nüvi® 1240

Part Number: 010-00783-23


An ultra-thin, affordable and simple-to-use sat-nav with preloaded maps for Western Europe, including the U.K. and Ireland. The nüvi 1240 has ecoRoute™ to calculate a fuel-efficient route, is compatible with the optional cityXplorer™* download to get you around on foot or public transport, and you can add City Guides to make the most of your time in town.

Key Features

  • Only 15mm thick – ideal for use in and out of the car
  • Public Transport & Pedestrian mode with optional cityXplorer™ download
  • Optional AA City Guides for restaurant listings, attractions and more
  • Garmin’s unique Cyclops speed camera warnings
  • nüvi announces street names before you turn – e.g. “Turn right into Dell Road”
  • Optional accessory for traffic avoidance
  • Street-level mapping for Western Europe

Great on the Go

nüvi 1240’s pocket design means you can take it anywhere. Use to its full potential by downloading cityXplorer to navigate selected cities via trains, tubes or buses* as well as on foot. Add an AA City Guide for your chosen city to find out about all attractions and places to eat, stay and shop.

* Note: Public transport data may vary between cities

Simplicity and Safety

Ultimate Simplicity

nüvi 1240 has a simple, intuitive menu. Just touch the screen to look up addresses and get turn-by-turn directions. nüvi announces street names before you make a turn – e.g. “Turn right into Dell Road” so you can keep your eyes on the road at all times.

Speed Cameras

Garmin has a unique, Cyclops pan-European speed camera warning system, giving real-time, reliable, and accurate alerts. nüvi 1240 has the location of fixed, average speed, mobile and temporary cameras already built in. New or moved cameras constantly are tracked and the database is updated daily.

Where Am I?

Just tap the car icon on your map screen for your exact coordinates, contact details for vehicle recovery services and directions to hospitals, police and petrol stations.

Garmin Lock™

The Garmin Lock anti-theft protection system uses GPS to lock the unit to a secure location of your choice.

Countries Included

  • Andorra
  • Austri
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Ireland
  • San Marino
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Traffic Alerts (optional accessory for nüvi 1240)

Add an optional traffic receiver and you’ll always know what lies ahead with subscription-free traffic alerts for life. Based on Trafficmaster data, there is extensive coverage of the road network (100 percent on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales). Know how long you’ll be held up, and choose to be routed around the queues.

Extras for your Garmin

  • Pedestrian & Public Transport Navigation
    cityXplorer will direct you via footpaths, footbridges and more and tells you where to catch trains, buses and tubes (dependent on the city).
  • Garmin ecoRoute
    Choose a fuel-saving option to find the most economical route, saving both money and fuel. See the cost of the journey as you plan it and get scored for your performance with the Driving Challenge – good for identifying areas for improvement.
  • Speed Cameras
    Find out how Garmin’s unique speed camera alerts are so accurate
  • Points of Interest
    Get locations for stores, football stadiums, festivals and more.

Enhance your Sat-nav's Features

To enhance the features of your sat-nav, you can download the latest free software updates here: www.garmin.com/webupdater. Some of the benefits include:

  • Vehicle icons - customize your unit making your journey more fun
  • Voices - Download new voices for your sat-nav


Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions 3.7"W x 2.9"H x .6"D (9.3 x 7.5 x 1.6 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 4.0 ounces (113.4 g)
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 4 hours
High-sensitivity receiver

Maps & Memory

Preloaded street maps
nüMaps Guarantee
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.")
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)


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

In the Box

What's in the box:

  • nüvi 1240
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT for Europe (Western Europe)
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Quick start manual


Maps for New Regions

Need maps for other regions? See all maps that are compatible with this device.

Need a map update?

Update the maps that came with your device for the best navigation experience.

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