Only 3 cities in the whole world are worse than Bucharest

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The traffic congestion in Bucharest can also be seen in international studies. Only 3 cities in the whole world fare worse than Bucharest in terms of time spent in traffic.

In 2020 we saw a decrease in congestion and traffic due to the pandemic. However, in 2022 we again see more people traveling in various directions. As such, there has been an increase in congestion worldwide, despite the increase in the price of fuel, notes goshorty.co.uk, quoted by ziare.com.

The cited source also compiled the list of cities with the highest traffic. Bucharest is in 4th place, with 115 hours spent in traffic per year and 50% congestion level.

1st is Istanbul, Turkey, 2nd is Bogota, Colombia and 3rd is Mumbai, India.

Turkey, Istanbul
Annual hours lost: 142 | Congestion level: 62%.

Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey and Europe, although technically the city is in both Europe and Asia, along the Bosphorus Strait. As of 2021, it has a congestion level of 62%, making it the most congested city in the world. This is an 11% increase on 2020 and means that car journeys will take 62% longer on average. This also resulted in approximately 142 hours lost in traffic jams – the equivalent of nearly 6 full days.

Colombia, Bogotá
Hours lost annually: 126 | Congestion level: 55%.

Another capital, this time is Bogota, one of the largest cities in the world and located almost exactly in the center of Colombia. The congestion level in 2021 for Bogota was 55%, which seems high, but it is only a 2% increase from the previous year. However, Bogota still lost 126 hours during the year to traffic jams, which makes a drive into the city seem a little less appealing.

India, Mumbai
Hours lost annually: 121 | Congestion level: 53%.

Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the eighth most populous city in the world, with approximately 20 million inhabitants. The city is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, denoting the city’s rich cultural heritage. Although the city has a traffic congestion rate of 53%, which is the same as in 2020, at least there is no increase in this statistic. Additionally, this is down 12% from the 2019 rate, marking a positive change in traffic and potentially emissions in the city.