Route Planner Tips and Tricks

Route planner basics

Selecting a starting and end point

Start planning by selecting the starting and end point of your route.

Selecting starting and end points on the map

Click anywhere on the map and select “Start Here“. The komoot route planner will automatically save it as your starting point. Click on another point on the map to mark your destination.

Search for your starting and end point

Search for a place or address to add it as starting or end point. If you do so by clicking on the dark green starting/end point field on the left-hand side, your selected location will be automatically saved as such.

Adding waypoints

Adding waypoints via the map

Click anywhere on the map to add another waypoint. If you click “Add to Tour”, the komoot route planner will automatically add and sort the new waypoint at the best possible spot on your Tour.

Additionally you can select any point of interest (as displayed by the icon) or Highlight (as displayed by the icon) and add them as waypoints to your Tour.

Search for additional waypoints

When searching for a place or address, your selected point will appear on the map with the option to complete associated actions, such as adding it to your Tour. Click “Add to Tour” to automatically add the place or address as a new waypoint.

Adding waypoints manually

Click on + to add a new waypoint. This creates a new waypoint right before the endpoint of your Tour and you can use the input field to enter an address.

Adjust your Tour with drag and drop

Drag the Tour line to adjust your route

You can drag the Tour line anywhere to adjust your route and to create a new waypoint.

Moving waypoints

Move existing waypoints around via drag and drop. Their order will not be changed.

Sort waypoints

You can reorder your waypoints at any time by dragging them up or down within the planning menu on the left-hand side. You might need to display all waypoints before you can change their order.

Change the direction of the entire Tour by pressing the button

Undo changes

If you've accidentally removed a waypoint or want to undo your latest changes, click the back button in your browser.


Display train stations, restaurants and other interesting places along your route

Use the categories menu inside the search to show or hide places recommended by other users (Highlights) and other points of interest, such as train stations or restaurants. You can display multiple categories at the same time.

  • Motorway
    Motorways, freeways, and freeway-like roads designated for fast motor traffic only.
  • Main Road
    Primary highways and A roads.
  • Secondary roads
    B roads and state routes that often link towns.
  • Road
    Roads for local traffic and streets in residential areas.
  • Track
    Agricultural and forestry roads that are typically not appropriate for motor-vehicles. Solid lines denote a track that is typically paved or comprises a compacted surface. Dashed lines denote tracks that typically comprise looser surfaces, such as gravel.
  • Path
    Path, walking and hiking trails.
  • Mountain Hiking Path
    Mountain hiking paths require sure-footedness and sturdy shoes (Swiss Alpin Club Hiking Scale 2 & 3).
  • Alpine Hiking Path
    Alpin hiking paths may contain climbing and require sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required. (Swiss Alpin Club Hiking Scale 4 - 6).
  • Via ferrata
    Dedicated protected climbing route. You might need a via ferrata kit.
  • Cycleway
    Cycle tracks and lanes.
  • Single Trail Scale
    Technical difficulty rating for mountain bike based on the Single Trail Scale (STS).
  • Highlights
  • Saved Places
  • Points of Interests
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Sport-Specific Maps Legend

Sport-specific maps are Premium features that allow you to enable the most relevant map for your sport. You can choose from hiking, road cycling or mountain biking maps, with each map displaying the trails and waytypes that you’re going to want to be on, be that singletracks for mtb, cycling paths for rides or designated trails for hiking. Here’s what’s what:

Hiking Map

  • National hiking routes
    All official, designated long-distance hiking paths.
  • Network Shields
    Network shields showing the name of long-distance paths.
  • Regional hiking routes
    Official hiking paths that cross regions.
  • Hiking trail difficulties

    Based on the Swiss Alpin Club Hiking Scale.

Cycling Map

  • National cycling paths
    All official, designated long-distance cycling paths.
  • Network Shields
    Network shields showing the name of long-distance paths.
  • Regional cycling paths
    Official cycling paths that cross regions.
  • Cycling intersection network
    Used primarily in the Netherlands and Belgium. Signifies where multiple cycling routes intersect.

Mountain Biking Map

  • Official mountain biking routes
    Official mtb routes designated and maintained for mountain biking.
  • Easy trails (S0, S1)
    Trails and singletracks that comprise loose stones and are thin in places but are fairly easy to ride. No special experience/skills required.
  • Moderate trails (S2)
    Trails and singletracks that comprise looser surfaces and many larger roots and stones. Often there are narrow curves and the gradient can be steep in places.
  • Difficult trails (S3,S4,S5)
    Incredibly steep trails including hairpin bends and tricky traverses. Advanced braking, balance and riding skills are required.
  • Single Trail Scale

    Technical difficulty rating for mountain bike based on the Singletrail Scale

Singletracks for mountain bike routes


Singletracks are displayed on the map as black lines with a green label. The label refers to the singletrack's difficulty, ranging from S0 for easy to S5 for difficult. This is in accordance with the Singletrail Scale. If your existing route covers the markers on the map, you can hide the Tour line by holding down M.

Planning along official cycling routes

You can choose between different map layers with the button on the right-hand side, directly below the zoom buttons. Aside from satellite images, you can select “OpenCycle Map“, which gives you an overview of national cycling networks and helps with planning which streets to cycle on. Tip: If your existing route covers the map, you can hide it by pressing the M key.

Tour profile

Avoid steep climbs

Identify steep sections

Check the Tour profile to see elevation changes along every part of your route, with the line remaining green when your route’s flat and becoming red when a segment is particularly steep. To see more details, zoom in on specific sections by clicking and dragging on the Tour profile display.

Adjust your Tour

Simply reroute parts of your Tour by either dragging the route to a more ideal path or by adding waypoints away from problem spots.

Planning multi-day trips

Click and drag on the Tour profile display to zoom in on specific sections of your route and to save it as a stand alone stage.

Optimize waytypes and surfaces

See waytype and surface breakdowns for your entire Tour by applying the Waytypes and Surfaces filter in View Settings.

Pro tips

Planing off-grid routes/segments

Off-grid segments can be useful in the case a road, path or trail is missing from the komoot database. It allows you to plan a route off the komoot grid, i.e. ignoring komoot's network of known roads or paths.

If you plan an off-grid route, your navigation experience while on your Tour may not be as accurate as routes planned along komoot's network of known roads or paths. Komoot cannot guarantee that your route is passable.

Add off-grid waypoints

To add an off-grid waypoint, simply click on the map to select the location of the waypoint and uncheck Follow ways. Komoot will then draw a straight line to this waypoint instead of routing you along komoot's network of known roads or paths.

Route off-grid to existing waypoints

To convert the routing of an already existing waypoint into an off-grid segment, simply click on the waypoint and uncheck Follow ways. The segments of your route leading to and from this waypoint will then ignore komoot's network of known roads or paths.

Plan off-grid segments

To update an individual segment of your route to an off-grid segment, click on that portion of your route and simply deselect Follow ways in the dialog box. The planned segment will then be converted into an off-grid segment, ignoring komoot's network of known roads or paths.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • C

    Center Map

    Press “C” to center the map.

  • H

    Hide Sidebar

    Press “H” to hide the sidebar. Press “H” to reveal it again.

  • P

    Hide Profile

    Press “P” to hide the profile. Press “P” to reveal it again.

  • M

    Hide Tour Line

    Hold down “M” to hide your Tour line.

  • esc

    Close Dialog

    Press “esc” to close an open dialog window or popover.

  • alt+Click

    Add Waypoint

    Hold down “alt” and click on the map to add a new Waypoint.