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|
|Mode of Transport?|
|Show Roads Reached|
|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.
- 5th December 2017 : Version 5.1 - Fixed issue with KML polylines not closing correctly
- 5th September 2017 : Version 5.0 - Optimisations name
- 5th September 2017 : Version 4.11 - New option to avoid toll roads
- 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
- 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
- Allow export in Geo JSON format
- Allow export in Shapefile format
- Percent complete shown while in full screen
- Add option to avoid ferries
- Export polygon as shapefile
- Allow multiple polygons in the URL link
- Allow a single KML download of multiple polygons
- URL includes information for Show Roads Reached
- URL includes information 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
Is there a way to export the zip codes that fall within the driving radius?
On 16th April 2018
On 12th April 2018
Is Speed relevant if going by public transport? The medium would dictate your speed.
By H on 11th April 2018
Thank you. Perhaps it would be more accurate if, once finished, it placed points on coastline to make it more accurate.
On 9th April 2018
This tool it pretty useful, thank you!
Do you know if there is anything similar that will give me the places at a certain distance "in time" via public transportation? Kilometers are not very meaningful when comparing buses and trains.
By Emme on 5th April 2018
Useful tool - thanks for making the effort to build it. Would be even more accurate if it integrated with the driving functionality of Google Maps to use actual average speeds on each road leading from the selected drive time location, as speeds obviously vary with the type of road.
By Jordan Grant on 2nd April 2018
Very helpful planning tool.
By George on 30th March 2018
Very cool tool! If once it found the known areas you can reach, it would be really cool to search for "things to do" in those places with some kind of rank for more well known things. Or, to search for "Chinese restaurants", or whatever else you're looking for.
On 29th March 2018
No, these are not factored in.
By Free Map Tools on 22nd March 2018
Does this take traffic and rush hour into consideration?
On 22nd March 2018
Thank you, now I've calculated I can reach the safe zone away from Chernobyl on my bike when there is another nuclear breakdown yaaaay!!!!!!
By Roki ruboljub on 16th March 2018
On 7th March 2018
Thank you! Taking my daughter on a "Oh the places you'll Go" journey this summer! This was so helpful to how far we can go!
By JessicaM on 7th March 2018
Great tool! Exactly what I was looking for. Not sure how your code works, but it would be nice to include live traffic driving speeds in your calculation like Google Maps uses for current drive times.
By Michael on 3rd March 2018
This is an insanely smart tool! Thanks for creating it. I use it mostly for work travel and to figure out what hotel is best to centralize my location to each site.
By Pete on 1st March 2018
I agree with this "Traffic support would make this insanely useful, it's just a fun app right now." Thank you!:)
By Daniel on 28th February 2018
Ed, yes, Free Map Tools iOS app.
By Free Map Tools on 24th February 2018
What a great tool is was exactly what I needed. Mobile APP available?
By Ed on 24th February 2018
Nice tool. Too Bad it doesn't make a marker when it hits a coastline.
On 21st February 2018
amazing. did exactly what I needed. thank you for this.
On 31st January 2018
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