Parisians spend total of 23 days a year on transport

A new study shows Parisians spend on average around half an hour longer on public transport each day than their compatriots in other cities around France.

Parisians spend total of 23 days a year on transport
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92 minutes. That’s the amount of time on average that people in the Paris area spend on public transport each day of their lives.

And if the figure is only applied to those who work then it rises to 113 minutes each day.

So basically that’s over an hour and half sitting, or more likely standing, on the Metro, RER trains or buses according to a new study by France’s Urban Development institute.

And Parisians and those living in the surrounding Ile-de-France region are spending 10 minutes more on public transport than they did in 2010 and more than a quarter of an hour more than they did in 1980.

The study said the rise is not linked to work or studies but by people spending more time travelling for “private activities”.

And the chart below shows how it’s worse for men than women.

What’s more depressing is if the average daily time on transport is multiplied to work out how much time a resident of the Paris region spends on public transport each year.

And we work it out to be 588 hours or 23 days.

Now that’s a long time to spend holding on to a greasy pole on the Metro or squished under the armpits of fellow commuters on the RER each year.

The study showed that the Metro and the RER in Paris have overtaken cars as the most used means of transport to get around.

Unsurprisingly the inhabitants of other cities around France spend less time than Parisians on public transport.

For example in Lyon, the average time is 67 minutes a day. That’s just one minute more than the folks who live in Lille and Bordeaux. In Marseille it was 64 minutes.

The reason why it’s worst in the Paris area is that people’s workplaces are often far from where they live and that the density of traffic means that the average speed of many journeys is slower in the capital.

The survey found that one in five people in the Ile de France area passed the two hour mark for time spent on public transport compared to 12 percent in cities around the country.

The study notes however that Parisians accept these longer times “more or less in good grace” in exchange for the bigger labour market.

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.