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Calculate Travel Time Using Mapping Tools

by Evelina Bezubec on Aug 13, 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.

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Features of the app

  • Live traffic updates
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  • Accident alerts

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  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Shows points of interest on the driver’s route, such as where to find the cheapest fuel

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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

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  • View results on a map or in a list view

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  • View travel time, fitness information and fare data for available routes

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  • Get directions for selected route

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  • Save home and work addresses for quick travel time and route calculation from any location

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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

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  • View results on a map or in a list

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  • View different modes of transport

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  • Get directions and travel times for a selected route

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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

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  • View journey options side-by-side

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  • View public transport progress on a map

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  • Choose from multiple sharing options, including Uber, Bikeshare and Carshare

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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

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  • Search by different modes of transport

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  • View where is reachable on a map

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  • View the points of interest within the travel time shape on a map or in a list

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  • Add a second shape

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  • View intersection

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  • Get directions to a selected point of interest

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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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