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In two months, hundreds of thousands of people will be flocking to cities all over Brazil for the 20th FIFA World Cup. Since getting around in an unfamiliar metropolis can be a bit of a hassle (looking at you, Barcelona), Google has expanded its public transit information for the relevant Brazilian cities. When World Cup fans get to Brazil, they'll be able to look up bus and train info for all twelve cities with scheduled games.

The news came from Google's official Maps Twitter account, and presumably Brazilians will start seeing the benefit of transit maps and schedules today.

Though Google's transit information is nearly ubiquitous in the US and Canada, international availability is spotty at best. Australia and India have pretty good coverage, as do Denmark and Ireland, but Norway, Tunisia, Egypt, and South Africa only have a few cities each, and the rest of the world just has to do without. Since one of the biggest benefits of having on-demand info for travelers is the fact that it's on their device in their language, bumping up the location support would be welcome.

Still, if you're going to do selective expansion, the World Cup is a good place to start.

Source: Google Maps Twitter

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Kaemo

    Long overdue. I think most of the effort is going into the two biggest cities: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. But I hope I can see the improvements as well.

    • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

      Belo Horizonte has a good coverage too.

      • Lars Jeppesen

        Hugo Barra is from Belo Horizonte :)

        • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

          I ❤ Belo Horizonte. It's a nice place to live.

          • erivaldoff

            Belo Horizonte is a shit lol

  • Calvin Uijlen

    AndroidPolice, The Netherlands also has transit directions on Google Maps for a 100 per cent.

  • John Smith

    That's great - but if I were a football fan I'd be too scared to be kidnapped and subsequently have my ear cut off

    • Magneira

      go troll somewhere else, like in your country there is no danger anywhere.

      • TheLastAngel

        Yeah, every country is as rotten as Brazil, sure...

        • Magneira

          Yours must the awesome right?

      • John Smith
        • Magneira

          You dont live in Brazil to know, by looking at your picture we can take you very seriously. Go check the usa thats full of school shootouts and other f. up shit, every country has its problems son.

          • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

            I live in Brazil to know. Sure, it's not like you're gonna be kidnapped and have your ear cut off, but it's sure dangerous here, specially in those big cities. If your coming to the World Cup, make sure you keep all your electronics in your pocket while on the street, in a bus or train.

  • Ibrahim Yusuf

    here in Jordan the Maps (road and stuff) are at least 8-10 years old, but the images has been updated 3 years ago

  • TheLastAngel

    Soccer fans REALLY should stick close to their hotels and guarded areas.

    • GraveUypo

      they really shouldn't come.
      i'm brazillian and i wouldn't go near some of the cities hosting the world cup (such as fortaleza).

      • frafri

        Fortaleza has the hotesttt girls !! fo sho !!

    • Tomasz Kuczynski

      As should anyone going to a very big event. I have a friend who goes to South America every few months and aside from a few Nazi towns here and there, he's never had issues. On the other hand, I knew someone during a summer concert who was assaulted and robbed in upstate new york.

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    • TheUndertaker21

      it's called FOOTBALL. not to be confused with The American Hand Egg.