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|
|Mode of Transport?|
|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.
- 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
- Allow input of time in minutes
- Export polygon as shapefile
Previous Comments For This Page
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
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
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
this did not work-period.
Very nice tool!
I agree with what Adrian said on 25/04/2016, that it would be very useful to be able to the judge actual distance one can travel during rush hour for example!
Also, is it possible to calculate the distance one can travel from multiple locations and integrate them into one map? If so, you could see for example which smaller towns are easily reachable from larger cities with train stations, and which aren't.
Keep up the good work! Highly appreciated here in The Netherlands.
By Matthijs on 09/05/2016
Hi juriaan. It uses 5 times the number of sample points so in theory should be 5 times slower.
By Free Map Tools on 03/05/2016
very useful THANKS!!!! just curious: is there a short explanation on why there is a gigantic increase in processing time when using the accurate mode? it is a really huge difference
By juriaan on 03/05/2016
What about leveraging google traffic to see how far you can get during certain hours? This would be really useful in seeing where one should live, you could enter the address and see how far you can go during rush hour to see if its a good place to rent.
By Adrian on 25/04/2016
Very nice, thanks for this.
Logan, it should work if you put the lat,lng in the address field.
By Free Map Tools on 14/04/2016
Would it be possible to add latitude and longitude coordinates as the starting point?
By Logan on 14/04/2016
1.5 hr radius @ 70 mph top speed.
Blue = USA-IL_Rolling-Meadows
By John on 11/04/2016
Using the public transport option does not give a very good indication for how far can be traveled in a certain time.
When I type in the address and do a 15 minute (.25) search, the resulting area does not even include the original point.
By Nick Chen on 28/03/2016
Great App; will come in very handy. I concur with JG of 24/02/2016 that the ability to compute distances based on various highway speed limits as opposed to a constant speed would be beneficial
By L. Krehbiel on 20/03/2016
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