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

Have you used the User Menu at the top right?
By Free Map Tools on 25/05/2015

where are my the saved routes?
On 25/05/2015

aciu geras
By vilis on 13/05/2015

Thank you for the tool! Love the snap to roads feature...and it even includes fire roads/trails so this helps a lot for mountain biking. :)
By Jason on 03/05/2015

If you hover over the marker, it will show latitude and longitude
By Free Map Tools on 28/04/2015

Why not display the GPS co-ords of the two points as well?
On 28/04/2015

This is great, thank you. I wanted to see where a Trident missile could get to from UK waters (submarine launch, 7500 mile range), and these mapping tools have been a great help.
By Anthony G on 21/04/2015

good cycle
By Boulton on 20/04/2015

A most excellent tool. The Save function was most appreciated. Thanks for all.
By John Dorsey on 19/04/2015

Hi, Thanks for the comments. You can fine adjust the slider with the left and right keys.
By Free Map Tools on 19/04/2015

Love it - Just a suggesttion..... the KPH slider has a max of 1000 KPH. Since this range is so high, moving the slider is difficult. 100 would be plenty...unless you have a 1000 kph boat...if you do, then I want to go for a ride!
On 18/04/2015

Very good tool , I truly impressed by this work. Thanks for your efforts.
By Husmukh Maheshwari on 16/04/2015

By SHIRAZ DHANANI on 15/04/2015

Simple tool for measuring my kayaking and walking needs. Please add elevation data from google in future! Thanks!!
By der Stefan on 07/04/2015

Only tool for measuring water distances that I could find! Great for kayakers!
On 02/04/2015

Great for measuring running routes! Thank you!
On 01/04/2015

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

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