A cost comparison with train commuting

A cost comparison with train commuting

You are now free from the stress of packed train by switching from train commute to “bike to work". You have not recognized, but you have accumulated fatigue.

Let’s change to stress free style because you will continue every day from now on.

Of course, you will have a big benefit in terms of cost when you compare “bike to work" with a train commute.

Train ticket (train pass) fee = amount you can save

Distance to work (one way) 1 day
(USD)
1 month
(USD)
3 months
(USD)
6 months
(USD)
1 year
(USD)
3 miles 3.60 36.00 97.20 172.80 345.60
6 miles 3.80 38.00 102.60 182.40 364.80
9 miles 4.60 46.00 124.20 220.80 441.60
12 miles 6.40 64.00 172.80 307.20 614.40
(Depending on the ticket fee of JR East. The fees of 1 month to 1 year are one of train passes.)

You have only to pay less than 100 USD for “bike to work" because the bike maintenance costs are limited to repair of flat tires and replacement of tires. You can save almost as much expense as described above when you switch from train commute to “bike to work".

Where will the train commuting allowance go?

You must worry about the allowance paid by your company. It should be zero as you are not going to pay for train pass.

Some companies pay allowance depending not on the commuting method (train, car and walk) but on the distance. You will have amount on above table because such allowance is calculated in accordance with the actual public transportation cost.

Some companies also recommend “bike to work" to those employees due to ecology boom and needs in health management of their employees. Let’s have a look at the engagement rules of your company or ask to your HR people.

You don’t have to watch out the training timetable.

I sometimes work till late and miss the last train home. The train station is far from my work and house. I feel inconvenient to commute by train because I have to act in accordance with the train timetable.

You are free from the timetable and the location to stop when you commute by bike. Trains may also stop for a long duration due to earthquakes or blackout. In that case, you will feel much better on a bicycle.

You may also choose your house from more choices as you don’t have to live near a station if you don’t take a train.

Take a train according to your needs

Switch from bike to train flexibly when it is raining. You have to carry your bicycle on a train when you went to work with your bike and want to take a train home. But you can do so as far as you comply with the following conditions.

A bicycle bag to carry your bike in a trainA bicycle bag to carry your bike in a train

* Fold your bicycle when you can.
* Disassemble your bike when you can’t fold it.
* Pack your bike by durable material and bring into a train.

You can take off tires of 300 USD class bicycles in most cases. You can buy and prepare a bike bag for carrying by train. Pay attention to others in the train.
(See:"The bike trip you can enjoy cycling the most."