Maps Embed API Usage and Billing

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Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

The Maps Embed 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 Maps Embed API

Under the pay-as-you-go pricing model, use of the Maps Embed API is split between basic and advanced modes. Two new SKUs have been set up and may appear on your bill, depending on the type of Maps Embed API mode you use to embed a map.

SKU: Embed

A basic Maps Embed API request that uses Place mode (to embed a map with a marker) or View mode (to embed a simple map). Basic Embed requests remain free with unlimited usage.

MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE
(Price per MAP LOAD)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.00 USD (Free) 0.00 USD (Free) 0.00 USD (Free)

User interactions with the map, such as panning, zooming, or switching map layers, do not generate additional map loads.

SKU: Embed Advanced

An advanced Maps Embed API request that uses the Directions mode, Street View mode, or Search mode. Advanced Embed requests are now billed based on the following rates:

MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE
(Price per MAP LOAD)
0–100,000 100,001–500,000 500,000+
0.014 USD per each
(14.00 USD per 1000)
0.0112 USD per each
(11.20 USD per 1000)
Contact Sales for volume pricing

User interactions with the map, such as panning, zooming, or switching map layers, do not generate additional map loads.

Other Usage Limits

The Maps Embed API has the following limits in place:

  • 500 requests per second (QPS), calculated as the sum of client-side and server-side queries.
  • Unlimited requests per day (QPD).

Terms of Use Restrictions

For complete details on allowed usage, consult the License Restrictions section in 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 quota limits on all requests to any billable API.

To view or change quota limits for the Maps Embed API:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console.
  2. Click the project drop-down and select a project.
  3. Open the Quotas page.
  4. Click the APIs drop-down and select the Maps Embed API.
  5. To view the quota limits, scroll down to the Advanced maps loads card.
    A table lists the quota names and limits.
  6. To change a quota limit, click the Edit icon for that limit.
    In the dialog that appears, in the Quota Limit field, enter the preferred billable daily quota limit (up to the quota limit, if any, specified by Google) and click Save.

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