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)

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

Quite useful
By Geoff on 12/09/2014

works great!
By rile on 09/09/2014

Hi, please try deleting your temporary internet files and reload the page again. We have made an update to some files and you may have old versions cached.
By Free Map Tools on 09/09/2014

use this quite a bit, but today distance stays at 0, not working.
By Kevin on 09/09/2014

Great App - But now when I click the distance remains at zero. I am using IE9/Windows 7 - it worked great on XP and older IE.
By Jonathan on 09/09/2014

Hi, can you explain how it doesn't work please?
By Free Map Tools on 03/09/2014

it doesn't work
On 03/09/2014

This is cool and useful thanks! But using the most distorted type of map projection is extremely distracting. Please consider using an alternative projection.
On 01/09/2014

Great site.
On 28/08/2014

Hi, can you explain how it didn't work please?
By Free Map Tools on 21/08/2014

yeah didnt work ...needs work
On 21/08/2014

100 Km Radius from Chorley St Depot
By Redcliffe Coaches on 21/08/2014

a tool essential for one .
On 20/08/2014

Dw stadiom
On 19/08/2014

We got lost
By lottice garsen on 18/08/2014

Thank you for this site. It is just the thing I was looking for.
By Joanne on 12/08/2014

Need Kayak speed
On 11/08/2014

All these tools are just the thing I was looking for about 15 years ago. Thank you for making my vision a reality. I see a need to be able to add a point to an existing path while still adding new points at the end of the path. Like adjusting/refining an earlier part that you come back to later in your run or cycle.
By robow on 09/08/2014

Mode of transport: Sailboat 5knots average speed.
On 01/08/2014

Love the Snap to Roads feature! Would be great to input street addresses for routing business appts.
By Tracy D. on 30/07/2014

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