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How to Create Isochrones with the TravelTime QGIS Plugin

by Louisa Bainbridge on Feb 22, 2021

What is the TravelTime QGIS plugin?

Our TravelTime QGIS plugin lets users create travel time polygons, also known as isochrones, using many modes of transport.

For example, a pizza restaurant owner can use the plugin to discover pizza delivery areas, such as where’s reachable within a 30-minute drive from their restaurant. It can also filter points of interest within a set travel time and calculate journey times to thousands of destinations. 

Modes of transport include driving, cycling, walking and public transit. It’s possible to combine transport modes such as driving to a train station and using public transport the rest of the way or cycling to a train station and taking a train. The maximum travel time polygon is currently 4 hours.

The travel time polygons use various data sources to determine how far you can reach. We have a dedicated data team aggregating real-life public transport timetables for 40 countries, with the team adding new country coverage every month.

Walking, driving and cycling speeds have been built using a combination of open data sources and their own proprietary algorithms to imitate how real people travel. For driving it recognises people need to walk to their vehicle, follow the speed limit and park the car.

TravelTime QGIS plugin

You can use the TravelTime QGIS plugin to create travel time polygons, also known as isochrones, by different transport modes

What can I do with the QGIS plugin?

As well as the basic feature of creating travel time polygons, the plugin also includes other features: 

  • Filtering which points of interest fall within a travel time area
  • Calculating the times from an origin to up to 2,000 destinations in a single request
  • A to B routing details
  • Geocoding and reverse geocoding
  • Free background map tiles (on request)

How can I get started with the QGIS plugin?

We've created several tutorials to help you get started with the QGIS plugin. Click the links below to jump to the best tutorial for you. We've split it down into the basic tutorials and ones for our more advanced plugin users.

You'll need an API key, QGIS and the latest version of the plugin to begin so make sure to click below. 




The basics

Learning more


The free trial API key offers 10 free requests per day, and lasts for two weeks. Less limited free keys are also available for non-commercial use on request.

Businesses wishing to use it for commercial purposes can use this key for the initial testing only and then can request a paid API license. Take a look at business license pricing here Using this model, TravelTime hopes to continue to provide a high-quality free tool for the community whilst still providing a valuable resource to businesses.

Feedback and support

The data supporting the TravelTime is being continuously improved. If you spot something that could be improved or you have any questions, please get in touch at sales@traveltime.com. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and ensures that users can have the best possible plugin experience. 

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