A variety of statistical tables are available on this topic and these can be accessed via the Census Data Explorer.

Information on Transport is derived from questions relating to workplace/study address (Q11) and method of travel (Q12) on the 2011 Census questionnaire.

Some interesting points about Transport in Scotland from the 2011 Census are provided below:

Method of travel to work

Of the population of 16 to 74 year olds in employment:

  • 62.4 % travelled by car (including passengers car pools and taxis), an increase from 2001
  • 10.0% travelled by bus
  • 9.9 % travelled on foot
  • 3.7 % travelled by train
  • 3.1 % had another method of travel
  • 10.8 % worked mainly at or from home

The City of Edinburgh had the highest proportion of people travelling to work by bus at 29%, followed by Midlothian and Glasgow City at 20%

The City of Edinburgh and Argyll & Bute had the highest proportion of people travelling to work on foot, at 18%

Just under a third (32 %) of people aged 16 to 74 in the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SeC) category of ‘Small employers and own account workers’ worked at or mainly from home.

Distance travelled

Of the 2.1 million people who did not work at or mainly from home, 36% travelled less than 5km to their workplace (females 43%, males 30%).  43% of people travelled between 5km and 30km , 8% travelled 30km or more.

Car and Van Availability

The proportion of households with at least one car or van available was higher for those who owned their property (85%) than for those in social rented accommodation (37%) or in private rented accommodation (57%).

Of the 473,000 people in households who had a long-term health problem or disability that limited their day-to-day activities, 46% lived in households with no cars or vans available