You can now pay for parking and bus fare in Google Maps. In some regions, the new tools can even replace the digital transit fare and parking apps your city already uses, meaning you can now plan, travel, and pay all within Google Maps.
Google Maps’ in-app parking payments are rolling out for Android users now and will arrive on iOS in the near future. At launch, over 400 U.S. cities accept Google Pay parking payments including Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C.
As for buying bus and train tickets, Google says over 80 public transportation agencies worldwide will start accepting fares in Google Maps over the coming weeks.
How to pay for parking in Google Maps
- Use Google Maps to navigate to your destination.
- A “Pay for Parking” button will appear when you near the end of your trip. Find a parking spot then tap the button to begin the payment process.
- Input your parking meter number and how much time you’re paying for.
- Tap “Pay” to complete the transaction with Google Pay.
How to buy public transportation fare in Google Maps
- Plan your trip in Google Maps using the Public Transportation option.
- If you can pay in Google Maps, you’ll see a Google Pay icon next to a route. Select the route, then tap “Pay.”
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the payment.
- Depending on where you live and the mode of transportation, you’ll either pay your fare in the app and receive a digital ticket to show drivers and transit officers, tap your phone to a fare booth to pay, or add funds to digital cards in cities like San Francisco.
Now that you can pay for parking and bus tickets in Google Maps, it seems it’s quickly becoming the all-in-one public transportation service. The app can also give you estimates on how full each train or bus is and has several features that can help you navigate to new locations safely.