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 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

Previous Comments For This Page

Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.
By Free Map Tools on 19/07/2016

Been using this website for over 3 years, every single day. I run a transport company and this is still easier than using software.
On 19/07/2016

On 15/07/2016

It's awesome!! To Ballarat then. Off we goooooooooo!
By RyeTIM//The Iron Minecart on 14/07/2016

Gave a mileage for Manchester to Somerset which was exact to the mile. Impressed!
By Paul on 13/07/2016

This is great, adding up all my runs with GPS watch measuring how far I have run from Scarborough since April. Early July now in Bruges. (via motorways). Would be good if could subtract distance of channel crossing. As in the real world I would be on a ferry drinking pop.
On 11/07/2016

Seems okay! Wait & see
On 10/07/2016

fab site
On 07/07/2016

This is very good website and it is very useful to calculate distance for capital gain under income tax act.
By Adv. Bharat P.Shah on 02/07/2016

Thanks for this! I just used it to calculate how many miles I travelled in Asia and back - 26,547!
By Dion on 01/07/2016

Dan, this has now been implemented.
By Free Map Tools on 28/06/2016

Great tool. Can you add a querystring parameter for onoffswitch which can be read to set to "miles" when page is loaded? For those of us who clean up session data on regular basis. thanks.
By Dan on 27/06/2016

thank you for this very helpful app . great job
By al ghanim kuwait on 24/06/2016

EXCELLENT Website 10/10 for the distance information I wanted. Cheers
By Kizza on 23/06/2016

The KM / Miles setting should now save and remember its state between sessions.
By Free Map Tools on 22/06/2016

It would be good to have it remember the KMS vs Miles preference
On 21/06/2016

By Rich Blasco on 21/06/2016

Helpful app, I was making a satnav engine and needed to validate the distance between cities and this is way faster and simpler that using Google Maps. Thanks a lot!
By Teto on 20/06/2016

Hell of a trip take to someday visit Charleston and Myrtle Beach!!
By Eze on 13/06/2016

On 13/06/2016

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