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National Household Travel Survey Long Distance Business Travel Quick Facts

National Household Travel Survey
Long Distance Business Travel Quick Facts

Long Distance Trips are more than 50 miles from home to the furthest destination.

How We Travel for Business

  • The personal vehicle is the dominant mode for business travel
  • Eight out of 10 long-distance business trips are by personal vehicle
    • 16 percent of long distance business trips are by air
    • 3 percent of long distance trips are by other modes
  • Use of air travel becomes more frequent as trip distance gets longer, when traveling:
    • 50-99 miles – 97 percent of trips are made by personal vehicle
    • 100-249 miles – 94 percent of trips are made by personal vehicle
    • 250-499 miles – 67 percent of trips are made by personal vehicle
    • 500-749 miles – 64 percent of trips are made by air travel
    • 1500+ miles – 90 percent of trips are made by air travel

How Far We Travel

  • Americans total more than 405 million long-distance business trips per year
  • The median distance for a business trip is 123 miles
  • The median distance for a long distance commuting trip is 69 miles

Who Travels

  • More than half of all long distance business travel is made by professional, managerial or technical workers
  • More than half of all business travel is made by individuals age 30 to 49
  • Over one-fourth of all business travel is made by those who earn $100,000 or more annually
  • Almost eight out of every 10 business trips (77%) are made by men

 

SOURCE: National Household Travel Survey, 2001-2002. For further details, see our Frequently Asked Questions.