# How to determine Distance between points using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am trying to figure out the distance between points based on 1000+ points using ArcMap 10.2.

I have transit stops and am trying to figure out how far from stop 1 to stop 2, stop 2 to stop 3, stop 3 to stop 4, stop 4 to stop 5 etc.

Is there a way to do this in ArcMap through the use of a tool?

I'm not good at programming so writing a script is out. Any ideas?

• So, to clarify, you need the distance between a series of each successive points? If so I would say use route analysis as mentioned before. If this is not an option, I believe it would have to be scripted. Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 4:52
• Thank you for your help, I have just the standard license so I guess I will try the ettools as I'm not a programmer - I'll let you know if I have any success! Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 19:51

If you have access to Network Analysis - and your bus routes are connected and directionally accurate - you can use this to determine distances. This would give you the distance along the route as opposed to as the crow flys.

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//004700000001000000

• Thank you everyone for your help, I have just the standard license so I guess I will try the ettools - I'll let you know if I have any success! Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 19:50

Assuming that you have an Advanced level license (you do not specify otherwise), then I think the tool to try is Point Distance (Analysis):

Determines the distances from input point features to all points in the near features within a specified search radius.

Note that this will give you "as the crow flies" distances rather than distances along roads (you do not specify which you may be after).

• If you supply the input and near as the same feature class it will return the distance between every point and every other point (within a search radius) this will return potentially a square of the count of input features. You can safely remove the distance = 0 records as they are the same but you will definitely have a lot of choices in the output table to sort through. Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 2:41
• Thank you everyone for your help, I have just the standard license so I guess I will try the ettools - I'll let you know if I have any success! Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 19:49

There is free tool in ettools.
Geo wizards>free functions>closest feature distance.

• Thank you for your help, I have just the standard license so I guess I will try the ettools - I'll let you know if I have any success! Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 19:51
• IT WORKED! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Very cool! Thank you again! Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 21:30