Measure a Distance

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

Measure Distance Map

Search For Location :


 Pan to My Location 


[Map Height : Small - Medium - Large - Full Screen]

Total Distance Miles km Nautical Miles Yards Meters
 Clear Last   Zoom To Fit   Clear Map   Toggle Markers   Export Elevation 

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)
  • Provide measurement in feet
  • Option to add a title to a marker which then appears on mouse over and data export

Version History

  • 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

This is a tremendous, useful, accurate, and widely variable tool. I have NOT found a better measuring website than yours on the entire internet ! Thank You. I use it all the time.
By Mike Carter on 26th March 2017

I love this easy fantastic tool.exactly the answer to my question.
By Joy on 25th March 2017

Very helpful in finding the distance - thank you!
By Duke on 23rd March 2017

By abbasi on 21st March 2017

Hi Meldon, have a look at Measure Distance From Central Point To Many. This allows you to plot multiple routes with the distance displayed on the map. Also Plot Airport Routes may be of interest to you.
By Free Map Tools on 20th March 2017

By Dave on 17th March 2017

Amazing Site!! Ive been using it to map the distances flown and updat emy Pilo tLog book!! Thankyou Very Much.. :) An awesome feature would be to display the distances for each of the chosen legs and then being able to print it. :)
By Meldon Rodrigues on 17th March 2017

Awesome site. Thank you for not making users register and for not including a lot of clutter. Great for measuring how far you've walked your dog, need to walk to a grocery store, restaurant, etc.
By Monica on 16th March 2017

By OMRAN on 25th February 2017

Matt, the best donation you can give is to tell others about Free Map Tools, like/share our Facebook page and like us on Twitter. Any of this will be greatly appreciated.
By Free Map Tools on 17th February 2017

Suggestion: New section call Markers. In this section you could place Markers and Polylines. Imagine creating a hiking trail with a trail head marker. The ability to label a marker would be a big bonus. Normal Export functionality, and Import would be huge. Also, please add a Donation link! You do great work!
By Matt on 17th February 2017

Hi Matt, thanks for the suggestion. In the meantime you can save and recall routes by using the User Menu found near the top right of the screen. User Menu > Save Route, then give it a name. User Menu > Load route to load it again.
By Free Map Tools on 17th February 2017

I love the comment "useless"'s anything but that! Thank you for adding export to CSV. Suggestion: It would be so handy if I could upload the same CSV and get my polyline back.
By Matt on 17th February 2017

Hi Laura, thanks for the feedback. We try to keep it hassle free to use.
By Free Map Tools on 5th February 2017

This is so simple - thank you for not making me register!
By Laura on 5th February 2017

By CHRIS on 3rd February 2017

Thank you for this site. It makes measuring distances easy. I am a new jogger and this help me plan routes where ever I am. It is nice to be able to switch from miles to KMs without any hassle
By CDking on 20th January 2017

Thanks Chris.
By Free Map Tools on 12th January 2017

Been using this tool for years. It's extremely useful and massive thanks to the team who created it.
By Chris S on 12th January 2017

Hi Cliff, please use the Toggle Markers button to do this.
By Free Map Tools on 4th January 2017

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