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 :

 Search 

 Pan to My Location 

Options

[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...
KPH
Or choose mode of transport...
Walking
Jogging
Running
Cycling
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

very cool
By someone who runs on 24/07/2014

Snap to roads - brilliant!
On 21/07/2014

I want source code for these tools
By Ashish Nimrot on 16/07/2014

Walking
On 16/07/2014

This does 't really work. I want to know how many miles it takes to get there, but it makes you type it in.
By Anonymous on 14/07/2014

Great stuff...excellent for training runs prior to Sydney's City to Surf fun run.
By SydneyAndy on 13/07/2014

Brilliant site - great for measuring runs.
By dhsf on 12/07/2014

I love this tool for checking my jogging routes too. Thank you for providing it! I would love an export function. I see .kml files are already on your wish-list. If possible, .gpx files would be great too.
On 11/07/2014

Great tool. Is there a possibility to get source code for implementing it in my own (not public) tool?
By Gerrit on 11/07/2014

Great site, just what I was looking for. Thanks so much!
By Daniel on 06/07/2014

Never, ever again.
On 29/06/2014

O2 walk...
By Sonia Johal on 27/06/2014

I wish you could have an option to draw lines manually with a finger or cursor instead of doing straight lines but yeah so far so good thanks.
On 27/06/2014

good.. i hope
By robi on 25/06/2014

Alex , there is a new option to Snap to Roads
By Free Map Tools on 24/06/2014

Go to Area Calculator Using Maps.
By Free Map Tools on 20/06/2014

I want to measure the area.
On 19/06/2014

Please add Pinterest to your social media share options..... I would have loved to share this with my followers.
On 17/06/2014

Hi Mike, Thanks for the suggestion, however, there is a delay when the elevation is being queried so it would not be responsive enough to be of any use.
By Free Map Tools on 16/06/2014

how about an elevation read out according to where the mouse pointer is at.
By mike on 16/06/2014

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