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 : hours  


(2B) How far can you travel km  

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


 Clear Map 

 Full Screen 

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 1 hour.

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

  • 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 Ideas

  • Allow input of time in minutes
  • Export polygon as shapefile

Previous Comments For This Page

Hi Rachel. No, it assumes an average speed so doesn't take account for traffic conditions.
By Free Map Tools on 03/02/2016

Great tool! Does drive time incorporate traffic? Thanks.
By Rachel on 03/02/2016

Very nice tool! What about adding multiple locations to show overlap areas. Ex. your work, spouse's work, overlap area that would be ideal for a home. Or in my case, work & downtown nightlife..
On 31/01/2016

Mike, A transparent fill option has been added.
By Free Map Tools on 30/01/2016

Transparent colors! I love this, but I was making multiple radii from a single point. Having totally transparent or transparent options for the fill colors would be nice. Also maybe a different color for the outlines
By Mike on 29/01/2016

Claudia, unfortunately this is not possible. Depending on which country you are looking at, there may be an option to find all postcodes/zip codes.
By Free Map Tools on 28/01/2016

Is there a way to get the list of cities within my radius?
By Claudia on 27/01/2016

R.M , yes the coast lines to cause it problems. The only suggestion is to select walking as the mode of transport, but keep the other settings the same. As this page is a non-country specific, it doesn't have these type of overlays to load.
By Free Map Tools on 18/01/2016

Hi, I am trying to plot what is within a 75 minute driving distance from LA13 9LD. However, when I run this address through it, the postcode location comes out as outside of the shaded area. Could this be due to coast lines? How do I get around this? Also is it possible to show county or local authority borders on this map. I see that you can do council borders on the radius from a UK postcode map and was wondering if it is also possible on this? Thanks
By R.M on 18/01/2016

This is a nice tool. the next level would be to take into account road speeds. Honestly the shaded areas should spike next to highways and cut back in around backroads. You should mask out water when you only touch one side of large bodies of water (oceans and great lakes and such). additional filters to limit state would be helpful too (2 hour drive radius from USA 03103 but only in states ME, NH, and VT)
By Guy on 13/01/2016

Thank you for the workaround, that has helped :)
By Benjamin on 12/01/2016

Hi Benjamin, thanks for the feedback. I ran your search and see the same issues. Yes, the coastline causes it issues. There is a workaround that seems to produce better results ... if you run the search using walking as the mode of transport, but still say its at 50MPH. So, run this link ...
By Free Map Tools on 11/01/2016

Hi, I'm trying to do a search from postcode L9 7AL for driving (0.5 hours at 50 mph), but the map doesn't seem to process properly around Liverpool and surrounding areas. Is there still an issue with coastlines? I'm hoping you can resolve this ASAP, as it's a great map tool, but doesn't help with my current search. Thank you.
By Benjamin on 10/01/2016

I love the map tools. i find importing the KML files of different layer results really helps, this also allows you to tweak the polygons if necessary, change colors and opacity, and also allows you to export as a single KML file with multiple layers. Google earth also allows you to easily print your map.
By maxim on 08/01/2016

Hi Lisa, which country postcodes do you mean? If it is UK, then follow the instructions found on List USA ZIP Codes Within a Drive Time Radius, but then use Find UK Postcodes Inside a User Defined Area instead of the ZIP code one. Please let us know how you get on...
By Free Map Tools on 08/01/2016

How far I can travel is genius, is there any way of finding the postcodes for this format?
By Lisa Oakley on 07/01/2016

Hi John, Thanks for getting in contact. Looking at the format of shapefiles, it isn't a straightforward file format to produce dynamically. However, We will add this is a suggested future improvement.
By Free Map Tools on 07/01/2016

This is so much fun... I've been doing research into the Kuril islands... used your distance finder and ended up using the other tools for a diversion... absolutely fantastic!.
By Mark S on 06/01/2016

Brilliant tool! Is there any possibility of adding output to shapefile (as a polygon) rather than kml? Cheers, John
By John T. on 05/01/2016

Great, great tool. Thank you. Would be really good to have actual road speed limits as mentioned before.
On 04/01/2016

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