Measure a Distance

The measure distance tool is a simple way of finding the distance between two or more points on a map.

Measure Distance Map




[Map Height : Small - Medium - Large]

Total Distance
 Clear Last   Zoom To Fit   Clear Map   Toggle Markers 

Travel Time


Select Speed...

0 1000 MPH

Or choose mode of transport...

Units of Time

Slow Car
Fast Car
Passenger Aeroplane

How to use the Measure Distance Tool

Simply click once on one point, then click again on the second point. The distance should then be displayed. You can click more than two points in order to build up a continuous route.

Use the miles / km / nautical miles / yards switch to measure distances in km or in miles or nautical miles. The Autopan option will move the map as you click the points.

The Search For Location text box allows you to quickly get to an area you wish without spending time zooming and panning to find it. For example if you wish to find the city of Rome in Italy, type "Rome, Italy" and then click Search. The map will then go straight to Rome. Note the "[city][comma][space][county]" format.

Toggle markers will show or hide the markers if they get in the way.

Clear last will remove the last point from the map

Zoom to fit will zoom and pan the map to get the best fit of all your points on as large a zoom as possible.

Clear Map is a reset button that will clear all points and allow you to start measuring a distance again.

You can edit the position of any existing points by dragging the marker (when they are displayed) and dropping the marker in it's new position

You can also adjust the height of the map to have it large, medium or small in size.

You can delete a point by right clicking on the node.

Future Ideas and Improvements

  • Auto-reroute for optimum distance (traveling salesman problem)
  • Have other speeds like fiber optic cable (~.6 c) and Mach
  • Option to add a title to a marker which then appears on mouse over and data export

Version History

  • 6th Julty 2020 - New option to Export a link to the route. Found inside Export Options section
  • 2nd June 2019 - Fixed bug with meters output not working
  • 29th May 2019 - Implemented Leaflet Maps
  • 20th May 2019 - Fixed bug in IE browser
  • 9th May 2019 - Fixed issue with distance not reseting to zero when Clear Map button clicked
  • 14th September 2017 - Distance now displayed on map while in full screen mode
  • 4th August 2017 - Units selector upadted. Feet units added
  • 24th July 2017 - Full Screen option moved on to map. Now found at top right corner
  • 4th July 2017 - Fixed issue with CSV and XLSX export
  • 29th January 2017 - Option to show elevation chart and export CSV file of elevation data along route
  • 25th November 2016 - KML export to show pins at each node along the route
  • 23rd November 2016 - Added download KML, CSV and XLSX option
  • 19th July 2016 - Bug fixes with how the mode of transport and estimated time of travel changes if the units are changed
  • 5th July 2016 - Added meters as a unit of distance
  • 25th June 2016 - Travel speed units change depending on units of distance
  • 20th June 2016 - Fixed issue with days measurement displaying twice the actual value
  • 24th March 2016 - Route points can now be added mid-way along. Points can also be deleted by right clicking
  • 25th January 2016 - Speed can now be input manually
  • 28th December 2015 - Added option to change between minutes, hours and days for the travel time estimate
  • 24th June 2014 - Added option Snap To Roads
  • 24th March 2014 - Added option Pan to My Location
  • 11th January 2012 - Implemented Google Maps API V3. Added Full Screen option
  • 12th October 2010 - Markers now show their latitude and longitude when you hover over them
  • 15th October 2009 - Added travel time output
  • 12th October 2009 - Added terrain map option
  • 20th February 2008 - Revamp of design now with draggable markers
  • 1st November 2007 - Added quick find text box
  • 19th October 2007 - Yards now added as a unit of measurement
  • 9th October 2007 - Nautical Miles added as unit of measurement
  • 5th September 2007 - Descriptive Text Updated
  • 28th June 2007 - Page Created

Relevant Links

If you are trying to measure the distance between two cities, then the How far is it Between tool is probably more suitable for your needs.

Comments For This Page

Charlie, the Date Saved column is now populating correctly.
By Free Map Tools on 30th November 2020

How do we mesure a distance on a mal ?
On 23rd November 2020

On 14th November 2020

Dominica Roseau in Country of Island in Central America
By Juan Cortez on 11th November 2020

By salah on 2nd November 2020

This map has been great for my purposes But wondering how to get the 'date saved' feature in the Saved Route name box to work. Also when a route is saved the mph; kph; nm/day etc information under the map doesn't save with the route.
By Charlie on 20th October 2020

Good for everything
By G suresh babu on 11th October 2020

I wish you had the option to overlay long and lat lines.
By Skizzicks on 4th October 2020

ok i got it thanks
By carlos on 7th September 2020

very useful
On 5th September 2020

By MYINT MYAT HAN on 3rd September 2020

Please also add speed for kayaking ~5kph
On 26th August 2020

By Rubrn on 24th August 2020

You can Export to CSV to find out the latitude and longitude values.
By Free Map Tools on 20th August 2020

Wish lat and long could be displayed.
By Ski on 20th August 2020

it did i let me get that close to mark a correct mile.
By joaquin.downie on 19th August 2020

guys can you share how to use in other webpages ? i want to implent that my webpage. we are using taxi's
By Palpatine on 17th August 2020

great for usage for the army
By Ryan on 14th August 2020

Please add boating, mapping, plotting water ways distance.
By Mr Q on 19th July 2020

Hi, you can share the map as follows... with the User Menu at the top right, save the route. Then go to the Load option in the User Menu and click to get a link for your saved route. The link can be shared with others.
By Free Map Tools on 22nd June 2020

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