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
Thank you so much your website is fantastic
On 9th December 2017
Thanks for this! A vector export would be really helpful (.eps or .pdf) Boom, thank again!
By Will on 4th December 2017
Hi! How about using OpenStreetMap instead of (or along with) Google Maps? :)
By Gustavo on 12th November 2017
Thanks. I was attempting to do that on my iPad...works fine on computer! Great!
By carol on 6th November 2017
Hi Carol, you can set no fill at all with the transparent tick box down near the [Search] and [Clear Map] buttons.
By Free Map Tools on 6th November 2017
I've been looking for some thing exactly like this, EXCEPT...I'm obviously doing something wrong: the purple fill keeps me from being able to read the locations and roads marked within the radius...and I can't change the fill. Help?
By Carol on 6th November 2017
Traffic support would make this insanely useful, it's just a fun app right now.
On 30th October 2017
It would be good to find possible destinations from selected place using public transport (or driving/walking) in X minutes. It will help to find rent options by inputting an office address.
On 23rd October 2017
Option to keep the crow fly radius circle. I can think more easily of distance vs direction if it has this option.
By Lucas Fernando Nunes on 21st October 2017
Would be nice to be able to export all cities and postal codes (Canada) within the circle.
By Pierre on 20th October 2017
can we have current traffic considered as a speed factor when given time as parameter.
By arif on 19th October 2017
Eric, thanks for the feedback.
By Free Map Tools on 11th October 2017
On 28th September 2017 - I understand what you mean but there are limitations that prevent this from being used.
By Free Map Tools on 11th October 2017
This is a really cool and useful application. Perhaps in the future, you can take into account speed changes on minor roads and go into even more detail.
By Eric on 10th October 2017
Any chance to use the road's speed limit as the "speed"?
On 28th September 2017
kurucu, we don't have a PayPal link. Please see https://www.freemaptools.com/frequently-asked-questions.htm#virtualbeerorcoffee. We will look in to saving / caching results.
By Free Map Tools on 14th September 2017
Hi Jon, we only export to KML currently. For now you could use a KML to SHP converter.
By Free Map Tools on 14th September 2017
Would it be possible to download a shapefile of a drive time area - for use in Power BI for example.
By Jon on 12th September 2017
Steve, this is a limitation at the moment. Only thoughts for a workaround are to do a search, export KML, reset, do 2nd search, Export KML.
By Free Map Tools on 8th September 2017
Pretty cool app.
I noticed I can generate overlapping radiuses by doing multiple searches with different fill colors.
This could be very useful for tasks like finding the best area to shop for a house that's convenient to job, kid's school, and church.
The problem is that it only seems to use the last search in the series when it generates the KML. Is there a workaround for that?
By Steve Jones on 7th September 2017
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