Meters to Kilometers Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between Meters and Kilometers (m to km).

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How many Meters in a Kilometer?

Meters and kilometers are units of the metric system that measure distance or length. The standard symbol for meter is m [1], whereas the symbol for kilometer is km. 1 m equals precisely 0.001 km, therefore there are 1,000 meters in a kilometer.

These two units are used in most parts of the world, with the notable exception of the United States where the imperial system is preferred. However, the official units used for road signs in the United Kingdom [2] and Canada are imperial.

Difference between Meters and Kilometers

Meters and kilometers both are applied when measuring length, but differ in magnitude.

Historically, the meter was first determined to be 1/10,000,000 of the distance from the North Pole to the equator back in 1793. Its modern definition has been in force since 1960, and is in relation to a certain number of wavelengths of a certain emission line of krypton-86. Nowadays, it is the fundamental measurement unit according to the International System of Units (SI). The meter is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 seconds [3].

The kilometer is equal to 1000 m. It is used mainly as a unit of measuring distance between on-land geographical locations.

How to convert Meters to Kilometers

Conversion from meters to kilometers is done for distance, depth, and length, for example in roadmap plans and space diving calculations. This conversion is quite simple – all you need to do is use the formula:

m / 1,000 = km.

Meters to km conversion example

Sample task: convert 1500 meters to kilometers. Solution:

Formula:
m / 1000 = km
Calculation:
1500 m / 1,000 = 1.50 km
End result:
1500 m is equal to 1.50 km

m to km conversion table

m to km conversion table
m km
1 m 0.001000 km
2 m 0.002000 km
3 m 0.003000 km
4 m 0.004000 km
5 m 0.005000 km
6 m 0.006000 km
7 m 0.007000 km
8 m 0.008000 km
9 m 0.009000 km
10 m 0.01 km
20 m 0.02 km
30 m 0.03 km
40 m 0.04 km
50 m 0.05 km
60 m 0.06 km
70 m 0.07 km
80 m 0.08 km
90 m 0.09 km
100 m 0.10 km
200 m 0.20 km
300 m 0.30 km
400 m 0.40 km
500 m 0.50 km
600 m 0.60 km
700 m 0.70 km
800 m 0.80 km
900 m 0.90 km
1,000 m 1 km

References:

[1] National Institute of Standards and Technology. (n.d.). Base unit definitions: Meter.

[2] The Council of the European Communities. (27 May 2009). Council Directive 80/181/EEC of 20 December 1979 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to Unit of measurement and on the repeal of Directive 71/354/EEC.

[3] Bureau International des Poids et Mesures. (1983). 17th General Conference on Weights and Measures, Resolution 1.

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Georgiev G.Z., "Meters to Km Converter", [online] Available at: https://www.gigacalculator.com/converters/convert-m-to-km-meters-to-kilometers.php URL [Accessed Date: 21 Jul, 2019].