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
|Units of measurement||km miles|
|(1)||Enter an Address|
|(2A)||Speed||And Time :||hours|
|(2B)||How far can you travel||km|
|(Optional)||Choose Processing Speed Vs Accuracy|
|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
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.
- 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
- 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
Previous Comments For This Page
This is fabulous! I'm sharing with everyone who will listen.
avoid highways now working again.
By Free Map Tools on 23/11/2013
"avoid highway" option not working
Please can you delete your temporary internet files and reload the page again and see if this helps?
By Free Map Tools on 18/11/2013
The "How far can I travel" option seems to have stopped working after the update today (IE & Firefox). Please keep this great tool running.
This is awesome - thanks for making it for us!
By Frank Garon on 25/10/2013
nice idea... but unfortunately not accurate.
Would there be any way to incorporate Google's traffic data to give me reasonable answers opposed to using roads at set speeds? For instance, if one road is consistently congested with traffic, and another is not, it will drastically change how far can be traveled in a set period of time via car. For bicycles the speed will be around the same value regardless of traffic, but cars may be legally able to do 50 but may only be capable of doing 25 on a road due to traffic.
It would make house hunting easier based on work location, if traffic approximations could be included.
Great tool, but I agree that it should allow for local speed limits to provide a radius within x-minute drive of the given location. Thanks guys!
By Happy User on 06/10/2013
Terrific site. I was looking for vacation spots within an easy day's drive (e.g., 6 hours) from Gainesville, GA, USA. It did a great job. HOWEVER, it did not shade in or pin the coastal towns like Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC, which would have been nice. Thanks for the site. A great tool.
By Don Caskey on 17/09/2013
I love when things do as they say and are clean, simple and efficient - no cluttering with bells and whistles, just straight up information. A relief to find...
I find it odd that you did not include Cape Cod when I was searching from Belmont, Massachusetts.
Very good. Needed to figure out how long it would take me to get to work from locations whilst house hunting. Does as it says on the tin! Cheers folks.
This is a great tool. I thought about the concept a while ago and couldn't think up the best way to search for it. I recommend showing the result in sq miles too for searching to rent or buy a home. Being in a coastal area (Boston), this becomes a major factor (Boston is only the center if you plan to be on the ocean 1/2 the time!).
Hi, please have a look at Postcodes Inside Travel Time.
By Free Map Tools on 03/09/2013
Would be great if you could use the radius on this tool and transfer it over to the Postcode tool so you can identify all the Postcodes within a time distance?
Great tool. I use it for figuring out where to live. It would be great if you could add a function that shows endpoints on all possible solutions, including a highway that would mathematically create a circuit.....
And... it would be great if you could select two data sets to indicate x amount of time on a highway, and then y amount of time on non-high-way starting at the end node of the first set...
By Ritske on 28/08/2013
This would be very useful to many businesses if you could make these changes.
1. Have a CSV export option so this could be used in tandem with maps engine lite
2. Have options for color and shading
I think you may need to tune your algorithm a little for areas with irregular roads. Try searching on "very accurate" for places within 10km of "CWI Amsterdam". If you turn on highways the shape doesn't make sense, and if you turn *off* highways you get a shape which is larger than *with* highways. Also, the results don't include places that you can reach in a *shorter* distance (look at the same example, where the shape one gets when avoiding highways includes paths that leave the 10km 'radius'). Otherwise a very helpful tool!
By email@example.com on 09/08/2013
Great site and easy integration to Google Earth. Thanks.
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