# Drive Time Calculator

Created by Filip Derma
Reviewed by Bogna Szyk and Adena Benn
Last updated: Jun 05, 2023

The drive time calculator – also known as the travel time calculator, is our innovative tool created exclusively for drivers. It helps you find out the estimated time of arrival (ETA) at your car trip destination and determine the fuel costs of the journey.

So, if you are planning a vacation trip with friends in a seaside resort or would like to estimate the travel time to home by car, check out our drive time calculator!

## Estimated time of arrival

Estimated time of arrival (ETA) is the time when a vehicle, ship, aircraft, or cargo is expected to arrive at a particular place.

For example, a particular cruise bus may have an ETA calculated based on the expected average speed on a particular road. The travel distance is simply divided by the speed to roughly estimate the arrival time. This method does not consider any unexpected events (such as car accidents on the road or bad weather conditions) that may occur on the way to the driver's destination.

## Drive time calculator – how to use it?

Our travel time calculator assesses your total car drive time and the estimated time of arrival (date & time). Also, in the "Money" section, you find out the total cost of a drive and exact cost per person.

First, you need to type in the following values:

1. Trip distance (km or miles);
2. Average drive speed (km/h or mph);
3. Total breaks time during the drive; and
4. Departure time.

In the "Money" section, to obtain information about costs (total & per person), you need to fill in some more data:

1. Car fuel consumption (L/100km; MPG – both UK&USA);
2. Fuel price; and
3. Number of traveling passengers.

## Travel time to home

Let's assume we are driving home with friends from a winter vacation in the mountains.

• The distance to our home city is 850 km.

• We are driving with an average speed of 110 km/h.

• We will make three short 15-minute breaks and 1-hour long dinner break, which gives:

Total time of breaks = 3 × 15 min + 1h = 1h 45min

• We will start the trip on the 21 February 2018 at 10:00 am.

Now, the most interesting question – when will we be at home?
Let's calculate the total drive time:

Total drive time = (distance/average drive speed) + total breaks time = 9h 28min

Arrival time: 21 February 2018 at 07:28 pm

Now, we want to know how much this journey will cost us. With our drive time calculator, the answer to this question is very simple!

• Let's assume that our SUV car takes 9.5 liters of fuel per 100 km.
• The gasoline price is €1.22 per liter.
• We are traveling as a group of 4 friends -> Number of passengers = 4

The answer to the question is below:

Total drive cost = (distance/100) × car fuel consumption × fuel price = €98.52

Drive cost per person = total drive cost/number of passengers = €24.63

Super! Now, we know all we need – the exact travel time to home with an estimated arrival time and how much each passenger needs to pay for that journey. Let's start the engine! 🙂

We also have a great tool called traffic density calculator that helps you analyze the traffic on any road.

Check out the gas calculator, too, if you need to estimate the fuel cost for a drive.

## FAQ

### How do I calculate the average speed for my trip?

To calculate your average speed for your trip, you must note the trip distance and drive time or travel time and follow these steps:

1. Subtract the total time used for breaks from the drive time.
2. Divide the trip distance by the difference obtained in step 1.
3. The value calculated is the average speed for the trip.
4. Verify your result with our drive time calculator.

### How fast can I reach Boston from New York driving at 60 mph?

It'll take 3 hrs 35 mins without any breaks. Allowing for a 15 min break, it'll take you 3 hrs 50 min. Here's how you can calculate this answer:

1. If you take the I-90 W, Boston is 215 miles from New York.

2. Divide this distance by the average speed to get drive time without breaks:

215/60 = 3.5833 = 3 hrs 35 min.

3. Add a 15 min break to drive time for a convenient and safe drive to get a total drive time of 3 hrs 50 mins.

4. Verify with our drive time calculator.

### How do I calculate mileage of my vehicle?

1. When refueling, note the initial odometer reading and the amount of fuel you're filling.
2. When you stop for fuel again, note the final odometer reading.
3. Subtract the initial odometer reading from the final reading and divide the difference by the amount of fuel used.

### How far can you drive in one day?

Assuming you drive for 8 hours in a day at 60 mph, with 15 min breaks every 2 hours and an hour-long lunch break in between, you can drive 390 miles. To calculate this answer, follow these steps:

1. Calculate total break time:

15 min + 60 min + 15 min = 1 hr 30 min.

2. Subtract this from 8 hours to get 8 - 1:30 = 6 hr 30 min.

3. Multiply this time with 60 mph average speed to get the distance traveled:

60 × 6.5 = 390 miles.

4. Verify this result with our drive time calculator.

Filip Derma
Time
Distance
mi
Average speed
mph
Total time of breaks
hrs
min
Total drive time
hrs
min
Departure time
Arrival time
Money
Fuel economy
US mpg
Fuel price
$/ US gal Total drive cost$
Number of passengers
Drive cost / person
\$
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