Special Report

Cities With the Absolute Worst Traffic in the World

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15. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is the most congested city in Germany. Drivers lose 154 hours a year just sitting in their cars waiting to move. The average speed in the inner city is 11 mph. Congestion costs each driver over $1,500 a year.

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14. Singapore

The island city-state was the first place to implement congestion tolling, or electronic road pricing — cars don’t stop to pay tolls. Singapore enforces strict anti-congestion policies, including high vehicle ownership fees. In 2017, Singapore announced that it won’t be adding new cars to its roads starting that year, and that it will keep the commercial vehicle growth rate at a very low 0.25%.

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13. Sydney, Australia

The worst traffic in Australia is in Sydney, where more than 4.4. million people live, making it the country’s largest city. It takes local drivers six minutes to drive a mile — that’s an average speed of 10 mph.

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12. Izmir, Turkey

Izmir is the 12th-most congested city in the world, the sixth in Europe, and the third in Turkey. The city and province of 4.3 million people on the Aegean coast is a popular tourist destination, hosting over a million visitors every year, which add to the city’s traffic problems. Drivers spend more than six days of the year sitting in traffic.

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11. Ankara, Turkey

Drivers in the Turkish capital take about five minutes to drive a mile in the inner city, which is a speed of about 12 mph. Numbeo , a crowd-sourced global database, estimates that almost 54 trees are needed to neutralize the amount of cardio dioxide produced by each car passenger a year.

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