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

 

Options

  Units of measurement km miles  
(1) Enter an Address  

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

OR      

(2B) How far can you travel km  

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

 Search 

 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

About

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

Jordan, it is possible to overlap two travel time areas by running one search, let it finish, then run a second.
By Free Map Tools on 19/07/2016

I second Tyler's suggestion on 28/5/16. Two location overlap would be superb.
By Jordan on 13/07/2016

There should be a way to simply click on "Posted Speed Limits" for the driving option. Of course, that would require the app to know more than just map references, it would require the app to know the posted speed limits.
By Ron on 08/07/2016

Thanks for this tool, very helpful!
On 03/07/2016

It seems awfully inaccurate for the city of bengaluru because it doesn't consider existing traffic. but if modified, its a very interesting tool to do space -time maps for cities.
By ank on 01/07/2016

I live 15 minutes outside Edinburgh but apparently if I travel at 50 mph for 10 hours I can't reach Newcastle or many east coast locations. Strange. Something not right there. Doubt I could drive to shetland islands without a ferry also.
On 17/06/2016

Olen, this has been investigated. Please see this blog post : Find Population Inside a Drive Time Radius.
By Free Map Tools on 14/06/2016

How about combining the drive time & distance with the population computer...generating a more accurate population within XXX miles than within a fixed radius?
By Olen on 12/06/2016

Hi Shane, there are known issues when it comes to coastlines and peninsulas.
By Free Map Tools on 01/06/2016

Hi Cooper, it only assumes the speed selected on this page, not the speed limit of even current traffic conditions on the roads.
By Free Map Tools on 01/06/2016

Does this consider speed limit in to driving or strictly what is selected? It doesn't seem to go further on interstates vs back road. Shouldn't it look more star?
By Cooper on 31/05/2016

I created "how far can i travel" tool for 4 miles in this address 1506 Grand Central Ave,Lavallette, NJ; and the map it generated was focused only on one side of the area. Is this a bug only for this area or it's a general issue?
By Shane on 31/05/2016

Hi Tyler, if you run one search then a second, the first drive time should remain on screen. This should let you compare two areas.
By Free Map Tools on 31/05/2016

A useful feature would be to enable input data for two locations, and output the overlap (if any) between the two. This would be useful for two people living together who work some distance apart.
By Tyler on 28/05/2016

Hey
On 14/05/2016

When I choose Export, all I get is an xml file with the end points.
By Donna on 11/05/2016

This did not work.
By FPBCE on 11/05/2016

Hi, please see this blog post for instructions on how to do this : List USA ZIP Codes Within a Drive Time Radius.
By Free Map Tools on 11/05/2016

I can't find in the user menu how to get the zipcodes with in the area. 10th September 2014 : Version 4.2 - Find ZIP Codes inside the area option removed - The new User Menu replaces this functionality
On 10/05/2016

Hi, please let us know what you input as parameters for the search and we will investigate.
By Free Map Tools on 10/05/2016

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