Agreed, it's almost unplayable and it won't even keep my kids interest, they moved on...Apex Taxis have really underlined the issues with traveltimes in this game, highlighted rather nicely by ObsidianAnt's latest video. Supercruise travel-times between places are significantly high, even at short-range. I didn't realise the scale of the issue until the times were presented.
There are a couple of possible solutions.
1. Increase ship acceleration & decelleration
This would be for all vessels. Tie it to module quality etc if you need to. Or add in some form of interactive gameplay that allows for players to move faster.
2. Remove supercruise
I've heard it repeated often here and on reddit that in the very early days of Elite Dangerous, there wasn't going to be supercruise. We'd be able to jump directly between the bodies and signal sources.
3. Allow jumping between bodies
Or at the least in-system stars. This
iswas my favourite.
Once we're in a system, give us the opportunity to do supercruise-to-supercruise jumping between celestial bodies.
We keep opportunities for interdiction gameplay.
We keep opportunities for seeing where players and NPCs are before jumping
We don't exclude traveling for mission signal sources, persisting PoIs, and carriers.
We get the best of both worlds.
4. Engaging supercruising experience
You know how we've got the interdiction experience? And riding the waves of a jet-cone boost?
Making currents / routes through space that a skillful pilot can use to go faster than a straight line is my new favourite.
It lets idle players just point their ship and AFK watching netflix and reading Reddit if they prefer - but it rewards active piloting with faster speeds.
Highly recommend this choice.
If you think there's an opportunity to improve the game with one of these options, please share what you would prefer, and why.
Comment in the gameplay feedback thread too.
And if you think things are fine as they are, and the arguments above don't sway you - I am more than curious to hear what value / enjoyment you get out of the long SC journeys