How to use Siri with Apple Maps

Siri is closely integrated with Apple Maps, this makes it much easier to use for its sat-nav capabilities and as a virtual tour guide when traveling.

You can ask for directions, find the nearest landmarks, and request the quickest route home without having to manually type and search for the location.

Using Siri and Apple Maps for navigation and directions

As always, Siri can be activated by pressing the side button or saying ‘Hey Siri’.

Hey Siri, how do I get home?

Hey Siri, take me home

Hey Siri, give me directions to work

Hey Siri, how do I get from The Tower of London to Buckingham Palace?

Siri will display a map with the directions you requested, and estimation of the time the journey will take, and alternative routes if they are available.


You can also request information about the status of nearby traffic, or at a specific location around the world:

Hey Siri, what is the traffic like near me?

 Hey Siri, what is the traffic like in New York?

Traffic in New York

If you’d prefer to get a route using a specific mode of transport, include it in your request:

Hey Siri, show me how to walk home

Hey Siri, give me driving direction to the airport

Hey Siri, give me transit directions to the beach

Transit details may not be available in some locations. Additional apps can be downloaded from the app store, which may provide this feature in your area.

If your search produces multiple results, Siri will display a list of options to choose from. You’ll need to tap on the location you’re searching for to get directions.

How to change your preferred transport type

If you don’t specify a mode of transport when you make your query, Siri will use the preferred transport type you have chosen in Apple Maps settings. If you would like to change the transport type:

  • Open Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap on Maps.
  • Tap on the transport type you want to be set as a default.
Transport Type

Finding places of interest

Whether you’re searching for a haircut, restaurant or supermarket, Siri will be able to find the closest one to you.

Hey Siri, find a Mexican restaurant nearby

Hey Siri, where is the nearest Starbucks?

Nearest Restaurant

Depending on the country, Siri uses Yelp, Trip Advisor, and various other sources to list relevant restaurants in your area and will organize results according to what’s closest.

Results can be variable if you’re asking for something that uses ratings and reviews to produce results.

If you’re in a new area, you can ask for places of interest:

Hey Siri, where is the nearest park?

Hey Siri, where is the nearest train station?

Viewing a Flyover in Maps

Maps provides ‘flyover tours’ of several locations around the world. To watch a flyover, first, ask Siri to take you to the place you would like to visit.

Hey Siri, show me Sydney, Australia in Apple Maps

Tap on the screen once to open the location in the Maps app, then tap the Flyover button to watch the guided tour.

iPad Maps Flyover
A Maps Flyover of Sydney, Australia

2 thoughts on “How to use Siri with Apple Maps”

  1. ok here is my very frustrating (through the phone out of the window frustrating) experience with Siri answering a “give me directions to” question.
    I say Siri give my direction to Cold Springs, NY ( I am presently in NY) and it wants to send me to F*&king Nevada

    why when absolutely every app in cyber-space asks to use your location would Siri ever come up the default that i wanted to drive across the country.

    Who is the choice architect who can’t figure out that if I’m asking Siri for directions at all I want something more local then Nevada (in this case)

    i want to be able set my phone to a proximity value! It’s that too much to ask. Especially when i only ask for guidance when i am already in motion.

  2. I use CarPlay on my 2018 Goldwing motorcycle. I’ve been searching for ways to control Apple Maps using Siri, but all I find is the usual how-to-get-there commands. I discovered I can press the Siri button on my motorcycle and say ‘zoom in’ or ‘zoom out’, but there MUST be other functions I can change. But, I’ve searched online much of the afternoon without success. Not even a mention of saying ‘zoom in’ or ‘zoom out’.


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