Because 'naar' means 'to', and it suggests you're going to the town, or thinking about it. If you ask how far something is 'from' the town, it suggests that the town is your starting point.
Dank u wel! Is it common to just say "❤❤❤ ver naar/van de stad?" when asking for distance?
I find it difficult to understand the recording. Is it typical for Dutch people to connect words like that?
The male voice pronounces 'is' a bit too long, but ontherwise it sounds like a native.
The female voice is also fine. :)
We usually connect words (doesn't every language do that? ;) ).