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.

Options

City, Country City, Country
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to

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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

Not working
By Des on 23/04/2016

not helpful
On 22/04/2016

k o o l
On 15/04/2016

this is very good :)
By jade on 13/04/2016

Thanks for the feedback. I think the crow got lost on its way to Birmingham! This has not been fixed.
By Free Map Tools on 13/04/2016

If I enter the two endpoints as London (UK) and Birmingham (UK), the crow flies 263.812km, which is further than if it had followed the more winding course of the road (202.371km). The road journey looks reasonable, starting at Charing Cross underground station and finishing at a Serbian Orthodox church near Aston University. The crow starts its journey from the Palace of Westminster but ends it on Market Street in Huddersfield I think the crow should be advised to make its journey between the same start and end points as the car if the distances are being displayed to the nearest metre.
On 11/04/2016

Ok I've found the distance where does it tell me the compass reading
On 06/04/2016

effective
By Mahmud on 06/04/2016

cool
On 06/04/2016

great
On 04/04/2016

It's OK
On 25/03/2016

Methanol Refinery distance from new neighborhood development
On 23/03/2016

Quick and easy to use. Thank you ;)
On 20/03/2016

How Far is it Between Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia should now work.
By Free Map Tools on 17/03/2016

As the crow flies distance not working for Sydney to Dubbo
By Mick D on 16/03/2016

Hi, thanks for the feedback. It should now work as expected ...How Far is it Between Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.
By Free Map Tools on 16/03/2016

Not working for Melbourne to Shepparton 112 km as the crow flies - definitely not right
By Mick D on 15/03/2016

Easy to use, fast results, and seems to be reasonably accurate. Thanks for putting in the hard work to make this available to everyone for FREE.
By Paul in Brisbane, QLD on 08/03/2016

Easy and quick to use...love it.
On 08/03/2016

Linda, this isn't easy to so without making the interface complicated. Sorry.
By Free Map Tools on 08/03/2016

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