Special Report

Cities With the Absolute Worst Traffic in the World

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5. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo is the most populous city in Brazil and one of the most populous urban areas in the world. Drivers waste 154 hours a year just sitting in traffic. The fast rate of urbanization, high levels of informal settlements, and unforgiving topographies such as hills, granitic rocks, and plateaus that contribute to the difficulty in improving mobility in the city.

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4. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is the most congested city in North America. Drivers in Mexico’s capital spend 218 hours a year in their cars in barely moving traffic, the ninth worst in the world. It takes drivers about seven minutes in the inner city to get through a mile, which is an average speed of about 9 mph. The city has a subway system, but it doesn’t go to areas where the population is growing.

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3. Bogota, Colombia

Bogota has the worst traffic in all of South America. Colombia’s capital has the dubious distinction of being the city where drivers waste the most time sitting in traffic, at 272 hours, or more than 11 days, a year. Locals lose more than two full work weeks getting from home to work and back.

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2. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is home to more than 15 million people. The largest city in Turkey has the worst traffic in Eastern Europe and the second-worst in the entire continent. Local drivers sit an extra 157 hours a year in traffic waiting for cars to move.

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1. Moscow, Russia

The second-most populous city in Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow is a fast-developing metropolis. But the growth has taken a toll on the road system. Drivers in Russia’s capital spend an extra 210 hours a year sitting in traffic, the 10th-longest time in the world. In addition to taking public transport, two potential solutions the Mayor’s Office has offered are raising parking fees and limiting parking spaces.

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