How can I say this line in shorter and better English?

It used to take 2.5 hours to travel from my home to University and 2.5 hous to travel home. So, it used to take a total of about 5 hours a day.

How can I say it in a more concise way using standard English expressions?

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You want to use the expressions one-way and round trip.

It used to take 2.5 hours to travel from my home to University. So, I used to drive about 5 hours a day round trip.


I would drive about 2.5 hours one-way, so it was a 5-hour round trip between home and school.

NOAD defines round trip as:

round trip (noun) a journey to one or more places and back again.

These phrases can also be also be used as adjectives, and are sometimes hyphenated when used that way:

I would like to buy a one-way ticket to Baltimore, and a round-trip ticket to Paris.

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    I would suggest that "one way" does not call for a hyphen when used as in your suggested wording. And that even though a hyphen might be only "sometimes used" when these terms are used as preposed adjective, it is always appropriate; some might say necessary. Otherwise it would be ambiguous, particularly as to whether the second ticket is "round". Mar 22, 2015 at 11:09
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    @Brian - I mentioned the hyphen because Collins adds a hyphen in the adjective form. However, when it comes to these hyphens, inconsistency abounds. One travel blog even has this section header: Comparing One-Way and Round Trip Ticket Prices. As for the round in round trip being ambiguous, I think that's a bit of a stretch.
    – J.R.
    Mar 22, 2015 at 11:20

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