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

it good and easy
By adeel ahmed qadri on 25th May 2017

This software is great except that you need to be able to drag the road line to different routes to check the mileage or have it show multiple routes.
By Randy Reinitz on 15th May 2017

This page should provide driving distance and time between the two locations.
By Free Map Tools on 8th May 2017

I need to know how many driving hours from one area to another.
On 8th May 2017

lita, it does this already. The red line is the straight line between the locations but there is also a blue line for road distances The only exception is when there is no road route available, for example, going across an ocean.
By Free Map Tools on 29th April 2017

It is very helpful. I but I would like to suggest that the measurement of distance must follow the road map and not just like a straight line. From the starting point going down to the road and following the road map until it reaches the point of destination. Thank you very much and I hope you can modify it according to my suggestion.
By lita on 29th April 2017

It is very helpful, however, I would like to make a suggestion that can we use the line by pointing various points on the road to get the exact distance that we want to get. Not just by using a straight line, but like my drawing below: *-------: : : : ------: :--------* Thank you very much.
By lita on 29th April 2017

thnk you so match
By lina on 25th April 2017

D\'ann please check out International Meeting Centre of Gravity Tool.
By Free Map Tools on 20th April 2017

good site. the only thing i could add is a link to "meet in between".
By D'ann on 19th April 2017

Thanks for being there so so helpful
On 18th April 2017

This is great. I was surprised to find out that South Korea is barely 300 miles closer to California than Korea to the UK.
On 18th April 2017

Great app
On 14th April 2017

Izzy, please try the Measure Distance on a Map tool.
By Free Map Tools on 13th April 2017

Illinois should now be fixed
By Free Map Tools on 13th April 2017

The map often has a destination that is significantly different from what was asked for. For example, Illinois, United States should not take me to Ireland or Indiana.
On 12th April 2017

thank you for a straightforward answer to a straightforward question. Now I want to change the route (cos I am jogging) - Any ideas ?
By Izzy on 11th April 2017

This is THE business. Brilliant every time. Ciao.
By Edward Tonner on 11th April 2017

Very useful tool, I use it for planning my frequent w/e trips. Thanks
By Will on 8th April 2017

Thank you. Its so useful
By Les Millen on 6th April 2017

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