How to Create Isochrones with the TravelTime QGIS Plugin

13/11/21
1/10/21
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Louisa Bainbridge

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    What is the TravelTime QGIS plugin?

    The TravelTime QGIS plugin allows you to create isochrones, also known as travel time maps, for any mode of transport, including public transport.

    For example, a restaurant owner can use the QGIS plugin to identify delivery areas, such as where their delivery drivers can travel to within a 30-minute drive from their restaurant. Using the plugin, you can also filter points of interest within a set travel time and calculate journey times to thousands of destinations.

    What modes of transport can I create isochrones for?

    You can create travel time isochrones for any modes of transport, including:

    • Public transport
    • Driving
    • Cycling
    • Walking

    It’s also 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.

    How are travel times calculated?

    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

    What else can I do with the QGIS plugin?

    As well as creating travel time isochrones, the TravelTime QGIS plugin also includes other features.

    • Distance-travel time matrix: Use the plugin to calculate accurate travel times between thousands of origins and destinations.
    • Multimodal routing: Calculate A-to-B routes and turn-by-turn directions for any transport mode.
    • Network analysis: We support several future transport networks in the UK – which you can use to analyse how new routes could impact accessibility once live.
    • Geocoding & reverse geocoding: Use the TravelTime geocoder to convert addresses into lat-long coordinates and vice versa.
    • Free background map tiles: These are available 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 a TravelTime API key, QGIS and the latest version of the plugin to begin so make sure to click below.

    GET AN API KEY

     

     

    The basics

    Learning more

    Pricing

    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.

    If you wish to use the plugin for commercial purposes, you can use the free trial API key for initial testing only and then request a paid API licence. 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.


    If you’d like to learn more about how to use the TravelTime QGIS plugin for your project, contact us below.

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