Convert Kilometers to Meters
Learn How to Convert Kilometers to Meters Using our Conversion Formula
Converting a kilometer length measurement to a meter measurement involves multiplying your length by the conversion ratio to find the result. A kilometer is equal to 1000 meters, so to convert simply multiply by 1000.
For example, 5km = (5 × 1000) = 5,000m.
Kilometers and meters are both units used to measure length. Learn more about length and find more length measurement conversion calculators. A kilometer is a metric measurement and can be abbreviated as km, for example 1km. A meter is a metric measurement and can be abbreviated as m, for example 1m. Learn more about the metric system, including the common unit prefixes and how to convert between metric units.
The meter is the primary unit of length in the metric system. It's equal to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches. Internationally it is actually spelled metre. It was first defined 1793 as 1/10,000,000 the length from the equator to the North Pole. The current definition of a meter, adopted in 1983, is the distance light travels in 1/299,792,458 seconds and was adopted to in 1983.
We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or combination with both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs. If you need a ruler you can also download and print our free printable rulers which include both imperial and metric measurements.
More Length Conversions
- Convert to Miles Length
- 1km is equal to 0.621371 miles
- Convert to Yards Length
- 1km is equal to 1,094 yards
- Convert to Feet Length
- 1km is equal to 3,281 feet
- Convert to Inches Length
- 1km is equal to 39,370 inches
- Convert to Centimeters Length
- 1km is equal to 100,000 centimeters
- Convert to Millimeters Length
- 1km is equal to 1,000,000 millimeters
- Convert to Micrometers Length
- 1km is equal to 1,000,000,000 micrometers
- Convert to Nanometers Length
- 1km is equal to 1,000,000,000,000 nanometers
Kilometer Measurements and Equivalent Meter Conversions