Hints and tips for using Google Transit

BUSIT works with Google Transit and Google Maps to help you find information on the buses in Hamilton city and the Waikato region.

While we keep the information in Google as up-to-date as possible, there may be a slight lag when timetable updates are made. Also while the buses run on a schedule, it is advisable to allow a five minute leeway before or after the scheduled time when catching a bus.

You can find the information about bus timetables, routes and fares as usual on this site. However, you can now also plan a trip using the Journey Planner, or by going straight to http://maps.google.co.nz when using a smartphone and computer

On this page:

Enabling pop-ups in your browser

In order for the trip planner to work for you, you need to have enabled pop-ups in your internet browser. For example; if you have Internet Explorer, choose Tools>Internet options>Privacy tab>untick the box next to 'Turn on pop-up blocker' and then click 'Apply'.  Other browsers will have similar ways of enabling pop-ups.

Setting a default location

To get the most out of your Google Transit experience, you will need to set your default location in Google Maps to Hamilton, New Zealand. 

Go to http://maps.google.co.nz.  Then click on the 'Set default location' link on the left hand side, circled in red below:

When at http://maps.google.co.nz, click on the 'Set default location' link on the left hand side.

Then type in 'Hamilton, New Zealand' and click 'Save'. If you clear the temporary internet files and cache in your browser you may need to do this step again.

Using Google Transit straight from Google Maps

To start off, go to http://maps.google.co.nz. Then click on the 'Get directions' link on the left hand side. 

Not all New Zealand cities use Google Transit , therefore the default options to get directions are only by car and walking. 

To find the 'by public transit' directions, you need to type in where you want to leave from and where you want to go to.  Then click 'Get directions'.  After this step, you can click on the 'by public transit'' symbol circled in red below to get public transport options.

Click the  'by public transit' button in Google Maps to find the directions by  bus.

Selecting a destination

Google Maps may give you several choices to pick from once  you've typed in a destination. These will be highlighted with a yellow heading saying 'Did you mean:'. You will need to pick which one you want before your route will be displayed. Do this by clicking on the destination of your choice, circled in red below:

You need to  click which location you meant if you are given a number of choices  before the route can be displayed.

Reading the directions

Descriptions are on the left hand side of the page. For example:  bus route details, times and where you'll need to walk to a bus stop  (circled in red below).  You may need to scroll down to view all of them.

The bus direction is shown on the map using the  green pin markers A and B.  You can experiment by clicking and dragging the markers to different destinations to see what routes go there too.

Your  directions will be on the left, and the map showing the route will be on  the right.

Choosing a route option

There is often more than one route you can take to get from A to B.

Google Transit will suggest the route which is calculated to be the fastest. Click on the different route options (circled in red below) to find which option suits you best.

Google Transit sometimes suggests more than one route to get from A to B, you can click on the different suggestions to view the details.

Using a smartphone

If you use a smartphone to access the BUSIT trip planner you will need to use the following link: http://maps.google.co.nz. This link takes you to a mobile version of Google maps.  

Smart phone Tap on the arrow in the blue diamond (circled in red), to access the google transit menu.
smart phone

Put in where you want to leave from and where you want to go to.

Decide when you want to leave.

Tap on the bus icon.

Click the arrow in the blue box.

Smart phone
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