I used to study at UNSW and now work in the CBD. During my uni days, I used to: bus from David Road to PH Station (30min) train from PH to Central (45min) bus from central to Ranwick (20min) This is excluding waiting time. I used to spend at least 2 hours per way travelling to/from uni. I spent 1/6 of my uni life travelling. I was an engineering student and had to do lab work at uni on weekends. Back in those days, there was only 1 train per hour on the weekends. It was very very slow and painful when I mis-timed the bus ride and missed a train. My first full-time job was at the CBD working the standard 9 - 6 office job. Used to spend 2 hours travelling per day. The Hills Buses have small and hard seats. I am 5 foot 8 and I found the seat uncomfortable. I developed neck and back problems from those long bus rides. Now I still work at the CBD but working 11 to 7. I drive to Cheltenham and catch the train. It’s a 10 minute drive and 45 min train ride so I still spend 2 hours per day travelling. I will move to Marsfield next month. It's only 13 km to CBD but buses still take 1 hour so I guess 2 hours of travel per day is not so uncommon in Sydney. It amazes me that other major cities in Asia (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc) have trains and buses running every minute during peak hours and every 5 minutes during non-peak.