Getting Started with the Bing Maps REST Services

The Bing™ Maps REST Services Application Programming Interface (API) is a Representational State Transfer (REST) API that you can use to do common tasks, such as finding an address, retrieving a map with a pushpin and a label, or getting driving directions. You perform these tasks by constructing a URL.

To use the Bing Maps REST Services, you must have a Bing Maps Key.

Bing Maps REST Services

The following table lists the Bing Maps REST Services and the common tasks they perform. Click the links for API details.

REST API Features
Locations - Find a location based on an address, point, or query.
Elevations - Get the elevations for a set of locations, a path, or an area on the Earth.
Imagery - Get a static map.
- Get a static map that displays a route.
- Get imagery metadata.
Routes - Find a walking, driving or transit route.
- Find routes from major routes to a location.
- Get traffic information along a route.
Traffic - Get traffic information for a geographical area.
Autosuggest - Get a list of autosuggested entities from a user's query.
Time Zone - Get a Time Zone by point or query.
- Convert UTC datetime to a time zone.
- Get information about Windows and IANA time zone standards.

Additional Topics


Bing Maps API works ONLY from requests using the standard HTTP ports: 80 (http) or 443 (https).

The following topics show examples of how to use the Bing Maps REST Services with other Bing Maps APIs or provide related information.

Topic Description
Accessing the Bing Maps REST Services using PHP This article shows how to write a PHP application that can interact with the Bing Maps REST Services APIs.
Bing Maps Transit Coverage Provides a list of transit agencies that are used by Bing Maps REST Services to provide transit routes.

Transaction Accounting

Transactions are counted for each Bing Maps REST Services request sent with a valid Bing Maps Key. For information about billable and non-billable transactions for the Bing Maps REST Services, see Understanding Bing Maps Transactions.