How Do I Get a Contour Map on Google Maps?

Written by Stefani Mavrou on

Terrain View is now available in Google Maps, allowing users to view terrain maps for a specific location. Terrain View depicts the three-dimensional elevation of natural geographic features such as mountains and valleys. The map has topographic contour lines overlay to represent elevation levels, with altitude information given in grey numerals.

Get 1m contours covering Great Britain through this link

First, you need to search for Google Maps. In the search box search for the location that you want. 

search for the location that you want on Google maps

Your map will zoom in and center on the location that you have selected as shown below. At the bottom of your map you will see a box that says 'layers' indicated below.

Map centers on selected location on google maps

If you click on that there are various options there. What you need to select is the 'Terrain' layer. 

Terrain layer selection on Google maps

By clicking on that you are now able to see contours for every location on the planet.

Contours preview on Google maps

Below you can see the location that we searched for including contours for the area.

Contours preview on google maps

On our website, you can get 1m contour maps available as an additional layer to OS MasterMap® in DWG and DXF formats. Please also check this extensive guide we have on contours where we explain in detail what contours are and how you can use them to add value to your plans.