Find Distance Between Two Points with Apps Script

Curious to know how far is location A from location B? You can put the two places in separate cells in a Google Spreadsheet and then use the getDirection() function to find the distance between the two place in miles or kilometers.

Internally, it uses the Google Maps service of Apps Script to find the distance and directions between the two points. You can also use the getMileage() function to calculate the “as the crow flies” distance between any two latitude and longitude co-ordinates.

function getDirection(city1, city2) {
  var directions = Maps.newDirectionFinder()

  var d = directions.routes[0].legs[0].distance.text;

  return parseInt(d.split(' ')[0].replace(',', ''));

function getMileage(city1, city2) {
  var p1 = Maps.newGeocoder().geocode(city1);
  var p2 = Maps.newGeocoder().geocode(city2);

  return getDistance(getCoordinates(p1), getCoordinates(p2), opt);

function getCoordinates(point) {
  var result = point.results[0].geometry.location;

  return { lng: result.lng, lat: };

function getDistance(c1, c2, opt) {
  var lat1 = rad(,
    lat2 = rad(;
  var lng1 = rad(c1.lng),
    lng2 = rad(c2.lng);
  var dLng = lng2 - lng1,
    dLat = lat2 - lat1;
  var R = 6371 / 1.6;

  var a =
    Math.sin(dLat / 2) * Math.sin(dLat / 2) + Math.sin(dLng / 2) * Math.sin(dLng / 2) * Math.cos(lat1) * Math.cos(lat2);
  var c = 2 * Math.atan2(Math.sqrt(a), Math.sqrt(1 - a));

  return parseInt(R * c);

function rad(degrees) {
  return (degrees * Math.PI) / 180;
Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal

Google Developer Expert, Google Cloud Champion

Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.

Amit has developed several popular Google add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail and Document Studio. Read more on Lifehacker and YourStory


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