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Travel to Work and Other Purposes: a data cube spreadsheet

Statistics on what mode of transport (walking, cycling, car, bus, train) people usually use to get to work and education, purposes of journeys made by Scottish people.

Ratio (Percent Of Journeys) for values of Indicator (travel to work)
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Reference Area % Bus Journeys To Work % Business Journeys % Child Journeys To School By Walking/Cycling % Commuting Journeys % Cycling Journeys To Work % Education Journeys % Health Journeys % Shopping Journeys % Train Journeys To Work % Walking Journeys To Work
Scotland 10.1 1.9 52.2 23.4 2 6.2 2.2 23.1 4.3 13.6
Council Areas
Aberdeen City 14.1 1.9 62.2 29.1 2.9 5.3 1.4 20.6 1.3 20.6
Aberdeenshire 4.3 1.4 54.1 25.5 0.5 4.3 1.7 26.1 0 9.9
Angus 3.3 0.9 65.8 22.5 1.3 4.2 2.2 20.6 1.7 12
Argyll and Bute 3.8 1.9 36.3 22.1 2 5 3.2 22.1 5.4 25.6
City of Edinburgh 23 0.9 58.3 28.9 5.5 5.5 3 23 1.8 26.7
Clackmannanshire 3.1 1.3 60.2 21.9 4.3 7.9 2.2 29.5 2.2 18.2
Dumfries and Galloway 1.6 2.2 48.3 15.9 2.4 1.9 4.3 25.9 1.1 19
Dundee City 18.3 2.5 56 19.3 3.2 10.1 2.1 24.2 0 20.3
East Ayrshire 4.2 3.3 43.7 23.8 0 5.4 1.7 21.7 3.5 13
Indicator (Travel To Work)
  1. % Bus Journeys To Work
  2. % Business Journeys
  3. % Child Journeys To School By Walking/Cycling
  4. % Commuting Journeys
  5. % Cycling Journeys To Work
  6. % Education Journeys
  7. % Health Journeys
  8. % Shopping Journeys
  9. % Train Journeys To Work
  10. % Walking Journeys To Work
Measure Type
  1. Ratio
Reference Period
  1. 1999
  2. 2000
  3. 2001
  4. 2002
  5. 2003
  6. 2004
  7. 2005
  8. 2006
  9. 2007
  10. 2008
  11. 2009
  12. 2010
  13. 2011
  14. 2012
  15. 2013
  16. 2014
  17. 2015
  18. 2016
  19. 2017
  20. 2018
  21. 2019
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Countries
  2. Council Areas
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Next update due
September 2021

Detailed statistics on what mode of transport people usually use to get to work and education, as well as the percentage of total journeys which people make for a given purpose and children's mode of travel to school (from the Scottish Household Survey). These estimates are from the Scottish Household Survey Travel Diary, which asks adult respondents about all the journeys which they made the previous day, as well as information about the mode, purpose, duration and length of these journeys. The proportion of people who travel to work by public or active travel is a National Indicator in the Scotland Performs framework. Estimates from the Scottish Household Survey are updated annually in Transport and Travel in Scotland. SHS estimates are National Statistics and provide figures which are representative of households and individuals in Scotland annually. The SHS has an annual sample size of around 10,000 individuals and, since 2012, has operated with a fully unclustered sample design.

Confidentiality Policy

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) complies with statistical disclosure control principles and the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. It is therefore not possible to calculate how many respondents gave a certain answer based on the results of this survey.

Quality Management

Full details of the methodology and fieldwork outcomes for the Scottish Household Survey can be accessed at the Scottish Household Survey Methodology and Fieldwork Outcomes.

Accuracy and Reliability

Some tables include missing values. This is where the count on which percentages would be calculated is less than 50 and this data is judged to be insufficiently robust for publication.

Coherence and Comparability

The Scottish Government conducts several major population surveys that are used to inform the policy debate in Scotland and in some instances the surveys can be complementary. The Long-Term Survey Strategy 2018-2022, of which the SHS is a central element, aims to ensure that the Scottish Government’s population surveys continue to meet key information needs while maximising the analytical potential of the data they generate. A guide is available providing more information on Scotland’s surveys.

Accessibility and Clarity

A glossary of terms used in the Scottish Household Survey is available in the annual report A glossary of terms used in the Scottish Household Survey is available in the SHS annual report.


The SHS is designed to provide reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of private households and individuals, both nationally and at a sub-national level and to examine the physical condition of Scotland’s homes. It covers a wide range of topics to allow links to be made between different policy areas.

Timeliness and Punctuality

This dataset will be updated annually.


The Scottish Household Survey is not subject to scheduled revision. Revisions and corrections to previously published statistics are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections - a copy of which is available on the Scottish Government website


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Measure Type
Reference Period
Indicator (Travel To Work)
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Reference Area
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