Apple Maps transit directions expand reach across Europe

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Now live in France, Germany, Spain, and more.
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Apple Maps transit directions are now expanding their reach across Europe.

The feature was previously available in only a handful of regions outside the United States. It can now be enjoyed in cities across France, Germany, and Spain as part of Apple’s mission to improve functionality for Europe in 2020.

Transit directions help Maps users reach their destination using busses, trains, trams, and more. It can show you routes, departure times, and other useful information that helps make your commute a little bit easier.

Maps users in the U.S. first got transit information back in 2015, and the feature has been slowly expanding its reach ever since. It now offers increased coverage across a number of cities in Europe.

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Maps users on Twitter are reporting that transit information went live for them in Barcelona, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and other cities over the weekend. It’s not yet clear exactly how many new cities Apple is serving.

Apple promised in January, when it rolled out major improvements in the U.S., that it would be making significant updates to Maps for Europe in 2020. It is part of an ongoing effort to make Maps the best service for iPhone users.

“We set out to create the best and most private maps app on the planet that is reflective of how people explore the world today,” said services chief Eddy Cue. “The completion of the new map in the United States and delivering new features like Look Around and Collections are important steps in bringing that vision to life. We look forward to bringing this new map to the rest of the world starting with Europe later this year.”

The expansion of transit directions so early in the year is a sign Apple is on track to reach this goal.