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

Good tool for measuring for flood insurance Thank you
By Rant for England on 04/12/2014

thanks very handy to get "as the crow flies" measurement between points just a few 00 meters (450 m in fact!) apart.
By Simon J on 02/12/2014

bloody great
By cpambxs on 01/12/2014

how to find the distance from places. I dont know where to feed place or to how to drag to see the distance
By DEVENDRA KUMAR H S on 30/11/2014

Thanks for sharing this clever and useful tool w the World!
By RV on 29/11/2014

Perfect for my needs. I was looking for a quick tool to map my run distances and this works great.
On 26/11/2014

Wonderful tool. Now i can calculate how for I walk the dog on and off road..
By Bobby on 26/11/2014

This is horrible
On 24/11/2014

Thanks for making this available online for us to use (Y)
By Makaveli on 22/11/2014

Hi Emma, please have a look at How Far Can I Travel.
By Free Map Tools on 16/11/2014

this is awesome
By Rach the Runner on 15/11/2014

I got excited a little too early :-p This looked like exactly what I was after, but unfortunately it wasn't. It just gives the travel time for travelling in a straight line (as if I was flying), not according to the roads. Basically I drive a 125cc scooter, and my max speed is 80kph... So I was after a map where I could pop in my max travel speed and it would give me a route where the roads did not require me to go above that speed limit. OR at least told me what the speed limits for the roads on my journey.
By Emma on 13/11/2014

Cool! TY :D Worked really well.
By Ketobbey - on soundcloud on 10/11/2014

very easy to use. Runners doing 7.45 minute miles
By DAB on 09/11/2014

By VISHAL on 05/11/2014

On 04/11/2014

Love it
By Jeet on 03/11/2014

Wow really impressed with this website, great for checking distances between home and schools for admissions. Thank you.
By Jolu on 03/11/2014

Great tool for calculating distance on the water with a canoe or kayak. I can show all the sig/sagging and still get a close estimate of the total distance.
By Paddlesong on 02/11/2014

fast and easy to use tools.
By Yotin Meeyod on 27/10/2014

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