I live in South London, UK. It takes about an hour to get to my office (12 miles away) on my motorbike, but since I've been taking the train recently, sometimes it can take two hours to get home if I miss connections. IMHO, an average commute here is around 1-1.5 hours each way.
I have also spent time on the north and south coasts of Spain, and people are amazed that I never visited Madrid. They obviously thought it could be done as a day trip although it's really over 500km which would take 5-6 hours, and at the time I was studying and had a job.