There's been a significant increase in people commuting long distances to get to work 4 years ago

There's been a significant increase in people commuting long distances to get to work

It's well up from 2011.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) have released more findings from the 2016 Census and the new data focuses on commuting in Ireland.


The report released on Thursday shows the number of people travelling to work, school or college stood at 2,962,550, an increase of 9.3% on the 2011 figure.

Commuting times rose in every county around the country and the national average commuting time in April 2016 was 28.2 minutes, up from 26.6 minutes in 2011.

Almost 200,000 commuters (1 in 10), spent an hour or more commuting to work, an increase of almost 50,000 (31%) on 2011.

The number of people leaving before 7am increased to 365,000 (+34%) since April 2011, with 25% of male commuters and 13% of females leaving before 7am.

There were 1,875,773 people commuting to work in April 2016, an increase of 10.7% from the 2011 figure.

Cars are still the most common form of transport for workers with 65.6% of those commuting to work either driving a car or being a passenger in one. In rural areas, seven out of 10 people used a car to get to work.

But there's been a notable increase in the number of people using bus and rail services to get to work. There were 111,436 commuters using the bus to get to work and 63,133 rail commuters in 2016, most of the increase came in Dublin where 22% of commuters used the bus and train.


In April 2016, 56,837 people cycled to work. This is a 43% increase on the same period in 2011. Three quarters of those who cycled to work were males.

In Dublin, 38,870 persons cycled to work. In contrast, just 2,330 people cycled to work in Cork city and suburbs, 1,874 in Galway, 968 in Limerick, and 395 in Waterford.

The numbers walking to work increased by 4,570 to 175,080, accounting for 9.3% of the commuting population.