These Are The World's Most Congested Cities

No matter what city you live in, traffic is something you probably dread being stuck in.

Whether it is the slow-moving I-95 in New York City or the molasses-like trip from East Hollywood to Santa Monica in L.A., it’s estimated that traffic congestion costs the United States alone a whopping sum of $300 billion per year in gas and time.


Which city has the ultimate distinction of having the world’s most horrific traffic?

Today’s infographic comes to us from INRIX via their Global Traffic Scorecard 2016, and it highlights the most congested cities around the globe. The report looks at average hours spent in congestion for 1,064 cities in 38 countries, as well as the percent of time spent in traffic.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Here’s a Top 10 list you don’t want to see your city on:

Taking the top spot was Los Angeles, where drivers spent an average 104 hours stuck in the city’s legendary traffic jams.

The cost of this congestion, measured in wasted time and fuel, was $9.7 billion – a number that works out to $2,408 per driver!


Oliver Jones Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:04 Permalink

I might suggest Zürich belongs on the top spot, but the high availability of rail-based public transport means that most of the plebs without access to a private helicopter can easily get around without needing to use the roads.Oh, and don't even *think* of speeding, here. It will cost you. :)

takeaction Oliver Jones Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:06 Permalink

Here in Portland is getting MISERABLE.  What used to take 20 can take hours upon hours.  The traffic is horrible.  I only live a couple minutes from where I work...but every time I need to run an errand across town, I always forget what a shit storm the traffic is here now.  Stay OUT OF OREGON.  LOL.

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philipat Utopia Planitia Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:41 Permalink

This seems to have included mosty "First World" Cities? Jakarta, Indonesia, a Megacity of 26 Million (In Jakrat and surrounding areas) has to be the worst in the world for traffic. It takes all day to do a single task. Bangog used to be the worst but they fixed it; so it can be done with planning and investment.What about Cairo, Mexico City to name just a few others?

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roddy6667 Bigly Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:56 Permalink

Close to Avon. I was a Realtor there years ago. I live in Qingdao (Google it), a modern, very prosperous, safe, clean port city with good air. There are hundreds of cities like this in China. Construction of all kinds is going gangbusters. In most of China there is much new construction of all infrastructure.Yes, it's a big change, but it makes an interresting life. Most retired people sit around listening to their arteries harden. 

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roddy6667 philipat Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:01 Permalink

I was in Bangkok in May. Besides driving on thw wrong side of the road, they drive crazy. On a two lane road you might have cars and motorcycles going 80mph mixed with people driving the legal limit. Then you have all the pedestrians, mopeds, scooters, farm and construction vehicles driving slowly and entering traffic dangerously. Thailand has a very high traffic death rate, second only to Libya.

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hansg philipat Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:19 Permalink

From personal experience, I could cross Long Beach to Chinatown in Los Angelos with relative ease, and getting from the pyramids to the airport (opposite side of Cairo) was problem free thanks to a few decent highways. Jakarta though... The seven kilometers I drove through town took me around 4 hours, making it the worst traffic situation I've ever been in. Medan (also in Indonesia) is smaller, but traffic was similarly congested. And I didn't get the impression this was an unusual situation; it very much looked like business as usual.

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MisterMousePotato Utopia Planitia Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:49 Permalink

I live in a county where there is one, and only one, traffic light. And even it is kept only on account of historical reasons, and is utterly ignored by all.There are no traffic lights because there is no traffic.Not suggesting life here is perfect. Sometimes people just leave their cars (running) in the middle of the road, and you have to drive around them.Couple weeks ago, I filled the trailer with debris too late to go to the dump, and, because I'm not very good at backing up with a trailer (especially in the dark), I just left it out blocking the street. No one seemed to mind.I like it here.p.s. I've lived in LA and been to Paris. There are a couple places in Paris where traffic defies belief, and not because the cars move slowly.

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roddy6667 ABG LINE Fri, 10/06/2017 - 05:56 Permalink

I'vw made a couple of hundred trips from CT into lower Manhattan. Never mind the GPS. Listen to 1010 WINS AM and get the Traffic Reports on the Ones. One minute after the hour, 11 minutes, 21 minutes, and so on. It is accurate and detailed. Always have a Plan B in case your proposed route is gridlocked. 

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Albertarocks Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:17 Permalink

I moved out of Calgary recently after 40+ years there.  When I wanted to get to the mountains I left my home, drove for 35 minutes and was still in Calgary.  And that's at 6 am on a Sunday.  So I finally moved outta there to small town Alberta.  These days when I want to get to the same mountains I leave my home and I'm completely out of town in 90 seconds.  Even quicker if I'm driving.

YourAverageJoe Albertarocks Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:19 Permalink

I love Alberta.I think it's one of the most beautiful places Ive ever been in North America, and the people there were pleasant and helpful when I visited.I'd like to make it my home but the wife can't handle the cold winters.I can't wait to come back for a visit. Please understand, I'm in Houston, where all precieved fucked up traffic is compared against.

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Albertarocks roddy6667 Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:50 Permalink

I've never been there but lately I've discovered that the Annapolis Valley is probably pretty damned nice.  I met a guy from there who moved to the Okanagan Valley so I asked him how they compared.  He said Okanagan was way bigger and he liked it better, but that Annapolis was also real nice but not nearly as warm.  He really liked the huge lakes in the Okanagan and all the boating and skiing that comes with it.But I've met lots of Nova Scotians and they f**kin' rock.  Maritimers are just awesome people, real popular in Alberta too because they're just a lot of fun.

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Albertarocks YourAverageJoe Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:44 Permalink

Tell your wife about the sensational winter phenomenon common only to the pacific NW called "chinooks".  Maybe you know about them and she doesn't?  Hopefully that'll make the difference.  Chinooks provide a break from the winter that lifts the spirits of anybody who can't stand the cold.  They're way more profound in Alberta than in Montana because Alberta is way colder to begin with.One time when I was a kid I went to see a movie at noon on a Saturday.  It was -40° F when I went in.  Two hours later I came outside and it was +58° F with water running down the streets.  But the tradeoff is that a chinook is a 'wind' and they usually howl at first as they're moving in.… Calgary sees about 25 chinook days per winter, then 100 miles south of there would see about 50.  You mentioned 'pleasant'.  No question about it, Albertans are friendly types, but in fairness 'friendliness' is a problem that runs pretty much coast to coast in this country.  "Friendly" not to be confused with "weak".  There are plenty of tough people here, but they're friendly.  You don't know they're tough unless you piss them off, and then it's too late.  Maybe that's why everybody just stays friendly, lol.And on a side note, you found Albertans to be friendly because you're a Texan and that means you probably already know us.  Albertans automatically like Texans and Montana folks because you know us.  Americans who don't know us don't like Canadians because "they're not 'Merican".  They just don't know us so they don't like us 'by default'.  And we tend to despise those types in return because their default mode is to hate everybody.  The default mode in Canada is to like everybody until they prove they don't deserve it.  It's literally a cultural difference.

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Golden Showers Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:24 Permalink

That's awesome. Reminds me of a kidney stone that went through my dinky. Like a Brick House.All day long I was holding my rod and the pee pee was all over the ceiling and blood was spurting everywhere. When I finally passed the stone it was a bullet. It broke the toilet and water and blood and piss was all over the fucking place. I lost a nut. Now I have one nut. Like Hitler. And a glass eye from the mirror exploding and some scar tissue and then the ambulance bill put me in debt and I had a hole in my roof. I talked with my Bro, Marylin Manson and he was all, dude...But one thing I know is I don't give a fuck about people in traffic, especially in L.A. because you are all stupid and you all have AIDS.The ricochet almost killed my mama. It was like South Central in the bathroom. Then Samuel Jackson came down from a cloud and took off his Panther uniform and told me I had some good coffee and I told him to get the brains out of the back seat of my car and out of his Jerry Curl and he didn't fuck up my towels or nothing.Traffic is awesome. Being trapped in a zoo with a bunch of dumb assholes is kind of like commenting on Zerohedge. It's all how you drive, or don't drive. If people didn't want cross town traffic the wouldn't get up in it like your daddy did your mama.So good for us.

Golden Showers White Devil Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:53 Permalink

That's awesome! You never told me that. But this one time I had a hairball from licking my own nutz and it was really gross. I half puked and caughed for, like, half an hour and it sounded like this: "huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuungh, Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuach. Ughaaaaa. Rooouuuuga." And then I died.Oh, and this one time I took two huge salvia divinorum hits out of a water pipe and when I exhaled I saw a laser beam shoot across my house out of my mouth. Then I saw kids I went to school with in second grade and ate lunch with in the lunch room and I had forgotten about them. And then I got compressed sideways into the wall and danced on the ceiling for like eternity until I awoke ten minutes later. That scared me.Oh, and I saw My Bloody Valentine open for Dinosaur Jr. Green Mind tour in 1991 and that was cool.But that was not because I went back light years into the past. I just remembered it.The real neat thing about life: We get to "remember" our future. When you remember your future, when you remember your future, then you appreciate the fact that you are whole, perfect, and complete enough that you have survived out of all the rest who were murdered in cold blood, lost in a peat bog, or starved to death and you are here.This is what makes this a party because we're here. And you have a sense of humor and that's good.Don't call me a hedonist or shit like that but this is a party.Party over here!

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DEMIZEN Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:25 Permalink

when I get stuck I look around and I see nine lanes of 5-7 seat guzzlers occupied by a driver only without an exception. There is a shitload of trucks without a load in the truck bed. all, including me, act normal like there is nothing wrong with the picture.

css1971 DEMIZEN Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:26 Permalink

It's not road space that's the problem. It's how fast you can get the vehicle off the road at its destination.The length of a vehicle is pretty small the safe driving distance between vehicles. Think about a road with vehicles 2 seconds apart. Now put a car park that takes 30 seconds to park at the end of the road. Congestion. Change the car park so it takes 1 second... no congestion.How fast can you get them off the road...

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DEMIZEN css1971 Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:24 Permalink

I agree a piping system is similar to traffic flow. fork speed limits should be higher than freeway speeds limits and all intersection 3 prong. there are so many better ways to organize traffic if we left the quadrant system behind and let a car with current traffic info navigate.still, it easier to get 1 vehicle off road than 5. new freeways should have mandatory bus terminals to reduce pressure at forks and let cars drop off passengers. 

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Alex DeLarge Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:36 Permalink

 I am calling bullshit on this list.  Manila Philippines has the worst traffic anywhere that I have been and I have been around. I have a few friends here that tell me New Dehli India is even worse! No mention of either city? 

just the tip Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:46 Permalink

seoul SK gets my vote for top spot.seoul to incheon  one hour ten minutes every damn morning '94 to '97.  of course the population then was 10 million.  14 million present day.  combined statistical area.