Google Trip Planner

Google Trip Planner Quick Tips

  • Enter your origin and destination, date and time of travel, plan by departure or arrival time, then hit "Get Directions". You'll be redirected to the Google Maps page with the result. By default, Google provides an option with the least walking based on your departure or arrival time, but the option may not be the quickest route.
  • If you would like to see more options, click on the "Back" arrow on the left side of the screen within the Google Maps page. Click on "Options" adjacent to the date and time of travel. Select best route or fewer transfers option, and then scroll down for more alternatives.
  • Select and click on the preferred trip plan for additional details about that trip.

Oakville Transit Trip Planner uses the power of Google to make your next bus trip planning quick and easy.

Simply enter where you are, where you want to go, and when you want to be there; Google will do the planning for you!

If you don't know the destination address

If you don't know the exact address you can search for points of interest in Oakville. You can also search for an intersection (e.g., Trafalgar Road and Upper Middle Road), or you can drag the Start Point and/or End Point (with the pin) around on the map.

Change your route planning option

You can change your planning preferences and plan your route by best route, fewer transfers and less walking. Click the "Back" arrow in the top left corner of Google Maps and click on "Options" in the search fields box to change your planning option.

Choosing your route

You will often receive more than one suggested route as this is the way Google works. Because GO Transit also operate through Oakville, GO Transit options may come up as one of the first choices. Routes may vary in trip length, departure and arrival times, cost or the amount of walking involved. 

The first suggestion may not be the most suitable, so see what else it suggests by clicking on each. Icons appear to the left of each description showing what modes of transportation are involved. Clicking on each item will show detailed information about the suggested route, including the amount of walking, and the time required for transfers.

Accuracy of scheduled time

Real time information is not yet available on the trip planner. The times provided are the scheduled times found on the schedules and maps page. 

This also means that temporary detours and service disruptions are not reflected in the trip results. Arrive early to ensure that you do not miss your bus. 

Crossing into neighbouring cities

If the neighbouring city is also using Transit Trip Planer by Google, then yes, you can plan your trip from one city to another. Both of Oakville's neighbouring cities — Mississauga and Burlington — are using Transit Trip Planner by Google.

Google Trip Planner accessibility

Google Transit, which powers this trip planner, has accessibility features for persons who use screen readers or Braille displays. Google Maps provides an easy-to-use interface that gives trip information on these devices.

Suggested backtracking

Backtracking refers to suggestions that you travel away from your destination only to have you travel back again (towards your destination). While it may seem odd for the trip planner to provide a backtracking option, it may be logical from a travel time perspective at certain times during the day. 

In some cases, when you plan a trip using the Oakville Transit Trip Planner, you may be provided with a planned trip that involves backtracking, transfers, or extended wait times. In the event this occurs, please contact Oakville Transit or the local transit provider to confirm the connections and determine the fare.

Other available trip planners

Customers can also use the Triplinx trip planner which is designed for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). You can find schedule, fare and other information from 11 GTHA transit providers in Triplinx. Customize your trip by using the options such as maximum walking distance, cycle distance, transit mode and transit service providers you would like to use.

Is the Oakville Transit GTFS dataset available?

Oakville Transit scheduled service data is available in Google Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format. Visit the Open Data website for more information.


Oakville Transit is not responsible or liable for the accuracy of any information provided by Google Maps and does not validate any trip planning information provided.