Use search result as a distance marker?
Please paste in the list of coordinates to add to your route in the text box below:
An important feature of this distance calculator tool is that it 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 affected.
- 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
- Allow import of GPX files
- Show difference in elevation between markers
- Export a list of all waypoints and show the distance between each
|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|
|5.10||18/11/2015||Implemented a mouseover event so when you hover over the elevation chart, a marker on the map highlights the location|
|5.11||30/12/2015||Its now possible add a marker to the route midway along the route. You can also delete a marker by right clicking on the dot below the marker|
|5.12||04/04/2016||Updates to print formatting|
|5.13||09/06/2016||Added yards units of distance measurement|
|5.14||10/01/2017||The marker will display the distance up to that leg on the route when you hover over it|
Comments For This Page
Hi, you can measure areas here : Google Maps Area Calculator Tool.
By Daft Logic on 23rd January 2017
I see that you are considering further ideas.
What about calculate surfaces ? ( I mean the surface contained within a closed perimeter.)
Then the application would be STELLAR!
By Claudio from TRIEST on 19th January 2017
Mr. Dave - A change has been implemented so that the marker will display the distance up to that leg on the route when you hover over it.
By Daft Logic on 10th January 2017
This is a wonderful and very useful application (or how to call it?).
On 9th January 2017
Martin, thanks for the suggestion. Yes, we will look in to adding a function to import GPX waypoint data.
By Daft Logic on 9th January 2017
Can you add an "Import Waypoints" button so that one could import the waypoint of a walk, ie the Southern upland way in Scotland, you can download the waypoints for any walks in Scotland from the www.walkhighlands.co.uk, that way one could workout distance between the waypoints if one needed to break the long distance walks into shorter sections.
By Martin Grosset on 8th January 2017
I would like to be able to see the distance of any leg in my route, maybe by hovering over the line or somehow selecting the two end points. Possible? Not possible?
By Mr. Dave on 5th January 2017
Hi, it uses a hybrid of data sources but it is relative to Mean Sea Level.
By Daft Logic on 27th December 2016
this is a brilliant tool thank you! when I include the elevation, can you let me know what satellite or data set is it using?
On 24th December 2016
Hello, I am doing a project and I need the uncertainty (relative or absolute) on my mesures. Could you provide it to me ? Or give me an idea of how to find it ?
By Yaya on 29th November 2016
this is a disgrace and it need some updating so we can find our school
On 20th November 2016
Hi Norm, please get in contact to discuss this.
By Daft Logic on 2nd November 2016
Any update on the curvature of earth addition to elevation plot? Thanks
By Norm at Mount Wilson Observato on 2nd November 2016
This is just Awesome...seriously good thinking batman
By Francis on 20th October 2016
There is a full screen option on the Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator. Just below the map.
By Daft Logic on 16th October 2016
Is there (or will there ever be) a full screen option? Otherwise really nice and usefull. Much better than the similar thing in Google Earth
By Ichan on 15th October 2016
This is a very useful tool. My only very minor niggle is that whilst the intro text says "find out the distance between two or more points anywhere on the earth", this isn't quite true. Only because a lat/long location in the ocean cannot be searched for and selected via text input ("Not Found" is the feedback). I dare say a later drag-n-drop would allow the marker to be moved but I can't be certain it is exactly where I want it to be!
By Phil W-S on 14th October 2016
An invaluable tool. Too bad Google took it out. 2D & measurement with easy to use interface. 5/5 Thank you!
On 27th September 2016
By Daft Logic on 26th September 2016
What a tremendous program!
I now know how much electric fence I need
But a nerdy comment, in your Note should it be affected (verb) not effected? But looking this up does show some discussion
By Richard Rowe on 26th September 2016
Hi Vince, Not sure about this one. Can you try a different browser and see if there is a difference?
By Daft Logic on 22nd September 2016
When going to street view and using full screen as soon as I click full screen mode it cuts screen in half and shows only half of a full screen. just started having this issue today and use this daily. Any suggestions
By Vince on 22nd September 2016
Thanks a lot! I can calculate all my routes for running..
By H on 18th September 2016
Thank you, thank you!!! I can calculate my running routes down to all turns and small streets! Love your site!
By Jack on 18th September 2016
REZA, do you mean to spin the map itself?
By Daft Logic on 7th September 2016
really what a good services.
is it possible to rotate the picture ?
On 7th September 2016
D.C. thats a fair point. The arrow should be darker now.
By Daft Logic on 4th September 2016
Thx, yes. The drop down arrow to change distance units on my screen is so light gray I can hardly see it. Maybe it's my browser, Safari? If not, you may want to darken the arrow somehow.
By D.C. on 4th September 2016
Simes, what does the text box below the map report? Does it have any value?
By Daft Logic on 1st September 2016
I can make it draw a line but it is not displaying a distance. :-(
By Simes on 1st September 2016
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