Nautical Mile Calculator

Enter the total normal distance traveled in miles or km into the nautical mile calculator. The calculator will convert the distance to nautical miles.

Nautical Mile Formula

The following equation can be used to convert miles to nautical miles.

1 NM = 1.15078 M

  • Where NM is nautical mile
  • M is typical mile

1 NM = 1.852 KM

  • Where NM is nautical mile
  • KM is kilometres

Nautical Mile Definition

A nautical mile is a measurement of distance that is equal to “one minute” of latitude. This distance is based on the circumference of the earth, and is equal to 1.15078 miles.

A nautical mile can also be described as the distance traveled over 1 minute with a speed of one knot.

Both knot and nautical mile are most often used on ships as they travel the open sees. Since ships travel great distances, taking the circumference of the Earth into effect with their measurements helps standardize distance and speed.

Nautical Mile Example

How to calculate a nautical mile?

  1. First, measure the direct distance.

    Measure the direct distance in miles or kilometers.

  2. Next, convert to nautical miles.

    Using the formulas above, calculate the nautical miles.

FAQ

What is a nautical mile?

A nautical mile is a measurement of distance that is equal to “one minute” of latitude. This distance is based on the circumference of the earth.

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