Use OS Maps online for free

Originally published 21/05/2015, revised 01/06/2016

Over the last 12 months we have continued to develop our online mapping system, OS Maps. With some great basic features and advanced options for subscribers, it’s probably one of the best tool for planning off-road activities available.

Now available in your web browser and as an app for Android and Apple phones and tablets, you can view and print maps OS maps for free, plan routes, discover routes created by others, check weather and much more.

OS Maps free online mapping

Try OS Maps today, and you can sign up for a free seven-day trial off the full features – no credit card required.

OS Maps for free

You can get started with OS Maps here – if you already have a username and password for our online shop your login details will work for OS Maps too!
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Standard OS Maps users can access basic Ordnance Survey maps for free and can print maps and directions at home. This allows you to use OS Maps as a complete tool for outdoor adventure.

You could use OS Maps to plan a long weekend exploring a National Park with a map print and the route on your GPS device, or you could use the database of 40,000 places to visit to make the most of a trip to a historic town or picturesque village.

You can also try over 500,000 existing routes and adjust your preferences to find out how long each route will take you to walk, run or ride.

Using OS Explorer and Landranger Maps

A premium subscription is needed to access Explorer and Landranger layers in OS Maps. Premium subcriptions are available for one month or twelve months. You can also sign up for a one-week free trial.

See the difference in features available for OS Maps free and Premium below:

Registered User (Free) Premium
Maps available Standard, aerial Standard, aerial, 1:25k (Explorer), 1:50k (Landranger)
Create routes Yes Yes
Import routes from GPX Yes Yes
Save routes Yes Yes
Share route Yes Yes
Find and view routes Public only Public and premium
Add route notes Yes Yes
Export routes as GPX No Yes
Show places of interest Yes Yes
Driving directions Yes Yes
5-day weather Yes Yes
Print route Yes Yes
Print driving directions Yes Yes
Printing sizes A4; portrait A4, A3; portrait, landscape


To find out about more of the features in OS Maps and for tips for getting started, check out our quick start guide.

What happened to OS getamap?

OS getamap was our previous online mapping system. I ran on the MS Silverlight browser plugin, which had become obsolete, meaning that it did not work on many browsers and devices. We retired OS getamap in 2015, but if you still have a username and password, it will work in OS Maps too.

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31 Responses

  1. Tom Kyle

    Hi there

    Am I right in thinking it used to be possible to view 1:25000 maps as part of ‘getamap’ for a free (but registered) account, but now access to 1:25000 maps is restricted to paying subscribers to OS Maps?

    This doesn’t seem fair…

    1. Steph

      Hi Tom,

      That’s right. OS getamap was no longer fit for purpose due to a number of compatibility issues on mobile and laptop devices. We’ve taken onboard the feedback from OS getamap when developing OS Maps, and now have a more user friendly service. However, due to the continued development work to maintain this fantastic new app, it was no longer viable to offer the maps for free.

      Subscribers to OS Maps are also able to take advantage of a number of exclusive functions within the app, including our new off-road routing tool for national parks. If you have any further questions regarding OS getamap and OS Maps please visit our website: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/moving-os-getamap-to-os-maps.html



  2. William


    trying to print from OS Map (am subscriber from Getamap) but only getting an “X” up in top left hand corner. Pleasse direct me o where I can get advice or help screens


    1. Hi William – The latest release of OS Maps on Friday broke printing for some people. We pushed out an emergency fix a little after your message on Friday afternoon, and the printing should be all back to normal now. Any other problems please let us know!

    1. Rob

      Sorry to hear that you are experiencing issues. It’s probably because your subscription hasn’t transferred fully to your account after purchasing. We would need your email address in order to check. Once we have this we can see what the problem is. Please can you contact our support centre at customerservices@os.uk

  3. Simon Bent

    I have just purchased a subscription to OS maps online but on clicking the link I am taken to the following page; https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/. This link comes up with a blank page both in my Safari and Firefox browsers. Both these browsers are up to date in the latest versions. Is the website down at the moment or am I doing something wrong?

    1. Hi Simon

      Big apologies from us. An update was deployed last night and seems to have caused a glitch. The team have just investigated and found a bug. They’re preparing a fix which they’re hoping to roll out in the next hour.

      Thanks, Gemma

  4. George

    I have been a registered user of Getamap and now of OS Maps and have been considering subscribing to enable the wider range of features. However, because the product is in a constant state of change, I am not sure which features will be available. For instance, I only seem to be able to display one route at a time in OS Maps, whereas I could display several in Getamap. Today I find that I am no longer able to see details of individual waypoints nor see the very clever profile display that has recently started calculating the ascent from all the ups and downs between waypoints. Have these things been restricted to subscribers only, or have they been removed now? I appreciate that some things may be temporarily unavailable during development, but would like to know the future intention is.

  5. George

    I tried logging into OS Maps again this morning and the problem of the profile and the waypoints has gone away. I am not sure whether it was rebooting my computer that fixed it, or whether something has changed on the website.

  6. Robert Livock

    I use my Sat Map10 GPS account to plan routes and install waypoints on OS 25K mapping from my internet connection.
    If I stop subscribing to Sat Map, will I be able to subscribe to, and use your OS 25K mapping to plan routes in the same way?

    1. Hi Robert

      In essence, yes, you will be able to create routes to follow (as a gpx file you can export to your SatMap device). As a subscriber to OS Maps you will have access to both 25k and 50k mapping (Landranger and Explorer). Please note you will see the mapping on the subscription service and you can transfer the gpx route to the device but you cannot export the mapping to the device. If you require 25k or 50k mapping on the device you would need to purchase this from SatMap direct.

      Many thanks

    1. Hi Rod

      Sorry to hear that you’re having problems. I’ve just had a chat with our Customer Services team and the first thing they recommend is making sure that your screen fully refreshed by pressing Shift and F5. If this doesn’t help, they advise clearing your browser cache, there’s help on doing that here: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-maps-faq.html#passwordloop. Do remember to close and restart your web browser after clearing your cache.

      If you still have issues after this, the best thing to do is contact our Customer Services team direct. They’re available via email at customerservices@os.uk or via phone on 03456 050505.

      Many thanks

  7. Henry Shaw

    I am a registered subscriber and very happy with nearly everything – however – when planning a new route I can find no way of adding a new waypoint in the middle of the route. Is this not possible?

    1. Hi Henry

      Sorry for the delay, this one slipped through the net. I’ve checked with out Customer Services team and they advise that you can only add extra waypoints by saving the route first. After saving, select and view the saved route and choose edit from top left of panel. Click on the route where you need to add the new point and drag to the position required.

      Hope that helps.

      Thanks, Gemma

  8. Divyesh Ruparelia

    Hi there,
    Could I please have a link to the step by step guide to “how to print OS maps” from my IOS device please

  9. keith HALLIDAY

    I am a registered subscriber.
    I have used OS Maps to record routes at 1:25k on my iPhone 5. The routes were recorded in great detail, along obscure footpaths. Distance, elevation and accuracy of track was amazing and the whole was very impressive. This was in the Cotswolds for which i have new 1:25k hardcopy maps and used the free included download facility.
    Subsequently i have tried to record further routes but the detail has gone and the device now only seems to register and record my position when I check my location in OS Maps. I therefore get a useless straight line polygon with totally inaccurate distance and track information.
    Posted 17:13 on April 30th 2016

    1. Hi Keith

      I’ve checked with the development team, and they have asked if you check iTunes for an update to a newer version of the app. This should resolve the track logging issue.



  10. John

    I’m having real problems plotting routes with OS Maps Online (on IE11 or Chrome on W10).
    I start OK plotting points along the route, and saving as I go, and after a while I cannot plot any more points after the last one. I can add points along the route I’ve already created (usually only a couple of miles in length and maybe a dozen points), but cannot extend the route.
    I’ve tried Saving, Removing points, Undoing, etc., but am stuck.
    Also, every time I click on the map to grab and move it, OS adds a Waypoint, which I then have to delete.
    I’m paying money for this, and it doesn’t feel good.

    1. Hi John

      I’ve had a chat with our Customer Services team and they’ve advised that you can expand the route by clicking on the Expand symbol on the OS Maps tool bar and remove waypoints by clicking either ‘Undo’ or ‘Remove’. I believe you need to close any pop up boxes before removing waypoints. Initially choose ‘Show key waypoints’ too. They haven’t been able to replicate the problem of adding a waypoint when trying to grab and move the map though. The blog isn’t ideal for discussing these kinds of issues in more details as we can’t share screen grabs or images via the comments. The team have asked that if the tips above don’t help, whether you can email them, along with some screen grabs of your issues, and they’ll be able to take a closer look. They’re on customerservices@os.uk if you need more advice.

      Thanks, Gemma

  11. Geoff forster

    Hi I have a Garmin etrex 20x gps system and want to know if I subscribe to your site can I download the maps to my device and if so how

    1. Hi Geoff. You can use it to plan a route, and download the route to the GPS using a GPX file, but NOT the background mapping. Like All GPS devices, the background mapping has to come from the manufacturer. We have some of the most popular Garmin ones in stock in the OS shop (see here).
      Even with just the basemap, uploading the route to a small screen GPS like this is really useful, as it allow you to quickly see when you have gone off you planned path.

  12. Paul Stephens

    I am a premium subscriber. Am I missing something or can you only plot straight lines? Thanks, Paul.

    1. Hi Paul. In normal plotting, yes, each waypoint is connected by a straight line.

      You also have the ability to follow roads and paths, but only in National Parks. For help with this please see the FAQ: Can I make my route follow paths or roads automatically?

      Even in the National Parks, you can turn off the follow paths functions – the advantage is that this lets you plot a route that does not use ‘official’ paths in areas where there is the right to roam.

  13. Colin Hudson

    I need to provide a 1:1250 scale map to my local planning dept. as part of a planning application. How do I get this, on A4 format, for post code CV22 5JT, no.40? Thanks

  14. Sarah

    Picking up on Paul’s point above – really, only straight lines? that makes it impossible to plot with any accuracy a long route along roads eg for cycle touring. why does the snap facility only work in national parks?

    1. Hi Sarah and Paul. There’s two reasons the basic route plotting is straight lines:

      1) This gives much more flexibility when planning a route, especially in places where paths are less important, such as Highlands or Dartmoor. It’s not too difficult to follow paths with your route, even where there are odd junctions or open fields to cross.

      2) To allow the automatic routing in National Parks, there is a lot of data hidden in the map. Unlike the normal 25k or 50k maps, which are effectively images, these maps need to understand the paths and how they connect. We’ve done this for all roads (that’s how SatNav works), but only done the paths inside National Parks at the moment. It’s expensive and very time consuming to do – basically, for every path someone has to create a vector version and define how it connects to all the other features where it touches, and since there is so many in the UK we focused our efforts on the most popular areas.

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