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

Thanks for this very useful tool
By Konuk on 26/07/2015

Love it !!!
By Pat N. 7/24/15 on 24/07/2015

8.25 miles. 27M ~ Langley Burrell ~ Kellaways ~ Tytherton Lucas ~ Stanley La ~ London Rd ~ The Butts ~ River Ho ~ Monkton Park ~ Olympiad
By 8 mile east loop on 18/07/2015

If we have set the distance to "miles" and wish to find Travel Time, why does speed show "kph" instead of "mph"?
By Glenn on 16/07/2015

It looks like the Channel Swim Training course is 0.927km, and if it takes 19 minutes to swim it, we were travelling at about 3km per hour.
By Channel Swim Training on 13/07/2015

Hi Andrew, this is possible. Please have a look at our Blog guide ...How to Draw a Route on a Map and Share.
By Free Map Tools on 08/07/2015

Thanks for the comments Judy. Please spread the word.
By Free Map Tools on 08/07/2015

Thank you. I am a kayaker and long-distance swimmer and this is a great tool for measuring milage over water -- especially useful since Google Maps disabled their measuring tool. Everybody who is unhappy with the new Google Maps should know about you!
By Judy on 08/07/2015

I love it! A sharing method would be the cherry on top!
By Andrew on 08/07/2015

Is there anyway of getting an updated aerial view of Yellow Pine, Alabama 31.42, -88.43
By Mike on 04/07/2015

Hi Joseph, we don't have any value for accuracy. All we can say is it is an estimate measurement.
By Free Map Tools on 02/07/2015

Great tools!! how accurate are the yards....
By Joseph on 02/07/2015

Unfortunately this is not currently possible.
By Free Map Tools on 30/06/2015

I want this entire site in an app with offline use. Am I dreaming?
On 30/06/2015

Thank you so much, this is just the tool i needed for measuring my milages on runs!
On 26/06/2015

Great tools, Mapquest, Google Map give me great pain. I only want to know distances. Thank you very much. Rudy Martinez 6/23/2015
By Rudy Martinez on 23/06/2015

Thanks for a useful, easy to use tool!
By Michael on 22/06/2015

Absolutely brilliant thank you!
On 19/06/2015

I love your website I thought I would never find about how long a mile is were I live. I should have used this a long time ago.
On 19/06/2015

Sunday 14 June 2015. First club run with Phoenix Cycling Club. Had to abandon the main group because of cramp close to Ballymena. 0935 - 1400
By Austin on 14/06/2015

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