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Date Last Updated: 14-01-2021

Survey Name:

National Travel Survey

Survey purpose:

The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a household survey on the travel behaviour of respondents and provides detailed information on the domestic travel patterns of Irish residents.

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Not applicable


Three Years

Statistical Population:

The reference population is all individuals living in private households in Ireland. All usual residents of the household are included.

Sampling Frame:

Census of Population

Reference Area:

State, Region

Time Coverage:

2012-2013, 2014, 2016, 2019

Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not applicable

Survey Size:

In 2019, detailed information on travel was collected from 3,650 respondents.

Principal Variables:

Demographic variables such as sex, age and geographical location. Journey characteristics such as duration and distance. Key choices in relation to journey such as mode and time of departure

Principal External Users:

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTaS), National Transport Authority (NTA), Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), third level students, researchers and general public.

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Social & Demographic Statistics

Contact Person:

Maureen Delamere

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000