Distance Between UK Postcodes
This tool can be used to find the distance between postcodes in the UK. Type in the two postcodes and click the Show button.
Map Showing the Distance Between Two UK Postcodes
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Use the text box below to input bulk postcodes and find the 'as the crow flies' distances between them. There is a limit of 200 pairs at a time. Add them in the format postcode1,postcode2 per line. Once processing is complete, the distance is appended as a 3rd column on the CSV list. You can toggle the units (miles/km) using the switch above.
How to Use Postcode Tool
Type in the first and second postcode then click the Show button. The map will then display the location of the two postcodes and also show the routes for:
- As the crow flies - the straight distance between the points
- By land transport - by car and/or boat
You will also see the distance displayed below the map for the distance as the crow flies and also by land transport. You can then type in more postcodes and click the show button to see more distances.
Note : This Postcode distance finder will measure the distance between full UK Postcodes.
Format of Outward Code / Out Code
Use the format "A(A)0(0)(A)", where:
- A is a character
- 0 is a digit
- () means optional
Format of Full UK Postcode
Use the format "A(A)0(0)(A)_0AA", where:
- A is a character
- 0 is a digit
- () means optional
- _ is a space
So any input of 2,3 or 4 characters is assumed to be an Out Code format and anything longer than 4 characters is assumed to be a full UK postcode.
Uses of This Postcode Tool
This tool has a wide range of possible uses from delivery estimation to point to point measurement. If you know of a useful application of this tool, let us know.
Problems or Suggestions
If you notice any errors or have suggestions for further development, then please contact freemaptools.
- 9th May 2016 - Small update to Bulk Processing - prevent issue resulting from new line at end of data.
- 21st April 2016 - New Bulk Processing function to process postcode distances in bulk
- 8th January 2015 - New function that generates link to share the result
- 5th November 2013 - Implemented Google Maps API V3 including new google.maps.DirectionsService.
- 20th September 2011 - Resolved issue where a postcode not found in the right hand textbox would be reported as not finding the value of the left hand textbox.
- 9th October 2008 - Resolved issue when Show button is clicked multiple times and distance keeps changing. Improved automatic zoom function.
- 23rd December 2007 - Added enter to submit function
- 22nd December 2007 - Improvements to back end storage system and some of the text on this page
- 16th December 2007 - Version 1 of functional system completed
- 15th December 2007 - Page created
Previous Comments For This Page
Hi, please have a look at Walking Distance Between UK Postcodes.
By Free Map Tools on 7th September 2016
I would like the choice of showing the shortest walking distance between two points available
On 7th September 2016
Will there be an update soon to enable us to use bulk postcodes for distance by land transport as well as the current as the crow flies?
By PS on 23rd August 2016
How long do you think it would take we will have children in car
By Yvonne Allen on 3rd August 2016
I've been using this site for a number of years now and I couldn't do without it. It is really excellent.
By Steve White on 2nd August 2016
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By Mahamudul Haque on 11th July 2016
On 2nd July 2016
love it. it is a number one site to check, and actually the only one. small differences but almost very accurate . well done.
By mohammad s b on 1st July 2016
absolutely bob on to the nearest yard, did not go wrong anywhere.
On 16th June 2016
A great site, just to note though if your post code is wrong you don't get an error message. For example if I type in L3 5TV it shows as being in London, when L3 is in Liverpool.
On 15th June 2016
Thanks for providing this. Useful for settling arguments!
I think "Land Transport" isn't the most accurate as it happily routed me to an island. Perhaps "Surface Transport" would be better?
On 14th June 2016
Hi, there is a tool : Walking Distance Between UK Postcodes.
By Free Map Tools on 8th June 2016
I am looking at the walking distance to a school, which is an admission criteria and they have specified that they are using this site and walking distance. However this only gives direct distance as the crow flies and land transport (car) when there is a much shorter route to get to the school walking (because of the plentiful one way systems in London) - this puts us as quite far away from the school when in reality we are of a short walking distance. Is there a way to update your tool with walking distances as well (similarly to googlemaps) and specify the actual shortest route between postcodes?
On 2nd June 2016
I love this site. I've used it many times. BIG thanks.
By Theresa on 2nd June 2016
Brilliant. This works a treat.Thank you.
By Heather Ashley on 17th May 2016
On 17th May 2016
Hi Emma, unfortunately it is not possible to process road distances in batch on this page.
By Free Map Tools on 14th May 2016
Hi, I am currently trying to update our system with postcode distances for lots of projects, this bulk postcode tool is what I need, however, it looks like it calculates as the crow flies and not road distance. Is there an option to change it to road distance as this would really help?
By Emma on 13th May 2016
Brilliant...I use it to calculate my miles for travel expenses.....thank you
By Sue b on 24th April 2016
Great tool for calculating distance between sites for my travel expenses
By dave on 17th April 2016
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