How to Measure and Calculate Distance Between Multiple Points in Google Maps

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Google Maps to measure distance

Google recently added a new feature to their map service. Now you can use Google Maps to measure distance between multiple points. Right now you can already get distance information when you request driving directions. But with the new feature, you can include detours in your trip or use Google Maps to calculate distance along a walking path like I did in the photo below when I was figuring out the walking distance from OMSI to Saturday Market.

Google Maps to measure trip distance - OMSI to Saturday Market

The instructions for measuring and calculating distance will depend on whether you’re using the new or classic Google Maps.

New Google Maps Directions

  • Open the new Google Maps
  • Right-click on your starting point
  • Click Measure distance
  • Click anywhere on the map to create a path you want to measure, then click to add additional measuring points
  • If needed, drag a point to move it, or click a point to remove it
  • Look on the map and under the search box for the total distance
  • When done, click the X in the card under the search box or right-click on the map and select Clear measurement

Classic Google Maps Directions

  • Open the classic Google Maps
  • Click the Maps Labs link at the bottom of the left-hand panel
  • Click the Enable button next to Distance Measurement Tool
  • Click Save changes
  • Click the ruler icon at the lower left-hand corner of the map
  • Click your starting point on the map, then click to add additional measuring points
  • A red path will appear on the map between the two points, and the distance will be shown in the left panel