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Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

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Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

This is my first trip to Sicily. I am trying to firm up my reservations etc. for my 12 days in eastern Sicily and am hoping I have not crammed too much into the time period. It seems to be ok when I check distances on Goggle maps, but I am wondering if road conditions and traffic make these driving times inaccurate. Please see my other post here and help me decide. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187886-i343-k6277…

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1. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

Google Maps give very optimistic travel times. You will get better estimates from www.viamichelin.com but even that site does not allow any time for stops and assumes that there will be no delays caused by traffic or road works.

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2. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

Yes, ViaMichelin is far more reliable with estimated driving times than Google which is very optimistic, but always allocate extra time even with ViaMichelin, GPS, and a good map!

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3. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

I agree via Michelin in more correct, but google maps are not so far off excluding the big cities and the hills.

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4. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

ViaMichelin has revised estimated driving times for Sicily, and there is a significant difference in driving times between ViaMichelin and Google.

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5. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

Google map is fine and I strongly disagree on GM being optimistic.

I use it in Italy and in the UK and it takes me always less time of what GM says.

As advised for Michelin, GM also doesn't considers stops and delays but GM does keeps in cosideration the current traffic conditions.

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6. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

There are nice features about Google Maps, but times are shorter on Google Maps.

Trapani to Taormina is at least a 4-hour drive depending on traffic, especially around Palermo’s ring road.

Google Maps estimates the driving time at 03h31. ViaMichelin estimates the driving time at 04h37, and also indicates traffic incidents on the route.

Consult both, but for a driver unfamiliar with Sicily and traffic, the longer times are more realistic.

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7. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

Goole Map also sais:

.............in current traffic 3h 49mins

Hi Vagabonda! ;-)

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8. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

Hi Salvo! :-)

That is a nice feature - It's currently up to 03h50!!

Vagabonda

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9. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

Thanks to all of you. I will check both. I am trying to determine if I have left enough time to visit the locations I have in my itinerary listed here:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187886-i343-k6277…

I want to see as much of this part of Sicily as I can, but don't want to rush around like a lunatic either. I added Venice to my itinerary because it is a place I have wanted to see with my husband for 36 years. I can change that part of my trip if necessary.

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10. Re: Can I trust Google Maps Driving Times Please Help

Hi dbeanie,

Yes, you have sufficient time - tripadvisor.com/…48177364

Enjoy!

Vagabonda