Calculate travel time using mapping tools

by Evelina Bezubec
on Aug 9, 2019

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. 

1. Waze

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


2. Citymapper

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


3. Rome2Rio

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


4. Transit

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



Start using the TravelTime map tool for free. To learn more about how to calculate travel times for business analysis, get in touch.



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