National Travel Survey

Statistics and data about the National Travel Survey, based on a household survey to monitor trends in personal travel.

National Travel Survey (NTS) is a household survey designed to monitor long-term trends in personal travel and to inform the development of policy. It is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns by residents of England within Great Britain.

The survey collects information on how, why, when and where people travel as well as factors affecting travel (e.g. car availability and driving licence holding). The NTS table index lists all the data tables available.

NTS factsheets

We have recently published several new factsheets showing the latest statistics on personal travel. The factsheets based on NTS data, have been published since 2010. Older factsheets are available on request.

Technical information

NTS data collection consists of a face-to-face interview and a 7 day self-completed written travel diary, allowing travel patterns to be linked with individual characteristics. The NTS covers travel by people in all age groups, including children. Approximately 16,000 individuals, in 7,000 households in England, participate in the NTS each year.

National statistics

Statistics from the National Travel Survey were assessed during 2010 by the UK Statistics Authority. An assessment report was published in October 2010. The statistics were confirmed as National Statistics in July 2011.

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Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.

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National Travel Survey statistics


  1. National Travel Survey: 2017
  2. National Travel Survey: 2016
  3. National Travel Survey: 2015
  4. Road use statistics: 2016
  5. National Travel Survey: 2014
  6. National Travel Survey: 2013
  7. National Travel Survey: 2012
  8. National Travel Survey: 2011
  9. National Travel Survey: 2010

Data tables

  1. Average number of trips made and distance travelled
  2. Driving licence holding and vehicle availability
  3. How people travel (mode of transport)
  4. Why people travel
  5. When people travel
  6. Cycling, motorcycling, school travel, concessionary travel and road safety
  7. Travel by vehicle availability, income, ethnic group, household type, mobility status and NS-SEC
  8. Accessibility
  9. Vehicle mileage and occupancy
  10. Region and Rural-Urban Classification
Published 30 July 2013
Last updated 26 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. New release published.
  2. Request for feedback for NTS questionnaire changes added to the page.
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  6. First published.