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 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 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|
Comments For This Page
Jeff, Is there a way to update this ?
Love this page I use it to fly my drones
thanks so much
By babrak on 18/07/2016
Hi, if you close and reopen the page, does it still state 1300 Miles?
By Daft Logic on 18/07/2016
It continually states 1300 Miles. The distance is 2.5 miles at the most! Both addresses are correct and I have cleared the map.
great tool. i always use it to find out routes for running & cycling. thanks.
By mandar on 14/07/2016
Thanks, useful site.
Says it is "possible" to add a marker at the midpoint, but it seems this needless bit of clutter is always there with no visible means of removal.
NICE TOOL TANX
By walter on 23/06/2016
Thanks Paolo, this has been added to the Further Uses and Ideas list
By Daft Logic on 20/06/2016
it is very good and usefull. I would like to suggest to add the possibility to have automatically a list resuming the way points of the route stating the distance beteen each way points. It could be very usefull to a printable list.
By Paolo on 19/06/2016
Love this distance calculator!! Great for running, last few updates are great "quality of life" additions. THANK YOU
Hi, its decimal latitude and longitude. For example 48.8583701,2.2944813 for the Eiffel Tower
By Daft Logic on 13/06/2016
How can we put GPS coordinates in the search? Which format?
Perfect for mapping and finding the distance of new routes I plan on running, thanks for this.
By Daft Logic on 06/06/2016
Well done. This site cures my biggest objection to Googlemaps, the absence of a "swim" button. With your tool I can measure swim distances.
By Rick Gendreau on 06/06/2016
Brillaint tool. I use it all the time.
By S on 26/05/2016
Best map,Good work.
simple and clear. Many thanks
Karl, the level of zoom (max zoom) depends on the map type (Map / Satellite) and also the area of the earth you are viewing. Some areas have higher resolution maps.
By Daft Logic on 09/05/2016
Hello, still enjoying this website, but the map no longer zooms in as far as it used to making small buildings tricky to measure. Did something get updated to change this? Can it be changed back? Still love it though. :D
By Karl on 09/05/2016
Agwego, thanks for reporting this. I was able to replicate the issue. It should now be resolved.
By Daft Logic on 05/05/2016
The latest version seems to be broken on Chrome 50.0.2661.94 m, (autopan not working properly as well) seeing : Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'push' of undefined 2projects-google-maps-distance-calculator.js:183 in the console when trying to drop a pin, works fine on Firefox 45.0.2
By Agwego on 05/05/2016
Hi Daryl, what format are the coordinates in?
By Daft Logic on 04/05/2016
Why does it no longer recognize GPS coordinates?
By Daryl on 04/05/2016
Great tool. I used to measure distance from Andacollo to Tololo Telescope, and it worked fine.
By Carlos Tondreau on 11/04/2016
Pretty nice, however it wouldn't hurt to add being able to choose the color of the cross hair (for better contrast), also if the cross hair could remain fixed in the center of the image and only the map moved when panning would make picking the center point much easier and faster.
By Dale B Baker on 09/04/2016
Hi Jeff, can you try it on a different web browser and see if that helps?
By Daft Logic on 01/04/2016
This isn't working for me anymore. I cannot scroll on the map, nor can I put points in.
By Jeff on 31/03/2016
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