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 :
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

Great Nice and easy
On 26/11/2015

Show calculations please
On 26/11/2015

Hi John, please have a look at Measure Distance on a Map.
By Free Map Tools on 24/11/2015

Site is good BUT... can it calculate via a dot to dot route. here to there via ... that would make it very useful I don't want to take obscure winding back roads that may be less distance.
By John. on 24/11/2015

All good again, happy days !!!!!!
By sammy on 19/11/2015

Not showing me the distance !! it stays blank.....
By sammy on 19/11/2015

By yo mum on 17/11/2015

great no messing about just what i like
By ben on 17/11/2015

Too difficult to use. Google monopolizing maps era.
On 16/11/2015

I think you need to make it easier to use.]:
On 16/11/2015

This site sucks! I couldn't order my pizza!
By Kasandra on 16/11/2015

On 15/11/2015

It is a fantastic site and I have used it so so so many times. IT'S AMAZING
By By Clara 15/11/2015 on 15/11/2015

not good
On 12/11/2015

On 12/11/2015

MCS, thanks for the feedback. How Far is it Between Newcastle, United Kingdom and Middlesbrough, United Kingdom should now be fixed.
By Free Map Tools on 12/11/2015

Unfortunately quite a few errors: for example Newcastle to Middlesbrough shows road distance 40.989 miles (believable); crow-fly distance 92.444 miles - clearly not right. Have found a few such examples when checking crow-fly distances around GB. Separately, "Distance by land transport" should read "Distance by road" - distances by rail and/or road public transport will be different. Thanks!
By MCS on 12/11/2015

Sales Manager, we are sorry to hear this. Can you confirm what happens (at all) when you click the Show button? Which web browser are you using? There are no issues noticed when tested at this end.
By Free Map Tools on 11/11/2015

After having used this site for years, it has now suddenly stopped indicating distances,and refers to a link that seems to do nothing. Very disappointing.
By Sales Manager on 11/11/2015

very helpful, was easy to use
By karen on 10/11/2015

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