Elevation API Usage and Billing

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Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

The Elevation API uses a pay-as-you-go pricing model.

How usage and billing work under the pay-as-you-go model

  • The Google Maps Platform APIs are billed by SKU.
  • Usage is tracked for each Product SKU, and an API may have more than one Product SKU.
  • Cost is calculated by: SKU Usage x Price per each use.
  • For each billing account, for qualifying Google Maps Platform SKUs, a $200 USD Google Maps Platform credit is available each month, and automatically applied to the qualifying SKUs.

For more information, see Google Maps Platform Billing and Google Maps Platform Reporting.

Pricing for the Elevation API

Effective July 16, 2018, the Elevation API is priced as follows:

SKU: Elevation

An Elevation SKU is charged for requests to the Elevation API or the Maps JavaScript API’s Elevation service.

MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE
(Price per REQUEST)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.005 USD per each
(5.00 USD per 1000)
0.004 USD per each
(4.00 USD per 1000)
Contact Sales for volume pricing

Other Usage Limits

While you are no longer limited to a maximum number of requests per day (QPD), the following usage limits are still in place for the Elevation API:

  • 512 locations per request.
  • 100 requests per second (QPS), calculated as the sum of client-side and server-side queries.

Terms of Use Restrictions

For information on terms of use, see policies for the Elevation API, and the License Restrictions section of the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service.

Manage Your Cost of Use

To manage your cost of use of the Google Maps Platform APIs, you can set daily limits to all requests to any billable API.

To view or change daily billable limits for the Elevation API, do the following:

  1. Go to the Elevation API Quotas page in the Google Cloud Platform Console.
  2. From the projects list, select a project.
  3. In the Requests section, on the Requests per day line, click the edit icon, then enter the preferred total billable daily quota, up to the limit (if any) specified by Google.

If your API usage reaches your billable limit on any given day, your application will not be able to access the API for the remainder of that day.

Related resources

Premium Plan Customers

For more information, see Premium Plan Usage Rates and Limits.