[postgis-users] How to get the distance between geometry in meters?

Obe, Regina robe.dnd at cityofboston.gov
Wed Mar 19 03:56:24 PDT 2008

You'll need to transform to a meter based projection to do that.  If for
example you are in the U.S, SRID 2163 US National Atlas Equal Area works
pretty good for measurement.  It is not as accurate as UTM or State
Plane, but its pretty good and covers all of US I believe and probably
works for some of Canada as well (not sure about non-continental e.g.
Hawaii, Alaska).  
SELECT road.rd_name, ht.ht_name,
ST_Distance(ST_Transform(roads.the_geom,2163) ,
ST_Transform(hotel.the_geom,2163))  as dist_meters
FROM road, hotel
WHERE <some criteria here>
If you are somewhere else and your locations are within that projection,
you can use that.  Look at the utmzone function in the wiki that will
help you determing the right UTM zone SRID for your data
So you would use something liek
SELECT utmzone(ST_Centroid(the_geom)) as srid
to get the right UTM zone SRID
Hope that helps,


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Subject: [postgis-users] How to get the distance between geometry in

i want to get the distance between geometry,just like road or hotel
poi,but ST_Distance() return the result in cartesian dintance.
So how can get the distance() by meters?

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