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When I'm traveling to a city with good public transport, I often prefer to save money by booking a place that is well connected to the city center by bus/tram/metro instead of a hotel that's directly downtown. However the most popular search engines fail to properly address this use case and I'm forced to sift through the search results looking up the distance from downtown to the hotel on Google Maps.

Is there a website that better caters to this need by letting you sort hotels by distance on public transport?

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    The hotels themselves won't tell you the truth because they want you to book. "10 minutes walk from the city centre" can mean "10 minutes fast walk for an athlete to the nearest edge of the official city boundary." Jul 1, 2019 at 19:54
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    @WeatherVane Or they just define "downtown" as including areas that aren't; I was in a "downtown" hotel in Madison, US-WI and it was only "downtown" in comparison to the "airport" hotel from the same chain (I rented a bicycle).
    – gerrit
    Jul 2, 2019 at 13:37
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    @HankyPanky that's a lot of manual work. I want to say "show me the cheapest hotel reachable from the city center in less than 20 minutes by public transport" and have the search engine do the heavy lifting for me. Or "show me every hotel that's reachable from the airport without changing metro lines".
    – JonathanReez
    Jul 17, 2019 at 16:38
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    In many places “city center” can be a pretty complex or vague concept. Where is the “city center” in Paris? In London? In New York City? In Los Angeles? In Las Vegas?
    – jcaron
    May 15, 2022 at 16:44
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    I know in France some real estate search engines supposedly have this capability, though I haven’t really tested it. Don’t know if any hotel search engines with that feature, though.
    – jcaron
    May 15, 2022 at 20:05

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AFAIK there is none giving this hint, you can however try using https://www.mapnificent.net/ or https://app.traveltime.com/ which do provide a time to destination map. You can then find where you should be looking for hotels.

In the past, another website called https://mapumental.com/ did it as well, but it is now closed.

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When using Booking.com, type not just the city but the address or place, i.e., "Vienna Central T, Am Hbf, Vienna, Austria" instead of just "Vienna". Then you should be able to sort the results by "Distance to destination".

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  • Just verified you can do the same on Hotels.com Jun 18, 2023 at 18:18
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    That doesn’t give you the distance by public transit.
    – JonathanReez
    Jun 18, 2023 at 20:03

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