Commute to work, how long is acceptable?

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  • Red-Moose 5 Jan 2009 15:33:22 5,346 posts
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    I started my new job on jan 2nd, and my commute has dropped from ~ 1 hr there (and ~1hr 20mins back in the evening), to 30 mins to work and aroudn 30 mins back.

    It's a huge improvement, considering all i was doing was driving across Dublin. The other options I had were cycling (16km - so around an hour anyway), train (walk 15 mins to station, 1st train takes 13 mins, then wait 20mins for next train, 10 mins later have arrived at station, walk another 20 mins, so overall, it would take longer than driving or cycling).

    for those EG'ers that do work, do you spend a long time commuting? The 2.5hrs average a day I did was a killer, I did for 6 months and am glad it's gone.

    And, my office allows me proper HSDPA signal, so I can get internet at decent 1.8MBit/sec again (was stuck at 1-2kB/sec in last office).
  • Dirtbox 5 Jan 2009 15:34:04 77,746 posts
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    30 mins is the sweet spot. I used to commute 2 1/2 hours either way and was absolutely fucked at the end of the day.

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  • TechnoHippy 5 Jan 2009 15:34:51 14,710 posts
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    2.5 hours a day at the moment, I used to spend 5 hours a day travelling, not fun.

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  • StarchildHypocrethes 5 Jan 2009 15:35:20 25,653 posts
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    My last job involved a 5.5 hour commute in total, every day.

    These days thankfully, mine is only 30 mins each way \o/
  • thefilthandthefury 5 Jan 2009 15:35:42 24,988 posts
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    I wouldn't travel for longer than an hour in one direction. More than that is a waste of my time and my life.
  • richardiox 5 Jan 2009 15:35:45 5,584 posts
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    30 mins here and unfortunately 45mins to an hour home. That's driving with the majority of time being just sat if queues getting depressed and frustrated. Car Stereo doesnt work either so that's brilliant.
  • glaeken 5 Jan 2009 15:36:37 11,144 posts
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    I average about 4 hours a day and have been doing this the last 10 years.

    It's really a balance of me liking where I live but having to work in central London to earn the salary I have. I do hate the travel but jobs in the area I live pay around 50% less for what I do.
  • TheSaint 5 Jan 2009 15:36:41 14,313 posts
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    About 20 - 30mins here and can't complain. Much nicer on your own in the car with music or the radio than stuck on a train or bus surrounded by people coughing and sniffing.
  • kalel 5 Jan 2009 15:36:54 87,120 posts
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    For me, less than an hour is totally acceptable. Any more than an hour and a half and Id probably look at my options.
  • Red-Moose 5 Jan 2009 15:38:20 5,346 posts
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    It's amazing the difference it makes, I was stressed constantly for months there, and only a few days into it, I can see why. I remember leavign work at 5.15pm and not getting home until almost 7pm one evening, soul destroying.

    @Starchild: 5.5hrs! that is like getting a flight to berlin every day and back!
  • Spanky 5 Jan 2009 15:38:30 14,481 posts
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    Currently an hour door to door. Train journey itself is about 35 mins so not to bad. If my working day was one hour shorter i'd be laughing but i ain't... cause it's not.

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  • ray 5 Jan 2009 15:38:40 684 posts
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    I'd say longer than 45 min is bad. Fortunately I work from home now but I did my fair share of travelling back in the day - walking, cycling, public transport, trains, cars whatever... not fun.

    Cycling was probably the most fun but I don't really miss it.

    Edit: in one direction.
  • The_Foo_Fighter 5 Jan 2009 15:39:09 724 posts
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    I used to spend about an hour each way commuting (sometimes as low as 40 minutes, sometimes as high as three hours - it was on the M25 Jcts 13 to 8) but now I live and work in the same town - 10 minute walk each way \o/

    /pats self on back

    /gives self reach-around
  • binky Moderator 5 Jan 2009 15:39:23 9,581 posts
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    2.5 - 3 hours a day by car. 4 hours a day by train.

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  • Hunam 5 Jan 2009 15:39:30 20,674 posts
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    Not really work, but commute to uni can take anywhere between 45 mins and 1 hours 25 mins depending on traffic or how stupid people in stafford are. Which they are, all the time. They shouldn't be allowed to drive.
  • ram 5 Jan 2009 15:40:42 3,476 posts
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    As long as it takes to lean out of my bed and grab my laptop. Which on a bad day can be up to an hour.
  • ram 5 Jan 2009 15:40:45 3,476 posts
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  • Phattso Moderator 5 Jan 2009 15:41:19 13,301 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    I wouldn't travel for longer than an hour in one direction. More than that is a waste of my time and my life.

    You say that, but you're wrong. For the right job, at the right price, you'd stretch way beyond that.

    I did 90 minutes each way for a little over two years (often longer if the trains were fuxxed) and while it was very tiring the job was good and the pay more than compensated for it.

    For those two years I had the best weekends EVER. :)
  • FHUTA 5 Jan 2009 15:41:49 880 posts
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    I used to do 1.5 to 2 hours each way which was surprisingly alright as I watched loads of tv shows, slept and read books for the journey, but the missing time out of my life was too much.

    I'm now 30minutes door to door which suits me
  • StarchildHypocrethes 5 Jan 2009 15:41:49 25,653 posts
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    Red Moose wrote:
    @Starchild: 5.5hrs! that is like getting a flight to berlin every day and back!
    Tell me about it. Would have been far more relaxing to go to Berlin rather than the arse end of London every day too.

    I was up at 5:15am everyday and rarely got home before 9:30pm.

    It makes me tired just thinking about it now.
  • askew 5 Jan 2009 15:42:42 12,184 posts
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    Why not move closer if you're earning enough?
  • Hunam 5 Jan 2009 15:43:39 20,674 posts
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    When it gets over 3 hours round trip, aren't you tempted to just move?
  • Deleted user 5 January 2009 15:43:42
    I have to drag myself all the way from my bed to my desk, nearly three metres.

    Though on cold days when the heating hasn't kicked in I'll have to cross the room, collect the laptop then go back to bed doubling my commute.
  • Dirtbox 5 Jan 2009 15:44:23 77,746 posts
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    Nearly an hour either way then.

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  • THFourteen 5 Jan 2009 15:44:55 33,240 posts
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    30 minutes. 10 mins walk, 10 mins tube, 10 mins walk

    annoying thing is that it means i can't really watch an episode of south park, or really get into a book or a game during my journey.
  • Red-Moose 5 Jan 2009 15:45:21 5,346 posts
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    If there was a direct train for an hour I wouldn't mind, but hop on and hop off taking 2-3 types of transport makes the environmentally sound way of commuting pretty unenvironmental for my health.

    How about: walk 15 mins to train, then 10 mins train, then 20 mins tram then whip out folding bike for last 2km? I would like to try the folding bike commuting thing, but the thought of being severely beaten by 12 year olds with sticks and empty cans of lager is frightening!
  • urban 5 Jan 2009 15:46:28 10,942 posts
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    any more than an hour is wrong
  • Hunam 5 Jan 2009 15:46:29 20,674 posts
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    Skateboard?
  • Dirtbox 5 Jan 2009 15:46:43 77,746 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    Red Moose wrote:
    @Starchild: 5.5hrs! that is like getting a flight to berlin every day and back!
    Tell me about it. Would have been far more relaxing to go to Berlin rather than the arse end of London every day too.

    I was up at 5:15am everyday and rarely got home before 9:30pm.

    It makes me tired just thinking about it now.
    I'd seriously start thinking about looking for another job. Or better still, Moving.

    I used to commute from Reading to Greenwich every day and it didn't take that long.

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  • RedboX 5 Jan 2009 15:47:22 2,431 posts
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    I live about 15 miles from the office, so its about 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic, unfortunatly 14 of those miles are nice motorway and the bulk of my comute is spent sitting at the only junction into town... Who the hell designs roads these days?
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