How to Use Google Maps to Measure Distance

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How to Use Google Maps to Measure Distance
Use Google Maps to calculate the distance between two points. (map image by araraadt from Fotolia.com)

Google Maps is a mapping and direction-finding service provided to the public by Google. With it, you can find driving directions between any two locations by using simple English queries or the website's user interface. Additionally, you can calculate the driving or walking distance between any two locations to gauge the amount of time it would take to travel from one to the other. Use Google Maps to find out how far one location is from another, and how long it would take to get there.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Browse to the Google Maps website using the link in the "Resources" section of this article. Type the address of one of the points you would like to find the distance between in the text box and click the "Search Maps" button.

  2. 2

    Click the blue "Directions" link on the left side of the window. The address that you entered is displayed in the box labelled "B." To make the address the starting point, click the double-arrow icon.

  3. 3

    Type the second address in the open text box, then click the "Get Directions" button. In the bottom-left quadrant of the window, Google Maps displays the driving distance between the two points you have entered.

  4. 4

    Click the blue "Bicycling" or "Walking" link to see what the distance between the two points you have entered would be if you walked or rode a bicycle.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also measure distance on Google Maps using a plain English query. Type the first address in the search box at the top of the Google Maps website followed by a space, the word "to" and the second address. For example: "123 Main St, Los Angeles CA to 456 Main St, Los Angeles CA." The website automatically finds the driving directions between the two points and calculates the distance.

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