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It's worth it just now because I don't pay rent and would be homeless otherwise, and I love my hometime. When I move I'm looking for a 10-20 minute commute.
I'd probbaly do up to about 90 minutes each way, maybe two hours, but only if it was a 9-5 type job, and many 'careers' in my experience don't really keep these hours. What would worry me is, like last night, not getting out of the office until about 9 and then having another 2 hour trek ahead of me. My one hour trek sucked enough.
I'm probably quite flexible on it depending on the job, I wouldn't mind a bit of dedicated reading time.
10 minute walk, 10 minute train, 10 minute walk. Could probably stretch to about 45 minutes, anything more is too much though. Had a 2 week period a while back of 2 hour commutes, utterly soul destroying.
Did 2 and a half hours door to door before moving up here though which was grim as fuck but essential for moving on in my life.
14-20 minutes home
A little over 4 miles
I would be willing to travel 236 minutes or 432 miles in both directions.
Would go up to 45 minutes at a push for a just-a-job job, honestly don't think I could take more than an hour each way even for a dream job.
I used to work somewhere with a 20 minute walking commute, but the office moved and it became an hour public transport commute and it made the job shit.
Was driving 1h20m each way, cos that's the job that was available. That wasn't too bad, all told, but it was probably my limit, to be tbh, cos the travel cost in money and time just gets to the point where you think "I could be working in the coffee shop next door to my home and be a bit worse off financially, even after travel cost savings, but the time I'd claw back would make it all worth it."
Career? No such thing.
30 minutes if I catch the tube. If it was a really interesting job I would consider up to an hour, maybe...
Max = 30 mins
long journey + connections can gtfo.
But probably not. Part of my dream job would be not having an arse ache of a commute anyway.
Might be looking at going up to 1hr 30mins (if I get a job after a long interview process which I dunno) but the point is I need to think about this.
It's gonna be good for my career (twat) but maybe I should just suck it up for a couple of years?
idk. I can also drive it in about 55mins.
but I'm hopefully moving to a new flat which should take it down to 30-40 minutes.
My dream job would be anything that I could walk to in 20 minutes or less.
My commute is obscene.
Is it worth it? See my post above. I need to know these things.
Why is every job ever the opposite side to London? I swear if I moved they'd be loads of North London jobs suddenly.
Leave the house at 7am. 14 minute walk to the station. Got a bit of buffer time for a coffee / if I have to change my route. 0724 SW Trains service from Reading to Waterloo. I get off at Twickenham at 0818. Wait for the 0835 SW Trains service to Kingston which gets me into Kingston at 0846. Then I walk about 5 minutes and hop on a bus. Usually I'm in work for 9 barring any disasters which *have* happened.
On the say back I go via Surbiton. Get the 1739 service ALLLL the way to Basingstoke. Then from Basingstoke I get the 1836 service to Reading. Gets in at 1900, home at 1914.
I don't mind that much -- essentially I get 4 hours a day to read / listen to new music / sleep / have some time to myself. The trains I get aren't packed. I never have to stand. The trains aren't hot. When I first started doing it (initially I worked in central London 15 mins from Waterloo so I'd get the train ALL the way to Waterloo) I read loads but now I just stare out the window because I hate my life so much.
Takes 5 minutes. But means I have THREE LEGS to my journey, both ways :(
or is it just 'a job'?
However, I really don't consider myself career minded or owt, it's just something which has happened.
Above all, though, I'll be moving soon which means I'll have a 50 min - 1 hour instead. Cannot wait.
which is well paid, and which is a short term (1-2 year thing) would be worth it, but otherwise that's too long. I've spent an hr to 1.15 commuting to a job I love (but which isn't that well paid) for the last nine years, and that I can just about live with.
That said, since we had children (four years ago), I've managed to work a 20 minute cycle away for two days a week and the difference in quality of life is immense!
I'd proper hate my commute if it onvolved the tube, or standing, or anything like that. As it stands I know it's temporary -- hopefully I'll be living in south London in the next month.
i usually take a bus two-thirds of the way and walk the last third
i did a two hour-ish commute one (45 minute walk, short wait for train, hour train) and it made me want to end myself. horrific.
part of the reason i don't want to move back to London after my degree is that I know I won't ever be able to recapture the magic of the fifteen minute walk to work I had last time I lived there.
I'm starting to feel very emotional every fucking day when I get home from work because I've been doing this for a year now and I genuinely don't think I can continue much longer.
(Yes, I'm trying to move but every cunt gets to every flat before we do)
i feel your pain and i hope you find something soon
I'd quite like to know why that train was late but I guess we can't have everything.
It's the limit of what I can handle, especially because it's no longer a reasonable cycling distance (would take about 1.15 hours each way).
My ideal is about half an hour, preferably cycling with not too many hills.
its too much really. though if i was getting paid lots, i'd be fine with it.
a 10 mile cycle to paddington, then an hour on the train, and a 5 minute cycle in to work, and then a 2 hour coach (frequently more) journey and 8 mile cycle home every day for the last few months. So that's usually the best part of 5 hours a day. It's a bit much to be frank.
All changing soon.
a desperate need for the cash, and a difficult job market! Finally got it sorted now though.
Door to door, it was 2 hours to get in, 2 1/2 to get home. Summer of 2006, the last really hot summer we had. Not a time to be on a commuter train.
I would never do it again - only did it for 5 months because I knew I was moving to London and it wasn't permanent. It was "right" for the "career" though, I stayed in the job for 4 years after moving. The fact that my commute became a 20 minute walk did play a big part in keeping me there though.
Have been working from home for the last few years though, so can't really imagine commuting again.
Or a 45-50 minute walk If I fancy it.
Would go up to about 45 minutes each way. That is more than enough. Also, no working past 6 please, ever, and start and ten please, thanks. That is a FULL WORKING DAY.
Enough of this sadistic commuter presenteeism.
Being able to avoid the tube is a major plus side. Also being able to walk home in an hour (or less) is as well.
I guess the maximum would depend very much on the conditions of the journey as much as the actual length of it.
i.e if there were a very reliable bus/train/tube with seats guaranteed, then probs 45 mins would be ok. For usual public transport rush-hour conditions, 25 mins max.
"a strong link between time spent commuting and satisfaction with life. Those who spent an hour on their journey to work were found to be significantly less happy than those who did not commute.
*********And the study suggests that higher earnings from a job that involves commuting do not compensate for the time lost.************"
Doesn't that study just suggest that people who spend the day either watching TV in bed or 'working from home' *cough* wanking *cough* are having a better time than people in the office?
Great fucking study guys.
Would stretch to 10 mins if necessary
45 mins on a good day, no more than 1h 15 on a bad day, all by bus. Doesn't seem to bad as I get to read and listen to music, do crosswords etc. I did drive (which was more like 30 mins) and if anything that was more stressful.
My ideal would be to work in the centre of town (currently I live the opposite end of town, hence two buses). Which is a good 40 minute walk if the weather is nice, or a 15 minute bus ride if not or tired. That'll do me. I certainly wouldn't want to commute any further than I do now.
It's about right. It's great to have no contact with the outside world, time to listen to my music and/or read my book.
I used to have a commute closer to 20 mins with only 5 mins on the tube. That was pretty bad: I don't mind walking but I much prefer the chance to read shit.
if I had to do much more than this, I'd want a couple of days a week working from home to make up for it.
working from home is brilliant, a couple of days a week anyway. I'd put up with a long commute for that trade. I reckon office Monday, Thurs, Fri. Home in the middle of the week to break it all up. Work from home Monday or Friday is too obvious, I would take the piss with that I reckon.
Starting a new job over near Tamworth in a few weeks that is exactly 20 miles away. Takes 25 minutes when the roads are quiet. Probably take forever if the M42/M6 is fucked. Although I have an alternative route that takes about 40 minutes.
by buying a bike. Still requires two trains though. Before the bike it was a 90min each way which was rough, I probably wouldn't go back to that unless it was my absolute dream job.
It's objectively ridiculous.
I could feasibly live within walking distance of work, I just don't want to.
Every single area of Bristol is a glorious place to live. Every last bit. Without exception. All of them.
But I work in Bath.
and we lived in Bristol. It wasn't even the centre of Bath, it was somewhere just outside. So it was timing a bus or local train to Temple Meads with the (ridiculously quick) train ride from there to Bath, then another local bus there. In theory it could be as quick as 30 minutes, but with all the co-ordination involved it could be a couple of hours, easy.
that would've only been a 10 minute walk. The job didn't sound anywhere near as interesting so I took this one instead, it's been more than 2 years and I'm still sure its the right decision so I can't really complain.
Travel is good for the soul. It's a time to reflect on things both on the way to and from work. I don't understand people who want a 5 minute walk to work, frankly.
Home life is different again. I have the internet, I have TV, there's food to make, stuff to take care of.
The commute is a time where you can't do any of that. You have to just leave all the stresses of things you need to do and work, and things you need to do at home, and just enjoy time where there's no requirement for you do more than stand around patiently. It's like being on a long-haul flight.
I was being ever so slightly facetious. I get that (taking it to the extreme) working from home can be difficult because there's no time to decompress after your day's work.
But commuting is hassle, it's expensive, and over time it can wear you down (particularly if it's an awkward or stressful journey). But most importantly it's another chunk out of your day which is tied into your work. It's restrictive. I view my job largely as a means to facilitate the other areas of my life and as such I want it to take as little away from those other parts as possible.
And of course, you're right. Going to our Basildon office is a bloody mission of trains and tubes and cabs. I don't like that: too bitty. Although the train journey is against the commute so I always get a seat, which is okay.
I don't mean all commutes are good but a nice simple commute with 40 mins or so is generally great.
It's very nice what you're saying and I agree with you a but the reality is often being cramped into an overheated metal box with vast numbers of other people and paying a premium to do so.
I just don't really care a great deal about that. I have my book and my music. It's only for short period. Maybe it's just you're being overly sensitive?
and then apply the fare to it, as if the cost would be fine if you had a nice empty carriage.
FWIW I rarely find my commute seems too cramped or hot but, again, that may be because I just genuinely don't really give a shit. YOLO and all that.
means there's less chance of being collared by a client in Tesco.
would struggle with anything beyond 55 minutes atm
Perfect excuse to get some exercise in.
If I get the bus it's about 40 minutes door to door.
but now it takes about 50 as i'm chosing to get the bus to save money/give me more time to read. Plus it's summer, the tube is horrid when it's hot.
Kinda wouldn't mind a longer one to be honest.
bit longer if I use the bus - but that's free, so it's a winner.
This is the max I'd consider and not sure how long I can keep it up (starter 3 months ago)
Was 45 minutes previously in London and only changed due to "career progression".
Think ill give it 18 months to get enough experience than move to something closer to home....5.30 wake ups are killing me!
20ish miles in the car and then 3ish on my bike. Used to take a lot longer when I used the bus at the Park&Ride. What takes me 10 minutes on a bike would often take 1hr+ on the bus. Where I work is part of the cycle2work scheme, so bought a tax-free bike... now I get to work quicker and get (a bit) fit.
but by walking, bus and train, it's 55 minutes door to desk. by car it's between 14 minutes (this morning) to 40 minutes.
Won't mean shit if you spend 40 hours a week hating the job you do.
I do an hour. Can be 45 if I get lucky. Think that's pretty standard for most Londoners given I'd need about a million quid more to live somewhere closer that's as nice.
can't imagine wanting to do more than an hour. would probably just move house
30 - 40 mins if I tube it.
About 45 mins to an hour if I bus it.
An hour and a half if I bus part the way then walk.
Two - two and a half hours if I walk the whole way.
So it pretty much depends on how early I'm up and my mood.