Convert Meters to Kilometers

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1 m = 0.001 km

How to Convert Meters to Kilometers

Tape measures can be used to measure units of length, and a calculator can be used to convert to another unit

To convert a meter measurement to a kilometer measurement, divide the length by the conversion ratio. One kilometer is equal to 1,000 meters, so use this simple formula to convert:

kilometers = meters ÷ 1,000

The length in kilometers is equal to the meters divided by 1,000.

For example, here's how to convert 5,000 meters to kilometers using the formula above.
5,000 m = (5,000 ÷ 1,000) = 5 km

Meters and kilometers are both units used to measure length. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Meters

The meter is defined as the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval with duration of 1/299,792,458 of a second, according the most recent 2019 definition.[1] One meter is equal to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches.

The meter, or metre, is the SI base unit for length in the metric system. Meters can be abbreviated as m, for example 1 meter can be written as 1 m.

Kilometers

One kilometer is equal to 1,000 meters, which are defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in a 1/299,792,458 second time interval.[2]

The kilometer, or kilometre, is a multiple of the meter, which is the SI base unit for length. In the metric system, "kilo" is the prefix for 103. Kilometers can be abbreviated as km, for example 1 kilometer can be written as 1 km.

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.

Meter to Kilometer Conversion Table

Meter measurements converted to kilometers
Meters Kilometers
1 m 0.001 km
2 m 0.002 km
3 m 0.003 km
4 m 0.004 km
5 m 0.005 km
6 m 0.006 km
7 m 0.007 km
8 m 0.008 km
9 m 0.009 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 0.1 km
200 m 0.2 km
300 m 0.3 km
400 m 0.4 km
500 m 0.5 km
600 m 0.6 km
700 m 0.7 km
800 m 0.8 km
900 m 0.9 km
1,000 m 1 km

References

  1. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/utils/common/pdf/si-brochure/SI-Brochure-9.pdf
  2. Ambler Thompson and Barry N. Taylor, Guide for the Use of the International System of Units (SI), National Institute of Standards and Technology, https://physics.nist.gov/cuu/pdf/sp811.pdf