How much does your commute cost?

(47 Posts)
Heart7 Fri 21-Sep-12 08:05:50

Hi there, just wondering if people would mind sharing how much their commute costs? I currently commute 30 miles to work (60 miles return journey) and it costs about £155 a month. I'm looking for a new job and am applying for something a little further away (specialised job so not much available closer to home) and my commute will increase to about £250 a month. I'm not in London / SE. This feels like a lot to me but then I have no idea what other people pay! Also how long does your commute take door to door? Thanks v much x

blondieminxwithGOLDandORANGE Fri 21-Sep-12 08:16:22

About 4k, so around £335 a month. Plus parking which is about £70 a month on top. It takes me about an hour an a half door to door, I drive to station then get train to London then the office is 5 mins walk from Liverpool Street.

My job just doesn't exist locally either.

Good luck with the application smile

ThreeWheelsGood Fri 21-Sep-12 08:37:25

I live in London and walk to work so costs nowt. DH commutes within London though, about £1400 a year tube fares.

Rockchick1984 Fri 21-Sep-12 09:34:26

I'm in the North, and my commuting costs have never been higher than £150 per month, usually closer to half that! I'm shock at paying so much to get to work!!

flowery Fri 21-Sep-12 09:44:16

Well when I worked in London and commuted 45 mins on the train, then tube, my season ticket was over £5000 a year, plus a fiver a day car park at the station, so £250 a month sounds fab to me. I realise my view is disproportionate...! grin

Tiago Fri 21-Sep-12 09:47:48

£4200 per year for the rail pass.

Trills Fri 21-Sep-12 09:50:03

I don't think it really matter what other people's commutes cost, it matters if:
1 - you can afford it
2 - the job is worth it (compared to a worse job that was closer to your house)
3 - living where you do (instead of closer) is worth it

I spend about £300 a month on trains, but I like my job and I like where I live and I don't want to change either of them right now.

Trills Fri 21-Sep-12 09:50:43

DP spends about £70 a month on petrol.

I imagine that you will get a biased sample here of people who consider that they "commute", rather than just people who drive 10 minutes to work.

Xenia Fri 21-Sep-12 10:36:08

It just relates to your earnings surely. For example equity partners at Ernst & Young may be on £1m - £2m a year and might be paying more to commute than if they worked as accountants in Aberdeen but the increased pay more than makes up for the travel costs they might have even if they are coming in from Cambridge each day. Mine are zero.

OctoberOctober Fri 21-Sep-12 12:38:18

Before mat leave, I was driving 50 miles a day, although only took half an hour each way as motorway. Reckon I spent about 50 quid a week on petrol. Definitely an argument for trying to work from home a bit more frequently...

Pootle78 Fri 21-Sep-12 14:58:58

Dh commutes to London at a cost of £600 per month, he changes job next week and will pay about £400 in fuel!

missingmumxox Fri 21-Sep-12 23:52:20

£50-60 a week my commute is about the same as yours on paper it is 28 miles, I get motorway/duel carrageway for 24 miles of it, but all the little rat runs and diversions I do in the 2 towns either end add a few miles in order to get to work and to pick my children from after school club before the next ice age adds a couple of miles.
also time is important my old job I lived 9 miles from work and ironicly I live behind it now, I can see it from my front room! used to take me on a good day 35 mins (rare) leaving at 7.45 for a 8.30 start, and a normal day 40 - 45 mins all country roads then town, passing 3 schools, 1 university, a barracks, a hospital and a college, Oh and I worked in a hospital! nightmare! my new job is on a normal day 45-50 mins leave at the same time , for a 9 am start and am normally in 15-20 minutes early and having dropped children off at school and watched them in.
then the job, my job gives my the oportunity on paper to work from home, my boss isn't keen, but does when I have a good reason, but I can work from other sites which are closer than my base, I could take the piss on this but I don't, It is actually easiler to do my core work from my office, but I do make sure if I have a valid reason to work closer to home I do it either on the way to base or home, and the travel time is in work. so I get home quicker, makes no difference to my commute expenses as I have to deduct these.

LucieMay Sat 22-Sep-12 00:08:46

About £15 a week bus faRe.

fuckwittery Sat 22-Sep-12 08:46:15

£330 a month

NellyBluth Sat 22-Sep-12 08:48:54

About £4k a year. Bloody London commuting. If I can find a job where I don't need to catch the Tube as well as the train, maybe 3k.

ArthurShappey Sat 22-Sep-12 08:50:37

My DH and I are £318 each... It's shocking! £636 a month, that is some people's mortgage repayments!!!!

We had to move out of London to buy a house but we could have afforded to stay in based on the fact we are easily managing an extra £618 a month on top of our mortgage repayments. But no bank would actually lend us enough to stay in. Madness.

Sparkles23 Sat 22-Sep-12 08:54:42

I commute within London so paid £1880 for zone 1-5 travelcard (bought last Nov so at last years prices).

WidowWadman Sat 22-Sep-12 09:30:43

I used to spend about £240/months on Diesel, plus the wear and tear costs on the car, which got hammered by the commute. Now I've got a company car and fuel benefit, so spend nothing (but get taxed)

Heart7 Sun 23-Sep-12 09:21:31

Thanks all for your replies. My new commute potentially doesn't sound too bad then. I would be earning about £40k, it's just a shame to see so much eaten up in travel costs.

Really appreciate the info xx

Doobydoo Sun 23-Sep-12 09:26:30

I live in Lincolnshire and work in Central London.My journey is 2 1/2-3 hours door to door.
If I purchased season ticket it would be £8500 pa.I have found it cheaper to have a room in London for the week which is £450 a month.My commute costs monthly are around £200-£250 train and tube! I am only a nurse so not huge earnings even with London weighting.

ooer Wed 26-Sep-12 20:17:30

If I still worked in Auld Reekie p/t it would be £6.90 a day by bus. 20 miles = 1 hour 1 way.

Now I work locally it's free! Oh joy. And takes 15 mins.

DorsetKnob Wed 26-Sep-12 20:18:54

£120 on a £16k salary, so you are laughing.

GotMyGoat Wed 26-Sep-12 20:27:07

£70pw on 15k salary.

Would love to pocket that cash, but my job is quite hard to find locally so its worth it to me.

mylittlemonkey Tue 02-Oct-12 14:26:19

Not much at moment but was paying nearly £400 per month with a 2.5 hour commute each way. For me it was not worth it but as others have said it depends on how you feel about your job and how much it affects your quality of life. The travel time really ate into my week and would be leaving at 5am to get home at about half seven/ eight and was exhausted all the time.

Phineyj Sun 14-Oct-12 12:54:27

50 mile round trip, about £40 in diesel a week, salary currently less than £20k as trainee teacher. No parking costs. Could get train but takes twice as long and is full of my students.

Worth it as I really like the job and when qualified will earn more. However roadworks are currently making it miserable.

Phineyj Sun 14-Oct-12 12:56:47

Hmm I should have factored in that I have had to spend a lot more on my car than in previous years - so the real cost of the commute is probably twice that at least if you include wear and tear.

TheAngelshavetheOod Sun 14-Oct-12 13:30:01

In petrol it works out about £6 there and back. Dh and I try to use the little car for whoever is doing the most miles. My work mileage varies massively and his schedule varies so it's difficult to go off patrol costs per month.

Murtette Sun 14-Oct-12 21:24:25

£30 per day for parking, train & tube plus petrol for the 10 mile round trip to the station BUT its worth it as it gets me into London where I earn much more than I would locally.

bureni Sun 14-Oct-12 21:27:27

Anything between £10-£150 per day, depends on where I am working or if I have to be in several places each day.

Anifrangapani Sun 14-Oct-12 21:34:47

£88 per month on train to Manchester. 45 min. Thank goodness for the GMPTE tickets. Shame the trains are smelly and leak when it rains.

inabeautifulplace Sun 14-Oct-12 21:35:45

About £35 a month for a bus pass, walk/bus/walk is 35 mins. When I was cycling it was technically free and took 20 mins direct or up to an hour if I wanted to have fun smile

RedGreenWhiteViolet Sun 14-Oct-12 21:47:22

Just under £100. It would be cheaper overall if we moved further away, had a cheaper house and a longer, more expensive commute.

RandomMess Sun 14-Oct-12 21:49:05

Tis free we both work about 2 miles from home and most days we cycle, I sometimes drive if I'm going somewhere from work or it is really chucking it down with rain so drop the dc and their scooters off at breakfast club so they don't have to spend the day being damp!

Mandy21 Thu 01-Nov-12 19:22:51

Its all relative isn't it? It costs me about £20 a day in diesel and parking (a 120 mile round trip) and I park in a cheap car park which means I have a 10 min walk from the car to the office. On top of that, I have the maintainence / depreciation of the car to factor in. But, I like my job (so happy to travel) and there isn't a public transport option that would suit my hours.

turkeyboots Thu 01-Nov-12 19:32:59

If I went into the office every day it would cost me £670 a month. So I go in once a week and spend about £200 a

DH spends about £200 a month on petrol for his commute. We live too far away from both our offices, but can't afford to live somewhere as nice in a closer town.

MummytoKatie Fri 02-Nov-12 23:34:57

About £5 a year. (Batteries for my bike lights.)

Although I should really allow for depreciation of bike, helmet, lock, lights etc. make that £25 per year.

Distance of 2 miles. Takes about 20 mins (although a good 10 of them are getting the bike out of the garage and locking an unlocking at the other end.

Before you hate me too much - it took us a year of horrible living apart 5 years into our marriage to get into this position - we were commuting in our old lives and didn't want to any more.

LucieMay Fri 02-Nov-12 23:52:32

About £18 a week bus fare

About £400 per month on petrol and parking. Almost 40 miles each way. Takes about an hour each way. If I were to take the train it would be about £250 per month, but 1 hr 40 mins each way (there's a connection with a change). The additional time is worth it for me...

i walk to work as it's only 10 mins from home. if i get the bus its £1.10 single.
Hubby drives to work as its about 3 miles and no direct bus route. We have a 7 seater so its quite expensive in fuel- prob £100 per month

posyplum Thu 22-Nov-12 17:41:06

I pay half the amount you do for half the miles. We must have the same car!

I wouldn't personally commute more than half an hour now, but I have done in the past. The cost doesn't sound abnormal to me, if it pays you enough to be able to afford it, and you want to do the job enough.

BerylStreep Sat 24-Nov-12 01:55:09

£60/ month in petrol, for commute and anything else.

7 minutes door to door. 15 minutes max.

Have done years of commuting an hour or more each way. No amount of money could pay me to do that now.

ThompsonTwins Sat 24-Nov-12 02:20:43

Nothing - I walk most days. Occasionally I take the bus but am old gimmer and have concessionary bus pass.

HappyAsASandboy Sat 24-Nov-12 09:06:32

£433 per month rail
£60 per month car park
Plus petrol for 12 miles per day (maybe £45 per month?)

It takes just under 2 hours each way and is about 70 miles.

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SnookyPooky Wed 03-Apr-13 12:44:36

€240 a month and it is a 60km approx round trip. I should trade my car in for something smaller but I love it so am torn.

Rosesandlemons Wed 10-Apr-13 23:07:55

You could see if your work has a scheme where they loan you the money for your travel and deduct it from your salary instead to save on your tax. My husbands annual commute costs over 6k.

floweryblue Thu 11-Apr-13 00:45:00

£26.50 per week by bus. About 4 miles each way. 20 mins off season, up to an hour each way low season (service run by First Bus, so obv useless and expensive, whoopee-doo to privatisation), about 8% of my wages, 99% of other passengers have free bus pass.

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