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also - how long a commute would be too long?
If it was hour, I'd probably work out some way to have a car.
Anything over 1.5 hours is unacceptable.
my commute at the moment is about 5 minutes door to door - i live right by work, however i'm looked to move out of brighton and into the countryside a bit more (cheaper living costs and not using the CITY as much as I used to)so am also interested in what people think is a bearable commute
Anything over 2 hours would probably be too much
nowadays i reckon i couldn't handle a commute of much longer than an hour. And even then, it would have to be on a train, so i could sleep.
Going into Basildon takes about 90 minutes I suppose but that involves a tube to central London, a walk to Fenchurch St. (5mins or so), a train from there to Basildon station, wait for mini-bus, then 10 min minibus journey.
90 mins isn't bad but the journey being split like that is a real pain. You can't really just sit and enjoy your book for much of it.
I'm thinking of working in London which means trains and walking but I wouldn't commute for longer than an hour because that means getting up a silly o clock
as I was late, it only took 12 mins but GODDAMN its grim in rush hour.
I mean, 12 mins on the tube but presumably extra walking time to get there?
I live just round the corner, innit
It WAS a 15 minute walk until I moved dammit.
Commuting is directly proportional to the greatness of the job I am doing. If I'm doing something I don't like - 30 minutes tops. If I'm doing something I DO like... I could stretch to an hour.
The beauty of working for yourself. Having said I drive into Cardiff most days, takes about 30 minutes. Anything over 1.5 hours is a no no.
or a 15 minute bus if I'm feeling lazy.
Past commutes have included the exciting '53 minutes Through Elephant & Castle', and the slightly vexing '1h15m-with-added-schoolchildren-on-the-train'.
Before moving in May I had a 45 minute walk to the station followed by 1hr 10m on the train and 15 on the tube. That was rubbish. Left my house at about 7:50 and got in at about 21:15
too long would be roughly the same.
I don't think that I could walk for more than 45 minutes.
I don't think I could drive for more than 30 minutes.
I don't think that I could go on a bus for more than 20 minutes.
I don't think that I could go on a tube/train for more than an hour.
My cummute at the moment is an hour, on the tube, but I quite like the ability to read a book/paper.
it's a nice walk too.
that is if the Central line is running smoothly.
I could handle 2 hours commute home of a night but dont think more than an hour in the morning
Using a super-combo of cycling, train and walking. I tend to get to the train 20 minutes before it leaves so I can have some quiet reading time in the morning.
so its looking like an hour is a fairly bearable amount of time. I used to commute to London from WOKINGHAM and that took about an hour and a half each way - was pretty horrible in hindsight i think.
i haven't commuted properly for so long i've half forgotten what its like
Over an hour would be too much, I reckon. 40-45s good because it's just about an album's length a journey!
30 mins if I go by bus (have to go round the whole of town picking people up).
sometimes done in 12 minutes.
Would love to live/work somewhere that are only 15 mins apart.
The smell of kebabs and chips would be a bit off putting too,.
I sit next to him all day, and we get on fine, but I don't think we're ever going to be bezzie mates. But because he lives near me as well, we always end up walking home together, turning what should be 40 minutes walking and listening to music into 40 minutes of fairly awkward smalltalk.
Or have something else that you need to do- go to the gym? meet a friend for a drink near work? If you can break the routine once or twice, it will be easier for you to slip off and do your own thing when you feel you need to, without it seeming rude.
He's basically in the same position I was a year ago, moving here for the job without knowing anyone. The thing is, I've been fairly content just heading home and binging on the West Wing and reading books, whereas he seems a lot more "let's go for a drink! etc etc". He hasn't been particuarly clingy though, he's starting to do his own thing which is cool.
I do sound magnificently antisocial today.
Solitary commute lock-down time is required to get out of work mode.
plus I'm going from Central London out to Middlesex so it's not as punishingly busy as it could be. I think I'm at the upper limit of how long I'm willing to commute though, I'm already looking to move jobs as soon as is feasible and the travelling is a big factor in that.
When we move office in a few weeks, I'll be able to walk in in 15 mins, which will be ace. In fact, I can see my flat from my new office.
I used to do a commute which was an hour each way when I worked in glasgow. That was a pain in winter, but the views fomr the train were awesome, and I was able to work on the train, or read and chill out. I don't think I could do more than 90 mins each way, as by that point any benefit to the commute (i.e. being able to read with regularity etc) would actually start to feel like a chore and not a treat.
...then 45 minutes, if I take the tube 30 minutes, if I cycle 15 minutes. Cycling is clearly the way forward but I am a little bit rain shy.
Used to have an hour's commute which was fairly draining but man did I get thru a lot of books.
this is all very handy in working out where i might next live
I have another question for you 1 hour-ish commuters - do you have enough time in the evenings to still do stuff? Like go to the gym, or make music, or cook a nice meal or something?
then an hour commute is fine to still do stuff in the evening
...I'd quite often be working 9am to 8pm so would be out of the house for 13 hours of each day - I didn't feel like doing anything in the evenings as a result. In fact, I barely felt like doing anything at the weekend either. Work/life balance = important.
If you often end up working late, then it might be a problem. Any later than a 6.00pm finish starts to get tiring.
It's also a lot easier to cope with if your work has showers and a kitchen, so that you can go straight out from the office in the evening.
I went to the gym at lunchtime, or when I finfished work (usually about 7.30pm) I found that this only worked if I went to the gym next to my office before getting my train, because by the time I'd done the journey, I'd talked myself out of exercise and into pizza.
I get home at 18.20 and I finish work at 17.30.
If I am not going to meet someone after work in another part of London, I have time to do most things on an evening.
But, I have made one concious decision: I do my workout at the gym before I go to work. Waking at 06.00, I am able to do an hour in the gym before making it into work for 08.30. I know, and have experienced this, going to the gym when arriving home from work is tough and if you can manage it, you're a far greater person than me.
The trick, therefore, is to do stuff on the way back from work. Getting home only to go out again is tough.
i consider 45min way too long for a journey to work.
So ~2 hours each day, all told.
Home -> railway station = 5 mins.
Wait = 5 mins.
Direct train journey = 40-45 mins.
Railway station -> desk = 5 mins.
There'd have to be a very good reason of some sort for me to put up with it being any longer. I used to drive an hour each way, which wasn't particularly nice. But the direct train is fine. I sometimes kinda daftly wish it was a little longer so that I can have more chill-out time.
Too long would be a rotation and a half of a 30 minute album.
now its 10 seconds while still wrapped in my duvet
About 1 hour and a quarter if I get the bus, which includes a 20-minute walk, but I never get the bus unless it's snowing.
Don't think I'd do over an hour each way. Hate sitting in a car in traffic without being able to read or do anything, so I got a motorbike and it's miles better now, and much more fun.
I'm going to burgle you.
or 20 minutes door-to-door if I get the tube.
I reckon I could deal with up to about 90 minutes, as long as it didn’t involve too many changes so I could settle in to read/sleep. Being able to walk in is so good, though.
you must walk pretty slow. also, that'd take about 7 minutes on the tube, its only 3 stops.
40 minute walk to Train station
15 minute wait
1 hr train
15 min taxi
15 minute bus
15 minute wait
1 hr train
20 minute bus
5 minute walk
So about 4 hours a day - lovely stuff. However, I sometimes drive which knocks about 30 minutes off each way
I did a two and half hour commute for two weeks, I quite liked it.
How many times have you posted this? I'm guessing six at least.
Two tube trains and a 5 minute walk. YEAH IT'S SHIT YEAH
I'd walk up to about 45 minutes happily, but even 5 minutes on a rush hour Tube is hell for me.
drive in the morning (fucking mums!)
home by 5.25....yum
... which kinda sucks. Though its on a not too particularly busy DLR and then train so I get to sit and relax to a degree and read or listen to music etc. You to have a commute of 34 -40 min driving that was a lot more stress full.