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How to add travel time to a Google Calendar event

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Make sure the Google calendar event has an address. Get directions to that address on Google Maps and use the “Add to Calendar” option to add a travel event to your calendar. You can also mark yourself busy during the travel event.

When you add an event to Google Calendar, traveling to it can be an event in itself. Make sure you have time to get to your event by adding trips to your calendar. You can then prevent other events from being scheduled during your travel time.

Add travel time to a Google Calendar event

You can add travel time to an event you set up or one for which you receive an invitation using Google Calendar in your browser. This creates a separate event on your calendar for the time it will take to get to your destination from a location you enter.

To follow these steps, you’ll use the Google Maps preview in the sidebar. If you have the sidebar hidden to disable the preview, select the arrow at the bottom right to show the sidebar first.

Arrow to show side panel in Google Calendar

When you create the event, add the location in the corresponding field for the event. Then click on the map icon on the right.

If you receive an invitation, select the location from the event popup on the main calendar page or select the map icon next to the location on the event details page.

Select “Directions” in the sidebar and enter your starting location in the box that appears.

Directions button and Starting Point field

Choose the directions you want to take to get to the location if there is more than one option. Then click “Add to Calendar.”

Add to Calendar for a set of addresses

You will then see a new event on your calendar with those indications and the time you must depart to travel there.

Travel time event added to Google Calendar

Adjust your availability

Depending on your Google Calendar’s availability settings, you may need to mark Busy for the travel event.

RELATED: How to Check Someone’s Availability on Google Calendar

Open the travel event popup and click the Edit (pencil) icon.

Near the bottom, above the description, use the drop-down box on the left to choose “Busy.” Select “Save” at the top.

Busy in availability dropdown box

And that is. For more information, learn how to plan a multi-destination road trip on Google Maps.


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