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 :

 Search 

 Pan to My Location 

Options

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

Total Distance Miles km Nautical Miles Yards Meters

 Clear Last 

 Zoom To Fit 

 Clear Map 

 Toggle Markers 


Travel Time

 

Select Speed...

0 1000 MPH

 

Or choose mode of transport...

Units of Time

Walking
Swimming
Jogging
Running
Cycling
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

  • 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

  • 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.

Previous Comments For This Page

What about adding a feature where a point is chosen and then a single and/or multiple distance/time circles could be drawn around that point?
By JCD on 28th September 2016

Didn't know a pokemon hunt would turn into 50km haha
By callum on 5th September 2016

Great app for planning a run :D Keep making it better gj man
By ThisIsMyName on 3rd September 2016

brilliant
On 31st August 2016

That's a shame - I'll have to look elsewhere or get writing myself... :) Thanks for the prompt reply anyway. Rgds.
By TEP on 30th August 2016

TEP, sorry, this cannot be done. If anyone wants to look/copy/reuse any file hosted on this website or referenced from it they are free to do so, but its not possible to add license information.
By Free Map Tools on 26th August 2016

TEP, this website is a public, free to use site that provides estimates of various measurements taken on maps. It is not do download, copy or use anywhere else except for the website itself.
By Free Map Tools on 26th August 2016

(Addendum to previous message: can you ensure the license information and your name appear at the top of the JS file too - thanks!)
By TEP on 26th August 2016

Hi - what is the license for this software? Is it Freeware/Shareware/GNU Public license? I need to know to ensure I can advise the company I'm doing some work for whether they can use it or not. (Without knowing the license they would have to avoid it).
By TEP on 26th August 2016

Hi, can you confirm what speed you selected for the flight? I believe asking Google to search between airports will bring up the airlines scheduled flight times. This page assumes you are traveling at a constant speed the whole time. With the car this page assumes you travel a straight line and at a constant speed. Google will likely use data of the actual time it takes.
By Free Map Tools on 16th August 2016

I've just measured the distance, between East Midlands airport, England to Palma airport, Spain = YOUR map says 1hour and 6 minutes. I Google it and use other means of info: it is saying = 2 hours and 31 minutes. I also checked the time by "fast car" from NYC to DC = 2 hours. if I again; check with others. its more like 24 hours.... You page is way out!!
On 15th August 2016

Hi, swimming has been added
By Free Map Tools on 15th August 2016

Great thanks. How about adding swimming time?
By David on 13th August 2016

Thanks Mark
By Free Map Tools on 22nd July 2016

Just noticed you have added metres, which is great. Really useful tool which works on iOS as well as desktop browsers
By Mark on 22nd July 2016

Thank you. I use the site for my students house distance from school. Very useful.
By Margie on 18th July 2016

So thankful for this site. Helps us at work to determine distance between resort lodging locations and ski lifts.
By Adri on 16th July 2016

Thank you so much for this service I use it almost daily with work and the fact metres are added is just perfect. Thank you to all involved please keep up the great work!
On 14th July 2016

Kayaking the upper Mississippi where it winds across the flat land, and I have been planning to find the distance of a day trip I plan on taking. 8 miles straight. 10 miles to drive. 17.5 miles following the river. Great work on this application!
By Charlie on 13th July 2016

Travel by kayak would be amazing. Thanks for this useful tool!
By Stacey on 12th July 2016

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