Distance Between UK Postcodes

This tool can be used to find the distance between postcodes in the UK. Type in the two postcodes and click the Show button.

Map Showing the Distance Between Two UK Postcodes


Postcode 1 Postcode 2


Measure in : miles km
Distance as the Crow Flies : As the crow Flies
Distance by Land Transport : Land Transport

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How to Use Postcode Tool

Type in the first and second postcode then click the Show button. The map will then display the location of the two postcodes and also show the routes for:

  • As the crow flies - the straight distance between the points
  • By land transport - by car and/or boat

You will also see the distance displayed below the map for the distance as the crow flies and also by land transport. You can then type in more postcodes and click the show button to see more distances.

Note : This Postcode distance finder will measure the distance between full UK Postcodes.

Format of Outward Code / Out Code

Use the format "A(A)0(0)(A)", where:

  • A is a character
  • 0 is a digit
  • () means optional

Format of Full UK Postcode

Use the format "A(A)0(0)(A)_0AA", where:

  • A is a character
  • 0 is a digit
  • () means optional
  • _ is a space

So any input of 2,3 or 4 characters is assumed to be an Out Code format and anything longer than 4 characters is assumed to be a full UK postcode.

Uses of This Postcode Tool

This tool has a wide range of possible uses from delivery estimation to point to point measurement. If you know of a useful application of this tool, let us know.

Problems or Suggestions

If you notice any errors or have suggestions for further development, then please contact freemaptools.

  • Change land route colour from blue as it is easy to mix up with motorways.

Version History

  • 15th December 2007 - Page created
  • 16th December 2007 - Version 1 of functional system completed
  • 22nd December 2007 - Improvements to back end storage system and some of the text on this page
  • 23rd December 2007 - Added enter to submit function
  • 9th October 2008 - Resolved issue when Show button is clicked multiple times and distance keeps changing. Improved automatic zoom function.
  • 20th September 2011 - Resolved issue where a postcode not found in the right hand textbox would be reported as not finding the value of the left hand textbox.
  • 5th November 2013 - Implemented Google Maps API V3 including new google.maps.DirectionsService.

Relevant Links

Google Maps API

Information on UK Postcodes

Previous Comments For This Page

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By luis on 03/04/2014

P.T.B F.C.U.M fooball fan. This service is Ideal for away days.Never let us down once.Bang on 100 perccent
By Philip Thomas Bradbury on 03/04/2014

Simply wonderful.Over the years it has taken me to and fro all the hidden places...and helped me to plan my journey
By George on 29/03/2014

Great! good,clear,easy to use info, will use often, thankyou.
By Jean on 29/03/2014

Good idea - using it to see how my school place was rejected, yet a friend who lives further away was accepted - all because they use the crow flies rather than the actual land distance (annoyingly, as land distance and therefore travel time is less for us).I am quite amazed at the difference between the 2 - found an 18 mile crow fly that was 28 miles by land - so not sure how fair it is for expenses to use crow flies. Would be good to add shortest travel time by land too.
On 27/03/2014

Just used your site for the first time, 'as the crow flies'. Brilliant.A very useful tool. Thank you
On 27/03/2014

Both "Distance as the Crow Flies" & "Distance by Land Transport" are useful. Thanks for the good work. Keep doing!
On 25/03/2014

This is Brilliant for as the crow flies distances which are used in calculating expenses for construction industry
On 21/03/2014

I ditto what Neil Smith says. I use it every day in my work and find it really useful. I don't know what I'd do without it.
By Clare on 18/03/2014

For those ignorant people who are moaning about " Who uses as the crow flies " well lots of people do!, including myself, as it is an excellent method for analysing school catchment areas and distances for automatic incorporation and admissions from your very own post code. Schools are "very" particular with distances from postcodes so this website is excellent for this. Thank you.
By Neil Smith on 11/03/2014

This don't work no more? Please advise
By Dan on 11/03/2014

Really useful
By RG on 28/02/2014

excellent information well done
By john gould on 28/02/2014

Who uses as the Crow Flies? Me for one as our employees get expenses based on the crow flies, have a check in the JIB hand book. Good Site, keep up the good work
By CrowFliesMan on 26/02/2014

Drop the crow, who goes by it????????? apart from that very useful.
By Ron on 24/02/2014

Brilliant, very helpful when you are travelling to the capital and don't have a clue about distances from a to b.
On 03/02/2014

Yes, but to be properly useful lets have multiple post codes so A to B to C to D etc. can be calculated without repeated basic A to B entry - still searching for a tool that does this..
By Ab on 27/01/2014

Hi I use this web page every day in work and has never let me down in any way. so please keep going on i couldn't do with out it.
By Vivien Hyde on 08/01/2014

Very good tool and very useful. Well done.
On 07/01/2014

Hi, we have no reason to believe it has stopped working. No changes have been made. Please try deleting your temporary internet files, then load the page again.
By Daft Logic on 16/12/2013

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