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Average commuter spends over a year travelling in a lifetime

The research surveyed 799 people who work in a major city and travel to work and found that those travelling to or in London for work will spend 13,097 hours on the move, compared to 7,532 hours for those travelling for work in Liverpool.

A fifth who commute do so because it's too expensive to buy or rent closer to their workplace. And just over one in five (21%) believe they have a better standard of living away from work. For 12%, better schools and larger properties for the family was the main reason for not living closer to work.

This translates to attitudes towards the cost of travel, with over half (51%) of Londoners stating that the cost of travel is expensive. Those based in Birmingham were happiest with the cost of their journey to work, with only 25% stating that it was expensive.

Unsurprisingly, top of commuter bugbears are costs involved in travelling to work – a third (32%) said that this was their biggest annoyance. Costs proved to be too much for almost one in 10 (8%) who changed jobs or plan to following an increase in the cost of travel. One in seven (14%) have or plan to cut back on the amount put into savings and investments and just under one in 10 (9%) have changed or plan to change their route to and from work.

Nick Hungerford, chief executive at Nutmeg, commented: ‘Travelling to work is one of the biggest costs of modern living, both in terms of actual expenditure and the time we spend journeying between the home and the office. It's a significant factor in the lifestyle we choose. More than a fifth of people we surveyed admitted they wasted the time they spent travelling to and from work and, with the total lifetime commute in London exceeding £65,000 and 10,000 hours, that's a substantial part of your life – and your life savings – that you'll want to make the most of.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.