The satellite navigation company TomTom has published its annual traffic ranking of 403 cities across 56 countries on 6 continents, based on data from its GPS devices in cars across the world.
Congestion is expressed as the amount of extra travel time caused by traffic congestion. An overall congestion level of 50% means that the extra travel time is 50% more than an average trip would take during uncongested conditions.
In 2018, the Indian city of Mumbai (65%) had the worst congestion. The worst city in Europe was Moscow (56%).
Further down the ranking in 65th and 89th positions were Geneva (33%) and Zurich (31%). Shanghai, a city with a population of 26 million, had the same overall extra congestion travel time as Geneva. Many much larger cities, such as Nagoya (32%), Hong Kong (32%), Singapore (31%), Berlin (31%) and Munich (30%), had more free flowing traffic than Geneva. Other Swiss cites faired better. Lausanne (28%) and Basel (26%) were well behind Geneva on congestion. Click here for a full list.
In 2018, the worst day to be on the road in Geneva was Thursday 1 March 2018. The best was Christmas day.
When you travel really matters. Morning traffic peaks in Geneva add around 53% to travel times. Evening peaks are even worse adding an average of 67% to journey times. Traffic typically peaks at 8:30 am and 5:45 pm.
Over a year the lost time can add up. If you’re thinking of which days to work from home, Tuesday and Thursday have the worst combination of morning and evening peak traffic. Going in and returning late could be another traffic busting strategy. By 10:00 am and 7:00 pm the worst is over. Click here for a live report.
And for some there’s the train.
Tom Tom report (in English)