Adding "Travel Time" to Your Calendar Events

One of the really nice additions to the Calendar app in OS X Mavericks is the ability to automatically add (and display) travel time to your events. Doing this is simple and can save you a lot of guess work when going from place to place.

First, we need to add an event to our calendar. In this case, I added "Lunch" as the event name and "Cafe Rio" as the location.

At this point, Calendar will do two things:

  1. Find the address of local Cafe Rio restaurants
  2. Determine my departure location

If you haven't used this feature before, it will assume your departure location is an address you have set up in your Address Book card (home, work, etc). If you have an event prior to this that has a location set, it will use that location as your departure location.

Once it knows your departure location and the location of the new event, we need to turn "Travel Time" on. To do this, click on the event details, and then click on the "travel time" drop down list. From here, you can select the type of travel you wish to use to get to this location (walking, driving, etc).

When you are done, simply click anywhere outside of the event and you will see the travel time associated with that event (separated by a thin white line).

It's that easy!

Posted on March 12, 2015 and filed under How To, Mac.