The trip to work is not getting easier for Australians as the population booms. Picture: David Crosling
The trip to work is not getting easier for Australians as the population booms. Picture: David Crosling

The worst commute in the country revealed

THE commute to work is getting even harder in Australia's capital cities, with new figures showing infrastructure and public transport struggling to keep up with a boom in the population.

Sydney is the worst in the country with the drive to work taking an average of 42 minutes - that's nearly as bad as in New York (43min) and London (46min).

The time in Brisbane isn't great either at 40 minutes, followed by Melbourne at 39 minutes.

The Harbour City also ranked worst for public transport, with the commute to work taking an average 82 minutes a day, compared to 80 minutes in Melbourne and 68 minutes in Brisbane.

The journey to work in Sydney takes an average 42 minutes a day. Picture: John Grainger
The journey to work in Sydney takes an average 42 minutes a day. Picture: John Grainger

Those times are nearly as bad as in New York (87min), London (84min) and Paris (64min).

Melbourne, however, was the worst for public transport waiting times at 14 minutes.

The wait for public transport was 13 minutes in both Sydney and Brisbane, followed by 11 minutes in Adelaide.

The figures were released by UK-based Moneybarn today as it revealed a list of the best and worst countries for commuting to work.

Public transport waiting times are not great in Brisbane. Picture: AAP
Public transport waiting times are not great in Brisbane. Picture: AAP

Of the 114 cities analysed, three Australian cities were in the top 30.

Canberra ranked the sixth best city in the world for commuters, scoring well for having the lowest air pollution levels and the most cycle ways per capita, as well as for the small amount of time spent in traffic.

Other Australian cities which performed well were Adelaide taking 18th position and Melbourne in 24th.

Adelaide fared well in the global rankings for commuter travel. Picture: Matt Loxton
Adelaide fared well in the global rankings for commuter travel. Picture: Matt Loxton

Three-quarters of the best-performing cities were in Europe.

Germany dominated three of the top five positions.

Amsterdam ranked top overall, followed by Munich and Oslo in second and third place. Hamburg and Berlin completed the top five.

On the lower end, Istanbul ranked as the worst city for commuting, closely followed by Ankara, Hong Kong, Izmir and Cape Town.

OUR MOST CONGESTED ROADS

Artamon to Sydney Harbour Tunnel via Gore Hill Freeway/Warringah Freeway

Ashfield to Sydney CBD via City West Link/Anzac Bridge

Narraweena to Chatswood via Warringah Road, Brisbane

Ipswich Motorway to Indooroopilly via Centenary Highway, Brisbane

Hornsby to Parramatta via Pennant Hills Road, Sydney

Westmead to Strathfield via M4, Sydney

Artamon to Surry Hills via Pacific Highway/Sydney Harbour Bridge/Cahill Expressway/Eastern Distributor

Strathfield to Haberfield via Parramatta Road, Sydney

Airport to city via Tullamarine Freeway, Melbourne

Haberfield to Broadway via Parramatta Rd, Sydney

Source: Veitch Lister Consulting (2019)

 

Workers in Melbourne spend an average 39 minutes in traffic every day.
Workers in Melbourne spend an average 39 minutes in traffic every day.

 

 

COMPARE THE STATES

 

TIME IN TRAFFIC

Sydney: 42.43

Brisbane: 40.45

Melbourne: 39.04

Perth: 36.07

Adelaide: 28.82

Canberra: 22.88

Source: Numbeo

 

TIME ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT EVERY DAY

Sydney: 82min

Melbourne: 80min

Brisbane: 68min

Adelaide: 65min

Source: MoovitApp

 

TIME WAITING FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Melbourne: 14min

Sydney: 13min

Brisbane: 13min

Adelaide: 11min

Source: MoovitApp

 

Sydney has the worst commute in Australia, according to a new report. Picture: AP
Sydney has the worst commute in Australia, according to a new report. Picture: AP

 

COMPARE THE WORLD

 

TIME IN TRAFFIC

New York: 43.27min

London: 46.25min

Paris: 41.66min

Berlin: 34.30min

Montreal: 39.46

Source: Numbeo

 

TIME ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT EVERY DAY

New York: 87min

London: 84min

Paris: 64min

Berlin: 62min

Montreal: 87min

Source: MoovitApp

 

TIME WAITING FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

New York: 15min

London: 13min

Paris: 12min

Berlin: 10min

Montreal: 14min

Source: MoovitApp



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