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
[11th July 2018] Unfortunately, due to a large price increase in back-end services, we can no longer provide this page.
|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
Could you share this script for us, please?
By Majkel on 16th August 2018
How can we help!?!
By Please come back! on 16th August 2018
I would pay, too.
On 16th August 2018
Ack! I don't know how many of us it would take to keep this going, or how to find an angel to sponsor or adopt the back-end support, but PLEASE keep looking for other possibilities to keep this feature alive! There's nothing else like it, and it's invaluable for what it does.
By House Hunter on 11th August 2018
yes I would pay for a sub to this page. Please let us know!!
On 10th August 2018
I am very willing to help with this. I have never paid for something like this online before but because I use this for lots of different reasons I am willing to pay to keep this tool!
By Jason on 10th August 2018
This tool is very useful in our line of work, would be willing to pay per use
By Alex on 8th August 2018
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this was a incredibly useful tool!
By Joe on 8th August 2018
Oh my, I had literally just found this tool and used it once then when I came back to use again, it was gone!!
How about a paid subscription or app - there seems to be plenty of people willing to pay!
By Hazel Smith on 8th August 2018
why is this gone
On 5th August 2018
Would definitely be up for paying a subscription for this!
By Rosie on 2nd August 2018
Pleeeeeeeease reconsider. I really need this right now
By Lib on 1st August 2018
Bring it back!
On 1st August 2018
Loved it for years, hope there is a solution in the Future! Good job!
By Regis on 31st July 2018
On 30th July 2018
I would be interested in a pay per use or subscription version. Thank you.
By Bill on 28th July 2018
This was/is a great tool and would be happy to pay under a commercial arrangement.
By Steph on 24th July 2018
If you need help setting up the payment/donation system, let me know: gandalf [at] btownboost.com (it's easier than you think but the devil's in the details.)
By Gandalf Farnam on 24th July 2018
Would be open to supporting a paid version of this, it's been invaluable at my work!
On 24th July 2018
Attention: If you would be willing to pay for this tool; place a comment here. It's not easy (or free) to setup a pay service - so let's show proof of our interest so the developer can make an informed decision about re-doing this tool
By Long Time User on 24th July 2018
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