London's best commuter hotspots 2017

As living costs in London continue to rise, many people are opting to move to the suburbs and commute into the capital each day. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily make life cheaper.

We've looked into the towns around London to find the best commuter hotspot, so you can make sure you’re making the right choice when you decide to quit London and move to the green belt.

The towns have been ranked on factors including travel time to London by train, cost of a season ticket, life satisfaction and house prices.

The research found Swanley in Kent to be London’s best commuter town, closely followed by Bushey in Hertfordshire.

You can also see our handy infographic to get a quick view of London’s best and worst commuter towns.

Top 25 Towns

Rank#
Town House Prices Cost of Commute Commute Time Life Satisfaction
1 Swanley £353,854 £3,428 29 8.15
2 Bushey £318,484 £3,092 21 7.68
3 Watford £438,385 £3,444 20 7.75
4 Redhill £409,787 £3,528 31 8
5 Ebbsfleet £221,241 £5,180 18 7.54
6 Maidenhead £551,697 £4,592 20 7.83
7 Sevenoaks £659,851 £4,052 32 8.15
8 Horley £410,320 £4,060 35 8
9 Slough £388,522 £3,344 17 7.42
10 Waltham Cross £388,172 £2,568 28 7.63
11 Earlswood £245,321 £3,580 43 8
12 Ashford £314,627 £2,868 38 7.85
13 Cheshunt £382,300 £3,036 27 7.63
14 Hatfield £434,609 £3,820 24 7.68
15 Potters Bar £587,389 £3,012 23 7.68
16 Harlow £307,175 £4,500 34 7.83
17 Luton £253,683 £5,076 24 7.57
18 High Wycombe £410,979 £4,256 30 7.77
19 Amersham £701,869 £3,428 32 7.98
20 Purfleet £210,321 £3,444 33 7.55
21 Epsom £534,124 £2,732 37 7.86
22 Chelmsford £374,893 £4,836 35 7.86
23 Woking £516,562 £4,256 28 7.73
24 Basildon £259,493 £3,948 34 7.59
25 Laindon £259,769 £3,948 34 7.59

While the average house price in Swanley is £353,854, residents there can commute into London in just 29 minutes, and an average life satisfaction rating of 8.15 out of 10, making it one of the most desirable places for London commuters to live.

On the other end of the scale, Virginia Water in Surrey was found to be the worst place for London commuters to live. This isn’t all that surprising, when the you consider that the average house price in the area is £1,421,304, the season tickets to London cost £3,664 and it takes 47 minutes to commute into the city.

The county of Kent arguably has the best stock of commuter towns, with Swanley, Bushey and Sevenoaks all featuring in the top ten.

If the most important thing to you is getting a few extra minutes in bed each morning then Slough in Berkshire should be where you are looking to move to. You can catch a train from here to London in 17 minutes, but be warned, a season ticket will cost you £3,344.

Cheapest

Town
County Av House price
Basildon Essex £259,493
Luton Bedfordshire £253,683
Earlswood Surrey £245,321
Chatham Kent £243,158
Bletchley Buckinghamshire £242,186
Pitsea Essex £231,702
Ebbsfleet Kent £221,241
Tilbury Essex £219,814
Tilbury Essex £213,768
Purfleet Essex £210,321

Most Expensive

Town
County Av House price
Virginia Water Surrey £1,421,304
Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire £1,113,254
Esher Surrey £1,082,020
Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire £958,745
Weybridge Surrey £916,501
Chorleywood Hertfordshire £894,581
Harpenden Hertfordshire £842,736
Leatherhead Surrey £798,822
Shenfield Essex £744,524
Rickmansworth Hertfordshire £705,629

Methodology

House Prices as of 23/01/17 - www.zoopla.co.uk/
Season Ticket Prices as of 23/01/17 - ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/seasonticket/search
Journey Times from City/Town to London on 23/01/17 - www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Life Satisfaction - Taken for area. If the area was not available, the most local regional setting was picked. www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/bulletins/measuringnationalwellbeing/