For residents of many cities around the world, the daily morning commute involves a whole lot more than catching a train or getting in the car. It can be extremely frustrating, especially if you are stuck in traffic. The rise in population plays a significant role in this case. According to GPS manufacturer TomTom, Bangkok has the worst evening rush hour traffic in the world for a second consecutive year. From the millions of rickshaws that swarm the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, to the hordes of motorcyclists that fill the lanes of Taipei, Taiwan, here’s how rush hour commutes look like around the globe.
1. Beijing, China.
China is turning Beijing into a Megacity, which will make it six times the size of NYC. Currently, Beijing has a population of approximately 21.5 million. Beijing’s overwhelming population is primarily because it is China’s capital. It is a political, educational and cultural center, with light industries (science, technology and research) dominating over mass manufacturing.
2. São Paulo, Brazil.
Commuters can be seen waiting for the train at a downtown São Paulo subway station in Brazil. According to Reuters, São Paulo has some of the worst traffic jams in the world; with commuters needing as many as three hours to travel about nine miles (14 km). The metropolitan area of some 20 million people has only about 45 miles (72 km) of mostly underground rail.
3. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Traffic in Dhaka is a little different than most other places in the world. Few people actually own vehicles and are dependent on public transportations, such as trains or bicycle carriages. Dhaka has a population of 14.4 million and around 2,000 men, women and children clamber onto the sides and roof of the heavily-burdened trains. Many have nothing to hold onto and thus rely solely on their balance as the train moves from one destination to another.
4. Xiamen, China.
Xiamen is a sub-provincial city in southeastern Fujian, China. With a population of 3.531 million, the city experiences major traffic issues.
5. Venice, Italy.
Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. Most of the people in the city choose to travel by boat through canals and waterways, which makes it eco friendly. However, it doesn’t quite save them from being in the morning rush hour. The city’s canals are congested due to boat traffic. The traffic has even lead to the death of a tourist, when the gondola he was sitting in was rammed into by a ‘vaporetto’ water bus.
6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The majority of the population in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, use motorcycles for their daily commute. This results in the streets being overcrowded with millions of motorcycles every day. Cars and buses drive either in the center lanes of two-way streets or in the left lane of one-way streets.
7, Soweto, South Africa.
Soweto is an urban settlement or ‘township’ in South Africa. The settlement was created in the 1930’s when the white government started separating blacks from whites. Approximately 1.3 million people rely on public transportation for daily commutes, making it a nightmare to travel around the city.
8. Mumbai, India.
Mumbai is among the most popular nerve centers of India; a business and entertainment capital and the bustling city of dreams. An astounding 18.41 million+ people live in this city with only 1.1 square meters of open space per person. That’s less per person than in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico City and yes, even Tokyo; making Mumbai not only one of the densest, but also the most cramped city in the world.
9. Los Angeles, California.
According to TomTom Traffic Index, people who live in Los Angeles require an additional 44 minutes to reach their destination; 4% increase since last year. Los Angeles, California, also ranks tenth place in the website.
10. London, Great Britain.
London is a large and bustling city that’s somewhat similar to New York City in America. While Londoners’ rush hour commutes are nothing out of the ordinary, it still takes quick thinking and a fast pace to get where you want to go in a timely manner.
11. Jakarta, Indonesia.
The gridlocked streets of Jakarta, Indonesia, often leave commuters in buses, cars, and motorcycles stranded for hours. According to a study published this year by Castrol, Jakarta drivers had more stops and starts than drivers in any other city. The average driver in Jakarta has to stop 33,420 times per year — more than twice the number of New York.
12. Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, China.
Hankou Railway Station is one of the three main railway stations in the city of Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China. It is also the biggest European-style railway station in China. As a major railway station along the Shanghai-Wuhan-Chengdu and Wuhan-Guangzhou, High Speed Railway Lines during rush hour can be a nightmare.