Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator

This Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator is the successor to the Google Maps Distance Calculator. This version will allow users to save and reload their routes when they revisit Daft Logic.


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

Use search result as a distance marker?

How To Use

Sign Up

  • Click the Create Free Account option at the top right.
  • Type in your username, password and email. Note : Use a loose password as this site is not secure.
  • Click [Submit] an wait for an email to arrive with further instructions.

Login Procedure

  • Click the Login option at the top right.
  • Type in your username and password.

Use the Map

Use the map and place your markers to create a route (as per Google Maps Distance Calculator)

Save New Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click [Save New Route] under user options.
  • Type in the name for the route.
  • Decide to make the route public (other people can search for it and see it) or private.
  • Click [Save].

Load a Route

  • Make sure you are logged in
  • Click the route name you wish to load under Your Routes
  • Wait for the route to load

Note: You can now edit this route as per normal

Re-Save Existing Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Load an existing route.
  • Click [Re-Save Existing Route] under user options.
  • Your route will then be re-saved

Add Notes To Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click the notes icon (Add Notes) for the route you wish to add a note to.

Rename a Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click the rename icon (Rename Route) for the route you wish to rename.

Delete a Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click the delete route icon (Delete Route) for the route you wish to delete.
  • Your route will be permanently deleted.


Click Logout or simply navigate away from this page

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keybaord shortcus can be used:

  • l - Delete Last Marker - Windows : (Alt+l) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+l)
  • z - Zoom to fit - Windows : (Alt+z) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+z)
  • d - Delete a Marker - Windows : (Alt+d) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+d)
  • t - Toggle Markers - Windows : (Alt+t) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+t)


  1. All distances are estimations so Daft Logic does not accept any responsibility that may arise when the value reported is incorrect.
  2. 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.

Relevant Links

Google Maps API

Future Functionality and Suggested Improvements

Functions that will be added in the future. Please feel free to make suggestions by adding a comment at the bottom of the page.

  • See the distance from the starting point at each marker
  • Save the map state along with each route (position, zoom and map type)
  • Show more than one saved route at once
  • Option to stay logged in
  • Export the route to CSV / Excel
  • Export the distance between each adjacent point

Version History

Version Date Description
1.0 14/07/2008 First version
1.1 18/07/2008 Added signup and login
1.2 19/07/2008 Added save and load route (page goes live)
1.3 04/08/2008 Added option to delete a route
1.4 16/08/2008 Option to make a route public or private (default is private) & added send route via email option
1.5 01/09/2008 Increased store limit of routes from 135 points to something much larger
2.0 18/01/2009 Email validation on account signup
2.1 18/01/2009 Route validation on save. There must be at least one point of the map and the route must have a name
2.2 29/01/2009 Update to back-end saving mechanism
3.0 22/11/2010 Now uses Google Maps API V3 (inc. new features found in the recent update to Google Maps Distance Calculator such as saving your last route, map position and map settings in a local cookie)
Improved signup procedure - detects if username is already in use
Improved signup procedure - option to request new password
Option to change your password when logged in
Ability to rename a route
Ability to save (re-save) an existing route rather than having to save new routes all the time
Option to save notes for each route
Post your route to Twitter
Post your route to Facebook
Export route to KML option
3.1 29/11/2010 Option to allow a user to delete their account and all data permanently
3.2 20/12/2010 Full Screen Option added. This should allow easy printing. Please Report Bugs!
3.3 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
3.4 10/01/2013 New button to delete any marker
3.5 03/06/2014 New function to show an elevation chart for your route
3.6 18/11/2015 Implemented a mouseover event so when you hover over the elevation chart, a marker on the map highlights the location
3.7 30/12/2015 New method to add new markers to the middle of an existing route
New option - right click on a vertex to delete a point
Various keyboard shortcuts added
3.8 28/01/2016 Improved Full Screen function
3.9 02/08/2016 Bug fixes with unit pre selection on page load. In particular for Nautical Miles
3.10 15/02/2017 KML Export now includes elevation data

Comments For This Page

KB, please try the Google Maps Area Calculator Tool.
By Daft Logic on 23rd June 2017
How do I get acreage? Doesn't seem to be an option.
By KB on 23rd June 2017
Hi Mike, it will only report the accumulated distance along the line so it's not possible to find out distances between the start point and a number of other points ... sorry.
By Daft Logic on 30th May 2017
Thank you for your reply to my question re giving a distance from a starting point. Sorry for not explaining it very well...if I plot a line on a map is there a way that to be able to find the distance between 2 points on this line?
Also, I have managed to export a map via KML but am not able to export another one; have tried redoing a map and it still says that the file not been found even though when I pull it up it is there; sorry if this is a dumb question!
Many thanks Best wishes Mike
On 30th May 2017
Hi Mike, can you explain in a bit more detail please? Just so I'm 100% sure what you mean
By Daft Logic on 21st April 2017
is it possible to measure distances from the start please?
By Mike on 20th April 2017
Hi, There was an issue that has now been fixed. KML export should now work for FireFox
By Daft Logic on 7th March 2017
Hello, I am having trouble using the "export KML" featurte. Nothing hapens when I click on the red "KML" under "export "KML". I tired right clicking and opening in a new tab or window, but no luck. I am using Firefox internet browser
On 6th March 2017
easy to understand ,, works great ,, thank you ,, found the distance between my farm and two other cell towers ,, one tower is 9.281 miles , the other 9.571 miles ,, both towers have line of sight and only one gives issues ,, i just wanted to check the distance before i called the issues in ,, thank you ,, carmichael moritz
On 24th December 2016
hello, does this calculator uses the exact formula Google use on GMaps ? If it is, may i know what formula are you using ? thank you so much
By Aryo on 16th December 2016
Phil, perhaps you are looking for this page : Google Maps Find Altitude.
By Daft Logic on 16th October 2016
Before I created an account, I was able to get a listing of the GPS coordinates and altitude that I could import into Excel. How do I get this information now that I have an account?
By Phil (Houckster) on 15th October 2016
The [Clear Map] button should be working. Can you try refreshing the web browser and try again?
By Daft Logic on 3rd October 2016
Why clear map tab is not working
On 2nd October 2016
Hi, please try the Google Maps Area Calculator Tool to measure areas in square meters.
By Daft Logic on 29th August 2016
Hi Team, I presume the distance between points is in Linear meters, is there a Square Meter facility that could be added to the drop down menu, for an enclosed toggle area thanks :).
On 26th August 2016
Thanks, when it happens, refreshing the page a few time it works. Thanks
By Giuseppe on 24th August 2016
Giuseppe, please try (1) refreshing the page a few times. If this doesn't help (2) Try deleting your temporary internet files. Let us know if it works or not please.
By Daft Logic on 5th August 2016
hi, today I cannot insert points on the map! What's happening? Thanks

By Giuseppe on 5th August 2016
Bruce, this should now work. It will remember your selected units and load it immediately when you revisit the page.
By Daft Logic on 1st August 2016
Thanks for the feedback Bruce. We will work on this and let you know if any change is made.
By Daft Logic on 1st August 2016
I am a yacht delivery captain and have been using the distance calculator for some time, but with the advanced distance calculator it always defaults to statute miles. I always work in nautical miles. Is there a way for me to set the default measurement to nautical miles? If not, is it possible to add this so that we can set the default mileage?

By Bruce on 1st August 2016

On 7th July 2016
That worked!
By Daryl on 20th June 2016
Did you include the minus sign before the 84? Without this, it will go to China
On 20th June 2016
That plots out to east central China?
By Daryl on 20th June 2016
Hi Daryl, using, 35.350N 84.873W comes out as 35.35,84.873, so try 35.35,-84.873.
By Daft Logic on 20th June 2016
Having difficulty with USGS coordinates again. According to USGS, the following coordinates are located in TN. But when I plot them here, it takes me to Ankara, Turkey.
35.350N 84.873W

I removed the degree symbols and the N and W and put a dash between, but still doesn't work. What am I doing wrong?
By Daryl on 20th June 2016
John, this is not possible. The dots have been added to make it easier to add points mid-route or delete points (right click).
By Daft Logic on 1st June 2016
I've used the DaftLogic route-maker tool before and was able to generate a map with a red line but no dots. With this package (and the non-advanced version I tried earlier) I ended up with the dots obscuring the line. 'Toggling' added or removed large marker points, but the dots remained. How do I create a line on the map without dots?
By John Cossham on 31st May 2016

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