If you don’t have to drive to work it can sometimes be difficult to pass the time when you are stuck on a bus or on a train. Rather than check your emails or make work calls, why not relax instead? With more than a third of trains running late, sometimes it can be a good idea to be prepared in advance. If you’re waiting for delayed transport or you are stuck in rush hour traffic, here are some great ways that you can pass the time if you don’t have to drive. 

1. Take a book with you

When stuck at a train station waiting for a train, one of the easiest ways to pass your time is by reading one of your favourite books. If you have room in your bag you can easily take one of your books with you on your train or bus journey. Taking a book with you is also especially useful if you really want to get to the end of an exciting book. Catching up on your book is a great way to pass time both on your way to work and on your way home from the office. 

Many train stations now have shops like WHSmith where you can also browse some of the new and trending books. If you simply don’t have room in your bag for a book, even a small one, then you can always try out an audio book on your mobile phone instead. 

2. Play some games to pass the time

One of the best ways to kill some time when you’re on your commute is by playing your favourite games. Handheld game consoles like Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS are the perfect size to fit in your work bag. You can play great games on the Switch like Super Mario Maker 2 and The Legend of Zelda to pass the time on the bus or train. 

If you don’t want to take an extra device with you then there are also plenty of great games that you can play on your mobile. IOS and Android have hundreds of free and paid apps that you can download and play on your device. With your phone you can also play online slots and gamble on jackpot slot games (as long as you are aged 18 or over). There are many games you can access on your mobile that will help keep you entertained during your weekly commute. If you’re playing for real money, it’s important to remember to set yourself limits and always gamble responsibly.

3. Listen to your favourite podcast

When you don’t want to listen to music or play games, you can also use your phone to listen to podcasts too. Podcasts have become very popular over the past few years and are available to listen to on mobile apps like Acast and Castbox. If you have many podcast episodes to listen to then listening to them on your work commute is a great way to fit them into your daily schedule. 

From comedy and talk shows, to true crime and film reviews, there are many different types of podcasts that you can choose from. Simply download your episodes before leaving the house and you are good to go! 


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