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National Travel Survey


Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Subject Keywords: Travel data
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Data
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is a comprehensive nationwide survey of households designed to primarily produce quarterly labour force estimates. It also covers topics of specific social interest in additional modules each quarter. The module conducted in the fourth quarter of the 2009 QNHS was the pilot National Travel Survey (NTS), which was commissioned and part funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The NTS surveyed one randomly selected person, aged 18 years and over, from each household across waves three and five of the QNHS sample. Each person selected for the sample was asked for details of their travel for a 24 hour period, referred to as the travel reference day. This reference period commenced at 4 am on the nominated day and finished at 3.59 am the following morning. To ensure that data was collected for all seven days of the week, each person participating in the NTS was assigned a randomly selected travel reference day.



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Suggested citation:

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. (2009) National Travel Survey [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 5th April 2020].


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