Distance Calculator

You can use this 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 distance between the points will then be displayed. You can also build up a series of locations to find a total distance.

[Map Height : Small - Medium - Large]

Use search result as a distance marker?

Distance

Upload Coordinates

Please paste in the list of coordinates to add to your route in the text box below:


Upload GPX file :

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

  1. Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 1
  2. Click to place marker 1.
  3. Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 2.
  4. Click to place marker 2.
  5. The distance will be calculated then displayed below the map in miles or kilometers. You can change between miles or km at any time
  6. Add as many points as required and the distance will build up.
  7. You can also drag and drop markers after they have been put on the map
  8. 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.

Note

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.

Options

  • 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.

Benchmark Tests

Mary Peters Track in Belfast

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 between New York and Paris

Map showing the estimated distance between New York and Paris. All references that can be found suggest that this is an accurate measurement.

Seven Mile Straight in Antrim

Map showing the Seven Mile Straight in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This shows a reading of 6.910 miles.

Map between Belfast and Dublin

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.

Relevant Links

Google Maps API

Further Uses and Ideas

  • Show difference in elevation between markers
  • Export a list of all waypoints and show the distance between each

Version History

Version Date Description of Updates
1.0 29/12/2005 The Beginning
2.0 19/01/2006 Stop post back between clicks
Calculate Mid Point
Zoom to fit feature
More than one marker as running total
3.0 15/06/2007 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
4.0 20/01/2008 Added Scroll Wheel Zoom in and out
Complete conversion to API v2
Better Zoom to Fit Functionality
Added crosshairs curser
4.1 21/02/2008 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
4.6 28/09/2009 Removed Quick Find
Added Google Search bar
4.7 06/10/2009 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
4.8 08/10/2009 Google Search can now be enabled by a check box
More settings are now saved such as toggle markers, Google Search and Map Type
5.0 31/07/2010 Implemented Google Maps Javascript API V3
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
5.3 31/07/2010 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
5.15 23/02/2017 New option to upload GPX files
5.16 21/09/2017 Elevation units changed to feet
5.17 21/02/2018 Location displayed when you hover over a marker now has fewer decimal places

Comments For This Page

Thumb's up. clean and simple interface deliver an intuitive, but yet complete, user experience (also on a mobile device)
By Alberto on 21st April 2018
cant seem to get the hang of elevations
On 11th April 2018
aj, there is an option to toggle the view at the top left of the map.
By Daft Logic on 2nd April 2018
Can I see satellite view of map?
By aj on 31st March 2018
Thanks so much . This programs really help me to find the distance between repeater sites . Have been using its for several years now. Again thanks for for effort

Cleve Cannon
wb4oll
On 12th March 2018
A great app I have been using for 8 years or so
By Aghis, Athens, Greece on 6th March 2018
thank you sooo much!!!
i use this all the time for running/biking and just wanted to say that you're doing great work here
By joey zeloof on 4th March 2018
thanks a ton for easing my problem.
By Random on 26th February 2018
Thank you for creating this. It really aids in my weight loss regimen to show how far I've walked or run.
On 16th February 2018
Thank you for doing this, I use it almost everyday!
On 5th February 2018
SD, sorry this is not possible. The maps on this page do update but there is a lag with the Google Maps site.
By Daft Logic on 23rd January 2018
Is there anyway to link your maps to Googles so that the maps are more up to date?
By SD on 23rd January 2018
thanks so much for your effort - this is really helpful!
love from germany
On 19th January 2018
Your Google Satellite is out of date, comnpare south Guildford Werstern Australia with Googles...completely Different.

On 17th January 2018
Searching doesn't work (Searched for Germany and Berlin, and neither were found.
By Krzd on 15th January 2018
very good!

By Massimo on 13th January 2018
You're absolute legends! Many thanks.
By Hagbard Celine on 13th December 2017
Hi Stoney, you can change the distance output to feet using the drop down beside the distance measurement.
By Daft Logic on 11th December 2017
Please put an option to convert distances into feet. That would make this already great app into the best maps app ever!
By Stoney on 8th December 2017
Very useful tool. It's easy to learn and use.
It just does what you'd expect from such a tool to do (nothing more, nothing less - and that's good).
Good job, Daft Logic.
By Bartek on 18th November 2017
Great. Thank you. I can come home and see just how much the varience made to my walk and if it is worthwhile. Also planning a walk I can now guestimate how long it will tske vecsuse I can compare with previous times. I love it. Especially good for sneaky shortcuts across the park. Lol
By Jean Cotter on 13th November 2017
Europeon ... there is now a way to toggle between feet and meters. It appears once you get the elevation chart to display.
By Daft Logic on 7th November 2017
Can you give us the option to change altitude back to meters? I know you're a reasonable person, Daft, and I know you very hesitantly changed it to feet as a business decision, because it's an inferior measurement. Please give other reasonable people the power to not be inconvenienced by America's inability to change. Thanks!
By Europeon on 7th November 2017
Thanks for keeping this up. Great tool. Is it possible to select a single point on the map and then draw a circle with a given radius? For example, if I wanted to see everything within 200 miles of a given location...
By Dan on 31st October 2017
Ry, sorry, thats not possible to do on this page.
By Daft Logic on 4th October 2017
This is an incredible resource - thank you! I'm new to this site, but was wondering if it's possible to select a route and then search how far various locations are from any point on that saved route?
By Ry on 4th October 2017
Please improve the website.. Sometime text can read carefully.
By unknown from pk on 2nd October 2017
Hi, thanks for the feedback. Large is now Medium. And Large is now larger!
By Daft Logic on 27th September 2017
Would it be possible to increase the differences between 'small', 'medium' and 'large' for map height? 'Large' used to almost fill the screen, but now large is just a narrow band, which is a bit cumbersome to use.
Great stuff!
J
On 26th September 2017
You can now toggle the elevation units.
By Daft Logic on 25th September 2017

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