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Comparing The Cost Of Commuting Across Each European Capital City

If there’s one thing that we like to complain about more than anything else, it may well be our daily commute.

In fact, it’s estimated that in London, workers spend an average of 107 hours every year travelling to and from work, and spending hundreds of pounds doing so.

We’ve decided to see how the daily commute in London stands up against other capitals from across Europe, comparing the monthly cost of travel against the average net monthly salary to give us the percentage each city spends, on average, on their commute.

City Country Average Net Monthly Salary Monthly Travel % Spent On Commuting
1. Riga Latvia £532.95 £40.00 7.51%
2. Belgrade Serbia £313.19 £22.00 7.02%
3. London England £2,140.02 £136.00 6.36%
4. Skopje Macedonia £291.60 £18.00 6.17%
5. Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina £373.70 £23.00 6.15%
6. Ankara Turkey £495.38 £30.00 6.06%
7. Zagreb Croatia £704.22 £40.00 5.68%
8. Podgorica Montenegro £417.50 £23.00 5.51%
9. Tbilisi Georgia £224.03 £12.00 5.36%
10. Budapest Hungary £511.21 £27.00 5.28%
11. Dublin Ireland £2,009.02 £105.00 5.23%
12. Yerevan Armenia £250.47 £13.00 5.19%
13. Astana Kazakhstan £367.44 £18.00 4.90%
14. Kiev Ukraine £207.85 £10.00 4.81%
15=. Sofia Bulgaria £468.91 £22.00 4.69%
15=. Vilnius Lithuania £575.88 £27.00 4.69%
16. Lisbon Portugal £752.77 £34.00 4.52%
17. Athens Greece £609.89 £27.00 4.43%
18. Amsterdam Netherlands £1,975.98 £86.00 4.35%
19. Baku Azerbaijan £207.33 £9.00 4.34%
20. Chisinau Moldova £192.60 £8.00 4.15%
21. Tirana Albania £242.87 £10.00 4.12%
22. Pristina Kosovo £342.86 £14.00 4.08%
23. Berlin Germany £1,738.88 £69.00 3.97%
24. Reykjavik Iceland £2,131.88 £81.00 3.80%
25. Ljubljana Slovenia £921.91 £35.00 3.80%
26. Madrid Spain £1,282.24 £46.00 3.59%
27. Minsk Belarus £285.85 £10.00 3.50%
28. Stockholm Sweden £2,081.61 £72.00 3.46%
29. Moscow Russia £782.25 £27.00 3.45%
30. Warsaw Poland £765.35 £23.00 3.01%
31. Paris France £2,072.19 £62.00 2.99%
32. Bratislava Slovakia £802.04 £23.00 2.87%
33. Nicosia Cyprus £1,158.15 £32.00 2.76%
34. Oslo Norway £2,564.82 £67.00 2.61%
35. Copenhagen Denmark £2,341.11 £61.00 2.61%
36. Bucharest Romania £463.39 £12.00 2.59%
37. Tallinn Estonia £780.67 £20.00 2.56%
38. Brussels Belgium £1,709.57 £43.00 2.52%
39=. Vienna Austria £1,637.15 £39.00 2.38%
39=.Valletta Malta £967.23 £23.00 2.38%
40. Bern Switzerland £3,039.26 £71.00 2.34%
41. Rome Italy £1,309.01 £30.00 2.29%
42. Prague Czech Republic £793.77 £17.00 2.14%
43. Andorra la Vella Andorra £1,645.73 £35.00 2.13%
44. Helsinki Finland £2,119.70 £45.00 2.12%
45. San Marino San Marino £2,071.40 £41.00 1.98%
46. Luxembourg Luxembourg £2,557.83 £27.00 1.06%
47. Monaco Monaco £3,607.61 £27.00 0.75%
48. Vaduz Liechtenstein £5,126.25 £32.20 0.63%

How does your own personal spending on your daily commute stack up? To calculate the above, we’ve used the Numbeo cost of living database to find average salaries, alongside crowdsourced data from the Expatistan cost of living index to give us the average monthly travel cost.

We also wondered how these stats stacked up against some of the world’s other major cities:

City Country Average Net Monthly Salary Monthly Travel % Spent On Commuting
São Paulo Brazil £588 £50 8.50%
Osaka Japan £1,835 £113 6.16%
Washington, D.C. USA £3,157 £190 6.02%
Philadelphia USA £2,729 £153 5.61%
Tokyo Japan £2,290 £125 5.46%
Toronto Canada £2,078 £88 4.23%
Dallas USA £3,030 £128 4.22%
Los Angeles USA £2,976 £98 3.29%
Hong Kong Hong Kong £2,135 £64 3.00%
Chicago USA £2,734 £80 2.93%
New York City USA £3,332 £97 2.91%
Atlanta USA £2,806 £76 2.71%
Seoul South Korea £1,822 £39 2.14%
San Francisco USA £3,571 £73 2.04%
Boston USA £3,487 £68 1.95%
Houston USA £3,016 £48 1.59%
Mexico City Mexico £546 £8 1.54%

 

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