How to Generate a Commute Time Map

Commute Time Maps

Quickly determine the travel time between two locations or see how far you can commute in a certain time frame using a travel time calculator.  Travel time calculators allow you to generate isochrones representing the area you can cover in a certain period of time using public transit, bike, walking, or driving. Travel time and commute time maps are useful for a wide range of use cases from personal use like choosing a house location that is no more than 20 minutes from your work to business use cases like choosing a new office location close to all of your employees as possible.

What is a Commute Time Map?

A commute time map, or travel time map, allows you to see the time it will take you to commute between a starting point and the locations that you can reach in a certain period of time from that starting point. Instead of measuring distance, a travel time map measures commute time. 

Calculating commute time depends on several factors, including distance, traffic conditions, transport mode, and transit information. Commute maps factor all this in to give you accurate estimates of your travel time. This means estimates are calculated in real-time and might fluctuate from one time of day to another.

Use a commute time calculator to determine the average commute time from one location to another or draw a travel time radius around one location to see all the other reachable locations within a given time limit.

These calculations are available for driving and various forms of public transport, such as buses and trains.

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What Can You Do with a Commute Time Map?

Many companies use travel time maps to optimize their business and better serve their customers:

  • Site Selection Based on Customers: Choose business locations based on commute times from specific neighborhoods, zip codes, suburbs, and metropolitan areas to ensure your customers can easily reach you.
  • Site Selection Based on Employees: Select work locations near your employees to help them avoid long commutes.
  • Assign Sales Reps: Choose sales reps to work with customers based on commute time to optimize your customer service.
  • Real Estate: List the various businesses, services, and amenities that are reachable from a property within a specific commute time.

How to Create a Commute Time Map with Maptive

Step 1: Sign up for a Maptive free trial account. Try Maptive for free and explore the many mapping tools we have to offer.

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Step 2: Upload or input your data. Upload your location data from an existing Excel spreadsheet, copy and paste your data into Maptive, or enter it manually.

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Step 3: Click on “Map Now” to view your map. Your location data is now plotted on a beautiful interactive map. 

Step 4: Choose the Distance Radius/Drivetime Polygon Tool. Select this feature from Maptive’s tools menu.

Distance Radius Map Tool

Step 5: Select “Drive Time Polygon” from the dropdown menu. Enter your trip details. This includes your start location & travel time in hours or minutes.

Commute Time Maps

Step 6: Get your commute time. Your commute time map will be automatically calculated based on your trip details.

Commute Time Maps


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