# Distance Between a Point and a Line

It’s possible to calculate the shortest distance between a point and a
`Line`

. As `Polyline`

and `Polygon`

are also built upon the `Line`

class
it’s also possible to calculate distances from a point the polyline/polygon
by iterating over their segments.

The following image explains how the distance is calcualated: *P* and *R* are
located in such a way that the nearest distance to the line is the distance between
*P*, *R* and the line end points. Point *Q* is nearer to the actual line than to
any of the end points, so the actual distance is the perpendicular distance between *Q*
and the line.

## Example

```
<?php
use Location\Coordinate;
use Location\Distance\Vincenty;
use Location\Line;
use Location\Utility\PointToLineDistance;
$point = new Coordinate(52.5, 13.5);
$line = new Line(
new Coordinate(52.5, 13.1),
new Coordinate(52.5, 13.1)
);
$pointToLineDistanceCalculator = new PointToLineDistance(new Vincenty());
printf(
'Distance from point to line: %.1f meters%s',
$pointToLineDistanceCalculator->getDistance($point, $line),
PHP_EOL
);
```

The code above will produce the output below:

```
Distance from point to line: 27164.1 meters
```