nüvi® 255

Part Number: 010-00717-21

Discontinued - Still Supported Device


Simple, safe and portable with optional traffic re-routing, the nüvi 255 is your personal travel assistant for life on the go. This simple, safety-minded navigator leads the way with turn-by-turn directions, lifetime traffic avoidance and a unique, advanced safety camera warning system to get you there on time and keep you safe on the road. Packed with up to millions of points of interest (POIs) and maps for Europe, the 255 is compact, versatile and easy to use.

Simplicity and Safety

nüvi 255 comes preloaded with City Navigator® NT map data for Europe. Simply touch the colour screen, key in your destination and nüvi takes you there with turn-by-turn spoken directions, 2-D or 3-D mapping and smooth map redraw rates. Digital elevation maps show shaded contours for an understanding of the surrounding terrain. In addition, nüvi 255 accepts custom points of interest such as traffic blackspots and post offices and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. With HotFix® satellite prediction, Garmin calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.

"Where Am I?" gives you details about your location in a flash. Simply tap the car icon for your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, nearest address, contact details for your vehicle rescue service and directions to the closest hospital, police or petrol station.

nüvi 255’s advanced unique Cyclops speed camera database helps you travel with the confidence you are driving safely, responsibly and legally. As you approach one of hundreds of fixed, mobile and temporary speed cameras, variable limit or red light speed cameras across Europe, it gives an audible alert, overspeed warning and speed limit information.

nüvi 255 also comes with Garmin Lock™, an inventive anti-theft protection system that uses GPS to lock to a secure location of your choice.

Traffic Avoidance (optional accessory)

With the addition of a traffic receiver (optional), nüvi 255 provides lifetime traffic alerts with dependable delay information to keep you aware of jams, accidents and roadwork on your route. These alerts are informed by real-time data from reliable sources including the Highways Agency, police traffic control centres and more than 8,000 traffic flow cameras and sensors on motorways and trunk roads across England, Wales and Scotland. This service is broadcast over a national network of FM radio stations to ensure an excellent reception.

Enhanced Navigation

nüvi 255 comes with photo navigation to revolutionise your sightseeing. Plan trips to landmarks and attractions simply and easily before you set off. Choose and save location-tagged photographs from millions of Google™ Panoramio pictures in a wish-list of places to visit. Then, at your leisure, select a photo destination on your Garmin for turn-by-turn directions straight to the scene.

Other built-in travel tools include a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, a currency and measurement converter, calculator and more.

Compact, Bright Navigation

nüvi 255 has a sleek, slim design to fit comfortably in your pocket or bag. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot with up to 4 hours’ usage between charges.

View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant colour. The sunlight-readable 8.89 cm (3.5 in) display is easy to view, from any direction.

nüvi 255: Simple, safe and portable European navigation with optional traffic .



Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions 3.9"W x 2.9"H x .8"D (9.8 x 7.4 x 2.0 cm)
Display size, WxH 2.8"W x 2.1"H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 3.5" diag (8.9 cm)
Display resolution, WxH 320 x 240 pixels
Display type QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
Weight 5.2 ounces (147.42 g)
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 4 hours
High-sensitivity receiver

Maps & Memory

Preloaded street maps
nüMaps Guarantee yes
Built-in memory internal solid state
Accepts data cards microSD™ card (not included)
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
Waypoints/favorites/locations 1000

Navigation Features

Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") Yes (North America version only)
Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription)
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.)
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe)



  • This USB device is compatible with Windows® XP or newer and Mac® OS X 10.4 or later.

In the Box

  • nüvi 255
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT for Europe
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Dashboard disc
  • Quick start manual


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