Route Planner

Table of contents

To the RoutePlanner

The different RoutePlanner elements

  1. On the right you get a large map on which you can plan. The map background is customizable. You can also add a few interesting map layers to make it easier to plan your trip.
  2. In the left column, in the Plan module, you will find a lot of functionalities and information that will help you to tailor your trip to your needs and wishes. 

The map view

Depending on your settings, the map view will be zoomed in on your location or show a certain overview area.

By default, the map background is set to the RouteYou map. Via the map icon on the top right of the map, you can change the map background but also add specific map layers. 

The map functionalities

For more information about the map icons and their functionality, click here..

Selecting the correct background map or map layers

For more information about the map options, click here.

Plan your route: the planning itself

If you plan a route, you will be offered different options depending on the choices you make.

Create your own route or let the system generate a round trip for you

The first choice you have to make is whether you want an A to B tour or a round trip.

The big difference lies in the creation of your route:

>> In both cases you can adjust the result.

TIP: If you choose a route from A to B you still have the possibility to return to A and make a round trip. As soon as you start planning, a specific button appears for this purpose: .

As soon as you start planning, this button   will appear with which you can turn the height profile on or off. On this height profile and in the corner below your map on the left you can read the total length of your planned route.

Route type

For both an A to B route and a round trip, you can choose a particular mode for which you want to plot a route.

The quick selection buttons allow you to choose between walking, cycling, motorcycling, horse riding or sailing. Via the icon with the three dots , you can call up the remaining selection and make even more choices. Depending on what you choose here, the routing options will also be adjusted.


The routing determines which type of road will be followed when mapping out. The only exception is the option "Manual". In this case, no calculations are made and the surface or underlying road network is deliberately not taken into account. So this is the option you use to plot paths that are not drawn on the map, but of which you know they exist.

For more explanation of the different routing options and their availability by region, click here.

When planning an A to B route, you can change routing at any time. You will then be asked whether you want to apply the change to the entire route or only to the part that you still have to map out. If you change the routing of a round trip, the entire round tripwill be recalculated according to the new routing option.

Attention (!) Choosing a certain routing option can also have the effect that the planner deliberately does not want to send you on a certain road or path. If you want to follow a specific road or path anyway, it's best to choose a "shortest" routing.

Length and direction of a round trip

you plan a round trip, two additional items will appear in the left column:

  1. with the length slider you determine how long your route should be.
  2. with the directional compass you determine in which direction (relative to your starting point) your round tripmay be planned.


At the bottom of the right column you have the From bar. You can use this to enter your starting location, or you can click directly on the desired location on the map
For an A to B route there is also a To bar. It is used to enter your destination, your endpoint.
As you start planning, Via address bars will appear, naming the locations of your waypoints.

The   button allows you to add Via address bars when planning a route from A to B.

The  button can be useful if you want to start over.

Route information

As soon as you start planning, you get a concise route description with information about the start and end point of the route as well as the routing(s) used. 

As long as you have not planned anything in 'Plan your route' this section will remain empty. 

Places of interest

If you plan a route via specific places of interest and you add them to the route immediately during planning, they will appear here in this section in the correct order. This way you can, for example, easily determine the content of your guide after saving your route.

Print - Download

After you have planned a route, you can download and print it here. However, you will always be asked to save the route first so that we can collect and merge the necessary data.

More information on planning a route

[help626]Click here[/help] to learn more about the different options when planning a route.

A Route Planner with specific features

A Thematic Planner

RouteYou creates route planners for recreational purposes such as cycling, hiking, tourism, city trips, etc.). A Thematic Planner is a route planner for one or more of these purposes. It is a combination of

Are you interested in making your own thematic route planner available for your place, theme or organization? Then contact sales[at-r.]

Examples of Thematic Planners:

A planner with a specific focus

You can create a URL that goes to the general route planner of RouteYou but with a specific setting of map layer and area.

Example of the structure:



This section represents the area as the "bounding box" or BBX (being the latitude and longitude of the most SW point, and the most NE point).

If you wish to look up those coordinates of the vertices of your area you can read how to do that here.

Map layer

You can also determine which default map layer you get in the planner with a parameter in the URL:


64 stands for the Walking Node Network.

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