Editors are encouraged to use commonly known abbreviations in listings. These abbreviations should ideally be uniform and consistent and generally should not include full stops or periods.
Editors may want to choose the appropriate abbreviation from those below which are both widely understood and unambiguous. However, don't knock yourself out "correcting" Rt to Rte – there is more important work to be done in plunging forward and writing the world's most complete and accurate free travel guide!
- 1F is "1st floor", 2F is "2nd floor", etc.
- East, North, South, and West: E, N, S, W (can also be combined into NE for Northeast, etc.)
- But don't abbreviate if it's the name of the street! Use "101 E Main St", but "202 East Ave".
- You can also avoid confusing by not abbreviating when used with streets whose names are letters: "Ave Q East" rather than "Ave Q E", and "East D St" rather than "E D St"
- Avenue: Ave
- Building: Bldg
- Boulevard: Blvd
- Drive: Dr
- Expressway: Expy
- Freeway: Fwy
- Highway: Hwy
- Jalan: Jl (Road in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore)
- Lane: Ln
- Mount/Mountain: Mt
- Parkway: Pkwy
- Place: Pl
- Road: Rd
- Route: Rte
- Square: Sq
- Street: St
Numbered highways in the U.S. are abbreviated as follows:
- Interstates: I-80
- National highways: US-395
- State highways: CA-49
- For county routes or other smaller roads, spell it out completely.
Numbered highways in some states of Australia are abbreviated as follows:
- National Highways: NH87
- National Routes: NR23
- State Routes: SR142
- Tourist Drives: TD33
- Tourist Ways: TW359
- Melbourne Metropolitan Routes: MR8
- Alternate National Routes: Alt-NR94
- Alternate State Routes: Alt-SR89
- For alphanumeric routes, or other smaller roads, spell it out completely (e.g. C327 or Newell Highway). For Motorways in Sydney and Brisbane that are commonly referred to a route number more; use both names (like M2 Hills Motorway or M7 Ipswich Motorway)
Some country abbreviations include periods while others do not:
- "United Kingdom" should be abbreviated as UK without full stops, not U.K. (and not G.B. or GB, which is not coterminous with the UK)
- "United States of America" is an exception to our general rule that abbreviations should not include full stops or periods and should be abbreviated as U.S. (with periods)
- "United Arab Emirates" should also be abbreviated similar to the UK as UAE.
States and provinces
Because many of our readers aren't familiar with state and provincial abbreviations, generally it is preferred to spell out their names: for example, use "Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota" instead of "MA, MD, MN"; "Western Australia, Queensland", instead of "WA, QLD"; and "New Brunswick, Alberta", instead of "NB, AB".
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