# Calculate Distance Between Latitude/Longitude Points

This page presents a variety of calculations for latitude/longitude points, with the formula and code fragments for implementing them.

All these formula are for calculations on the basis of a spherical earth (ignoring ellipsoidal effects) – which is accurate enough for most purposes [In fact, the earth is very slightly ellipsoidal; using a spherical model gives errors typically up to 0.3%].

### Distance

This uses the haversine formula to calculate the great-circle distance between two points – that is, the shortest distance over the earth’s surface – giving an “as-the-crow-flies” distance between the points (ignoring any hills they fly over, of course!).

Haversine formula: $$haversin{\left(\dfrac{d}{r}\right)} = haversin{\left(\phi_2-\phi_1\right)} + \cos{\phi_1}\cos{\phi_2}\,haversin{\left(\lambda_2-\lambda_1\right)}$$

where

$haversin(\theta) = \sin^2\left(\dfrac{\theta}{2}\right) = \dfrac{1-\cos(\theta)}{2}$

$$d$$ is the distance between the two points (along a great circle of the sphere)

$$r$$ is the radius of the sphere

$$\phi_1$$, $$\phi_2$$: latitude of point 1 and latitude of point 2

$$\lambda_1$$, $$\lambda_2$$: longitude of point 1 and longitude of point 2

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