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Commuting time is a measure of how long people spend travelling to work, by whatever means. It could be by foot, bus, car, boat, train, bicycle or other means. The world average commuting time is 40 minutes, one-way. This is the average for people that work.

In Thailand, with the longest commuting times in the world, a total of 37 million hours is spent travelling to work everyday. If this number is doubled the total time commuting each day in Thailand can be calculated. The average working person living in Thailand spends 2 hours everyday travelling to and from work.

The shortest journeys to work are in Malawi, taking just 2 minutes.

"Currently, the average travel speed in central Bangkok during peak hours is just 7 mph for this lively city of 7.5 million." Bridges Magazine, 2005

Territory size shows the proportion of total time spent travelling to work worldwide that occurs there.


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