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Calculating travel times

When planning a trip, you also need to take into consideration all the time you’ll spend in the ‘grey zone’ - those moments in between your holiday adventures such as travelling to and from the airport or sitting on a layover. Here’s everything you need to know to work out your travel time and ensure your trip runs smoothly.

What’s your travel time?

What’s your travel time?

After all that pre-holiday excitement, sometimes the actual journey can have you checking your watch every five minutes while your kids ask “Are we there yet?” on repeat. That’s why it’s good to know exactly how long it’ll take, so you can time it right and make the most out of every moment of your trip.

Here are the main things that’ll make a difference to your travel time...

1. Travelling within Australia

If you don’t live near the airport your international flight departs from, your journey can start a long time before you step on the plane. Try using Google Maps for driving directions, trip duration estimates, and even advice on the best time to travel to your destination. If your local airport doesn’t fly where you want to go, you might need to catch a domestic flight first. You can compare flight prices and routes on flight aggregators.

2. Time difference

Ever get really confused by the departure and arrival times on your airline ticket? That’ll be the time difference. Rather than tie your brain in knots trying to work out what it means in terms of flight time, just use this handy time zone converter app to help you work it out.

3. Stopovers

Maybe you feel like stopping off in Hong Kong on the way to London, or in Los Angeles en route to New York – stopovers can add a whole new dimension to your holiday. They’ll add time to your journey too, but plan it right and it will definitely be time well spent.

Helpful travel time calculators

Time and Date is a useful website that can help you figure out your total travelling time. You can add up to eight transfers to your journey, check the local times, and time zones, and even create a map of your journey.

Travelmath works out your flight time for you, and driving times too if you’re planning to use a car while you’re away. There’s also a time zone calculator, so you can check what time it is anywhere in the world – perfect for scheduling calls home while you’re overseas!

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