"How far did I run?", "How big are the hill climbs on my bike route?", "Where can I find new places to run off-road?", "How can I get turn-by-turn directions on my Garmin?"
plotaroute.com is a free worldwide route planner, with many advanced features specifically designed to help you plan and measure walks, runs, bike rides or any other outdoor pursuit.
plotaroute.com is funded by advertising but if you prefer an ad-free experience, we also offer a PREMIUM Membership option, which displays no adverts, has higher usage limits and other benefits. Find out more...
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Plot and share route maps with directions and elevation profiles
plotaroute.com is used in over 190 countries across the world and has excellent reviews. It is very easy to use with many advanced features, making it it simple to quickly plot and share great looking route maps for your walks, runs or bike rides, or indeed any outdoor pursuits.
The route planner can can be used on desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices, and a mobile-friendly version of the website makes it easy to access all your routes on the move.
You can print route maps, download GPS files and share your routes on social media. You can even display your routes directly on your own website or blog, with our unique interactive video style maps.
Standard Membership is free so why not register now and give it a try!
Our route planner has lots of great features to make route planning simple.
You can also use plotaroute.com on your mobile device without the need to download an app. Just go to www.plotaroute.com in your mobile web browser.
Watch our video tutorial for a demonstration of our mobile-friendly route planner.
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Due to a sudden very large increase in the costs of using Google maps on our website, we have been forced to make a number of changes to plotaroute.com, to ensure that it continues to remain viable. This has included a large investment to bring the hosting of our main maps in-house and to redevelop core functionality.
The changes will not affect the way the site operates but we've replaced most of our Google maps features with open source alternatives to keep costs under control and avoid the need for passing on Google's huge price increases. The exception is our main desktop route planner, which will continue to use Google Maps technology for Premium members.
These are the main changes, which have been implemented with immediate effect:
While we're sad to have to reduce our use of Google Maps, we believe that in the longer term the investment and changes we've made will provide opportunities to offer additional features that weren't feasible under Google's technology, so we're also excited about the road ahead.
On a practical note, due to the scale of the changes and the short timeframe we have had to do this, it is possible that some bugs have slipped through testing. Please bear with us while we iron these out. You can check the status of any bugs and report new ones on the Bug Reports section of the Forums.
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone for their continued support; it's only with your support that we can continue to exist!
I wish you all continued health and fitness.
Over the last 13 years Google has made its maps technology available to websites like plotaroute.com, largely for free; until now, only the largest 2% of websites have had to pay to use Google Maps. This changed on 2 May 2018 after Google announced a major revision to its pricing model, with effect from 11 June 2018 (subsequently delayed until 16 July 2018). The new pricing model virtually eliminated free use of Google Maps and increased unit prices by a minimum of 1400%; our own costs were set to rise from virtually $0 to around $180,000 a year! As you'll appreciate, we would have been bankrupt and forced to shut down the site if we had not made changes to mitigate this cost increase.
We are fortunate that Google has given us some extra time to prepare for the new pricing, but Google was not able to offer prices that were viable for plotaroute.com to continue in it's current form. However, we believe that the changes we've made will enable us to continue to offer both a free and competitively priced Premium service using a combinaton of Google Maps, other mapping providers and open source technologies.
plotaroute.com has lots of great plotting and editing features to help you to plot routes quickly and easily.
Plots the shortest path back to the start
Plots return leg of an
Plots return leg via a selected point
Deletes a selected range of points
Replot a section of the route
Measures a section of the route
Switches the start
and end of the route
Move the start/finish of a circular route
Plots extra laps of a circular route
Plots extra loops in the middle of a route
Delete first or last parts of a route
Join together two or more existing routes
Plots a route using draggable waypoints
Plots suggested routes for you!
You can find our more about some of these route planner features in our video tutorials (see How To menu above).
Check out our top tips for getting the most out of plotaroute.com
You can also get more advice and help on our Forums.
One of the important things to consider when planning a new route, is how suitable the roads are for the activity. Are they safe enough to navigate on foot? Do they have cycle lanes? Do they have pavements or sidewalks? Are they very narrow or busy? Google Street View helps to answer these questions and is available to all users of plotaroute.com.
Premium users can also make use of our Split Screen feature, which enables you to see both the map and the Street View at the same time. This gives you a ground level view of the road as you plot your route. To see the Split Screen feature in action, take look at this demo video: