Traffic jams and dense traffic are commonplace on the streets in Germany's cities, and traffic data provider Inrix has examined how long in its 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard study motorist wait in the various places: The longest time – an average of 154 hours, more than six full days – were drivers in the past year in Berlin in a traffic jam.
The cities of Munich follow the capital city of Berlin with 140 hours and Hamburg with 139 hours, the drivers would have spent in the annual average in congestion or in slow-moving traffic. Also in Stuttgart, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Bremen lie the annual load between 108 and 96 hours.
The data evaluated for the survey, according to Inrix, come from automakers and traffic authorities. The average journey time with the fastest possible connection is compared in more than 200 cities worldwide. Unlike in the previous year, 2018 saw for the first time not only the time in a traffic jam, but also in heavy traffic. For this reason, the average time loss has risen sharply compared to 2017. Calculated on a comparable basis, the burden had fallen.
In Paris, London or Moscow, congestion costs more than 200 hours
In international comparison, the traffic situation in German cities is relatively relaxed: in Rome, Paris, London or Moscow, drivers stuck more than 200 hours on the streets each year. According to the study, Colombia's capital Bogotá is the world's most congested city – with 272 hours of lost time in the city road traffic,
There are other investigations on the traffic jams on highways, for example from the ADAC: In Germany, this burden is highest in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous federal state.