National Travel Survey

Information on personal travel in Great Britain from the National Travel Survey. This web page provides personal travel based data from the National Travel Survey. This is a continuous survey designed to monitor long-term trends in personal travel in Great Britain. The survey collects information on where, how, why and when people travel as well as factors which affect personal travel such as car availability, driving licence holding and access to key services.

The latest information from the National Travel Survey

Latest update: 30 September 2010

Additional information published on 30 September 2010:

Summary of latest key results

  • There has been a steady falling trend in trip rates since 1995/97, while average distance travelled per person per year remained relatively stable until 2007, then has declined slightly over the last two years.
  • Overall in 2009, there were an average of 973 trips per person per year, 1,070 stages, 6,775 miles travelled, and an average trip length of 7.0 miles.
  • Most of the fall in overall trips rates between 1995/97 and 2009 can be accounted for by a fall in shopping, visiting friends at private homes and commuting. The last two years has seen a large fall (9%) in the number of commuting trips.
  • Since 1995/97 the proportion of men with a full driving licence has remained relatively stable at around 80%, but it has continued to increase among women, from 57% to 65% in 2009. Licence holding also continued to grow among older people.
  • Trips by car (driver and passenger) accounted for 63% of all trips made and 79% of distance travelled in 2009.
  • On average, females make more trips than males, but males travel much further per year.
  • The average annual car mileage has decreased as the number of cars per household has risen, falling from about 9,700 in 1995/97 to 8,420 in 2009. In particular, there were large falls in business and commuting mileage.

Tables, charts and maps

The tables provide further details on the topics covered in the NTS statistical release. Please refer to the notes on the tables themselves and the technical information documents further down this web page.

Complete set of annual NTS tables, charts and PDFs

Driving licence holding and vehicle availability

Driving licence holding

Car and motorcycle availability

How people travel

Mode of travel - trips, distance travelled and trip lengths

Time spent travelling

Walking, cycling, motorcycling and public transport use

Long distance trips

Why people travel

Purpose of travel - trips, distance travelled and trip lengths

Long distance trips by purpose

Trip chaining

Travel by purpose and main mode

When people travel

Trips by time of day

Daily and monthly trip patterns

Travel by age and gender

Mode of travel by age and gender

Cycling and motorcycling by age and gender

Purpose of travel by age and gender

School travel

Children's independence

Concessionary bus travel

Mobility difficulties

Road safety

Travel by car availability, income, ethnic group and household type


Bus and train service access, frequency and reliability

Time to local facilities

Workplace and working from home

Deliveries of goods and services


Annual car mileage

Car occupancy

Satellite navigation technology


Region and area type

Technical information


Statistical research and development

Older research

Previous NTS statistical releases

These are superseded publications. The most recent NTS statistical release is available at the top of this web page.

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