Acceptable Commuting Times

posted 1 year ago in Home
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Buzzing bee

My commute is usually less than 10 minutes and I think that’s too long. My mother commuted 90min+ every day for more than 15 years til she retired. I don’t know how she did it. 

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Bumble bee

Honestly, I don’t consider a 45 minute commute that bad.  My commute can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours (depending on traffic) to drive 42 miles.  Unfortunately, there is no public transportation I can take to work but if there was I would almost relish that time to read or just sit and not use my brain.  :)  

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Busy bee

I used to live in the San Francisco Bay area, and a 45 minute commute was too much to me, but on the shorter side of “average.” Now that I’m in a much smaller town in the northwest, my three minute, one mile commute is perfect. It all depends on what you’re used to – I could never go back!!!

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Worker bee

My husband commutes 45 min to an hour depending on traffic right now. He doesn’t like it. Its doable but he feels like he is wasting a lot of time during the day having to drive not to mention all the miles going onto his car. My current commute is 20 min which I think is fine. Our new house will be more in the middle, his commute will be 30 min mine will be 25 min. We both think around 20-30 minutes is reasonable.

I would be ok with a longer commute if it was on public transportation at least then I could read or do some work. I would hate sitting in Boston traffic everyday for that long though.

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Bumble bee

I think for a larger city like Boston, 50 minutes + doesn’t seem too bad.  I always thought that was the typical commute for those types of areas.

I live in the Milwaukee area and I think my commute is too long.  It takes 1 hour to get to work.  I’d say the typical commute time here is between 15-30 minutes.  We’re staying in our current apartment for 1 more year and then moving closer to both our jobs – I can’t STAND our commute.  It really elevates my stress level, and to me, that makes our nice apartment far from work not worth it!!

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Sugar bee

I’ve done all types. Currently I live about 8 miles from the office, and my commute runs anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on traffic/accidents/etc.

I’ve also lived 25 miles from the office and my commute was over an hour on a good day.

To me, anything more than 30 minutes is a beating. I say that because I’m spoiled now. I’ve never had this short of a commute and I’d hate to go back to it! :)

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Helper bee

I have driven anywhere from 5 minutes (now) to 1 hr and 30 minutes, and I, personally, would never, ever, go back to a long commute.  I did a 45 min commute for about 8 years and that was doable.  I think anything over an hour is a waste of time.

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Honey Beekeeper

To me, 45 minutes is pretty standard. My commute is currently a little less than that, but I’ve had commutes up to an hour and 15 minutes in the past. I also work in the city.

What does your husband think about having to sacrifice the ease of your current commute to move to a different area?

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Sugar Beekeeper

My commute is 15 minutes (barring road conditions, accidents, stupid people) and that’s okay. My old job was actually closer geographically, but took me almost 30 minutes, which was far too long. 

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Sugar bee

It certainly is a trade off. My friends were just debating that when buying a house and ended up going for the hour commuite to get a house in a nice neighborhood with great schools.

I do 1:15 in the AM now and 1 hour in the PM and it sucks. But I do get used to it since most of it is on the train. At least I get to read.  I do really wish I had that time of the day back. If you work long hours, it only makes the day really long, but if you work average days you can still get things done (like cook dinner, gym etc)

It is a tough call. When we move next we will be moving closer to where we work so we dont have as long as a commute because of the long hours we work on top of the commute. We will pay the extra money or give up space to get it.

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Buzzing Beekeeper

20 minutes is my maximum.  I had to travel 30-45 minutes last year for a few weeks and it was miserable.

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Bumble bee

Right now, it’s 35 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon.  I don’t use public transit, because it would be 65 minutes in the morning, and about 90 minutes in the afternoon.   But my shift is 6:30 – 3:30, so I miss most of the traffic. 

When I took public transit to my job in downtown LA, my commute via train was about an hour.   

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Sugar bee

My commute is 25 minutes each way & I can definitely handle that my max would be 30 minutes.

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Sugar Beekeeper

It’s usually about 30-45 minutes for us in a fairly large Canadian city. Pretty average for where we live. 

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