The Worst Commute In the World?

Tuesday 23 September, 2014

The Worst Commute In the World: Sao Paulo, Brazil


It’s a fact of life; everyone hates their commute to work. But if you thought you had it tough, I’ve got news for you.


Ever heard of Sao Paulo? Cause it’s one of the largest cities in the world. Tucked away in Brazil, it has a population of over 11 million people. 11 million people. Did you hear me? That’s about half the total population of Australia! I know it sounds a bit like I’m writing an essay for my year seven history class, but isn’t that incredible?


With a population like that, you could expect to have a few traffic jams on the way to work. Of course, that’s logical. Wrong. According to local traffic engineers, the average traffic jam on a Friday evening in Sao Paulo is 180 km! On a bad day, the traffic can bank up to 295 km long.


Two hundred and ninety give kilometers long. Are you guys seeing this?


Because I don’t know about you, but I walk to work. I could get the bus, but sitting in traffic is definitely on my list of things I hate. Sitting in 295km of traffic?  Let’s put this into perspective. 295km is longer than the distance between Sydney and Canberra, it is longer than the distance from the bottom to the top of Tasmania and longer than the width of Scotland. It would be like taking an awesome road trip…twice a day.


Yes, Sao Paulo has some of the world’s worst traffic – but not the worst. This isn’t even the be all and end all; this is just up there with the others like Mexico City and Lagos.


Think about that the next time you’re complaining about your hour commute to work. 


Photo found here.

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