(Closed) How far do you commute to work??

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I don’t know that I’d take that much of a pay cut when I’d be paying a significantly higher amount for gas and maintenance, personally.

I have a commute that’s anywhere betwee 35 and 60 minutes each direction depending on the time of day, but it’s all on public transit so I can read/do work. It’s hard for me to say whether I’d want to be *driving* for that long every day since it’s been so long since I’ve driven to work. Is the job you have now in your field?

Post # 4
2961 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I don’t think there would be any job worth me driving 2 1/2 hours each day…I work about 30 minutes from my job as it is, and it always seems to take FOREVER on the drive home just because I am tired and want to chill out.

Post # 5
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I used to commute about 30 miles each way, and on the freeway I went on it could mean anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hrs to get to work.  I moved a couple miles from work and now I can bike in.  I can never commute again.  Traffic was too much!!!

And I had road rage.  So much road rage.


Post # 6
5659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I commute about an hour each way to work but Seattle and the surrounding metro area has a fantastic transit system so I (and most commuters who work downtown) use a Park and Ride and take a bus, so gas and wear and tear plus actually having to drive and sit in traffic is minimal for me.

Is this a 45 minute drive in the country? Or a 45 minute rush hour bumper to bumper  commute, etc? Either way around here, a 45 minute drive is pretty typical for most people who are in any job worth having. 

Regarding pay and the differences, if you can’t find a job in your town that is your dream job and you CAN a little further out, then it’s absolutely worth it IMO if you are just out of school and looking for your next move in a certain industry. I wish that when I was in my earlier 20s and not so dependent on a specific income level and career level, that I had taken more risks and allowed myself to make less in the beginning in order to be in a field I love. Instead I kind of just fell into what I do and now it would be a major career shift to change.

Post # 7
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I drive an hour each way. I leave the house at 4:45am to miss traffic, then I get off work at 2:30pm and miss it on the way home too. Honestly I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would. I used to live 10 minutes from work, but its a really expensive area and we couldn’t comfortably afford a nice house there.


That being said, I work from home every other day, so it really helps me from getting burnt out and saves on gas. I don’t think I would have moved this far away from work if I had to drive in 5 days a week.

I do know  A LOT of people that have 2+ hour commutes ONE way! I work in the Baltimore/DC area and most federal employees don’t live in DC, they all commute and it takes FOREVER.


Post # 8
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t work, but my husband commutes less than 8 miles each way to work.  He loves it.  We used to live in CA and hated driving in traffic so this is a nice change.

Post # 9
3245 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Brooklyn55:  I drive an hour one way. We live in the middle of nowhere, so I have become used to the idea that I’ll have a long commute unless I get super lucky! 

I am anticipating working for the same agency, at that office an hour away, for a good chunk of my career (I’m in grad school now and am hoping that I’ll land a permanent, or at least more interesting temporary, position once I’m done). Because of that, and because of what I do (I’m a field biologist) I know I’ll have a lot of driving to do. I also drive a lot each week to commute to school, and now my internship. I have a car that’s almost as old as I am, and it’s not very efficient, so I am getting the most efficient car I can afford, this summer. I’ll be getting a Toyota Corolla. . . apparently they are very efficient and super reliable.

Does the dream job 45 minutes away have potential for a raise or upgrade of some kind? Is it a permanent position? If you have other job options, those would be important considerations in this decision. Also, would you be able to get a more efficent car so the gas expense is less of a concern? If it’s really a dream job, and you’d be OK with driving a lot for it, and it has the potential to grow, in your position I’d take the dream job, get a more efficient car, and spend the time listening to podcasts or audiobooks. 

I have gotten so used to long drives to places I need to be on a regular basis that I enjoy the quiet time. I sometimes get audiobooks from the library, but often I just listen to the radio (I like skipping between stations and listening to all different kinds of music) or don’t listen to anything at all. A lot of people in the area where I live have fairly long commutes, and audiobooks are very popular at the library!

Also, if you take the dream job, look into carpooling, or public transportation.


Post # 10
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

When I was an undergrad I commuted 33 miles each way to school/work 5 days a week. With LA traffic I was usually in my car for 4 hours a day. It was horrible. There was a day that traffic was so awful that it took me almost 5 hours to get home. There were also days I would just cry most of the way home. It was such a waste of time and energy. I also worked with kids at the job I commuted to and believe me, between commuting and the kids you have ZERO energy left by the time you get home. I did take a pay cut when I left that job but I left for a job that put me closer to home so it balanced out. I now commute only about 12 miles each way and I don’t think I could ever go back to doing what I did before. I miss the kids but leaving that job was the best decision I’ve ever made pretty much just because of the commute.

Post # 11
2389 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I commute 5 blocks each way.  Now that I walk to work, I don’t think I could ever go back to driving!

Post # 12
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

1 hour 15 minutes in the morning (car, train, walk)

1 hour in the evening.

For me after this commute my max commute time is 45 minutes. I think 45 minutes, while not ideal, is totally doable. In fact, in the area I live, its pretty hard to not have a 45 minute or more commute unless you choose to live by your job purposely and can afford it. But I have changed jobs 4 times in 5 years so I wasnt going to move that often!

Post # 16
5219 posts
Bee Keeper

@Brooklyn55:  I drive an hour each way a day– it SUCKS. However; I noticed that in the morning… I really do not mind it. It gives me time to wake up, drink coffee, sit in silence or catch up on the news. In the afternoons when I am ready to be home, it blows.

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