How Far is it Between

This tool can be used to find the distance between two named points on a map. You can decide which two points to measure and then find out the distance between them as the crow flies and distance when driving. Type in the names of the places below and click the Show button.


City, Country City, Country


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

Map Showing the Distance Between Two Points

 Full Screen 

How to Use

Simply type in the name of the two places in the text boxes and click the show button!

The best format to use is [City, Country] to enter a location - that is [City(comma)(space)Country]. You can also type in major places straight in such as "USA", "Tokyo", "London" etc. Postcodes and addresses can also be used.

When you click the search button, a search will be made to find which place you are referring to. Firstly, a search is made of an internal list of common places. If no match is found then a search will be made using the Google Maps API GlocalSearch feature. If this also returns no results then you are asked to indicate the location of the point by clicking on the map. This allows you to then see the distance between the two points and also inputs the location into the internal database so that the next time a visitor searches for that location, it will be found.

Once a result is returned, you can copy a URL to use as a permanent link back to the result for your own reference or to pass on to other people.

Note : For UK Postcodes, use the UK Postcode distance tool. Also, to find the distance between points that are not named, you can use the Measure Distance tool.

About How Far is it Between

This tool can be used to find the distance between countries, cities or towns.

There are two distances output:

  • As the Crow Flies - The direct distance between points
  • Distance by land transport (When possible) - Distance estimate when you travel by road and sea.

The distances can be output in the following units:

  • km (kilometers)
  • miles

The output is via a measurement of the distance and also a map that shows that two locations and the path between them as the crow flies and the route by land transport.

You can use the controls on the map to:

  • Pan the map
  • Zoom the Map
  • Switch between Map and Satellite views

Some Examples of Distances

Some of the distances between cities that can be found using the system. Click on one to see it or type in your own places above in the text boxes.

Known Issues

  • Red line will not cross the International Date Line
  • The Automatic zoom fails when the shortest distance is across the International Date Line
  • Allow points to be requested for deletion from the database to keep the information tidy

If you spot anything that needs addressed, then please contact Free Map Tools.

Version History

  • 27th January 2015 : Full Screen button added
  • 8th January 2014 : Resolved minor issue. When no driving directions are found, the box now says N/A. Previously it had no update and sometimes retained the value of the previous search driving distance
  • 7th January 2014 : Resolved minor issue where driving directions route from old measurement was still appearing when another search was done
  • 13th November 2013 : Implemented Google Maps API V3
  • 7th March 2010 : New mode of transport added ... Passenger Aeroplane
  • 2nd December 2009 : Now brings up the suggested cities and countries much faster. Also shows most popular places at the top of the list
  • 20th January 2008 : Improved automatic zoom to give more consistent results
  • 15th December 2007 : Added Save Data option
  • 29th November 2007 : Added Land Transport measurement option
  • 4th November 2007 : Dynamic URL to save how far is it between X and Y
  • 21st October 2007 : Added GlocalSearch search to find more places automatically
  • 18th July 2007 : Fixed drop down lists so they fall over all content below
  • 1st July 2007 : Work done on allowing users to add a new locations if they are not on the system
  • 30th June 2007 : Page Created with basic functionality

Relevant Links

Google Maps API

Previous Comments For This Page

Hi Peter, this has now been implemented. There is a new button below the map.
By Free Map Tools on 27/01/2015

is it possible to use on full screen?
By peter on 26/01/2015

Wow! I love it! On my first search I'm impressed! Thanks!
By Anthony Phillips on 26/01/2015

Exellent being disabled it took the anxiety out of the thought of driving the distance which is shorter than first thought. Thank you
By A.j.Robbins on 26/01/2015

Thank you, very easy to use, and no downloading an app.
By David on 25/01/2015

Life saver. Came in very handy planning my UK golf trip.
By Sbuda on 13/01/2015

Awesome ! Great tool for planning your day trips, holidays, etc, when travelling for sightseeing and touring places of interest in new cities.
By Happy Traveller on 10/01/2015

There are occasional mistakes, and sometimes the road and directline destinations don't match. For example, if you enter "Hamburg, Airport", rather than "Hamburg Airport, Germany" (the former is the first auto-complete entry), then the road destination is correct, but the direct-line is Tbilisi Airport, Georgia.
On 10/01/2015

On 08/01/2015

Brilliant tool. I use this daily - very useful at work or for personal use.
By Rachael Sharp on 07/01/2015

By ajay saini on 06/01/2015

Too rigid in choice of itinerary - can't drag travel/distance to an alternate non-toll route if desired.
On 04/01/2015

By NARESH BHANWALA on 03/01/2015

Hi Disappointed in PDX, please try this link...
By Free Map Tools on 01/01/2015

Bloody useless! You can't drag the pin... So no chance on seeing how actually the line goes from a particular spot.
By Dave on 01/01/2015

Hi Fred, please try How Far is it Between Marbella and Gibraltar
By Free Map Tools on 31/12/2014

I am sure that Marbella to Gibralter is not 5959.980 miles ...but maybe I drive faster than I thought
By Fred on 30/12/2014

By SHAILESH on 29/12/2014

I want to find the distance between Lajes, on Terceira Island in the Azores, to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel in the Azores. Although this website recognized both locations, it uselessly tells me it's thousands of miles and shows a track from somewhere in Florida to the Azores. Great.
By Disappointed in PDX on 25/12/2014

By d gray on 19/12/2014

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