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Place where drivers can leave a road to refuel, rest, or take refreshments.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: Approved


See Wikipedia-16px.png Rest area on Wikipedia
See Wikipedia-16px.png Motorway service area on Wikipedia

Service area (also known as travel plaza, rest and service area, service station) are places along a road, usually a motorway or dual-carriageway, where a driver can stop to refuel their vehicle have a rest or take refreshments. They usually consist of, at minimum, a petrol station, parking facilities, a place to eat and some public toilets. Also commonly found at services are shops, showers and an ATM. These are often located in the USA on Turnpikes (including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana), and all along the Tollway system of Japan (where exiting and reentering the toll system would incur additional tolls), and are Abbreviated SA.

For a rest area with no services, use highway=rest_area.


Tagging scheme for highway=services
Tag Description Example
name=* The name of the services.
operator=* The company or organization that the services are run by.





  • Make sure you add the area=yes tag in case you tag a way, because it is not considered the default for closed ways (bug #137)
  • highway=service — not to be mixed up with! Use highway=service for the roads within the service area.
  • In rural areas in Australia these are usually called roadhouses.

See also

  • highway=rest_area unlike highway=services you cannot purchase fuel at these locations and may have no amenities at all.