|The destination-key returns the name of a city a motorway or freeway, etc. is heading to.|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
The key destination=* describes the contents of signposts or ground writing indicating the names of the location that the tagged way is leading to. Thus navigation systems can refer to road signs that the driver actually sees.
|Key variation||Valid for||Description|
||Way||Describes the destination of the complete OSM way. Worthwile only if used in combination with oneway=yes.|
||Direction||Describes the destination of all lanes of the OSM way, running in the same direction as the way itself.|
||Direction||Describes the destination of all lanes of the OSM way, running in the opposite direction as the way itself.|
||Lane||Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way. Typically only worthwile if used in combination with oneway=yes.|
||Lane||Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way, running in the same direction as the way itself.|
||Lane||Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way, running in the opposite direction as the way itself.|
User defined values
Possible value are the names of the cities/places a road leads to and which are explicitly indicated. The most common source for that kind of information is the name on signpost (see Examples).
Destinations per lane
- The key changes to destination:lanes=*
- View the road in the direction of the OSM way.
- Add the lane-values to the value, starting with the leftmost lane and ending with the rightmost. Separate each lane-value with a | (vertical bar)
If you want to describe only the lanes of one direction of the road, use either destination:lanes:forward=* or destination:lanes:backward=*. The key destination:lanes:forward=* describes only the direction of the highway on the lanes in the same direction as the OSM way. The key destination:lanes:backward=* describes only the direction of the highway on the lanes in the opposite direction as the OSM way; also view the road in the opposite direction of the OSM way for this.
|Signpost||No. Link||Ctry||Tag(s)||Where to tag?||Occurrence||Note *|
|430||DE||destination=Berlin||Directly at the highway=motorway_link||Signpost at a motorway entry||Additionally it is possible to set ref=A 2 on the highway=motorway.|
|448||DE||destination=Düsseldorf-Benrath||At the following highway=motorway_link||Signpost at motorway junctions||Additionally it is possible to set ref=26 on the highway=motorway_junction.|
|332||DE||destination=Mainz;Wiesbaden||At the following highway=motorway_link||Signpost at motorway exits||Multiple destinations are separated with a semicolon.|
|415||DE||destination=Dorsten;Bottrop||At the highway=motorway_link||Signpost after exits of motorways or A-roads|
|At the highway=motorway_link||Signpost after exits of motorways or A-roads|
|432||DE||destination=Bahnhof||At the highway=trunk_link, highway=primary_link or where appropriate highway=secondary_link||Signpost at exits of motorway-junctions or A-roads|| Germany
Only if a separate exit is present. In town use Relation:destination_sign.
|At the highway=motorway directly after the signpost||Signpost at motorways|
* Some of the notes are only valid for specific countries and not in common.
When to use
The key destination is usually used for the following kind of highway=:
- highway=motorway_link, if oneway=yes
- highway=trunk_link, if oneway=yes
- highway=primary_link, if oneway=yes
- highway=secondary_link, if oneway=yes
The key variations destination:forward and destination:backward are only used for the following kind of highway=:
- highway=motorway_link, if oneway=no
- highway=trunk_link, if oneway=no
- highway=primary_link, if oneway=no
- highway=secondary_link, if oneway=no
- If an entry and an exit share one OSM way, because they're not build separated, tag the destinations (like in the example) with destination:forward=* and destination:backward=*. If you change the direction of the OSM way pay attention also to exchange those destinations-tags, too! JOSM shows (at least since version 3208) a warning message and suggests to exchange destination:forward=* with destination:backward=*.
destination=* is used in the following navigation apps:
Danger of confusion
- It’s only used on motorway-exit-nodes.
- In its key name=* the official name of the exit is told, but in some countries this is on every exit for this junction the same one. So this name may be identical for every exit of this junction and therefore may not give a proper indication of the destination.
Do not mistake with Relation:destination_sign:
- This relation is designed for any sign showing in any direction (very flexible). In principle it would be possible to use the relation for every destination sign, but it brings all drawbacks for relations with it (in opposite to a simple tag like “destination”).
Do not mistake with designation=*:
- It is the official legal classification of a road or path and has nothing to do with the information about where a way goes to. Please don’t confuse to the similar writing.
Do not mistake with direction=*.
The key destination is also used with Relation:waterway — please see there.
- Explanation of how to determine the forward / backward direction of a way.
- Discussion@wiki Discussion about right to exist in Germany and situation in US
- Discussion in the mailing list talk-de
- Signposts in Germany
- Lanes for the description of the
- Proposal for sub-keys to provide additional information like reference, country, special signs/icons, more than one language