How Far Can I Travel

Discover how far you can travel on land from a fixed point. Specify the start point, then input either how far you can go or your mode of transport with time available. This tool will then show you the range of locations that you can reach in that time.

How Far Can I Travel Map

Options

  Units of measurement km miles  
(1) Enter an Address    
(2A) Speed
Select Speed...
KPH
Or choose mode of transport...
Walking
Jogging
Running
Cycling
Slow Car
Fast Car
And Time : hours
OR        
(2B) How far can you travel km    
(Optional) Choose Processing Speed Vs Accuracy
  Avoid Highways?
  Show Markers?
 
   

 Search 

 Full Screen 

 
Google Earth KML Output (BETA!) - Feedback is welcome as this will most likely have bugs
Once you have a radius on the map :
URL to link back (BETA!) - Feedback is welcome as this will most likely have bugs
Use this URL to link to this map :

How to use the How Far Can I Travel Tool

You do not need to interact with the map as it will move and resize depending on what you input. To start with, input an address / location in to option 1. Remember, the entire world has to be searched to find this location so make it precise. For example "123 Example Road, ExCity, Excountry" is a good method.

Next you need to indicate the total road distance you can travel. This can be done in two ways:

2A : By inputting a speed of travel and a travel time. For example you may wish to walk for 1 hour.

2B : By inputting a distance. For example you wish to find somewhere 50km away.

Optional, Specify how accurate you want the results to be. Accuracy can be low medium or high. This will result in the tool running faster or slower (more accurate means more time needed). If you find your web browser becoming slow of even crashing you are advised to lessen the accuracy.

Then click [Search] and wait a short time for the start point and all points on the perimeter of your range to be displayed.

Hover over a perimeter marker to see it's road distance from the start point and the as the crow flies distance. Click on a marker to see the address of any nearby locations.

You can then export the area to KML file with or without endpoints. Endpoints are the yellow pins that appear inside Google Earth

About

The How Far Can I Travel tool has been developed after requests by numerous people all of whom had different applications for it but all asked for a similar thing. "Instead of a radius as the crow flies, can you do a radius as the car drives" was the most popular way of explaining this. Please get in contact to report bugs or suggest improvements.

Version History

  • 22nd November 2009 - Version 1.0
  • 22nd November 2009 - Version 1.1
    • Corrected units issue
    • Added as the crow flies output to the tooltip for each marker.
  • 23rd November 2009 - Version 1.2
    • Fixed javascript error in Internet Explorer
  • 23rd November 2009 - Version 1.3
    • Added nearby location text upon clicking a perimeter marker
  • 25rd November 2009 - Version 1.4
    • Added notification when address is not found. Before this nothing seemed to happen on screen.
  • 22nd December 2009 - Version 2.0
    • New option allowing user to specify how fast or slow (inverse to accuracy) they wish the tool to run.
  • 31st January 2010 - Version 2.1
    • Increased maximum range to 999km instead of 99km.
  • 10th March 2010 - Version 2.2
    • Added export to KML option.
  • 29th July 2010 - Version 2.3
    • Added URL output to allow you to send a link with your map criteria to someone else.
  • 17th August 2010 - Version 2.4
    • Added export to KML with End Points option.
  • 21st September 2010 - Version 2.5
    • Added miles output on each markers's hover over event
  • 29th June 2011 - Version 2.6
    • Added avoid highways option
  • 27th July 2011 - Version 2.7
    • Added notification when processing is finished
    • Added option to show/hide markers
    • Added option to switch between km and miles
  • 27th September 2011 - Version 2.8
    • URL generated now includes the units (km/miles)
  • 13th June 2012 - Version 2.9
    • URL generated now includes the settings for avoid highways and show end markers
  • 13th November 2013 - Version 3.0
    • Google Maps API V3 Implemented
  • 23rd Janruary 2014 - Version 3.1
    • Added Full Screen option

Previous Comments For This Page

This is a really good effort. As many people have said it needs to sync up better with posted speeds and/or traffic patterns. Wide open country roads should expand the radius while city roads should restrict it. I'm sure this won't be easy to code, but it'll be the next big step.
On 08/04/2014

It would be useful to be able to save map image as a jpg.
By Bob on 27/03/2014

...150 km, sorry.
On 24/03/2014

...one more thing. Try accurate range (option 2B) of 100km around Nijmegen (NL) and you get a "pac-man" effect; is that due to the ocean on the left? can you fix it?
On 24/03/2014

This is just the perfect tools I was looking for! Thanks. Could you show both two layers results at the same time? (in different colors): avoiding not avoiding highways.
On 24/03/2014

Hi, not knowing how this works, is it possible to link to Google's data for average road speeds? Obviously this is a chunk better than a simple radius as it accounts for the layout of the major and minor roads, but it would be even more useful if it accounted for the differing average speeds of those roads based on GPS feedback from motorists....
On 05/03/2014

Very cool tool. I think this works well for planning day trips or weekend trips. When I use google to get directions, it knows the # of minutes to get somewhere based on posted speed limit signs (or it knows somehow). I think this tool is just asking how fast you travel in mph to calculate the # of miles in x amount of time and then it maps out what towns are that far away. This relies on me knowing what the average speed I will travel will be -- in most cases I will never know that info because the posted speed limits vary enough in a 200 mile stretch. For example, driving through town to get to the freeway will be slower than driving on the freeway. Going up a canyon and over the mountain will be slower than long stretches through the desert. For a given trip, I may do all of those things. Anyway, very cool tool. I will be using it.
On 03/03/2014

no is good
On 17/02/2014

You need to make an Android and Apple app of this.
By Steve B on 13/02/2014

Hi. This is just what I was looking for. It has some issues, but this is complicated, people. If it doesn't work for you, leave a proper report of your issue, so someone has a chance to fix it, rather than 'this is rubbish'. As a developer, I can tell you that these comments are just ignored, as being of ZERO value. So fine, write 'this is rubbish', if you must, but at least have the decency to specify WHY. My actual issue in comment to follow. :-)
By Frank on 10/02/2014

Hi rob, I can replicate your issue. I see a script error appearing when it fails I cannot get to the bottom of it. It works in other browsers and on other OS%u2019s. I have tried the steps suggested in [https://support.google.com/maps/answer/21849?hl=en] however it did not improve things. So, I have replicated this, spent a few hours trying to find a solution but have had no luck. Can you use a different browser?
By Free Map Tools on 05/02/2014

Apparently you can't travel down I5 from Portland Oregon to California.
On 04/02/2014

it is no longer working for me in Win XP IE 8.
By rob on 02/02/2014

is it possible to increase the fixpoints variably? currently there are indeed 5...
On 25/01/2014

Thank you! Great tool!!
On 13/01/2014

VERY NICE!! Can import directly into ArcMap without the cumbersome task of creating a network dataset for further analysis- great job on this tool. :)
By KATIE TEMPLETON MAYR on 08/01/2014

would be great if the tool would get live traffic information from Google and then does the calculation also on a couple of the smaller roads. This would be useful for people looking for areas to live giving the travel time to and from work on congested days
By peter on 07/01/2014

Waste of time For me didn't work right..
On 05/01/2014

It seems to not like mapping along the coastline. It creates a an overlap point that distorts the total radius
By Luke on 03/01/2014

Rubbish! Nothing works as the site is completely ignoring me. I never got an answer and the "freezing up" is terrible. Don't bother waste your time
On 01/01/2014

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