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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 “Include on Route”, 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 “Include on Route” 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 accidentally removed a waypoint or want to undo your last changes, click 'Undo' in the toolbar.

Planning for e-bikes

Whether road, touring or mtb, e-bike rides are a little different to regular rides: You tend to ride faster (especially uphill), and the difficulty rating may change as a result. That’s why, in komoot, you can optimize this information for e-bikes — all with just one click. Once e-bike mode is enabled, your difficulty estimation and expected completion time will adjust to take your e-bikes performance into account.


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.

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.
Roads for local traffic and streets in residential areas.
Agricultural and forestry roads that are typically not appropriate for motor vehicles. Solid lines denote a track that is likely paved or comprises a compacted surface that's easier to ride and walk over. Lines with a dashed border denote tracks that comprise looser surfaces, such as dirt or gravel.
Path, walking and hiking trails.
Horse riding trails. Often suitable for hiking, gravel riding and mountain biking in the UK.
Cycle tracks and lanes.
Mountain hiking path
Mountain hiking paths require sure-footedness and sturdy shoes (Swiss Alpin Club Hiking Scale 2 & 3).
Alpine hiking path
Alpine 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.
Single trail scale
Technical difficulty rating for mountain bike based on the Single Trail Scale (STS).
Railway Lines
Saved places
Points of interest
Private roads/paths
Boom gates
Cycling barriers
Toll booths & border checkpoints
Komoot Trail View images

Sport-Specific Maps Legend

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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.

Signposts/shields along a route.

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

Hardened or paved surfaces that are void of natural obstacles and easy to ride.
Firm and stable surfaces that may contain avoidable natural obstacles and gentle gradients.
Mostly stable surfaces with some variability. Trails may comprise various avoidable and unavoidable obstacles, including bridges 600 mm or wider.
Trails may comprise variable and unpredictable surface types, unavoidable bridges and obstacles and narrow tracks. Advanced riding skills are required.
Trails comprise variable and unpredictable surface types, unavoidable bridges and obstacles and narrow tracks. Advanced riding skills are required.

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 you want to see what waytype you're going to be riding on, you can hide the blue line by pressing M.

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.

Optimize waytypes and surfaces

See waytype and surface breakdowns for your entire Tour by applying the waytype and surfaces filter in 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.

  • ctrl+z

    Undo changes

    Press “ctrl” + “z” to undo your recent changes.

  • ctrl+shift+z

    Redo changes

    Press “ctrl” + “shift”+ “z” to revert your recent undo action.

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