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When traveling, I'm often interested in visiting the surrounding area. Unfortunately, map distance doesn't necessarily relate well to travel time, especially when considering public transport.

There is a question specifically asking about travel from Oxford or Cambridge, but that's not were I'm usually staying. Are there any more generic solutions, particularly for central Europe?

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The answer to that Oxford and Cambridge question contains a link where you can order a custom map for 25 pounds. –  DJClayworth Nov 28 '13 at 16:15
    
@DJClayworth The custom map is UK only, though. –  Jonas Nov 28 '13 at 16:20
    
But why would you ever want one for anywhere else? ;-) –  Gagravarr Nov 28 '13 at 23:06

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There is, as of now, no general solution for any places, particularly since public transport data is not always freely available, which makes coding such an application difficult.

For places where public transport data is available, there are sites that let you do draw areas of what you can visit.

Mapnificent has a decent number of cities from all over the world. Note that it may not have access to the complete public transport data (see e.g. @Gagravarr's comment).

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arrlee works for Germany, Switzerland, and Austria only, and is able to provide overlays of points of interest. It "knows" all public transport stops in these countries, as far as I can tell, and is thus quite reliable.

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I've just tried Mapnificent with Brisbane (Australia), and it seems to be missing large amounts of the public transport options! I fear it's not yet ready for prime time use, though it's a nice idea... –  Gagravarr Nov 28 '13 at 15:46
    
@Gagravarr: thanks for the feedback - I have only been able to check arrlee, and that works very well. –  Jonas Nov 28 '13 at 16:01

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