Google Places: Limit Autocomplete Results to Cities Only

If you have set up Google Places API, you probably know about types option, which allows you to restrict autocomplete results in different ways. I had a requirement to show only cities in the UK. Initially I tried (cities) type with componentRestrictions:

= javascript_include_tag ""
$ ->
  initialize = () ->
    options = {
      language: 'en-GB',
      types: ['(cities)'],
      componentRestrictions: { country: 'uk' }

    input = $('.address-search')
    autocomplete = new google.maps.places.Autocomplete(input[0], options)

  google.maps.event.addDomListener(window, 'load', initialize)

As a result I've got a following places picker:

Type cities

Good enough, but my goal was to show and prefill input with cities only. For now, after picking a city it'll put "City, Country" in box. The solution is quite simple, you just need to specify the country in the Google API call with a help of &region= parameter:

= javascript_include_tag ""

Cities only

Other Hints

  • To get rid of the pins on the left side of the list add the following css:
.pac-icon {
  width: 0;
  background-image: none;

No pins

  • To handle list items returned by the Google API
document.addEventListener('DOMNodeInserted', (event) ->
  target = $(
  if target.hasClass('pac-item')
    # replacing "Some City United Kingdom" to "Some City" for each list element
    # warning: on click it will still autofill input with "Some City, United Kingdom"
    target.html(target.html().replace(/ United Kingdom<\/span>$/, "</span>"))
  • To handle place selection you should add an event listener. It's helpful if you want for example, to perform AJAX call, since regular onChange won't work.
google.maps.event.addListener(autocomplete, 'place_changed', ->
  # Here you can use:
  # $('.your-input').val() to get the value from your input
  # autocomplete.getPlace() to get detailed information about place chosen

  # Below is the hack to replace input content from "City, Country" to "City"
  # when using 'types': ('cities') without specific region.
  # And although I don't recommend to use it, since it flashes while
  # changing an input content; maybe someone will need it for other purposes
  place = autocomplete.getPlace()
  if place.address_components
    city = place.address_components[0] && place.address_components[0].short_name || ''

      -> input.val(city)