The top 5 apps and websites that calculate travel time
Calculating a journey by distance tells you how far away a point of interest is in miles or kilometres. However, distance does not tell you how long it will take to get to a location. Points of interest that are close by in terms of distance can often take a long time to reach due to transport networks and time of travel. Apps and websites that calculate travel time use road networks, a specific time of day and a chosen mode of transport. This provides a true estimate of the time it will take to reach a location. Let’s take a look at the top five apps that calculate travel time.
Waze is a real-time community-based traffic and navigation app for driving.
Features of the app
- Live traffic updates
- Accident alerts
- Estimated time of arrival
- Shows points of interest on the driver’s route, such as where to find the cheapest fuel
Citymapper is a transport app that allows users to search for driving, cycling, walking and public transport routes in urban areas.
- Enter address, postcode or use current location
- View results on a map or in a list view
- View travel time, fitness information and fare data for available routes
- Get directions for selected route
- Save home and work addresses for quick travel time and route calculation from any location
Rome2Rio is a travel website that allows users to search for routes to destinations in Europe and the US.
Features of the website
- Search by transport, hotels, or car hire
- View results on a map or in a list
- View different modes of transport
- Get directions and travel times for a selected route
Transit is an app that allows a user in the US to navigate cities.
Features of the app
- View real-time traffic updates
- View journey options side-by-side
- View public transport progress on a map
- Choose from multiple sharing options, including Uber, Bikeshare and Carshare
5. TravelTime map tool
The TravelTime map tool is a web based app that allows users to view where’s reachable within a time limit. For example where can I reach within 30 minutes of my current location? Users can also search for points of interest within a certain travel time.
Features of the web app
- Enter postcode location or use the geolocator
- Search by different modes of transport
- View where is reachable on a map
- View the points of interest within the travel time shape on a map or in a list
- Add a second shape
- View intersection
- Get directions to a selected point of interest