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National Household Travel Survey Long Distance Travel Quick Facts

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

HOW WE TRAVEL

  • Nine out of 10 long-distance trips are by personal vehicle
    • 7 percent of long distance trips are by air
    • 2 percent of long distance trips are by bus
    • 1 percent of long distance trips are by train
  • Personal vehicles are used for almost all trips less than 300 roundtrip miles
  • Nearly three-fourths of trips over 2,000 roundtrip miles were made by airplane

HOW FAR WE TRAVEL

  • Americans total 1.3 trillion person-miles of long distance travel a year on about 2.6 billion long distance trips.
  • The median distances on these trips are:
    • Air - 2,068 miles
    • Bus - 287 miles
    • Personal vehicle - 194 miles
    • Train - 192 miles

WHY WE TRAVEL

  • 56 percent of long distance trips are taken for pleasure — vacations, sightseeing trips, visiting friends or relatives, outdoor recreation
  • Business trips are 16 percent of long distance trips
  • Commuting to work is 13 percent of long distance trips

WHERE WE TRAVEL

  • 98 percent of long-distance trips are to destinations within the United States
  • 62 percent of long distance trips are to destinations within the traveler's home state (intrastate travel)

WHO TRAVELS

  • Men make 57 percent of long distance trips
  • Women make 55 percent of long distance trips taken by bus — men make the most long distance trips by personal vehicle, air and train
  • 57 percent of long distance trips are made by travelers with a total household income of $50,000 or more
  • Almost two-thirds of long distance trips are made by travelers age 25 to 64

SOURCE: National Household Travel Survey, 2001-2002.

Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017