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Greater Sydney

Method of travel to work

In Greater Sydney 108,053 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2016.

Greater Sydney's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. There are a number of reasons why people use different modes of transport to get to work including the availability of affordable and effective public transport options, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'How did the person get to work on Tuesday, 9 August 2016?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
Greater Sydney - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Train368,57216.27.2283,91113.86.3+84,661
Bus138,3406.13.5119,7475.83.5+18,593
Tram or Ferry10,0850.40.77,7490.40.6+2,336
Taxi5,3050.20.26,0100.30.2-705
Car - as driver1,197,26652.761.51,106,92553.760.2+90,341
Car - as passenger89,2743.94.693,5114.55.3-4,237
Truck19,5390.90.821,9131.11.0-2,374
Motorbike14,8960.70.612,5870.60.6+2,309
Bicycle16,4760.71.015,5850.81.0+891
Walked only91,5774.03.584,4524.13.7+7,125
Other25,0261.11.420,1511.01.3+4,875
Worked at home98,9064.44.781,5874.04.4+17,319
Did not go to work176,4677.89.4178,3718.610.2-1,904
Not stated20,9860.91.030,4551.51.5-9,469

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2016
Method of travel to work, 2016 Train, Australia: 7.2% Bus, Australia: 3.5% Tram or Ferry, Australia: 0.7% Taxi, Australia: 0.2% Car - as driver, Australia: 61.5% Car - as passenger, Australia: 4.6% Truck, Australia: 0.8% Motorbike, Australia: 0.6% Bicycle, Australia: 1.0% Walked only, Australia: 3.5% Other, Australia: 1.4% Worked at home, Australia: 4.7% Did not go to work, Australia: 9.4% Not stated, Australia: 1.0% Train, Greater Sydney: 16.2% Bus, Greater Sydney: 6.1% Tram or Ferry, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Taxi, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Sydney: 52.7% Car - as passenger, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Truck, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Motorbike, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Bicycle, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Walked only, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Other, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Worked at home, Greater Sydney: 4.4% Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: 7.8% Not stated, Greater Sydney: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Train, Greater Sydney: +84,661 Bus, Greater Sydney: +18,593 Tram or Ferry, Greater Sydney: +2,336 Taxi, Greater Sydney: -705 Car - as driver, Greater Sydney: +90,341 Car - as passenger, Greater Sydney: -4,237 Truck, Greater Sydney: -2,374 Motorbike, Greater Sydney: +2,309 Bicycle, Greater Sydney: +891 Walked only, Greater Sydney: +7,125 Other, Greater Sydney: +4,875 Worked at home, Greater Sydney: +17,319 Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: -1,904 Not stated, Greater Sydney: -9,469
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 516,997 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Sydney, compared with 1,320,975 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in Greater Sydney in 2016, compared to Australia, shows that 22.7% used public transport, while 58.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 11.4% and 67.5% respectively in Australia.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of Greater Sydney and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by train (16.2% compared to 7.2%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (6.1% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (52.7% compared to 61.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did not go to work (7.8% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Sydney increased by 209,761 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in Greater Sydney between 2011 and 2016 were for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+90,341 persons)
  • Train (+84,661 persons)
  • Bus (+18,593 persons)
  • Worked at home (+17,319 persons)

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