How to Map the Distance Between Cities

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Determine the mileage between cities before you travel.
Determine the mileage between cities before you travel. (Image: Map or Atlas with keys image by steven Husk from Fotolia.com)

When you are traveling from one city to the next, it is important to know the distance between each city. This will give you an idea of how long the trip will take, and if you are driving, it will help you understand how much gas you will need and how often you need to fill up the tank.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Atlas

Visit a website that allows you to calculate the mileage in between cities. Some websites are googlemaps.com, randmcnally.com or symsys.com (randmcnally.com and symsys.com are for U.S. and Canadian cities only).

Enter the departure city and state or province in the appropriate field, and enter the arrival city and state or province in the appropriate field. Press the "calculate" or "get mileage" button, and the site will determine the miles between each city.

If you are calculating the distance between cities outside of North America, use googlemaps.com. Enter the departure city and country and press "Search Maps." Then, press "Directions." Enter the departure city and country in the "A" field, and the arrival city and country in the "B" field. Press "Get Directions." The site will calculate the directions and mileage between each city.

Use a ruler and a world atlas to calculate the mileage between each city. The atlas will tell you how many miles each inch on the ruler represents.

Contact a travel agent. If you are traveling to two different countries and cannot calculate the mileage using a computer or an atlas, a travel agent will get you the mileage between the two cities.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using googlemaps.com, enter the specific addresses of each destination to get the most accurate mileage calculation from door to door.

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