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.
- Options for cycle and biking and walking modes.
- 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
Previous Comments For This Page
When looking for destinations from Boise, the entire West Coast is ignored. I'm looking for trips up to 16 hours from Boise, ID and nothing on the coast will come up.
It is not clear when using Option 2B if units are in Km when Km is selected.
It would also be useful to be able to specify a distance (rather than a time) and a mode of travel, so that you can what facilities are available within a 400m walk for example.
By Xavi on 30/03/2013
Please add public transport should be very easy. Just set dirflg parameter to "r".
By fritzi on 26/03/2013
I wish this was available in an iPhone app!
As the other Pi Day (3.14) poster mentioned, this is a great tool for discovering EV range. Combining this tool with a map of known charging stations, and then using this tool to predetermine the available range from that charging station could generate some really handy mapping information for people like Tesla Motors.
Thanks for the tool! I've been using it for about 3 years now!
By LoudMusic on 14/03/2013
I was thinking, if I got an EV, a simple great circle map with radius = EV range wouldn't work for seeing all the places I could go, because roads meander. I would have to punch in every possible destination into google maps to see where I could go, rather than simply putting in a range to see all the locations on most roads I could reach. I googled "range based on driving distance" and found this. Pretty dang cool!
Awesome tool! Great job! Just like it's been previously commented, it would be nice to have a variable speed option that would adapt to the posted limits of each road to have a much more accurate perimeter when driving time is selected instead of driving distance
This is very neat. Would be even better to see a version that included public transport, and some options about what time of day you wish to do your travelling.
By H on 01/03/2013
Gorgeous. Would be even better if these markers could then be used for the "postcodes inside an area" page for pricing deliveries. But thanks for a fab tool anyway
By Ian on 05/02/2013
I was looking for the same tool but showing a access radius by public transport. This would be very useful for searching houses to let/to buy.
Love the app. I'd like to see a "things to do" option that correlates with the radius marker.
By Meme on 15/01/2013
It would be nice to have a variable car speed option, where your algorithm would look at the posted speed limits on each road to figure out more precisely how far a vehicle could go in a given time.
Show more map and allow me to zoom in so I can see the cities and boundaries at the same time.
By Bubble Head on 13/12/2012
It would bu useful for it to generate a downloadable list of postcodes covered by the area, in the same way as with the distance radius tool
By JamesD on 05/11/2012
I am delighted to discover this app!
I notice that walking radius is limited by one way streets. Please revise to disregard street directionality on walk and run routes.
By Lisa on 26/10/2012
Great tool! Similar to some other comments, I'd like to see you incorporate knowledge about speed limits into the calculation like the WAZE app for mobile phones does. 30 minutes on a highway takes you farther than 30 minutes on back roads. Thank you!
By Andy on 27/09/2012
It would be nice to be able to input multiple searches on one map to see overlapping area. The same way that the "radius around a point" tool on this site does.
By Josh on 20/09/2012
When using "How Far Can I Travel" I find the system is not accurate as it does not dress a complete radius zone. I often have to click twice and even than, for some locations it still does not get it right. And why would a zone of 200km vs 80km with the same access point not cover the same area??
This could potentially be extremely useful, but it does not work very well right now. For example it did not show any points west of my original location for one search. It also does not take all available routes (bridges, etc)
By jake on 31/08/2012
I want the final map to be able to be embedded
By Moo on 19/08/2012
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