Driving a car can feel incredibly liberating. There’s nothing quite like hopping into a vehicle and hitting the open road or even going for a relaxing cruise around town.

If you’ve ever experienced heavy traffic, however, then you also know how frustrating driving in it can be. Every day, thousands of commuters sit for hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic to and from work. In some countries, it can be even longer.

Here are 12 startling pictures of commuter traffic from countries all around the world. After seeing some of them, you might not ever complain about your own commute again!

1. Beijing, China: China is one of the most populated countries in the world, and all you have to do is look at Beijing’s morning commuter traffic to prove it. Hopefully, everyone’s bosses knows they are going to be very late.

2. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Traffic in Dhaka is a little different than most other places in the world. Few people actually own vehicles, so most ride in the back of bicycle carriages. At least it makes for easy conversation with the commuters next to you!

3. Venice, Italy: Venice is an incredibly unique place to commute. Instead of traditional roads, most people travel by the iconic canals and waterways. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have to suffer through some aquatic traffic during their morning rush hour!

4. Chhattisgarh, India: Most people are accustomed to long lines of cars during rush hour each day, but in the city of Chhattisgarh, commuters have a totally different problem: cows! Honking horns impatiently won’t help in this situation. You just have to hope that the animals mooove it and get to their destination as quickly as possible.

5. Tokyo, Japan: The rush hour commute in Japan looks like an absolute nightmare. Train station workers actually have to shove passengers into packed cars because there are so many of them. Good luck trying not to invade anyone’s personal space during these trips.

6. Siem Reap, Cambodia: Most people in Cambodia travel by mopeds. The good thing about this form of transportation is that more people can fit on the road at once. The downside, of course, is that with all the congestion, it’s easy to fall off a bike into oncoming traffic.

7. 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.

8. Moscow, Russia: Moscow sees long lines of commuters every day for its morning and afternoon rush hours. The trick to avoid being stuck in this situation is to leave the house extra early in the morning and depart from work a little later than usual.

9. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Commuters in Sao Paulo have a pretty straightforward trip every day. Even though these gates seem to help organize people into the train cars, there are still so many commuters walking around that, if you’re not prepared, you’ll get swept away in the crowd.

10. Kampala, Uganda: Many of the people in Kampala who own their own vehicle are very wealthy, so the rest of the citizens travel to and from work via communal vans. However, this can get very chaotic when all of the vans are trying to drop people off at the same time.

11. Palermo, Italy: Palermo’s traffic isn’t much different than many places here in the United States. Commuters expect to wait in long lines during rush hours, but according to this picture, it looks like they also need to be on the lookout for soccer players in the middle of the road!

12. Bangladesh: This may be one of the craziest—and most dangerous—commutes in the world. The train itself can only hold so many people inside its cabins, so commuters climb on to the top and hang on to the sides to get where they’re going. They risk their lives every day. How’s that for work ethic?


Wow! After looking at some of these pictures, you probably won’t mind sitting in an air-conditioned car in traffic ever again.

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