Measure a Distance

The measure distance tool is a simple way of find the distance between two points on a map. Start Clicking!

Measure Distance Map

Search For Location :


 Pan to My Location 


[Map Height : Small - Medium - Large - Full Screen]

Total Distance Miles km Nautical Miles Yards

 Clear Last 

 Zoom To Fit 

 Clear Map 

 Toggle Markers 

Autopan ? Snap To Roads ?

Travel Time


Select Speed...

0 KPH 1000 KPH



Or choose mode of transport...

Slow Car
Fast Car
Passenger Aeroplane

How to use the Measure Distance Tool

Simply click once on one point, then click again on the second point. The distance should then be displayed. You can click more than two points in order to build up a continuous route.

Use the miles / km / nautical miles / yards switch to measure distances in km or in miles or nautical miles. The Autopan option will move the map as you click the points.

The Quick Find text box allows you to quickly get to an area you wish without spending time zooming and panning to find it. For example if you wish to find the city of Rome in Italy, type "Rome, Italy" and then click go. The map will then go straight to Rome. Note the "[city][comma][space][county]" format.

Toggle markers will show or hide the markers if they get in the way.

Clear last will remove the last point from the map

Zoom to fit will zoom and pan the map to get the best fit of all your points on as large a zoom as possible.

Clear Map is a reset button that will clear all points and allow you to start measuring a distance again.

You can edit the position of any existing points by dragging the marker (when they are displayed) and dropping the marker in it's new position

You can also adjust the height of the map to have it large, medium or small in size.

Future Ideas and Improvements

  • Export to kml option
  • Auto-reroute for optimum distance (traveling salesman problem)
  • Have other speeds like fiber optic cable (~.6 c)
  • Provide elevation data for route
  • Provide measurement in feet

Version History

  • 24th June 2014 - Added option Snap To Roads
  • 24th March 2014 - Added option Pan to My Location
  • 11th January 2012 - Implemented Google Maps API V3. Added Full Screen option
  • 12th October 2010 - Markers now show their latitude and longitude when you hover over them
  • 15th October 2009 - Added travel time output
  • 12th October 2009 - Added terrain map option
  • 20th February 2008 - Revamp of design now with draggable markers
  • 1st November 2007 - Added quick find text box
  • 19th October 2007 - Yards now added as a unit of measurement
  • 9th October 2007 - Nautical Miles added as unit of measurement
  • 5th September 2007 - Descriptive Text Updated
  • 28th June 2007 - Page Created

Relevant Links

If you are trying to measure the distance between two cities, then the How far is it Between tool is probably more suitable for your needs.

Previous Comments For This Page

Helped me make a yardage chart for golf!
By Flippidy Flob on 30/03/2015

Viri, this is something we are looking in to.
By Free Map Tools on 21/03/2015

Awesome tool! I use it every day to measure my walks :) Have you thought of making an app based on it?
By Viri on 20/03/2015

Excellent tool for measuring daily walks. So easy to use. Thank you
By HBM on 19/03/2015

Very good but if would be simple better
By Mansour on 19/03/2015

Very good tool for jogging jacks 19/03/2015
On 19/03/2015

Great tool. Its hard finding a way to measure a walk but this is almost perfect!
On 17/03/2015

Hi David, you can save using the User Menu at the top right of this page. It is possible to export (then import) the data as an XML file. We will consider your suggestion to share using Facebook.
By Free Map Tools on 09/03/2015

It really helped me understand distance
By Sydney on 09/03/2015

On 07/03/2015

good tool could you add a save function so I can show others the route I used and even a share to facebook function
By David McCabe on 07/03/2015

Hi Phil, This has been added to the list of future improvements. Thanks.
By Free Map Tools on 04/03/2015

Great Tool. Just mapped my 8.9 mile commute to work. Marietta, Ga to Kennesaw State University mostly on Noonday Creek Trail.
On 01/03/2015

Hi - A great tool. Would it be possible to add elevation to it as well i.e. map the elevation along the route and give the total ascent?
By Phil Sheppard on 28/02/2015

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On 25/02/2015

Add measurement in feet please!
By David on 23/02/2015

A very useful website. I have learned to plan better with this.
On 20/02/2015

Awesome service!
On 16/02/2015

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