Find The Distance Between two Addresses using Google API and PHP

Last updated on October 31st, 2017 by Paritosh Pandey, 2 comments


In this article, you are going to learn how you can find the distance between two addresses. We are going to use google map API and PHP to accomplish this task.

The Module we are going to develop here is basically an API provided by Google itself. This API can measure the distance between two locations as well as Travel Time.

The format for origin location and destination location could be one of the following:

  • place name (e.g. Bhopal, India)
  • ZIP code (e.g. 462016)
  • latitude/longitude coordinates (e.g. 23.77xxx, 77.30xxx)

to know more about permissible formats please visit Google’s official documentation page.

Find Distance Between two Addresses

Step 1:- Get a google’s API Key from here.

click on GET A KEY button

find distance between two addresses

now click on +create a new project and enter your project name then click on ENABLE API button

distance calculator api

then after you are finally prompted to a popup window containing your API KEY.

calculate distance between two cities

Step 2: source code

see the demo here


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
    <body>

        <form action="" method="post">

            <label>Origin:</label> <input type="text" name="o" placeholder="Enter Origin location" required> <br><br>
            <label>Destination:</label> <input type="text" name="d" placeholder="Enter Destination location" required> <br><br>
            <input type="submit" value="Calculate distance & time" name="submit"> <br><br>

        </form>

        <?php
            if(isset($_POST['submit'])){
            $origin = $_POST['o']; $destination = $_POST['d'];
            $api = file_get_contents("https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/distancematrix/json?units=imperial&origins=".$origin."&destinations=".$destination."&key=YOUR_API_KEY");
            $data = json_decode($api);
        ?>

            <label><b>Distance: </b></label> <span><?php echo ((int)$data->rows[0]->elements[0]->distance->value / 1000).' Km'; ?></span> <br><br>
            <label><b>Travel Time: </b></label> <span><?php echo $data->rows[0]->elements[0]->duration->text; ?></span> 

        <?php } ?>

    </body>
</html>

replace YOUR_API_KEY with your API KEY (Step 1) in above code.

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2 responses to “Find The Distance Between two Addresses using Google API and PHP”

  1. harris says:

    Well great information paritosh. explained in detail. Thanks for sharing.

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