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Half of Swiss Population Commutes Half an Hour to Work

Half of Swiss population commutes half an hour to work

Not quite 10% walk to work in Switzerland; more than half drive.

Nine out of ten employees in Switzerland – or four million people total – commuted to work last year, most of them to another municipality, and most by car.

In 2017, the average one-way Swiss commute was 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) and took 30.6 minutes, reported the Federal Statistical Officeexternal link on Tuesday. Some 71% of commuters traveled to another city or town, up from 59% in 1990. The cantons of Basel City and Zug attract the most commuters from other cantons.

More than half (52%) of commuters drove to work; 31% used public transport; 9% walked; 7% biked (including e-bikes); and 2% rode scooters or motorcycles.

+ Swiss take an average of 72 train trips per year

With 0.8 million pursuing studies or training, students and apprentices aged 15 and up accounted for another category of commuter. On average, they spent 40 minutes travelling 21 km each way in 2017.

Among students and trainees, 16% travelled by passenger car or school bus; 41% took the train and 26% took the tram or bus. About 8% walked, while 7% biked and another 2% rode motorized two-wheelers.

Extra time
Working and commuting at the same time

An increasing number of people in Switzerland spend 45 minutes or more of their day commuting to work. Many make use of this time to keep working.

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