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.

See guide to understanding billing for more information.

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.

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Premium Plan Customers

As of November 1, 2018, Premium Plan customers can migrate to the Google Maps Platform pay-as- you-go pricing model once their current Premium Plan contract expires. Only contracts whose end date is November 1, 2018, or later, can migrate to Google Maps Platform. Contracts expiring prior to November 1, 2018 must be renewed on the Premium Plan. For more information, see the Maps Platform Migration Guide.

Elevation API Usage Limits for Existing Premium Plan Users

Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customers:

  • Shared daily free quota of 100,000 requests per 24 hours; additional requests applied against the annual purchase of Maps APIs Credits.
  • 512 locations per request.
  • 50* server-side requests per second.

* Default limit. Contact your Google Enterprise Sales Account Manager if you need a higher limit. Note that the client-side service offers Unlimited requests per second, per project.

Additional benefits of a premium plan:

  • Annual contracts with enterprise terms
  • 24 hour technical support
  • Service level agreement (SLA)
  • Licenses for internal, OEM, and asset tracking use cases

See the Premium Plan guide for more info.

These limits are enforced to prevent abuse and/or repurposing of the Elevation API, and may be changed in the future without notice. Additionally, we enforce a request rate limit to prevent abuse of the service. If you exceed the per-day limit or otherwise abuse the service, the Elevation API may stop working for you temporarily. If you continue to exceed this limit, your access to the Elevation API may be blocked.