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About the Distance Calculator

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Finding air distance between New York City and Sydney

Want to know how far you are from thousands of cities around the world?

Our Distance Calculator will calculate the air or the great circle distance between any two cities in our database.

Air distance

Air or great circle distance is the shortest, most direct distance between any two locations on the Earth as measured by drawing a path along the surface of the Earth. This is different from tracing a path between two locations by going through the Earth’s interior.

Using the Distance Calculator

Our Distance Calculator is easy to use. To find out the shortest, most direct air distance between two cities follow these steps:

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Air distance between New York and Sydney.

Interpreting results

The distance calculator calculates the air distance between two cities in three different units:

The map shows the shortest air distance between your two chosen locations.

Please keep in mind that while it is the shortest, most direct distance, it may not be the most navigable or transportable distance. Airlines, land transport and shipping lines consider a variety of things, including geographical impediments, political conditions, climatic and weather conditions, when deciding on travel routes.

The two shaded boxes under the map provide longitude, latitude, and directional information for your locations.

The box on the left gives information for your “from” location, while the box on the right provides information if you calculated the distance from your “to” location to your “from” location i.e. if you reversed locations.

You can modify or change the locations by clicking on “Modify From or To location” link.

The box below this link provides the current time at your chosen locations.

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