Loading please wait

The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Calculate Average Speed

In this worksheet, students will calculate average speeds given, total distance travelled and total time taken to complete a journey.

'Calculate Average Speed' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures

Curriculum subtopic:   Derive and Apply Formulae

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Speed is an example of a compound measure, which is one that involves more than one unit of measurement. 


Speed is a measure of distance (e.g. miles, km) in relation to time (e.g. hours, minutes) and can be measured in mph (miles per hour), km/h etc.

Throughout a typical journey, speed varies. It stays constant, then it may increase or decrease.


We calculate the average speed from the total distance travelled and the total time taken.


Average speed = total distance travelled ÷ total time taken



A train leaves London at 11:30 and arrives in Portsmouth at 12:20. 

The distance between the two stations is 110 km. 

Find the average speed in km/h.





First, we must state the time taken in hours, not in minutes.

Time taken = 50 minutes = 50/60 which is simplified to 5/6 hour.


Average Speed = total distance ÷ total time

= 110 ÷ 5/6

= 110 × 6/5

= 132 km/h


The average speed is 132 km/h


To test and consolidate your knowledge we'll use it to answer word problems!

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started

Try an activity or get started for free

  • National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted / Parents
    National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted
  • Private-Tutoring-WINNER-EducationInvestor-Awards / Parents
    Winner - Private Tutoring
  • Bett Awards Finalist / Parents
  • Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents
    Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents