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

  • 14th November 2016 : The duration of the road journey is now output when applicable
  • 28th June 2016 : URL output now contains units (KM) information
  • 22nd June 2016 : KM / Miles setting will now save and remember its state between sessions
  • 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

Comments For This Page

Jody, there is no set time frame for this. It will happen but its not possible to say when.
By Free Map Tools on 12th March 2018

we have had new streets created in our area, when will free maps be updated to include them?
By Jody on 12th March 2018

Corky, thanks for reporting this. It should now work correctly.
By Free Map Tools on 11th March 2018

Something wrong somewhere, with the "How Far Is It Between" calculations, I think. The distance from Wick in Caithness (UK) to Lerwick on Shetland (UK)is given as 2.488 miles as the crow flies and 173.551 by land transport. The journey time by road is given as 11.24 hours. All of these calculations are just nonsense. Most of the journey is over water so how can a "land" distance have been calculated. It is a heck of a lot farther than just 2 miles as the crow flies. How can you trust anything on here if the calculations are this inaccurate. The "Measure Distance Map" function calculates the straight line distance as 137.03 miles.
By Corky on 10th March 2018

Auckland to wellington
On 7th March 2018

This saved me a lot of time.Thank you.
On 12th February 2018

i work driving from one place to the next, and have to put mileage in, this was a very easy way of getting the mileage that I have driven in a week.
By karen higgs on 20th January 2018

By HEMANT KUMAR on 15th January 2018

Aerial Distance is 1 to 3 KM
On 12th January 2018

By DEVENDER KUNDRA on 9th January 2018

Thanks, it is a useful tool.
By AARUSH RANJAN on 8th January 2018

By Alan on 5th January 2018

Very helpful in guidance from A to B also able to select non motorway routes.
On 3rd January 2018

By Sanatan on 2nd January 2018

Distance from Home to DPS Rohini for child name Inayat Kaur
By Inayat Kaur on 30th December 2017

By HITESH on 28th December 2017

Nice tool:) travelvietnamtipsandguides
By travelvietnamtipsandguides on 26th December 2017

Could you please provide Desktop Application for MacBook so that I can use? Pasting each address like this takes much time for me :(. I have around 30K address to measure Crow flies distance
By Hang on 24th December 2017

Thanks. this is what I waa looking for.
By HGA on 20th December 2017

Brilliant. Simple to use and very visual.Thank you
By Pam on 5th December 2017

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