For the next summer I'm planning to drive to some countries that aren't covered by the route planning tool of Google Maps. What other possibilities do I have to calculate the route approximately in advance?

Especially, Russia, Eastern Europe and Northern Africa.

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Well, you can go old-shool: buy a decent road atlas. Usually there is a table with distances between larger cities (either at the beginning or at the end) - so using it you can have an idea about the scale. Moreover, on every decent road map you will have distances on the actual map - however these are usually between junctions etc., so you will have to sum up quite a few of them to get the distance for a longer route.

  • +1 since it is a good and valid solution. Nevertheless I'm looking for something from the 21. century ;) Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 15:15
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    wait a few years until 21. century tools are available for these countries? :-P
    – Grzenio
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 15:57
  • It's pretty hard to estimate the driving distance of a windy road. Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 21:46
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    @hippietrail, the point is that the actual distances are written on the map (a number), so you don't have to estimate them. The issue is that usually the map gives you only the short distances between junctions - so you have to add them up.
    – Grzenio
    Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 7:17
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    Whats wrong with maps? They work without internet access and don't need a battery charge after looking at them for 4h...? Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 8:23

You could try locally made maps, such as OpenStreetMap, it might cover the area you want to go on.

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    I love OpenStreetMaps but it doesn't do routes. If it does tell me how! Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 9:54
  • OpenStreetMap.org doesn't do routes, but people use OSM data to write routing websites. Here's one: maps.cloudmade.com Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 10:14
  • And apps such as NavDroyd (Android app) let you do routing within it, despite using OpenStreetMaps as a source. Truly fantastic :)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 11:23

On my question about a particular route in Albania that Google Maps gave weird results for, I was recommended that a site that had better route information in East Europe is "Tomtom".

Then again I just tried it with the Albanian city I'm now in, Sarandë, and it's not so great after all, so maybe trying multiple sites and comparing is your best bet when you think your destinations might not have full coverage.

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    There are several mapping/satnav companies. TomTom is one of them, TeleAtlas (which Google Maps use) is another one. Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 9:21

For my recent trip through the 'stans, Tom Tom's Route Planner worked fantastically.

In addition, I used NavDroyd, an app for my Android phone. It uses OpenStreetMaps, which you can choose within the app to download maps for the regions and subregions of your choice beforehand. That way you have the maps with you all the time, and yes, it supports routing. Really fantastic little app - it cost me a few Euros, but was totally worth it.


to calculate the road you will go with google map is very difficult, but not not do it, I think you should ask friends about the distance you will pass, because google only the distance between locations, and the problem problem you will encounter when involved in traffic on the road, then no. Wish you a good journey!

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    Incorrect because Google Maps gives road distance, not direct distance between two locations. It is true however that traffic data isn't available in all countries. Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 8:56

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