Search on MTL Blog
Montreal highway traffic

Whether you're sprinting for the bus in the middle of a blizzard while trying to avoid slipping on the sidewalk, or you're stuck in your car for hours at a time because of traffic, the Montreal commute is often not easy.

However, we Montrealers actually have it pretty good, according to a new study, which analyzed 114 global cities against 12 key commuting factors to reveal the best and worst cities in the world for commuters.

The study, conducted by vehicle finance provider Moneybarn, ranks Montreal as the 15th best city in the world for commuters, and 5th best in Canada.

The study looks at the aforementioned commuting factors, which include time spent commuting, time spent waiting at a train station, time spent in traffic, cost of petrol, cost of a monthly travel pass, average walking distance and pollution levels.

Not surprisingly, Montreal scored particularly well in the ‘happiness’ and ‘work-life balance’ categories. It also scored well in the afforability of petrol and the monthly transit card, OPUS. 

The city got a worse traffic score than any other city in the top 20, excluding London, UK. And, despite the city's best efforts, it got a terrible score for "Cycle Ways Per Capita." Oops, sorry Mayor Plante.     

READ ALSO: Montreal Police Gave More Tickets To Cyclists Than All Other Major Canadian Cities Combined Last Year

It is the fifth best commuting city in Canada, after Ottawa, Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary.

The full list of the top commuting cities is as follows:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands,

  2. Munich, Germany,

  3. Oslo, Norway,

  4. Hamburg, Germany,

  5. Berlin, Germany,

  6. Canberra, Australia,

  7. Gothenburg, Sweden,

  8. Ottawa, Canada,

  9. London, UK,

  10. Victoria, Canada,

  11. Vancouver, Canada,

  12. Calgary, Canada,

  13. Basel, Switzerland,

  14. Bologno, Italy,

  15. Montreal, Canada,

  16. Stuttgart, Germany,

  17. Vienna, Austria,

  18. Adelaide, Australia,

  19. Geneva, Switzerland,

  20. Valencia, Spain.

These findings will certainly seem surprising to most Montrealers, who know that the city contains more orange cones than residents.

You can find the full rankings of the study at Moneybarn’s interactive index, which includes the complete data set and a methodology section explaining the research process.

Recommended For You