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View Poll Results: How long do you spend commuting to work in Switzerland
Less then 15 minutes 44 32.12%
15-30 minutes 38 27.74%
30-60 minutes 41 29.93%
60-90 minutes 10 7.30%
More then 90 minutes 4 2.92%
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Daily commute time taken

The wife and I have an on going disagreement over what is a reasonable time spent commuting, so I thought I'd take a poll.

How much time do you spend commuting. Looking for a Swiss commute time here so if your not based in Switzerland by all means view the poll, but please dont answer.

Conversely if your other half is the poor soul commuting (in Swiss) then put their time in.

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Old 04.10.2009, 11:51
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Re: Daily commute time taken

A few years ago my ex-girlfriend told me that the 30 minutes I traveled
to work was way too much. She drove 10 minutes.

Now, many years later, I still think that 20-30 minutes by car is OK.
Longer if by rail.

FYI, I now travel 1.6 meters from home to work (not a misprint, meters,
one point six) which takes me a total of about four seconds (includes
unlocking the studio door). Guess that blows the average way out of
whack

My better half did (past-tense) about 18-20 minutes. She is a member
of the statistics and jobless at the moment.
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Old 04.10.2009, 14:40
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Re: Daily commute time taken

I took an average for the two directions. Cycling downhill to work is an easy 10-15 minutes (depending on the lights). Climbing the 220 metres uphill at the end of the day can take more than 25 minutes.

Fortunately, 2 or 3 days a week I stay at home and work from there.
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Old 04.10.2009, 14:45
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Re: Daily commute time taken

If you are unemployed and RAV arranges a job for you, then 2 hours travel time to and from work is considered acceptable.

I had 2.5 hours in my last job, and that was simply too much.

Currently I work 430 km from Zuerich, but that is a 6 week contract only, and I rent a room locally.

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Re: Daily commute time taken

it takes me about 35-40 minutes door to door. i don't mind at all, the only boring thing is that i have to change from bus to tram and then trolley...
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Old 28.10.2009, 10:14
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Re: Daily commute time taken

I get there in under half an hour, traffic and public transport willing ... the traffic is only a concern since the bulk of my travel is by bus / trolley bus, so cars tend to get in the way.

In Australia, the governement's unemployment service considers up to 90 minutes each way as a 'reasonable' travel time. I know some people who spend almost three hours traveling each way - they do a lot of things on their laptops on the train, or read a book a day ... most of them don't have children yet.
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Old 28.10.2009, 10:21
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Re: Daily commute time taken

At present, I have a 45 min ride in the morning, but I have to change busses. I can take me an hour or more going home in the evening. Seems no one gets in by 8 but everyone leaves by 5..... I figure once my motorcycle gets here, I can drop this significantly since I won't have to wait for busses, miss busses and wait for the next bus, or have to go through the middle of town. It's stupid that it takes me longer to commute a much shorter distance than it did in Seattle. However, in about 2 years, when we move to our new building, my commute will be about a kilometer walk.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

I read a book recently (Traffic) that stated historically humans have averaged about a 30 minute commute to work. Despite different modes of transport being invented the average commute has stayed about the same.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

When I lived in München and worked for the State Bank I took a flat opposite the bank where I could see the trading floor and my desk from the my Balcony. I timed my commute and it was somewhere between 40 and 50 seconds depending on if I had to wait for a car to cross the street or not. It was great for partying late and still making it into the office, but on the way home it was just WAY TOO SHORT A TIME. I ended up after high octane days at the office sometimes walking around the block twice before going home. I just couldn't turn off work mode and engage chill mode without some transition time.
I now do Pfäffikon (SZ) to Enge which takes 35-45 mins along the side of the lake. It's a nice lakeside commute I (almost) always get a seat and feel relaxed by the time I get home.

I think time of commute and quality of commute can not be separated. Also there are other issues such as reliabiltiy and commuter load to consider. In London I would prefer to get on at the first station of the Northern Line and travel an extra 20 minutes and have a seat than to try and squeeze onto an impossibly full train at Camden Town and stand pressed against sweaty strangers for 20 minutes. Switzerland has a great Public Transport system and good roads so 30-40 mins is no problem I think.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

can we have an option added for 1 minute?
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Re: Daily commute time taken

Is this one way or total travel time?

EDIT: Sorry, doh, obvious question. How do I change the vote?
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Re: Daily commute time taken

I travel around 50 min daily to my office one way and uses bus, train and a tram.

But its still fine with me as this is the only time i get to hear my latest collection of songs
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Re: Daily commute time taken

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When I lived in München and worked for the State Bank I took a flat opposite the bank where I could see the trading floor and my desk from the my Balcony. I timed my commute and it was somewhere between 40 and 50 seconds depending on if I had to wait for a car to cross the street or not.
I used to live on the same street as my company in Epalinges, VD. My commute was a little longer at 2 - 4 mins since I had to wait for the lift at both ends.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

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Is this one way or total travel time?

EDIT: Sorry, doh, obvious question. How do I change the vote?
not sure it's obvious. the text seems to suggest total commute time, but the poll question asks only for commute time to work and not from work.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

About 20-25 minutes by car from Gland to Meyrin if there's no traffic.

Unfortunately this can double when the highway jams up.

By train+foot takes me an hour or even 80 minutes... but then I get to read a book.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

I traveled daily from Zurich to Bern for quite few months before shifting to Bern. It took me close to One and half hour then. Now it takes only 10 mins
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Re: Daily commute time taken

I've always lived close to work, I hate commuting, but never as close as here, 3-4 mins including waiting for lifts.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

I used to commute one to two hours each way in the San Francisco Bay Area to travel 18 miles.

Now my commute from my bedroom to my home office upstairs is about 30 seconds unless I stop in the kitchen and hit the button for coffee and I don't even have to wear shoes. But alas, sometimes I actually have to go to the office which takes about 20 minutes on foot and interestingly enough a little longer on the bus and a lot longer if I drive. That's life in the old town though.
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Re: Daily commute time taken

My BF and I are CONSTANTLY talking about this whole commuting thing..he commutes 1 and a 1/2 hrs each way to work (a total of 3 hrs a day!) and normally doesn't get in until quite late as a result. We origionally moved here to get away from work and have FREE time....but I must say its only gotten worse since living here.
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