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.
- 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
- Percent complete shown while in full screen
- Add option to avoid ferries and toll roads
- Export polygon as shapefile
- 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
Hi, would it be possible to add in time o the day? Traffic conditions will definitely affect travel time taken. Thanks!
By Alan on 22nd July 2017
Reto, this feature has now been added.
By Free Map Tools on 16th July 2017
Hi Reto, thanks - that makes sense. We will look in to this as a possible new feature.
By Free Map Tools on 15th July 2017
Is there any way to have "time" only for public transit? As I would like to know total time requirerd, rather than distance -- as there isn't a good "avg speed" ify ou have to stand around for a train or bus....
ie: You enter 30min. And then you googl search the start/end-point, but only use the start- and end-time of the resultant match, ignoring any reference of distance.
On 14th July 2017
Hi, thanks for the answer. Kml download with endpoints helps a lot, however kml download with routes/roads to these endpoints would be perfect.
On 11th July 2017
Hi Reto, I assume you have seen the option for KML download with Endpoints? Just to check, what is this missing?
By Free Map Tools on 11th July 2017
Is it possible to generate a kml export with roads reached? Thanks in any case.
By Reto Gamper on 11th July 2017
data not relevant.
On 10th July 2017
Rick, It should now be working again.
By Free Map Tools on 6th July 2017
It doesn't seem to matter what device I use or what network I connect from, the map window gives me the message ! "Oops! Something went wrong.
I have tried my windows 10 PC and each major browser Firefox;Chrome;Edge. I have tried Firefox from an Ubuntu Virtual machine on the same network and I have tried Mobile Safari on my Apple iPhone connected to the internet via cellular connection which is a completely different network. Hopefully the trouble isn't on your end and sorts itself out soon enough. Regards.
By Rick B on 5th July 2017
The circle represents the maximum range possible if all roads radiated in straight lines. It should disappear once the search gets to 100%
By Free Map Tools on 4th July 2017
very useful polygon shape created - excuse my naivety but what does the circle represent? and how can we remove it??
On 4th July 2017
Thanks this is an Excellent tool!
On 27th June 2017
On 21st June 2017 - If you run one search then another it should retain the first overlay.
By Free Map Tools on 23rd June 2017
Map doesn't load :(
By DRL on 22nd June 2017
This is excellent! Very intuitive.
Though it's hard to judge what MPH to choose beforehand, I know that 50mph avg is a good number to use for most driving with over 70% highway use.
It's too bad you couldn't factor in for each road's speed limits as well as live traffic data. If you were able to use any open source information that provides this, that would be huge. It would take the guesswork out of figuring out what avg mph to use.
anyway, this is an excellent resource for home shopping and doing a reverse lookup for preferred commute times. Love it!
By Kel on 22nd June 2017
what about the option to show just areas of shape overlap after multiple searches? for instance I am looking for areas equidistant from two different points. Thanks
On 21st June 2017
Allow an overlay of Tesla Supercharging and Destination charging stations. EVs are going to be the transportation of the future, but range anxiety is high right now. EV travelers will flock to your site for trip planning.
By Dan on 4th June 2017
Would be great if it listed the major cities available within selected distance. Great for planning weekend trips where don't want to travel too far.
By Adam on 21st May 2017
Make it so it calculates climb! for cycling! that would be awesoooomeeeeee! like, 7% climb = 7% less distance/speed
By Rotta1917 on 19th May 2017
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