Sustainable accessibility in rural destinations: a public transport network approach

Kristof Tomej*, Janne J. Liburd

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There can be no sustainable tourism development without sustainable mobility, which is contingent on informed planning and policy. In rural regions, tourist attractions are spatially scattered, and poor transport planning translates into lower accessibility for non-driving visitors, yet few sustainable planning tools are available for non-urban tourism contexts. This article seeks to fill this gap by combining advances in transport geography, rural transport, and transport for tourism, and we develop an original algorithm for evaluating sustainable accessibility of tourist attractions within regional rural destinations. Based on the Spatial Network Analysis for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems (SNAMUTS) framework, the use of spatial network measures is presented in a scalable and understandable manner that can be replicated by users with basic mathematical skills and computer software. The applicability of the algorithm is illustrated in the case of West Balaton Region in Hungary. The article demonstrates the use of sustainable transport accessibility as a measure for transport evaluation that considers both environmental aspects and social justice framed as sustainable tourism participation for all.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)222-239
Publication statusPublished - 1. Feb 2020


  • Sustainable accessibility
  • public transport
  • rural tourism
  • social justice


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