Rush hour: the daily commute just got longer

New Regus study reveals the average commute has added an extra 24 hours of travel time a year

Despite all the evidence that shorter commuting times increase employee productivity and motivation, the average Australian commute is extending. The average commute in Australia has increased by three minutes each way since 2012, according to research by global workplace provider Regus. This adds up to nearly 24 hours of additional travel time a year.

The survey, part of a global poll of over 22,000 professionals, found that the average one-way commute now takes 29 minutes, compared to only 26 minutes two years ago and accounts for almost an hour of travel time each day.

Sydney (31.7 minutes) and Perth (30 minutes) lead the nation for the longest commute, with Melbourne (29.5 minutes) not far behind.

How long is your commute to work? Sydney Perth Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Canberra
Average Time 31.7 min 30 min 29.5 min 27.2 min 21.8 min 17.4 min
1-15 minutes 22% 25% 33% 29% 48% 23%
15-45 minutes 48% 56% 56% 40% 62% 36%
45+ minutes 26% 19% 20% 24% 7% 5%


Most workers try to remain productive during their commute and thanks to their smart devices they keep busy by making phone calls (64%), listening to music (58%) and catching up on the day’s news (53%).

Social media also plays a significant part in the daily commute with 35% updating and visiting personal social media accounts and 31% updating and visiting professional social media accounts. Interestingly, females are more likely to engage on their personal social media accounts (40%) during their commute to and from work than men (32%), while men are more likely to call friends and family on both their daily commute (61%) compared to women (57%).

CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said: “Three minutes each way may not sound like much, but it adds up to one wasted day a year for most Australians. Thankfully, many smart workers are negotiating flexibility into their working week in order to maintain a healthy work:life balance and avoid rush hour commuting.

“We find that there are many people who don’t always want to trek into their main office but still require a professional, discreet environment that is close to their home or port of call for meetings to complete their work. Businesses should consider flexible work options to minimise the lengthening travel times employees are faced with. Examples include offering workers flexible hours to miss the peak hour rush and allowing employees to work from remote locations such as a local Regus hub. With over 50 locations across Australia, and spaces ranging from drop-in business lounges to meeting rooms and video conferencing, we can assist in significantly shortening an employees’ daily commute and maximizing their productivity.”


Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 1,800 business centres in 101 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.8million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: