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Cities with the Worst Commute in the World

Think you've got a bad commute? IBM feels your pain. The tech giant surveyed over 8,000 commuters in 20 cities around the world to find the city with the unenviable title of having the worst commute on Earth:

According to IBM, the cities with the most "commuter pain"--hours spent in traffic, high price of gas, high stress, etc.--include Shenzen, Beijing, and Nairobi. The least painful commutes take place in Chicago, London, and Montreal. Overall, there has been a decrease in traffic since IBM first conducted its survey four years ago, largely because of high fuel prices and weak economies.


I'm amazed that San Francisco isn't on there. Maybe it's because the commute occurs over the greater SF Bay Area and not just the city of San Francisco.
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I'm amazed that chicago is one of the least painful. My daily commute from the mid north side to downtown - only about 1/5 of the total N-S distance of the city - was often a 1.5 to 2 hour hell on earth.
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Where is Sydney? I go to university about 30Km from where I live and yet it takes me nearly 2 hours to get there in rush hour traffic.
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Try Caracas, Venezuela...I spent 6 hours in a traffic jam once, and it takes me 2 hours to get to school, when on a saturday, without traffic, I get there in 30 minutes =s
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This survey is way off. I've sat in traffic in LA, NYC, Boston, DC, Paris and London and I can tell you right now that Bangkok is worse than all of them combined. I've heard that Ho Chi Minh is worse than Bangkok.
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Commute here is both time/distance, and stress.

I've lived and commuted in NYC, London, Chicago, and Beijing, and spent considerable time in Montreal, Paris, Shenzhen, Denpasar, and Bangkok.

Of course, that's not all of them, but that experience, this result is fairly accurate to how much effort I spent at each place offsetting my commute: books-on-tape, changing commute times, etc

"I once spent a bad day..." that's not an average, that's an outlying worst-case. 10 yrs ago today it took me 12 hours to get home, but that's an aberrant single datum.

I can only feel sorry for Mexico City, if it's worse than Shenzhen. Wow... but the Mexicans I talk to never complain!
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I am sitting in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil and I call bullcrap on this list. Traffic here is MISERABLE! Folks who work downtown take 2-3 hours to drive to work in the worst traffic I have ever seen. I am longing for the days I was stuck on GA-400 in Atlanta!
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