British city has longest commute in Europe - and it isn't London

Travellers in Birmingham spend an average of 94 minutes each day commuting

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British city has longest commute in Europe and it isn't London

Britons have the longest commute to work in Europe with many people spending more than two hours a day on trains and buses, a study shows.

And Birmingham is the European capital for the longest travel-to-work time, with nearly four out of ten people commuting for two hours daily.

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In one of the largest surveys of its kind by transport app Moovit the movements of 50million commuters were tracked in 47 countries world-wide.

Travellers in Birmingham commute on average for 94 minutes every weekday, closely followed by Manchester at 89 minutes and Londoners at 84 minutes.

By comparison, commuters in Berlin and Madrid enjoy an extra half an hour to themselves every weekday with total travel times every week day of 62 minutes - a full 30 minutes less than Birmingham.

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That is closely followed by Parisians' average daily commute of 64 minutes with Barcelona enjoying one of the lowest overall journey times at 50 minutes every weekday.

Commuters in Manchester have daily commuting times are similar to those in New York City which averaged 87 minutes every weekday. Singapore journey times mirrored those of London at 84 minutes.

Britain has the highest percentage of journey times over 2 hours (38% in Birmingham, 31% in Manchester and 30% in London of trips were over 2 hours long).

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That is more than double the amount of extreme commutes in other European cities including Paris (15%), Madrid (15%), Milan (14%) and Berlin (14%).

The data shows that UK cities suffer from the highest percentage of waits at stops of over 20 minutes.

Manchester tops the table with a staggering 28% of commuters waiting for longer than 20 minutes at stops during their journey.

That figure is just 10% in Berlin.

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