Timetables are normally given using the 24-hour clock. A timetable is shown in columns, with a list of places in the first column. Each of the other columns represent a single journey. A gap, or line means that the train or bus does not stop at that location.

Here is part of a local bus timetable:

bus timetable

Journey times can be worked out by subtracting the time of departure from the time of arrival within a column.

To be at a destination at a particular time, find the destination, then find a time where the bus or train arrives before the time needed, then work up that column to find the departure time from the originating location.


1. Using the timetable, above, how long does the journey take from Ashfield to Fairlie on the 1015 bus?

Answer: 56 minutes

Departs Ashfield 1015; Arrives Fairlie 1111.

Add 45 minutes to take 1015 to 1100; then add another 11 minutes from 1100 to arrival time of 1111.

Add 45 and 11 for 56 minutes.

2. Chloe needs to be in Fairlie for 3pm. What time does she need to leave Deesthorpe to get to her appointment on time?

Answer: 1242

The 1440 arrival at Fairlie does not stop at Deesthorpe, so she will need to catch the bus that arrives at 1311. That bus leaves Deesthorpe at 1242.