Use search result as a distance marker?
Please paste in the list of coordinates to add to your route in the text box below:
Generate Link For This Route
Share your route on Facebook, Twitter or by email
Please copy the link from this text box:
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
- Remember auto-pan setting between sessions
- 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|
|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|
|5.18||11/08/2018||Google Maps search removed due to costs. Replaced with custom search tool|
|6.0||1st February 2021||Implemented Leaflet Maps|
|6.1||5th February 2021||Bug Fix : Clicking on an existing marker to add to the route did not work and also caused the tool to stop functioning
Bug Fix : Autopan did not work initially until swicthed off and on.
|6.2||12th February 2021||New option : Edit Squares can be togged On/Off|
|6.3||3rd March 2021||Edit Squares are Off when the map first loads but can still be toggled on|
|6.4||15th March 2021||Lines are displayed as Geodesic when edit mode is off|
|6.5||22nd March 2021||Small bug fix|
|6.6||26th May 2021||Bug fix : Upload Coordinates should now work. Bug fix : Tiny URL links should now work|
|6.7||25th April 2022||Bug fix : Upload Coordinates|
Comments For This Page
Every time I try to do the distance calculator and switch from OSM to satellite all i get is a message in the center that says loading and it doesn't make any difference what browser I use, got any ideas whats wrong?By Tommy on 1st June 2023
This is awesome!! Maybe add an option to change the color of the markers?On 20th October 2022
Nice job! Yes, it is now working for loops, but it has a strange way to calculate distances. As I see in the map, it is as if it calculates distances in straight patterns, like flying between points. No road trips? :)
At least is it using Haversine calculus or Geodesic ones for these distances?By Emiliano Llano DÃaz on 26th April 2022
Emiliano, it should be working now.By Daft Logic on 25th April 2022
Nice software but does not like to do round trips. Try:
Or any A->B->C->ABy Emiliano Llano DÃaz on 25th April 2022
What has happened to this app?
The "remove last marker" button and "clear map" etc have disappeared!!??
PLEASE! Fix these issues bc I enjoy using usually. The clarity of the satellite photos is lacking as well, making me wonder how old the images are. No need to slog thru what you *hope* is the right location, when clear sat views do exist!By Chuey B on 10th March 2022
8,317 miles seem like an erroneous reading. Any test we do is <4000 milesBy Daft Logic on 24th February 2022
This shows to me that the distance between Madrid Spain and Asheville North Carolina is 8, 317miles, whereas Google Maps tells me that as the crow flies it is only 4,154 miles%uD83E%uDD37%uD83C%uDFFB%u200D%u2642%uFE0FOn 23rd February 2022
Love it. Use it often. BUT would be REALLY helpful if results/controls were directly below the map so wouldn't require paging back and forth.
ThanksOn 2nd November 2021
Can this be in English. I look at foreign countries ie thailand and it is not in english
On 25th August 2021
a return to the glorious past. in the past it was easy to zoom around the world to any point without markers inserted at every spot. what ever happened to street views where available? I wish we could go back to the original user friendly version. I appreciate and commend your past effortsBy denzil on 31st July 2021
Steve, what happens when you convert to km? What does the output display say?By Daft Logic on 19th July 2021
Hello I can't find out distance from specific markers when I convert to kilometersBy Steve Chong on 15th July 2021
Hi Ian, please get in contact and we can help out.By Daft Logic on 14th June 2021
Saved route coordinates IS now fixed and working - including my bookmarked routes. Thank you very much!By MC on 4th June 2021
Is there a way of drawing a circle on a map with the centre at, say, my home?
Because of Covid, we are limited to travelling max 5km from home.
I would like to be able to create, then printout a map with a 5km radius from my house, so that I can work out legal bicycle rides to try to keep fit.By Ian Michael Baker on 28th May 2021
MC, thanks for reporting these two issues. They should now be fixed.By Daft Logic on 26th May 2021
Since map-change update - Uploading Route co-ordinates does not appear to be working. Also I have some bookmarks of routes, with coordinates saved, if I follow the bookmark, I am simply presented with the whole world map, it does not zoom to the pinned route. I also tried re-creating (part of) a route, with about 5 or 6 pins, then generating a link... it did generate a "tinyurl" link, but that link, when followed, also does not revert to the route I just created... again the whole world map.
Still love the site though, will be awesome if you can fix this bug.
ThanksBy MC on 21st May 2021
Probably no one else on this entire planet has measured and calculated more points and distances on the good old previous daft logic tool version than me. Now I recommend using Google Maps Distance Calculator for the purposes which were earlier feasible thanks to the good old previous daft logic tool version, even though the Google Maps Distance Calculator is unfortunately far from the previous easiness of the good old daft logic tool version. I would love to stay faithful to daft logic, however it unfortunately isn't possible and it's time to say goodbye !!!!By JIRKA, OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC on 2nd March 2021
I have used your site for many years and have always loved it! the new updates are a step backward. My farm is now obscured with cloud cover and the resolution is far from what it once was. I will be looking for a new site to use now. My zip code is 46392.By DavidD on 23rd February 2021
Hi Robert, unfortunately not. The old map interface came at a significant cost to us that was not feasible to maintain going forward. It is understood the loss of high resolution is a disappointment.By Daft Logic on 16th February 2021
Hi Denzil, we are glad to hear you have been using this free tool for many years. We have had to move to a new mapping interface for costs reasons and to allow us to continue to provide this tool for free. It seems you are describing 3 features:
I cannot place markers at start/end points - not sure that was possible before?
lat/long - not sure what this means?
distance - not sure what this means?
By Daft Logic on 16th February 2021
I have used this site for many years and am disappointed with recent changes. I cannot place markers at start/end points, lat/long and distance. is it possible to revert to the previous more useful program?By denzil on 15th February 2021
In the old map many urban areas switched from satellite to aerial photography on very close-in zooms. That feature seems to be gone now. Was the main reason I used this site vs Google Earth, etc...
Any chance of it coming back?
By Robert on 14th February 2021
Like the new look, but miss being able to search for elevations.On 6th February 2021
Cleared cookies and browser history now markers are permitted. Strange.By Paul D on 6th February 2021
Hi, Using Linux Mint 19.1 32 bit with Firefox 79. No script blockers or add blockers active.
Cannot place markers or any points on the map.
New map looks nice.By Paul Dearing on 6th February 2021
Gillertron, more updates:
1) Autopan issue is now fixed
2) "The segment in-between two markers" is backBy Daft Logic on 5th February 2021
Firefox56, can you try a full page reload. Alternatively clear temporary internet files and try again. if it still doesn't work, can you confirm your platform and browser? ThanksBy Daft Logic on 5th February 2021
Gillertron, thanks for the feedback. To address your comments:
1) The precision of output has been reduced from 2 DP's to 1. Displaying more than 2 DP's was somewhat misleading. It gave the impression that the accuracy was higher than it was. Outputting 1 DP better reflects the accuracy of the estimated distance output. Anymore is misleading as there are other factors that introduce a margin of error. For example this tool has no consideration for elevation variation over the route.
2) Agreed. This a bug. A fix has been appliedBy Daft Logic on 5th February 2021
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