The number of people in the West Country with daily commutes of at least two hours has gone up by almost 10% over the last five years.
The research, by the South West Trade Unions Congress, show more than 60% of these commuters are men, but the number of women commuting long distances is continuing to rapidly increase.
Solicitor Nick Seymour who travels from Exeter to Bristol four days a week and from Exeter to Cardiff one day a week.
It's thought the growth in long commutes in sectors like education, and health and social care - where high numbers of women work - may explain the rise.
The biggest groups of workers commuting for two hours or more are:
- Health and social workers
- Public administration and defence workers
- Retail and wholesale workers
Workers travelling to work by motorcycle have seen their daily commute increase the most, followed by taxi-users, cyclists, motorists and rail commuters.
On the otherside, commute times for those using buses have fallen.
The South West TUC believes the increase in travelling times may be explained by:
- stagnant wages combined with soaring rents and high house prices leaving many workers unable to move to areas closer to their jobs.
- the lack of investment in roads and railways increasing journey times.