The average American spends 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.
It gets worse in the world’s megacities: Commuters in Mexico City, Moscow, and Beijing can get stuck in traffic for hours at time.
Natural and human events can make difficult commutes even worse, be it crippling strikes, military coups, extreme storms, or just a ridiculous number of people trying to load onto a train car.
Read on to see incredible photos from around the world that will make you grateful for your own commute.
Alex Davies contributed to this article.
Thousands of people commute to work in Bangladesh by boat. Here, residents of Dhaka take out their umbrellas.
The security checks during rush hour in Beijing make for insanely long lines. The checks have been tightened due to an attack in China's Xinjiang region, where dozens were killed on May 22.
Beijing is also in the middle of a pollution crisis, forcing commuters to wade through smog on the way to work.
Getting to work got harder in Bangkok this Spring, given that the Thai army declared martial law and stationed soldiers in main intersections.
Getting to work in the Ukraine was a martial situation earlier this year. Notice the tanks ready to be shipped out by rail.
At 21 million people, Lagos has become Africa's largest city. It was only 1.4 million in 1970, so as you might imagine, traffic is tough.
The congestion in Cairo, Egypt, gets so deadlocked that you can't tell where the traffic ends and the market begins.
A May bus driver strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, made the morning commute even more congested than usual -- here are the human-laden escalators in one subway station.
Sao Paulo is home to some of the world's biggest traffic jams, and its subway stations are a bit overcrowded.
But it pales in comparison to what trains look like in Indonesia's West Java province, where just 300 cars serve 500,000 commuters each day.
Commuters were stranded after a 2009 typhoon washed out a chunk of a Philippines highway north of Manila.
The trip to work for Google employees was interrupted by protestors on April Fools Day, who claimed that an influx of tech workers were driving up San Francisco housing prices.
A nationwide strike by French transport workers in 2007 made getting into a Paris subway train a lot trickier.
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