Number of travel times calculated in 1 request: 
  • Google's Distance Matrix API can calculate up to 25 origins or 25 destinations in 1 request. 
  • TravelTime Search API can calculate from 1 origin up to 100,000 points in 1 request using 'fast' feature or 2,000 using the standard search

Creating isochrone shapes

  • Google has no dedicated time map output feature
  • The TravelTime Search API returns a JSON response with coordinates for points showing the boundaries of shapes of zones reachable within corresponding travel time.

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Dedicated APIs

  • Google has separate APIs to return routing information and geocoding
  • Geocoding is included free within the TravelTime Search API. Routing is also included but uses a different end point. 

Drive times

  • Live traffic times taken into account using the Google Distance Matrix advanced feature
  • Drive time calculations use road speed averages and algorithms using the TravelTime Search API and are not charged differently

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SIDE BY SIDE FEATURE COMPARISON

Feature Distance Matrix TravelTime Search API
 Travel times

 Can calculate travel times from an origin to multiple destinations. Results listed in seconds. 

 

Can calculate travel times from an origin to multiple destinations. Results listed in seconds. 

Users can use a search feature to filter out points of interest that fall within the requested area. For example 'list all hotels within 30 minutes' drive from airport.  

Travel distance

 Can calculate travel distance from an origin to multiple destinations. Results can be returned in imperial and metric. 

 

 Can calculate travel distance from an origin to multiple destinations. Results can be returned in metric.  

 

Fare data

 Provides fare data for public transport where available. 

Provides price for standard ticket. 

 

Provides fare data for public transport UK only.

Provides price for the standard ticket, weekly ticket, monthly ticket, annual ticket.

Routing information

Detailed routing information not included in the price. Use the Direction API for this  - priced separately. 

Routing included

 

Isochrones

Additional coding needed. Limitations of exporting 25 points in 1 API call. 

Time map endpoint. Returns a JSON response with coordinates for points showing the boundaries of shapes of zones reachable within corresponding travel time.
Geocoding

 

Geocoding not included in the price. Use the Geocoding API for this - priced separately. 

Free geocoding included
Geocoding optimisation

 

 Including a region code will influence results from the geocoder

 

Including a region code will influence results from the geocoder

 Limits per request

 

25 origins or destinations allowed per request

1 origin to 2000 destinations per request
 Limits per second

 

1000 elements (client-side and server-side) per second. Element = origin x destination

No hard limits
 Free plan limits

 

Equivalent of up to 40k elements using Distance Matrix API or up to 20k elements if using distance matrix advanced

10,000 queries per month

30 queries per minute 

 

Paid plan limits

 

100k elements per day

 

No hard paid daily limits

Transport modes available

Driving, Walking, Cycling, public transport. Users can adjust public transport preference towards bus, subway, train, tram or rail. 

 

Driving, Walking, Cycling, public transport. Users can select only 1 mode of public transport including bus, coach, train, ferry. 

Can also combine modes including driving and train combined, driving and ferry combined, cycling and ferry combined. 

Driving times

 

Using the Distance Matrix Advanced feature traffic conditions can be taken into account if the departure time is at the current time or future time. 

If using standard matrix it calculates driving based on best guess time based on historical data, as well as a pessimistic & optimistic time. 

Does not take current drive times into account, uses drive time averages for that specific departure time.

Drive time calculations are only based on best guess using road speed averages and algorithms. Pessimistic / optimistic coming soon. 

 Travel preferences

Users can specify less walking and/ or fewer transfers. Can avoid tolls, highways, ferries and indoor routing. 

Users can specify maximum time spent walking, parking the car or time spent on other modes of transport 

 

Language

 

Available in 30+ languages

 

Only available in English

 Support

 

Standard support: Product documentation, Stack Overflow Community, Issue Tracker, API Console Help Center
Standard plan: Billing help and billing support, data privacy information Online support
Silver & Gold support: customers get phone support if they have had an issue for over 15 minutes, as well as a support portal where they can log cases

Standard support: Documentation, email support for questions on using the API, billing etc. – response within 48 hours support@igeolise.com

Customers can also access dedicated Slack channel support, phone support and dedicated developer days.
 

Pricing comparison

Topic TravelTime Search API

Distance Matrix API

Pricing from July 2018

Pay as you go plan Yes - available Yes - available
Contract plan Yes - available Yes - for enterprise customers
Free limits

A $200 USD Google Maps Platform credit is available each month. 

Equivalent of up to 40k elements distance matrix API or up to 20k elements if using distance matrix advanced.

Element classed as no. origin x destination

10,000 free calls per month at 30 free calls per minute. 

Call classed as an origin x up to 2000 destinations. 

Prices per element

Previously, the API had the same pricing for all Distance Matrix requests. Now split between basic and advanced requests.

 Basic requests per element (origin x destination)

0-100k: 0.005 USD (5.00 USD per 1000)

100,001 – 500k: 0.004 USD (4.00 USD per 1000)

Distance matrix advanced (live traffic info needed)

0-100k: 0.01 USD  (10.00 USD per 1000)

100,001 – 500k: 0.008 USD (8.00 USD per 1000)

 Pay as you go

£0.01 per API query (If comparing a call to element, can have up to 2000 Google-type elements in 1 query.) 

Contract

Download the rate card here. Prices £0.006 - £0.003 per call. 

All pricing information was taken from the Developers Distance Matrix page June 18 2018.

TravelTime Search API is not affiliated with Google.

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