This is how long it takes people to commute and what they do during it

 
James Nickerson
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Rush Hour At King's Cross Train Station
Most people listen to music during their commute (Source: Getty)

No matter how long it takes, everybody feels their commute is too long. But a new poll has revealed that the figure for the how long it actually takes to get to work and back is one hour and 38 minutes.

The public transport app Moovit has released results of a national commuting survey, conducted by OnePoll, which shows the average time people spend commuting in the UK is 49 minutes each way.

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The poll of 600 commuters between 18 and 65 also shows the majority of those taking "extreme journeys", defined as a journey longer than 90 minutes one way, are aged between 35-54.

Unsurprisingly, the train is the most used mode of transport for commuting, with 43 per cent of respondents taking it daily, while the underground and bus came in second with 24 per cent. Just six per cent reported using a combination of transport.

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Some 54 per cent of people listen to music when on their commute, while reading a book, magazine or newspaper all tied second on 51 per cent. That may explain why the biggest pet peeve is when people listen to music too loudly.

Just five per cent opt for doing nothing during their commute, and 27 per cent work, with 12 per cent using the time to learn something new.

Interestingly, London is not the most expensive commuting area, with the average spend per month at £176, compared to East Anglia where people spend £221 per month and the south east where people splash out £192 per month.

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