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How Much Time Do Workers Around the World Spend Travelling To Work?

Professor of Financial Economics and Part-time Value Investor, Transfin.
Feb 10, 2020 5:55 AM 1 min read

How much of your day is spent travelling to and from work?


People – especially Millennials – prefer to live closer to their workplaces. Doing so reduces the time spent in the daily commute and improves work-life balance.


Housing Mayhem

But office blocks can drive up rents, making it difficult to find an affordable apartment close to work. Silicon Valley’s rents are so sky-high workers’ commutes can begin far, far away, and at ungodly hours. Some leave their homes at 2:30 a.m. while some shuttle services serve a total service area approaching 3,000 square miles.


The Gender Divide

In countries like China, Japan and Turkey, male workers spend almost an hour travelling to work, which is about two times longer than their female counterparts. Countries where the commute is shorter – like Finland and Sweden – has less disparity between the sexes (about 20 minutes each).


On the Road in India

Commuter pain is widespread in India cities, whose public transportation systems are less-developed than their Western counterparts’ and their roads ridiculously narrow and perennially congested.


Indians on average spend more than two hours on the road each day, at about 3 minutes per kilometre. Office commutes are fastest in Chennai and slowest in Mumbai and Bengaluru.


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