If you’re a tech employee looking for low rents and a short commute to the office which cities tick the box?
Commuting times are important to workers – no one wants to spend more time (and money) than they have to getting to and from work. For those in the tech industry, however, the amount of time you spend getting to the office can vary dramatically depending on where you’re based.
We calculated average commuting times across 22 tech cities by identifying the neighbourhoods in each city that staff in a tech ‘scale-up’ are most likely to live in, then measuring the one-way travel time from there to key office locations via the most appropriate mode of transport – usually the metro/subway, but sometimes walking, cycling or driving.
The results show that tech workers in Bengaluru, Hong Kong and Seattle have the longest commutes, averaging about 45 minutes, while those in Austin, Melbourne and Stockholm have the shortest, reaching the office in an average of just over 18 minutes. In general, commuting times in European tech cities are the lowest at 27 minutes one way, compared with 31 minutes in US cities and 39 minutes in Asian cities.