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Cities (10)

Country RankWorld RankCityTime lost per yearCongestion level 2021Change from 2019Change from 2020
1Sydney64 hours
28%
5%
15% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020
2Brisbane57 hours
25%
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
14% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
3Melbourne57 hours
25%
5%
17% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
9% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
4Gold Coast55 hours
24%
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
14% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
5Hobart55 hours
24%
1%
4% more traffic in 2021 vs 2019
4%
20% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
6Adelaide55 hours
24%
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
14% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
7Perth50 hours
22%
2%
10% more traffic in 2021 vs 2019
3%
16% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
8Newcastle46 hours
20%
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
1%
5% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
9Canberra39 hours
17%
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
2%
13% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
10Wollongong32 hours
14%
1%
8% more traffic in 2021 vs 2019
0%
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020

Average number of traffic anomalies in 2021

Days with the congestion lower or higher more than two times in comparison with respective days in 2019.

27days
4 days of
high traffic
23 days of
low traffic

Day with the highest traffic congestion

Day with the highest traffic congestion

June
17
Thursday
48%
Reached in
Hobart

Changes in congestion level month on month

Explore how congestion changed across the months in 2020 and 2021 when compared to the same month in 2019. Results show the number of cities affected.

increase in congestion
no change in congestion
decrease in congestion
  • 2021 vs 2019
  • 2020 vs 2019

MONTHLY CHANGES IN CITIES

Check how the monthly congestion level changed in 2021 in comparison to 2019.

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M
A
M
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J
A
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N
D
increased in 2021
decreased in 2021
Sydney
1 months
11 months
Brisbane
5 months
7 months
Melbourne
0 months
12 months
Gold Coast
6 months
6 months
Hobart
8 months
4 months
Adelaide
5 months
7 months
Perth
8 months
4 months
Newcastle
7 months
5 months
Canberra
4 months
8 months
Wollongong
6 months
6 months

Biggest decrease

Biggest increase

WORKING DAYS VS WEEKENDS

What did the traffic look like during the working days and weekends when compared to 2019?

working day
weekend

Shift in rush hours

What were the rush hour timings across different cities from 2019 to 2021? What changed over the years.

1 city
all cities
AM peak
PM peak

Difference in rush hours

How congested was Australia during rush hour throughout 2021 in comparison to 2020 and 2019?

AM peak
PM peak

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