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 : mileskm Avoid Motorways/Highways?
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

  • 28th May 2015 : Now uses Google places.Autocomplete
  • 15th March 2015 : New option to Avoid Motorways/Highways
  • 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

On 03/09/2015

1 Mile Patio Approximately 1 Mile for the New Haven Green
By Jette on 24/08/2015

Hi Bob, you can use Measure Distance on a Map to measure custom distances such as this.
By Free Map Tools on 24/08/2015

Is it possible to measure distance between town/postcode to the nearest point of a county? I.e. From Crawley (Town) to Surrey (County)? If I do it, it picks a point in the middle of the county and gives me a distance to there. However, I need to measure distance to the nearest point within that administrative county.
By Bob on 24/08/2015

Worked Great
By Lauren Coombes on 21/08/2015

There is no problem with this page. From experience issues such as this are due to restrictions or custom settings at the client side machine or LAN.
By Free Map Tools on 20/08/2015

By FEP on 20/08/2015

This was really helpful with letting me know how far I was gonna have to drive
By Danielle on 17/08/2015

Hi Bill, it has never been possible to click on the map on this page. I guess you are talking about Measure Distance on a Map.
By Free Map Tools on 13/08/2015

What happened? A week ago I was able to simply click on the map for two (or more) locations, and I immediately got the distance (in nautical miles even).Now I can't even find the "Show" button.
By Bill on 13/08/2015

excellent directions have it on mysaves
By paul on 13/08/2015

great app
By michael keeler on 12/08/2015

Nice website... easy to use!
By MarySue on 10/08/2015

Very, very useful - helped me plan an alternative route to avoid the M25 in the height of the holiday season.
On 07/08/2015

Very useful trip planning tool and easy to use.
By Oiler 8.3.15 on 03/08/2015

this site is Great! measures distance both via road, and 'as the crow flies'. i use this all the time.
By Seachelles on 31/07/2015

Worked flawlessly
On 30/07/2015

By 12 on 28/07/2015

Brilliant Full Stop ...
By Derek J on 28/07/2015

Super website easy to use great for route planning
By Colin on 28/07/2015

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