Directions API

Introduction's Directions API is a service that computes a route between 2 places. With the Directions API you can:

  1. Find the most optimal route and ETAs between the origin and the destination.

  2. Get directions for different driving modes like car & truck.

  3. You can also add waypoints, which are coordinates along the route.

  4. Produce turn-by-turn instructions.

  5. Plan your trips in advance by setting departure time to get best routes and ETAs

  6. Get different routes based on different truck dimensions and weight.

A full list of parameters is documented in the next section.



Response Schema


Query Limits allows a maximum rate limit of 6000 queries per minute or 100 queries/second for continuous requests.

Note: We can increase the quota if needed on request. Contact [email protected] for more details.


Sample API Request

Example 1 - Simple Directions API,77.58327035&destination=12.95545688,77.61554269&session=R5mvdi&alternatives=false&altcount=1&annotations=false&approaches=unrestricted;unrestricted&avoid=toll&mode=4w&waypoints=12.973691,77.58824853&departure_time=1649144593&key=<insert your key here>

In the above example, we will find the route between the origin of 12.98740754,77.58327035 and the destination point with the coordinate of 12.95545688,77.61554269. We have also added a waypoint with coordinates of 12.973691,77.58824853.

Let’s take a look at the parameters we use in this request-

  1. We have alternatives = false so no alternative routes will be shown.

  2. Annotations are set to false, so the response schema will not return telemetry for each node pair.

  3. Approaches are set to unrestricted; unrestricted. Note that we are setting values for 2 approaches because we have added a waypoint. 1 destination and 1 waypoint, each need their approaches values set. Note that you can skip the approach for a waypoint/destination by simply using a semi-colon instead of the value. In that case, the parameter would become - approaches=;; unrestricted.

  4. We have set the avoid property to toll, so our route will avoid any toll plazas along it.

  5. We have set Mode = 4w so we get a route specific to a 4-wheeler.

Visual Representation

Sample API Response

2  "status": "Ok",
3  "mode": "4w",
4  "routes": [
5    {
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7      "distance": 7680.200000000001,
8      "duration": 1632.6999999999998,
9      "legs": [
10        {
11          "distance": {
12            "value": 2510
13          },
14          "duration": {
15            "value": 533
16          },
17          "steps": []
18        },
19        {
20          "distance": {
21            "value": 5169
22          },
23          "duration": {
24            "value": 1098
25          },
26          "steps": []
27        }
28      ]
29    }
30  ]

API Query Limits

  1. allows a maximum rate limit of 6000 queries per minute or 100 queries/second for continuous requests. Note: We can increase the quota if needed, on request. Contact [email protected] for more details.

  2. Maximum number of waypoints allowed in a GET request is 50 and in a POST request is 200.

  3. Maximum dimensions allowed for truck_size are 5000 cm for length, 1000 cm for width, 1000 cm for height.

  4. Maximum weight allowed for truck_weight (including the trailer and shipped goods) is 100,000 kg

API Error Codes

Response CodeDescriptionAdditional Notes
200Normal success case.Normal success case.
400Input validation failed.Such as missing parameter or parameter with invalid value type (for example value cannot be parsed into number).
401APIKEY not supplied or invalid.-
403APIKEY is valid but does not have access to requested resources.You might be querying for a geographical region which is not valid for your account, or requesting a service which is not enabled for you.
404Requested host/path not found.This error occurs when there is a malformed host name used.
422Could not process the request.Valid route could not be generated for the given parameters
429Too many requests.QPM limit or API request count quota reached
500Internal Service error.There was an internal issue with services. You can reach out to [email protected] for an explanation.
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