Commuters in Beijing have it worst in China, but Shanghai travelers don’t have it much better. This is according to a recently published Baidu database titled “My 2014 Work Commute“, which compiles answers from over three million people about their daily journeys around town to figure out which city has the longest commute in terms of time and distance.
Beijing comes first in the database, with an average commute of 52 minutes and 19.2 kilometers. Shanghai, which was previously named the most congested city in China, pulls up right behind the country’s capital with an average commute that lasts 51 minutes and is 18.8 kilometers long.
The Nanfang points out, however, that Shanghai sees the most out-of-territory commuters, with many coming from Suzhou, Hangzhou and Zhoushan.
Shanghai has taken steps to shorten lengthy commutes, at least within the city’s realm, with plans to add new metro lines and extend upon those currently running. The city is expected to have 21 subway lines within the next 15 years. It is now mulling over the possibility of a rail link between the Hongqiao and Pudong airports, which would shorten the trip between them to around 30 minutes.