Measure a Distance

The measure distance tool is a simple way of find the distance between two points on a map. Start Clicking!

Measure Distance Map

Search For Location :


 Pan to My Location 


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

Total Distance Miles km Nautical Miles Yards

 Clear Last 

 Zoom To Fit 

 Clear Map 

 Toggle Markers 

Autopan ? Snap To Roads ?

Travel Time


Select Speed...

0 KPH 1000 KPH KPH


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 Quick Find 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 go. 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.

Future Ideas and Improvements

  • Export to kml option
  • Auto-reroute for optimum distance (traveling salesman problem)
  • Have other speeds like fiber optic cable (~.6 c)
  • Provide elevation data for route
  • Provide measurement in feet

Version History

  • 25th January 2016w - 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.

Previous Comments For This Page

By h on 03/02/2016

Very useful! p.S. Im in middle school.
By Ari and Katlynn on 03/02/2016

Day 1
By James Simon on 01/02/2016

By Davide on 30/01/2016

One of the modes of transport should be PWC or boat
By Raybar15 on 28/01/2016

Swim teste
By Pedro on 28/01/2016

Hi Shaun, The speed can now be input manually. I hope this helps.
By Free Map Tools on 25/01/2016

It should allow the speed to be variable as examples given, make the maths that need to be done for matamatical differences and adjustments make it to laboured and annoying, [Please allow us to set speed]
By Shaun on 23/01/2016

Very useful site, particularly with the option to measure in nautical miles.
By Ben on 18/01/2016

Hi Namaste, thanks for the feedback. Can you give an example please? After re-checking we cannot see an issue but we could be wrong.
By Free Map Tools on 14/01/2016

time it takes to travel the route in hours is very wrong - should be corrected.
By Namaste on 13/01/2016

Hank, thanks for the feedback. We have just added a new option to change between minutes/hours/days.
By Free Map Tools on 28/12/2015

Excellent tool. I highly recommend it. I only wish I could toggle from time in min to hours. Maybe in the next upgrade?
By Hank on 28/12/2015

Excellent tool. I use it all the time.
By Hank on 28/12/2015

Hyderabad sindh
On 26/12/2015

Where your map distance tools
By Rajiv ranjan on 24/12/2015

Longest I've ever skied before in my life. I'm 10 years old and am interested in skiing.
By Sam on 24/12/2015

Easy to use - wish I'd found it earlier!
By Peter Tokely on 23/12/2015

wrong entry......
By Vijay Kumar Das on 20/12/2015

Perfect! Very easy to use and helful
By Angeles on 15/12/2015

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