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?
  Show Roads Reached
  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

  • 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
  • Allow input of time in minutes
  • Export polygon as shapefile
  • Export polygon and roads travelled as a KML file

Previous Comments For This Page

Hi Tim, there isn't much that can be changed or controlled in terms of low/max/average/live road speeds. The assumption is a constant average speed for all roads depending on the road type. We are always on the lookout for ways to make this more advanced, but there aren't a lot of options currently.
By Free Map Tools on 20th February 2017

Fantastic tool, thanks! Would there be an option at some stage to use the maximum (or a percentage of the max.) speed of the roads used, or are the speed limits incorporated already?
By Tim on 20th February 2017

Hi Dan, it should now be working. It might take you to do a browser refresh or to clear temporary internet files.
By Free Map Tools on 16th February 2017

Hi Dan, Thanks for the feedback. They should both cause a KML file to download as soon as they are pressed. We are investigating...
By Free Map Tools on 16th February 2017

BTW - Works in Chrome v56.0.29
By Dan Irving on 16th February 2017

Hi - great tool but the 'Generate KML' and 'Generate KML with End Points' buttons don't seem to work (no pop out windows, no download prompt, etc). Clicking does nothing (tested IE 11.0.96, FF ESR 45.7)
By Dan Irving on 16th February 2017

Hi, 0.25 is a quarter of an hour so 15mins.
By Free Map Tools on 16th February 2017

A question about time, would 0.25 hours be 25 minutes or a quarter of an hour? Thanks. Otherwise this is exactly what I have been looking for to find a location between three places of work THANK YOU!
By Christopher Court-Wallace on 16th February 2017

I tried seeing where I could go from miners rest in victoria driving 12 hours, it went to Melbourne, then tasmania, then couldn't seem to find its way back. It asked about avoiding highways, perhaps you could add an avoid ferries and tollaways option/s as well?
By Knackers on 12th February 2017

When trying to find how far I can drive from a certain address it stops to the west, even when I know I can travel that distance.
By AFD90 on 11th February 2017

On 24th January 2017

Great tool! I was trying to use it to see where I could live if my commute is a maximum of 1 hour. But that didn't seem to be possible.
On 24th January 2017

JMS, the second should overlap if you run a second search without clearing the map.
By Free Map Tools on 23rd January 2017

avh, this isn't possible to do right now.
By Free Map Tools on 23rd January 2017

Is there a way to batch process multiple points and show an area that is a union of all of the individual areas, say 30 miles from each of the individual points?
By avh on 21st January 2017

hi, this is... great!!! but actually, how does it work? i read through most of the comments but did not find any hint on what algorithm you use? also, when choosing "transit", is the result dependant to the time of day? (because at night there is no public transport...)
By karl on 21st January 2017

Is there a way to have two saved "how far can I travel" areas laid over each other to identify the overlapping portion?
By JMS on 13th January 2017

Hi, you can use the User Menu at the top right of the page to save the area. Then go to the Area Calculator and load the saved area to get a measurement.
By Free Map Tools on 27th December 2016

How Far Can I Travel Map is great. It would be nice if the area could be provided for the area plotted. Thanks
By Rob on 24th December 2016

I would like to be able to output the overlap of two or more different regions once they've been plotted. Very useful when identifying a location for a house relative to multiple job locations and other points of interest!
By James on 23rd December 2016

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