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

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Options

[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

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 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
  • Add paddle boarding to the list of modes of transport

Version History

  • 21st February 2021 - Selected units of distance are stored and recalled when you next visit
  • 6th July 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

This is a brilliant website. Easy to use. But I do miss the Great Circles display feature.
By helpmaboab on 6th December 2021

Didn't this site use to show Great Circle routes? Why now the straight line? It's not the shortest route.
By Andrew on 4th December 2021

This is so goood
On 28th November 2021

WOOOOO ! YES ! openstreetmap is on FiRE!!!
By OpenStreetGuy on 31st October 2021

great tool, always my go to
By rob on 23rd September 2021

Cool tool, thanks!! will donate this someday
By Arkaan Muyassar on 20th August 2021

Thankyou. very useful for sailing
By Dave on 28th July 2021

very useful %uD83C%uDF39%u2764%uFE0F well done please makes application for it
By dzhwar on 14th July 2021

Wrong Maps bad Website
By Vip on 28th June 2021

Too difficult to use and assumes place is in US not UK
On 16th June 2021

irussell, sorry about that. It should have been updated to say "click" rather than "right click".
By Free Map Tools on 3rd June 2021

'You can delete a point by right clicking on the node.' I cannot get this to work.I use Firefox on MacOS. Please tell me how to do it.
By irussell on 1st June 2021

Would it be better if %u201CSaved Routes%u201D were to be edited manually through an edit button? Viewing a %u201CSaved Route%u201D can get jumbled by clumsy fingers dragging the map. Also- the addition of a %u201Cshow less comments%u201D button would be nice. But...I really like the app for simple point to point planning.
By Mr. Mike on 18th May 2021

Can you add paddle boarding to the mix?
By Ernesto on 6th May 2021

amazing site for free
On 6th May 2021

thank you veryhelpful. please functionality to measure UPRN to UPRN
On 29th April 2021

Giving hope the rising sun gives us yet longing for hope is an endless night.
By Yoda# on 8th April 2021

yes
By Bubba Hayne on 5th April 2021

Awesome find! THANK YOU!
By JR on 4th April 2021

yalpertem, it has now been added.
By Free Map Tools on 21st February 2021

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