How to use Siri with Apple Maps

Everything you need to know about using Siri and Apple Maps to get directions, plan journeys and look up places of interest.

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

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.

Siri also works with third-party apps. Find out how to use Siri with Google Maps.

Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:

  1. Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
  2. Press and hold the Side button (iPhone X and newer) or Home button (iPhone 8 and older) on your iPhone.

(If this doesn't work, learn how to set up Siri on an iPhone).

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, estimate 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.
  • Select 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 provide 'flyover tours' of several locations around the world. To watch a flyover, 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 Maps app's location, then tap the Flyover button to watch the guided tour.

iPad Maps Flyover

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.