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.

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