Wed, 07 Dec 2022

The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland (TSNI) In-depth Report, containing statistics for 2020, is now available. The publication is produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch (ASRB) of the Department for Infrastructure and contains information on a variety of travel modes including walking, cycling, public transport, cars, a variety of journey purposes including travelling to work and shopping and key tables by urban-rural.

The publication is available on the Travel Survey for Northern Ireland website.


Key Points

The key points for 2020 are:

  • Each person travelled, on average, 4,550 miles in 2020 (approximately 12.5 miles per day).
  • On average, 826 journeys were made per person in 2020 (just over 2 journeys per day).
  • In 2020, the average time each person spent travelling was 279 hours (approximately 46 minutes per day).
  • On average, in 2020, people living in urban areas made around the same number of journeys as people living in rural areas (urban: 831 journeys; rural: 820 journeys) and spent a similar amount of time travelling as people living in rural areas (urban: 280 hours; rural: 277 hours).  However, rural residents travelled further than urban residents (urban: 3,550 miles; rural: 5,772 miles).
  • In 2020, 65% of all journeys were made by car, 27% by walking, 3% by public transport (Ulsterbus, Metro, Other Bus, Northern Ireland Railways, Black Taxi) and 2% by cycling.
  • Over two fifths (42%) of all journeys were less than two miles long in 2020.  More than half (54%) of these journeys were on foot while 41% were by car.  The car was the dominant mode of transport (83%) for journeys of two miles and over.
  • In 2020, more than two fifths (43%) of all journeys were made for leisure and other purposes (visiting friends, entertainment, social activities, sports activities, holiday, day trips, just walking, other), 18% for shopping and 16% for commuting and business. 
  • Three quarters (75%) of all respondents took a walk lasting at least 20 minutes once a week or more.
  • In 2020, 14% of all respondents cycled once a week or more.
  • Around three times as many respondents travelled on the bus once a week or more (15%) as travelled on the train once a week or more (5%).

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