Metro Manila ranked world’s number one worst metro for traffic in 2023

Updated Jan 19, 2024 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

According to this index, we lost a total of 117 hours in rush hour traffic last year.

A software company that specializes in maps and map-related data has released a global traffic index for 2023 which puts Metro Manila as the world’s number one worst metro area when it comes to traffic.

Metro Manila at night.

The average travel speed during rush hours in 2023 was pegged at a slow 19km/h. [Photo: Meo Fernando]

The said 2023 traffic index, which was published by Netherlands-based company TomTom, shows the average time to travel per 10 km, congestion level, and time lost per year during rush hours. The data from the index was taken from a study that covered over 387 cities across 55 countries.

With that said, the index shows that Metro Manila saw a 52 percent level of congestion last year. Those who traveled a distance of 10 km within the Philippine metro in 2023 did this at an average of 25 minutes and 30 seconds with an average 19 km/h speed during rush hour. This leads to a total of 117 hours lost to rush hour traffic within 2023.

Note also that the average travel time per 10 km for 2023 is 50 seconds slower compared to the company’s data for 2022. This simply means that Metro Manila saw an uptick in congestion last year.

The other metro areas that made it to the company’s top five worst traffic index for 2023 are Lima, Peru at rank 2, Bengaluru in India at rank 3, Sapporo, Japan at rank 4, and Bogota, Colombia at rank 5.

The top five metro areas with worst traffic from TomTom's 2023 traffic index

The top five metro areas with the worst traffic from TomTom's 2023 traffic index

Also for perspective, the best, or least congested metro area in the world according to the firm’s 2023 traffic index was Greensboro-High Point in North Carolina, USA. In this Mideast American city, it takes just eight minutes to travel 10 km. It also saw 10 percent congestion, nine hours lost in rush hours in a year, as well as an average speed of 71 km/h during rush hours.

As a side note, the study on which the index is based takes into account multiple factors like road infrastructure, street capacities, speed limits, observable traffic congestion, and traffic flow, among others.

On a smaller scale, it also considers floating car data (FCD) which is geo-localized data collected from moving vehicles by tracking smartphones and global positioning systems.

Do you agree with the study? Do you see our traffic situation improving or worsening in the coming years?

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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