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Drive Time Calculator

Created by Filip Derma
Reviewed by Bogna Szyk and Adena Benn
Last updated: Mar 06, 2024


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!

How to use drive time calculator

Our drive time calculator covers every aspect of your trip: it calculates the total time needed to complete your journey, predicts your arrival time at the destination, and determines the overall cost of the drive, including the cost per person.

To accurately determine your arrival time and the total driving duration, follow these steps:

  1. Before entering any values, choose your preferred units of measurement, where applicable. For instance, you can opt for imperial or metric units when specifying distances. This selection will determine how the calculator interprets your inputs.

  2. Enter the total distance of your trip.

  3. Specify your average driving speed during the trip.

  4. Enter the total duration of breaks you plan to take during the journey.

  5. Specify the departure time, day, month, and year.

  6. Upon entering these details, the tool will calculate the total driving duration and exact arrival time based on your input.

If you're interested in determining the costs associated with your trip, use the second section of the calculator and follow these steps:

  1. Specify your car's fuel consumption rate.

  2. Indicate current fuel price.

  3. Input the number of passengers traveling with you.

  4. The calculator will subsequently determine the total drive cost and the cost per person based on the provided information.

For example, consider a scenario where you must drive 140 km (87 mi) at an average speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). You plan to take a 30-minute break, and your departure time is January 22, 2024, at 7:00 pm. In this case, the calculator would compute a total drive time of 2 hours and 15 minutes, estimating your arrival at the destination on January 22, 2024, at 9:15 pm.

Moreover, if your fuel consumption rate is 8 liters per 100 kilometers (62 miles) and the fuel price is $0.90 per liter, the total cost of your journey would be $10.08. If you're traveling with a companion, you could split the cost, resulting in $5.04 per person.

🙋‍♂️ If you need to be at a specific destination by a particular time and are wondering when to depart, our calculator has you covered — it works in reverse, too! Here's how to use it:

  1. Input when you intend to arrive at your destination in the variable arrival time.

  2. Enter the total distance you need to cover.

  3. Specify the average driving speed you plan to maintain.

  4. If you plan to take breaks during the journey, enter the total duration.

  5. The calculator will determine the optimal departure time, ensuring you reach your destination as planned!

Have more questions about the estimated time of arrival? Keep reading.

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.

Visit our speed calculator to learn more about how to calculate speed.

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.

Meet the creator of the drive time calculator

I'm Filip, the mastermind behind the drive time calculator, and I'm a biomedical and electrical engineering graduate from AGH University of Krakow.

My motivation to develop this tool emerged during a road trip, where the challenges of planning a long journey, including costs and time uncertainties, became evident. In response, I envisioned a solution — a tool that calculates travel duration and considers essential factors like fuel costs. The outcome is a user-friendly tool designed to simplify journey planning, whether for extended trips or daily commutes.

Why trust this tool? We put extra care into the quality of our content so that they are as accurate and reliable as possible. Each tool is peer-reviewed by a trained expert and then proofread by a native speaker. If you'd like to learn more about our standards, please check the Editorial Policies page.

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?

To calculate the mileage of your vehicle, follow these steps:

  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
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Distance
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Average speed
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Total time of breaks
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min
Total drive time
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Departure time
Arrival time
Money
Fuel economy
US mpg
Fuel price
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US gal
Total drive cost
$
Number of passengers
Drive cost / person
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