Measure and calculate distance

You can measure the distance between two or more points on the map using Google Maps. For example, you can measure the distance between two cities.

Measure distance between points

To see the distance between points in the new Google Maps, use the right-click menu.

  1. Open Google Maps, and click  in the search box to start with a clean map.
  2. Right-click on your starting point.
  3. Click Measure distance.
     If you don't see the Measure distance option, go to the alternate instructions at the bottom of this page.
  4. Click anywhere on the map to create a path you want to measure. Click to add additional measuring points.
  5. [Optional] Drag a point to move it, or click a point to remove it.
  6. Look under the search box for the total distance in both miles (mi) and kilometers (km).

When done, click the in the card under the search box or right-click on the map and select Clear measurement.

Alternate instructions

If the instructions above didn't work, you might be on the classic version of Maps. Follow these alternate instructions:

Measure distance on the classic Google Maps

To measure the distance between points in the classic Google Maps, you'll first need to turn on distance measurement.

Turn on distance measurement:

  1. Open the classic Google Maps.
  2. Click the Maps Labs link at the bottom of the left-hand panel.
  3. Click the Enable button next to “Distance Measurement Tool.”
  4. Click Save changes.

Measure the distance between points:

  1. Open the classic Google Maps.
  2. Click the ruler icon at the lower left-hand corner of the map.
  3. Click your starting point on the map. Click to add additional measuring points.
  4. A red path will appear on the map between the two points, and the distance will be shown in the left panel.