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Erika Owen

There are a few things less mind-numbing than waiting out a good traffic jam. Technology company TomTom recently released results from a survey spotlighting the top 10 worst cities in the world for traffic. The survey took into account the amount of time a driver spends actually stuck in traffic compared to an uncongested road. We're not talking couple-times-a-year vacation traffic—these cities are home to kind of traffic jams that have you planning actual tasks and activities to complete while you're stuck bumper-to-bumper on the highway.

Surprisingly, only one U.S. city cut into the top ten—and barely. Los Angeles squeaked in and stole the No. 10 spot with drivers experiencing 41 percent of their time spent in high traffic situations. You can find three destinations on the list in the same country: Brazil. Read on for the Top 10 list from TomTom (and catch the 174-destination list here to see where you city comes into play):

  1. Mexico City, Mexico
    • Population: 20 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 59%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 219 hours
  2. Bangkok, Thailand
    • Population: 15 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 57%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 232 hours
  3. Istanbul, Turkey
    • Population: 13.3 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 50%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 178 hours
  4.  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • ​​Population: 11.7 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 47%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 165 hours
  5.  Moscow, Russia
    • Population: 16.2 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 44%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 185 hours
  6. Bucharest, Romania
    • Population: 1.9 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 43%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 196 hours
  7.  Salvador, Brazil
    • Population: 3.2 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 43%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 160 hours
  8. Recife, Brazil
    • Population: 3.3 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 43%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic:169 hours
  9.  Chengdu, China
    • Population: 10.4 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 41% 
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 176 hours
  10.  Los Angeles, California
    • Population: 15 million
    • Average extra time during rush hours: 41%
    • Average extra travel time per year spent in traffic: 164 hours

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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