, and then as a map to direct users to that location. This is especially important since nearly 1/3 of all mobile searches are related to location, meaning Google Maps is a critical driver of mobile traffic.

Is Google Maps very accurate? ›

GPS: Maps uses satellites to know your location up to around 20 meters. When you're inside buildings or underground, the GPS is sometimes inaccurate. Wi-Fi: The location of nearby Wi-Fi networks helps Maps know where you are. Cell tower: Your connection to mobile data can be accurate up to a few thousand meters.

What is the advantage of what 3 words? ›

what3words addresses are easy to remember and to say over the phone or radio. They're also quicker and easier to type than a regular street address. They're designed for speech recognition technology, making them easy to input correctly into voice-enabled devices or vehicles.

Why is Google Docs so much better than Word? ›

Microsoft Word allows you to create documents in formats such as ODT, DOCX, and PDF. Google Docs. Google Docs offers more file format compatibility compared to Word. You can download the document in formats such as HTML, TXT, ODT, RTF, EPUB, and PDF.

What three words have no signal? ›

Does the app work without signal? Without phone signal, the app functions the same as when you have no data connection: you can view the location of any what3words address you enter. You can also navigate to it using compass mode. To share a what3words address over the phone or in a text message you need phone signal.

Which map is the most accurate? ›

View the world in correct proportions with this map. You may not know this, but the world map you've been using since, say, kindergarten, is pretty wonky. The Mercator projection map is the most popular, but it is also riddled with inaccuracies.

Which map is best for travel? ›

Top 10+ navigation apps for traveling abroad
  1. Google Maps - The All-In-One. If there is any app on this list that you shouldn't travel without, it is Google Maps. ...
  2. Waze - The Social GPS. ...
  3. Sygic - The Professional. ...
  4. Komoot - The Trekkie. ...
  5. HERE WeGo - The City Slicker. ...
  6. MapQuest. ...
  7. CoPilot GPS. ...
  8. Spotted by Locals.

What are the 5 top search engines? ›

Here are the top search engines in the world.
  • The Best Search Engine in The World: Google.
  • Search Engine #2. Bing.
  • Search Engine #3. Baidu.
  • Search Engine #4.Yahoo!
  • Search Engine #5. Yandex.
  • Search Engine #6. Ask.
  • Search Engine #7. DuckDuckGo.
  • Search Engine #8. Naver.
10 Apr 2022

What is Alternative Google? ›

Bing. The second most popular search engine in the world, Microsoft's Bing is one of the few search engines that serve as a full alternative to Google. The quality of search results is comparable, as are the additional services such as maps and for-business pages.

What are the 5 commonly used search engine? ›

According to statistics from Netmarketshare, Statista and StatCounter, the top 5 search engines worldwide in terms of market share are Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, and Yandex.

Which is more accurate Google Maps or Google Earth? ›

Both give us accurate views of any place in the world we might want to see, though Google Earth is more focused on those visuals than Google Maps.

Is Waze still owned by Google? ›

Waze is a community-driven navigation map app that was acquired by Google (GOOG) in 2013. It is now a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google's parent company.

Why did Google buy Waze? ›

The Waze deal will help Google enhance its own mapping service with a wealth of real-time data on the best drive route to take and traffic.

What are the 5 advantages of maps? ›

Easier to use, easy to care around, provide an easy to use reference when collected into an Atlas, can show the earths entire surface or just a small part, can show more detail, and can present info about a wide range of topics; physical and cultural features.

Why are maps important 4 reasons? ›

Maps present information about the world in a simple, visual way. They teach about the world by showing sizes and shapes of countries, locations of features, and distances between places. Maps can show distributions of things over Earth, such as settlement patterns.

What are two advantages of using maps? ›

What are the advantages of maps? Answer: Simpler to utilize, simple to mind around, gives a simple to utilize reference when gathered into an Atlas, can show the earth's whole surface or a little part, can show more detail, and can introduce data about a large number of points; physical and social highlights.

Can Google map make a mistakes? ›

We've all likely experienced a Google Maps mistake at some point. Maybe it took you down a strange route, led you into worse traffic, or kept bringing up a totally different location than you wanted. With technology, this stuff will happen.

Can Google Maps be incorrect? ›

Google Maps is responsive to its users, and in fact relies on all of us to fix errors and add restaurant reviews and photos. Every day, users contribute more than 20 million pieces of information to Google Maps. In fact, it was a user who added our home address to the wrong place — years ago, as it turns out.

What are some disadvantages of Google Maps? ›

A disadvantage of Google Maps is that the offline functions of the app are very limited. Offline maps provided by the alternatives often include more features (for example, Google's offline maps can only plan driving routes).

What is the most reliable navigation app? ›

20 Best Free GPS Navigation Apps & Traffic Apps for 2022 | Android & iOS
  • Google Maps.
  • Waze.
  • MapQuest.
  • Maps.Me.
  • Scout GPS.
  • InRoute Route Planner.
  • Apple Maps.
  • MapFactor Navigator.

Is Waze or Google Maps more accurate? ›

Both Google Maps and Waze have good parts, as well as their share of issues. Google Maps seems to be more reliable, accurate and has better real-time traffic, whereas Waze has a larger army of fans who think the app is amazing who love its voice prompts feature. However, updates caused issues for both apps.

What are the 5 advantages of maps? ›

Easier to use, easy to care around, provide an easy to use reference when collected into an Atlas, can show the earths entire surface or just a small part, can show more detail, and can present info about a wide range of topics; physical and cultural features.

What are the benefits of Google Navigation? ›

Advantages of Google Maps:
  • Helps people find your business.
  • Allows people to quickly contact your business.
  • Encourages people to visit your website or location.
  • Displays your business with images.
  • Offers customer credibility through review.

What are some advantages of maps? ›

10 Reasons Why Maps Are Important!
  • MAPS GIVE INSPIRATION. ...
  • MAPS GIVE STORIES CONTEXT. ...
  • MAPS MAKE YOU HAPPY. ...
  • MAPS CONNECT YOU TO YOUR MEMORIES. ...
  • A BLUEPRINT OF HISTORY. ...
  • SAFETY IN DETACHMENT. ...
  • MAPS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. ...
  • LIFE SKILLS ACQUIRED.
1 Jul 2019

Is sygic better than Google Maps? ›

Regarding the traffic, Google Maps was more accurate, while both could not cope with the real-time traffic changes. Sygic has the feature of suggesting if a better route is available, which can help sometimes.

Why is Waze faster than Google Maps? ›

Waze uses its' users location to find about about traffic jams, average speed on every road, car accidents, etc. This is why it has a lot more information than a static road database such as google maps uses, and this is why it ends up offering better routes. Was this worth your time?

What is the number one navigation app? ›

Google has been really on top of navigation, especially over the last couple of years. However, there are plenty of different options if you aren't clicking with Google Maps. Most navigation apps act the same way. You input directions, follow them to your destination, and that's about it.

Which maps are most accurate? ›

View the world in correct proportions with this map. You may not know this, but the world map you've been using since, say, kindergarten, is pretty wonky. The Mercator projection map is the most popular, but it is also riddled with inaccuracies.

Does Google own Waze? ›

In June 2013, Waze Mobile was acquired by Google for US$1.3 billion. The application generates revenue through hyperlocal advertising to an estimated 130 million users.

Why did Google buy Waze? ›

The Waze deal will help Google enhance its own mapping service with a wealth of real-time data on the best drive route to take and traffic.

Videos

1. What Will Happen to Us Before 2025
(BRIGHT SIDE)
2. How Does Google Maps Make Money + $6,891 /Mo Map Niche
(affiliatemarketingmc)
3. Why all world maps are wrong
(Vox)
4. How the World Map Looks Wildly Different Than You Think
(RealLifeLore)
5. Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again (Official Video)
(Depeche Mode)
6. INDIA's NAVIC Map vs. GOOGLE MAPS | Which is Better?
(GetsetflySCIENCE)

Top Articles

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Kareem Mueller DO

Last Updated: 01/03/2023

Views: 5461

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (46 voted)

Reviews: 85% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Kareem Mueller DO

Birthday: 1997-01-04

Address: Apt. 156 12935 Runolfsdottir Mission, Greenfort, MN 74384-6749

Phone: +16704982844747

Job: Corporate Administration Planner

Hobby: Mountain biking, Jewelry making, Stone skipping, Lacemaking, Knife making, Scrapbooking, Letterboxing

Introduction: My name is Kareem Mueller DO, I am a vivacious, super, thoughtful, excited, handsome, beautiful, combative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.