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You can use the Google Maps Distance Calculator to find out the distance between two or more points anywhere on the earth. In other words, the distance between A and B. Click once on the map to place the first marker and then click again to position the second marker. The mileage between the points will then be displayed. You can also build up a series of locations to find a total distance.
An important feature of this distance calculator tool is that is "as the crow flies", so traveling in real life will normally involve larger distances, but this may also help those who need to measure off-road distances.
Want to save your route? Try the Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator
How To Use
- Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 1
- Click to place marker 1.
- Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 2.
- Click to place marker 2.
- The distance will be calculated then displayed below the map in miles or kilometers. You can change between miles or km at any time
- Add as many points as required and the distance will build up.
- You can also drag and drop markers after they have been put on the map
- To share your route and distance calculation use the option [Generate Link For This Route]. You can then copy the link generated and send this via Twitter or Facebook.
All distances are estimations so Daft Logic does not accept any responsibility that may arise when the value reported is incorrect.
You can move the markers after they have been positioned so you can modify you route on the fly and see how the distance will be effected.
- Click [Clear Last] to undo the last marker placed
- Click [Zoom To Fit] to zoom the map around all markers
- Click [Clear Map] to erase all markers and start again
- Use the Quick Find text box to quickly relocate the map
- You can choose between miles and kilometers (km) for the Total Distance readout
- Click [Show Elevation] to get a chart showing the elevation of your route
How it Works
Clearly you, the user inputs two 'points' that are used to calculate the distance. Calculating the "As the Crow Flies" distance is a matter of using Great Circle formula. Then the main problem is converting the Google Map unit to miles and kilometers.
The map will also automatically save your route in your temporary internet cookies so that you can return and see the route as you last left it. If you ever need to start from scratch then use the [Clear Map] button.
Map showing the Mary Peters Track in South Belfast. The reading shows 0.394km which is clearly a reasonable measurement for an athletics track.
Map showing the estimated distance between New York and Paris. All references that can be found suggest that this is an accurate measurement.
Map showing the Seven Mile Straight in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This shows a reading of 6.910 miles.
Map showing the distance between Belfast and Dublin. As far as I can see this is an accurate estimate (if there is such a thing). This trip would be approximately 100 miles by road so the proverbial crow would have less distance to travel.
Further Uses and Ideas
- Show difference in altitude between markers
|Version||Date||Description of Updates|
Stop post back between clicks
Calculate Mid Point
Zoom to fit feature
More than one marker as running total
Move to API v2
Great Circle display and distance calculation
Option to resize map height
|3.1||25/09/2007||Added print map option|
|3.2||01/10/2007||Added Quick Find|
Added Scroll Wheel Zoom in and out
Complete conversion to API v2
Better Zoom to Fit Functionality
Added crosshairs curser
Removed Scroll Wheel Zoom in and out
Added marker drag and drop functionality
Removed Print Option (Ctrl+Print Screen works better)
|4.2||10/06/2008||Added Nautical Miles option|
|4.3||20/10/2008||Added drop down map type option|
|4.4||17/12/2008||Map saves last position for when you next visit|
|4.5||04/01/2009||Fixed autopan issue when map is resized|
Removed Quick Find
Added Google Search bar
Brought Back Quick Find!
Removed Google Search bar!
Added Route Autosave via cookies
Added Marker tooltip showing marker id and lat/lng
Added Feet measurement
Added Metres measurement
Google Search can now be enabled by a check box
More settings are now saved such as toggle markers, Google Search and Map Type
Google Search bar at bottom left is not yet available. sorry!
Removed show mid point button
Uses new cookie so any previous systems/settings on your machine will be erased! sorry!
Please report any issues or bugs!
|5.1||02/08/2010||Fixed autopan issue when map is resized|
|5.2||09/08/2010||Updated Quick Find. Now places marker at location|
Updated Quick Find. Now adds a distance marker upon finding a result unless the user opt's out of this
Updated Quick Find. Now allows enter/return to be hit to cause the search. No need to click the Search button
Updated Quick Find. Now pre-selects text after a search is complete to allow rapid input of multiple locations
Updated Quick Find. If you perform an unattached search (not a distance marker), the search result marker can be easily removed from the map by clicking on that marker
|5.4||05/02/2012||Updated Quick Find. Now zooms in to find the location|
|5.5||14/02/2012||Fixed issue where a marker that had been repositioned retained its original lat/lng in the text that appears during hover over|
|5.6||15/02/2012||Added new upload coordinates function|
|5.7||10/11/2013||Removed Google Local Search API (Deprecated)|
|5.8||22/01/2014||New option added to allow you to share your distance calculator route on Twitter, Facebook or email|
|5.9||25/01/2014||New option added to show the elevation of your route on a bar chart|
Previous Comments For This Page
I use it for sailing, it is great!! May I suggest to add the distance between every two waypoints? Thank a lot
By Paolo on 27/07/2014
Broken, not functioning as of 07/25
Great tool I use it to find distance between two points as I race racing pigeons I can work out their speed by dividing time taken to fly into distance
By black pied on 21/07/2014
I am a professional mariner. I use this excellent tool for voyage planning regularly.
can i take a code on it !! plsss? i need for my project !! .. in our GIS
By jhubeer on 19/07/2014
I love using your tool to map out a 5 km route for running in my neighbourhood. Thank you!
will there be an option to plan and download route waypoints onto a gps?
Hi Buz, unfortunately this information is not available.
By Daft Logic on 14/07/2014
When looking at the Satellite Earth Pictures how can we see the date the image was taken??? Buz
By Buz on 14/07/2014
Thanks for the really great tool. I use it a lot to find distances between mountain peaks and to the offshore islands. Two requests: Can you add an option for standard units to the elevation plot and add a feature which updates the elevation plot as you move the markers? Thanks!
By Norm on Mt. Wilson on 09/07/2014
Works nicely! Thank-you!
By The Bowx on 09/07/2014
i dont think this thing works better do it with technology increase
I think you guys should make an app for android and App Store great app to use when I need to figure out my runs for HS cross country couldn't have made the app any better
By John Doe on 29/06/2014
I use this to measure the distance of my homeruns
By FAUSTO on 25/06/2014
Fabulous tool -exactly what I needed for an 'as the crow flies" estimate of the distance to my nearest cell phone tower. What would be brilliant would be a compass bearing from point A to point B and an elevation bearling so that I can precisely set up my directional yagi antennae. Great work team. I hope that Google buy your application for millions!!
By John Malcolm on 19/06/2014
Hi Josephine, you can use the map to find each place, then click to place a marker. It will then calculate the distance between them.
By Daft Logic on 15/06/2014
I am looking for the distance from the backet ball arena in Tallaght to Dundrum and also the distance from Cork Street to Dundrum.Could you help me?
By Josephine Healy on 15/06/2014
Useful tool for school, calculating the size of the school field!
This is perfect for finding distances between places where there are no roads, e.g. along the beach or on water. Why Google does not offer such a feature is beyond me...
By Johan on 05/06/2014
I like this is best
By hamis juma on 03/06/2014
Simple and clear. I use it to calculate my electric skateboard rides! If the results are too small, maybe you need glasses. Works fine for me. thanks!
By ohms on 02/06/2014
Perfect tool for mapping out kayaking trips. Thank you guys.
By Matthew Banwart on 01/06/2014
THE ADS ARE BIG - easy to find -- the results are TINY and difficult - their must be a better website then this
What a useful tool. As a Amateur Radio operator I can measure distance to my all simplex contacts. Love it!!!!
By Rasika VK2 on 30/05/2014
Great tool! Thx.
By Tony. on 29/05/2014
Why Google hasn't bought you guys up is beyond me. I have to come to some random website for such an essential feature, and it's insane! I use this map at least once a week when planning out my floating trips, please keep it up and one day you guys will be living like fatcats.
By Noah on 28/05/2014
where is the jquery code
this is very good thanks
By krishnat on 26/05/2014
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