If rush hour were a language, everyone in the world would know how to speak it. No matter where you live, you’ve probably sent a stuck-in-traffic message to apologize for being late. From ordinary cars to the more extravagant rides like Italian gondolas or even animals like cows, anything can cause an unexpected traffic jam. Discover what rush hour looks like in different countries throughout the world.
Two is company, but Beijing’s traffic is a crowd. We all know China is overpopulated, so it’s no wonder rush hour will look so packed—btw, it seems Chinese drivers prefer white over other vehicle colors.
Traffic jams don’t always involve motor vehicles. Dhaka seems to have stopped in time because of these rides known as Rickshaws: 3 wheelers that fit up to 2 passengers at once. During traffic jam, they’re all trying to overtake each other—mind your crossing, these babies ride like devils.
Chhattisgarh. You might not only have trouble pronouncing that Indian city name, but also driving around its streets. Believe it or not, rush hour in India means a street full of cows blocking the way—I bet the common insult is mooooove out of my way.
Also overcrowded, the city of Tokyo is known for the convenience of its trains. The not-so-convenient part occurs when everyone gets off work and they all try to fit into the same cabin—the police have to intervene to help squeeze them in.
It’s all fun and games in Moscow until rush hour happens. Jammed, crowded, and overloaded: three adjectives that perfectly express what traffic looks like in Russia. Seems like Russians need to rely more on public transportation, right?
Aquatic traffic jams are a thing in Venice, a watery wonderland with around 177 canals. Gondolas are one of the best ways to explore the city, so tourists could be held accountable for causing this horrible on-water rush hour.
People in cosmopolitan São Pablo complain they don’t have access to the sea. However, they do get to experience a sea of people during rush hour at the metro. No. Personal. Space. Whatsoever.
This train has sold out even the rooftop seats! During festival times, commuters take the train to their towns from the capital. This seems to be the only way to move around in Bangladesh, a country that basically lacks any other public transport.
The most popular form of transport in the city of Siem Reap are motorcycles. They look harmless, right? Well, not until you put them all together in the streets trying to fight their way through traffic—no wonder all drivers wear helmets.
Probably Kampala City’s major menace, taxis are one of the most common means of transportation. When rush hour takes place, the city is overflowed with these white vehicles. Frustrated drivers tend to put out their ignition keys and start up a conversation with the driver next to them—what a friendly way to cope with jams.