48. How do you usually travel to work?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing local and central government to understand how and where people commute.

Information about your workplace and how you commute helps to plan local public transport needs, develop transport policies and plan services in your area.

The census first asked this question in 1971.

Select the type of transport that you use for the longest part, by distance, of your usual journey to your main job.

If you're currently working and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected how you travel to work, select the answer that best describes your current circumstances.

If you're away from work on furlough, in quarantine or self-isolating, answer about how you used to travel to work before your circumstances changed.

Different types of transport

If you use more than one type of transport and you're not sure which one covers the longest distance of your journey to work, answer as best you can.

Example of using different types of transport
  • if you travel to work by train for two miles and then take a bus for one mile, select "Train"


  • if you drive a car to work for three miles, then walk the last half a mile from the car park, select "Driving a car or van"

If you use different transport on different days, select the one you use most often. If you use them equally, select the one you used most recently.

If your type of transport is not listed, for example you travel on a micro, push or an electric scooter, select "Other".

Car sharing

If you usually car share with someone and spend an equal amount of time driving and being a passenger in a car or van, select the option that describes what you did most recently.

Motorcycle, scooter or moped

Select this option if you ride, or are a passenger, on any of these for your usual journey to work.


If you use an electric bicycle, please select "Bicycle".

What we mean by main job

Your circumstances may have changed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Answer about your current main job if you have one.

If you don't have a job at the moment, answer about the most recent job you had.

If you're away from work on furlough, in quarantine or self-isolating, consider the hours you were working before being away from work.

More than one job

If you have more than one job at the same time:

  • answer about the job in which you usually work the most hours
  • if your hours are equal, use the job that pays the most
  • if your hours and pay are equal, use the one you did most recently

Changing jobs

If you're in the middle of changing jobs, answer about the main one you were doing on Sunday 21 March 2021. Only answer about your new position if you've already left your previous job.

Important information:

Answering for someone else

If you're answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they would answer. If they're away, answer as best you can.