"Converting kilometers to miles" Europe Favorite Tip by cwest03

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Favorite thing: For those of us from the US who never learned the metric system distances can be a bit confusing. I remember thinking "how far is that in real distance" time and again. This can be frustrating especially if you have a car trip planned.

I recently learned a handy little tip for estimating miles from a given distance in kilometers. If you drop the last digit and multiply by 6 you'll be pretty close to the distance in miles. For example if the distance is 372 km you would drop the 2, and multiply 37 by 6. From that you get 222 miles.

If you'd rather be exact you would multiply your distance in km by .621371. In this case 372 kilometers multiplied by .621371 = 231 miles.

To convert miles to kilometers you multiply:
Miles x 1.60934 = kilometers

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  • Written Aug 8, 2003
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