How Far Can I Travel

Discover how far you can travel on land from a fixed point. Specify the start point, then input either how far you can go or your mode of transport with time available. This tool will then show you the range of locations that you can reach in that time on and isochrone map.

How Far Can I Travel Map



  Units of measurement km miles  
(1) Enter an Address  

(2A) Speed 0 KPH120 KPH
  And Time : minutes  


(2B) How far can you travel km  

(Optional) Choose Processing Speed Vs Accuracy
  Avoid Highways?
  Show Markers?
  Mode of Transport?
  Show Roads Reached
  Fill Colour: Transparent


 Clear Map 

Google Earth KML Output - Feedback is welcome as this will most likely have bugs
Once you have a radius on the map :
URL to link back - Feedback is welcome as this will most likely have bugs
Use this URL to link to this map :

How to use the How Far Can I Travel Tool

You do not need to interact with the map as it will move and resize depending on what you input. To start with, input an address / location in to option 1. Remember, the entire world has to be searched to find this location so make it precise. For example "123 Example Road, ExCity, Excountry" is a good method.

Next you need to indicate the total road distance you can travel. This can be done in two ways:

2A : By inputting a speed of travel and a travel time. For example you may wish to walk for 60 mins.

2B : By inputting a distance. For example you wish to find somewhere 50km away.

Optional, Specify how accurate you want the results to be. Accuracy can be low medium or high. This will result in the tool running faster or slower (more accurate means more time needed). If you find your web browser becoming slow of even crashing you are advised to lessen the accuracy.

Then click [Search] and wait a short time for the start point and all points on the perimeter of your range to be displayed.

Hover over a perimeter marker to see it's road distance from the start point and the as the crow flies distance. Click on a marker to see the address of any nearby locations.

You can then export the area to KML file with or without endpoints. Endpoints are the yellow pins that appear inside Google Earth


The How Far Can I Travel tool has been developed after requests by numerous people all of whom had different applications for it but all asked for a similar thing. "Instead of a radius as the crow flies, can you do a radius as the car drives" was the most popular way of explaining this. Please get in contact to report bugs or suggest improvements.

Version History

  • 16th July 2017 : Version 4.10 - New option to Export KML with polygon and roads travelled
  • 29th March 2017 : Version 4.9 - Time input changed from hours to minutes
  • 15th February 2017 : Version 4.8 - Fixed bug with KML output
  • 6th October 2016 : Version 4.7 - New option - Show Roads Reached - highlights the roads that can be used to reach the drivetime area
  • 30th January 2016 : Version 4.6 - Added transparent fill option
  • 7th January 2016 : Version 4.5 - Small improvement to search algorithm to help deal with coastlines better
  • 22nd March 2015 : Version 4.4 - Fill colour can now be changed
  • 16th January 2015 : Version 4.3 - Added Public transport to the list of travel modes
  • 10th September 2014 : Version 4.2 - Find ZIP Codes inside the area option removed - The new User Menu replaces this functionality
  • 15th July 2014 : Version 4.1
    • Multiple areas can now be added
    • Improved algorithm to prevent 'cross-over'
  • 10th July June 2014 : Version 4.0
    • Improved search algorithm
    • New option to select mode of travel (walking, cycling, driving)
    • Now shows percent complete during processing
  • 26th June 2014 : Version 3.2 - New option to Find ZIP Codes inside the area
  • 23rd January 2014 : Version 3.1 - Added Full Screen option
  • 13th November 2013 : Version 3.0 - Google Maps API V3 Implemented
  • 13th June 2012 : Version 2.9 - URL generated now includes the settings for avoid highways and show end markers
  • 27th September 2011 : Version 2.8 - URL generated now includes the units (km/miles)
  • 27th July 2011 : Version 2.7
    • Added notification when processing is finished
    • Added option to show/hide markers
    • Added option to switch between km and miles
  • 29th June 2011 : Version 2.6 - Added avoid highways option
  • 21st September 2010 : Version 2.5 - Added miles output on each markers's hover over event
  • 17th August 2010 : Version 2.4 - Added export to KML with End Points option.
  • 29th July 2010 : Version 2.3 - Added URL output to allow you to send a link with your map criteria to someone else.
  • 10th March 2010 : Version 2.2 - Added export to KML option.
  • 31st January 2010 : Version 2.1 - Increased maximum range to 999km instead of 99km.
  • 22nd December 2009 : Version 2.0 - New option allowing user to specify how fast or slow (inverse to accuracy) they wish the tool to run.
  • 25rd November 2009 : Version 1.4 - Added notification when address is not found. Before this nothing seemed to happen on screen.
  • 23rd November 2009 : Version 1.3 - Added nearby location text upon clicking a perimeter marker
  • 23rd November 2009 : Version 1.2 - Fixed JavaScript error in Internet Explorer
  • 22nd November 2009 : Version 1.1
    • Corrected units issue
    • Added as the crow flies output to the tooltip for each marker.
  • 22nd November 2009 : Version 1.0

Future Improvements and Ideas

  • Percent complete shown while in full screen
  • Add option to avoid ferries and toll roads
  • Export polygon as shapefile
  • Allow multiple polygons in the URL link
  • Allow a single KML download of mutilple polygons
  • URL includes infomation for Show Roads Reached
  • URL includes infomation for Transparent setting
  • Ability to restrict search range (angles) to relevant areas so that the search takes less time to complete

Comments For This Page

Stunning tool, thank you. Include a link to Paypal somewhere? As an idea - have you thought about caching the results so that a link can be provided (e-mailed home/shared with a friend) for analysis later?
By kurucu on 22nd August 2017

Thanks man, this is really coming in handy for planning my eclipse trip.
By Phil on 18th August 2017

Hi Andrew, it isn't feasible to include traffic conditions or travel time to the calculations. We will however keep this in mind if new methods become available to use.
By Free Map Tools on 15th August 2017

It may be in comments thread but does this very good model take current traffic in consideration? If so I should use the model during rush hours.
By Andrew on 13th August 2017

No Australia for mark and Betty
By Ian Ruddle on 11th August 2017

Awesome! Great tool for planning random day trips! Pennsylvania, USA!
By the12no on 7th August 2017

It will be great to have the web site in French
On 7th August 2017

Look for a text box labelled [Enter an Address] below the map.
By Free Map Tools on 3rd August 2017

Where do I enter departure address?
On 3rd August 2017

Hi Bethany, it hasn't been designed to cope with more than 2. So this isn't supported currently.
By Free Map Tools on 27th July 2017

This took is great. I use it often when flat hunting (looking for flats within walking distance of train stations). However it doesn't seem to be able to cope with more than 3 polygons displayed at once. Is this expected?
By Bethany on 26th July 2017

Hi Alan, it isn't feasible to include traffic conditions or travel time to the calculations. We will however keep this in mind if new methods become available to use.
By Free Map Tools on 24th July 2017

Hi, would it be possible to add in time o the day? Traffic conditions will definitely affect travel time taken. Thanks!
By Alan on 22nd July 2017

Reto, this feature has now been added.
By Free Map Tools on 16th July 2017

Hi Reto, thanks - that makes sense. We will look in to this as a possible new feature.
By Free Map Tools on 15th July 2017

Is there any way to have "time" only for public transit? As I would like to know total time requirerd, rather than distance -- as there isn't a good "avg speed" ify ou have to stand around for a train or bus.... ie: You enter 30min. And then you googl search the start/end-point, but only use the start- and end-time of the resultant match, ignoring any reference of distance.
On 14th July 2017

Hi, thanks for the answer. Kml download with endpoints helps a lot, however kml download with routes/roads to these endpoints would be perfect.
On 11th July 2017

Hi Reto, I assume you have seen the option for KML download with Endpoints? Just to check, what is this missing?
By Free Map Tools on 11th July 2017

Is it possible to generate a kml export with roads reached? Thanks in any case.
By Reto Gamper on 11th July 2017

data not relevant.
On 10th July 2017

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