Google brings the public transport directions in Google Maps for New South Wales (NWS)' hundreds of train, ferry, and bus lines.
With this launch, you will now be able to quickly generate public transport directions from point A to point B by simply clicking on the "Get Directions" button and then selecting the public transport icon.
"Public transport directions will be helpful to get around Sydney, but with 57 bus, train and ferry companies included, people living across the state, in towns large or small, will be able to take advantage of this new feature," Google posted.
Public transport directions are also available on Google Maps on mobile phones, so you will always have access to a trip planner. With public transport navigation on a mobile, you can automatically put your current location as the starting point to determine the best trip to your destination. Simply search for a place to go and click "Directions."
With Google Maps for Mobile on Android phones, you can also use Navigation to get a step-by-step guide that gives you alerts when it's the right time time to get off the bus or when to make a transfer.
To see how it works? "Search for a Thai restaurant in Sydney on Google Maps, click on "Directions," input your current location, choose a departure or arrival time, and then let Google Maps recommend the most convenient public transport options. The results show you step-by-step directions including the best way to walk to a bus stop, ferry wharf or train station -- as well as estimated travel time. On the left hand side of the map, you will see each step in the journey; click to see it pinned on the map. If you want, drag Pegman over to the location and scope out what the stop or station looks like in Street View," explains Nabil Naghdy, Product Manager, Google Maps.