How Far is it Between

This tool can be used to find the distance between two named points on a map. You can decide which two points to measure and then find out the distance between them as the crow flies and distance when driving. Type in the names of the places below and click the Show button.


City, Country City, Country


Measure in :
Avoid Motorways/Highways?
Distance as the Crow Flies : As the crow Flies
Distance by Land Transport : Land Transport

Map Showing the Distance Between Two Points

 Full Screen 

How to Use

Simply type in the name of the two places in the text boxes and click the show button!

The best format to use is [City, Country] to enter a location - that is [City(comma)(space)Country]. You can also type in major places straight in such as "USA", "Tokyo", "London" etc. Postcodes and addresses can also be used.

When you click the search button, a search will be made to find which place you are referring to. Firstly, a search is made of an internal list of common places. If no match is found then a search will be made using the Google Maps API GlocalSearch feature. If this also returns no results then you are asked to indicate the location of the point by clicking on the map. This allows you to then see the distance between the two points and also inputs the location into the internal database so that the next time a visitor searches for that location, it will be found.

Once a result is returned, you can copy a URL to use as a permanent link back to the result for your own reference or to pass on to other people.

Note : For ZIP Codes, use Distance Between ZIP Codes, For UK Postcodes, use the UK Postcode distance tool. Also, to find the distance between points that are not named, you can use the Measure Distance tool.

About How Far is it Between

This tool can be used to find the distance between countries, cities or towns.

There are two distances output:

  • As the Crow Flies - The direct distance between points
  • Distance by land transport (When possible) - Distance estimate when you travel by road and sea.

The distances can be output in the following units:

  • km (kilometers)
  • miles

The output is via a measurement of the distance and also a map that shows that two locations and the path between them as the crow flies and the route by land transport.

You can use the controls on the map to:

  • Pan the map
  • Zoom the Map
  • Switch between Map and Satellite views

Some Examples of Distances

Some of the distances between cities that can be found using the system. Click on one to see it or type in your own places above in the text boxes.

Known Issues

  • Red line will not cross the International Date Line
  • The Automatic zoom fails when the shortest distance is across the International Date Line
  • Allow points to be requested for deletion from the database to keep the information tidy

If you spot anything that needs addressed, then please contact Free Map Tools.

Version History

  • 28th May 2015 : Now uses Google places.Autocomplete
  • 15th March 2015 : New option to Avoid Motorways/Highways
  • 27th January 2015 : Full Screen button added
  • 8th January 2014 : Resolved minor issue. When no driving directions are found, the box now says N/A. Previously it had no update and sometimes retained the value of the previous search driving distance
  • 7th January 2014 : Resolved minor issue where driving directions route from old measurement was still appearing when another search was done
  • 13th November 2013 : Implemented Google Maps API V3
  • 7th March 2010 : New mode of transport added ... Passenger Aeroplane
  • 2nd December 2009 : Now brings up the suggested cities and countries much faster. Also shows most popular places at the top of the list
  • 20th January 2008 : Improved automatic zoom to give more consistent results
  • 15th December 2007 : Added Save Data option
  • 29th November 2007 : Added Land Transport measurement option
  • 4th November 2007 : Dynamic URL to save how far is it between X and Y
  • 21st October 2007 : Added GlocalSearch search to find more places automatically
  • 18th July 2007 : Fixed drop down lists so they fall over all content below
  • 1st July 2007 : Work done on allowing users to add a new locations if they are not on the system
  • 30th June 2007 : Page Created with basic functionality

Relevant Links

Google Maps API

Previous Comments For This Page

How can it be shorter by road than as the crow flies, I think I would question the accuracy......
By Dean QLD on 07/02/2016

very good site make more like it plz!
On 03/02/2016

How Far is it Between Keith, South Australia, Australia and Murray Bridge, South Australia, Australia should do the trick
By Free Map Tools on 03/02/2016

Won't show as the crow flies from Keith South Australia to Murray Bridge South Australia????
On 02/02/2016

great web site I love it
By steve on 31/01/2016

Too complex
On 27/01/2016

easy to use. thanks
By ste on 26/01/2016

Hi James, Thanks for reporting this. It should now work ... How Far is it Between Niuafo Niuas, Tonga and Nukualofa, Tongatapu, Tonga.
By Free Map Tools on 25/01/2016

Doesn't work for, Petani (Niuafo'ou, Tonga) to Nuku'alofa
By James Foster on 24/01/2016

By virender on 20/01/2016

By MUKESH KUMAR on 13/01/2016

Not to good don't tell me what I needed
On 12/01/2016

By Qamar Alam on 11/01/2016

School distance
By Nishu on 07/01/2016

I tracked the distance between Sydney, Australia and Auckland, NZ. When I looked at that route on Google maps it showed a curved "great circle" route, with the curve to the north. Right for the northern hemisphere, but not the southern. This site got in right; check it out.
By Charles Forbes on 06/01/2016

Gud website
By neha on 04/01/2016

Really gud results
On 04/01/2016

Distance between Darwin and Alice Springs
On 02/01/2016

This operated great on my hp pavilion. However, this is absolute rubbish
On 18/12/2015

Distance between SB to Carteret
On 17/12/2015

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