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.
- 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
- Percent complete shown while in full screen
- Add option to avoid ferries and toll roads
- Export polygon as shapefile
- Export polygon and roads travelled as a KML file
- Allow multiple polygons in the URL link
- Allow a single KML download of mutilple polygons
- URL includes infomation for Show Roads Reached
- URL includes infomation for Transparent setting
Comments For This Page
Been using Free Map Tools for awhile and I love them. I'd love to use this as a more accurate way to gauge where to buy a house within a commute time of work. The only thing missing is the ability to set a depart/arrive time and date so that it uses historic traffic data in the analysis. I'm sure Google doesn't provide that though. Thanks!
By Mick on 20th April 2017
Hi Richard, yes it would be the average speed.
By Free Map Tools on 20th April 2017
Great tool, thanks. Does entering 'speed' mean my expected average driving speed? How will drive time be calculated against speed?
By Richard Emmens on 20th April 2017
Thanks for the feedback. These two suggestions have been added to the Future Improvements and Ideas list.
By Free Map Tools on 10th April 2017
This is a really nice tool. Can be used to figure great places to live if you want to be an X minute bike ride, or Y minute walk from various places.
Right now the URL Link that is generated doesn't contain the options for "Show Roads Reached" and "Transparent. Both of which I really like. So when those are selected, and then a URL copied, the link does not have those options selected. Can you please add those to the URL?
Again, nice tool.
On 9th April 2017
Thank you for this very interesting and valuable tool. This is now my first resource for planning longer trips. I know from many years of experience that when traveling on highways (in the USA) we average about 55 miles/hour - regardless of the actual speed limits - due to time taken for refueling, meals, and rest stops. Also we don't like to drive more than 8 to 10 hours (480 to 600 minutes) in a day. The areas shown have been accurate for the trips we take. I like the option to avoid highways, because that also helps plan interesting trips on the slower and less busy roads. Thanks again!
By Graeme on 29th March 2017
Nice tool. Would-be nice to add and use historical data of traffic jams. Time to travel in minutes stead of hours.
By Paul on 28th March 2017
Excellent! This is great for seeing where to look for employment in terms of acceptable drive time.
By Chuck on 27th March 2017
Great tool thank you so much! Only request I have is that as far as I understand your model is based on KM or TimexSpeed, which in turn is distance. What would make your tool more relevant is to account for the actual traffic speed possible (on average) on the roads. e.g. on highways you can go 100kmph vs inner city streets (30-50). If you were to account for that, then we could really estimate how big the area would be and therefore how many customers are living in the area. thanks Baz
By Baz on 23rd March 2017
Do you have a github or other implementation details you'd feel comfortable sharing? Just curious how this works behind-the-scenes
On 16th March 2017
Hi, there is no CSV upload on this page. Did you mean to comment on another page (tool) ?
By Free Map Tools on 16th March 2017
For the CSV Upload, is there a story for adding colors and lines for multiple points?
On 15th March 2017
Shannon, unfortunately there is nothing available that factors in the speed limits or live traffic conditions.
By Free Map Tools on 13th March 2017
Do you know of a tool that can create a travel-time polygon based on speed limits? Obviously I can travel a lot further in 30 minutes on interstates than surface streets.
By Shannon Settles on 9th March 2017
Hi, it appears maps may not be finishing, with areas very near the center point not being highlighted. Or areas south of the center point being highlighted but none to the north. Suggestions?
By Bill on 4th March 2017
Hi, I'm getting some odd results in which the area resulting from a search of driving distance does not include certain areas that are very close to the central point. Here is an example. Clearly the area (slice shaped) just west of West Islip (the center) should be within half an hour's drive, but it's not highlighted. https://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm?address=West%20Islip,%20NY&speed=30&time=0.5&accuracy=1&u=miles&hw=false&m=false&mode=DRIVING. A similar issue in this map for Greenlawn, NY, where only the area south of Greenlawn is highlighted, but not the area to the north. https://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm?address=Greenlawn,%20NY&speed=30&time=0.5&accuracy=1&u=miles&hw=false&m=false&mode=DRIVING. It appears the maps aren't finishing, but they tick through the 100 percent and show Finished. What do you advise? Thanks.
By Bill on 4th March 2017
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
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