Traffic in Kuwait

Hello everyone,

Which city or area do you live in in Kuwait, and how do you find the traffic?

How long does it take to commute to work or run errands?

Is there a rush hour in your city? What times of the day would you recommend people to avoid driving if they can?

Are there any ways to avoid spending too much time in traffic in Kuwait?

What is parking availability and cost like?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Hi Priscilla

In answer to your question how long is a piece of string?..As in most countries traffic is intolerable during the rush hours but ok if can mange the timing of your journeys.... ie the morning school / work run ..if you don't leave half an hour earlier you can add another half hour to your time.

It doesn't matter what nationality you are... driving in Kuwait makes you into an intolerant , selfish, needlessly aggressive individual who is quick to resort to horn/ flashing lights and fail to recognise backing off / giving way results in the common good  of flowing traffic.

The problem is exasperated by lack of provision of organised parking spaces ..although if you can find it  its usually free / costs peanuts. Its not uncommon to have two lanes of traffic halted whilst someone attempts to reverse onto a main road from a black and yellow area ( parking prohibited)

My Area is Jleeb Alshoyokh ,it is very crowded specially in school time because the area has a lot of schools
i am taking more than one hour to reach my working place if everything is ok
i believe kuwait needs underground specially for people can not get a license

I presently living in salmiya and my work is in mirqab, I took ride but bus and it will takes 45-60 order for u to not became late u should advance 30 mins b4 u in to ur work or if u have ur own car u can travel around 6:45- 7 am coz when 7:30 am takes it was school time and traffic will started..tnx and GODBLESS

The traffic issue is one of the biggest in Kuwait. Statistically, it's one of the worst places in the world when it comes to traffic accidents. And it's easy to see why. I doubt most of the traffic participants followed proper driving courses, given the mistakes they make every day. There are things done out of complete disregard for the law (bypassing red lights by driving on the sidewalk, to give an example) and things out of ignorance/lack of knowledge (anything from not giving way at a roundabout, parking within 50m of an intersection, not even turning on the lights at night). Also, you will find many drivers struggling to figure out what exactly that lever on the left side of the steering wheel is supposed to do...
Then, people don't care about their safety or the safety of others. I see way too many people texting while driving, not watching the road, not being aware of their surroundings. And there is no concern for child safety. Forget about child seats, forget about seatbelts, forget about children sitting in the back or even sitting down at all while the car is moving. I have seen kids half way outside the window or the sunroof on the highway, at highway speeds.
The police doesn't seem to have an issue with it or with other violations of the law. Otherwise, you wouldn't see the emergency lane on the highway packed with vehicles and the Ambulance not being able to pass through. I'm not referring to a single event, this is Highway 30 every day.
Last and probably worst - Kamikaze bus drivers. I think these people must really hate their passengers, given the way they drive...

I don't know much,... But in Kuwait traffic is well managed and people are having discipline

Yes lots of traffic during office journey z 1 hr to reach my office ...if need any other info plz ask.I wl definitely try to help u OK my find...good nt....

The only thing I could recommend is living next to where you work or where you need to be..In the weekends traffic is a must worldwide and there's no way of avoiding it other than flying or probably riding a bike or a motorbike wherever you have to take a while to study your area and commute to know what best suits you..for example I don't mind waiting at traffic lights if it means I'll be moving but other people prefer traffic over lights..You have to spend about a month or so figuring out what is the best route that suits your needs..or just live right where you need to be, which is mostly overpriced or just outrageously expensive but can be found :)
Best of luck,

What planet do you live on.. or maybe you live in an alternate universe?

Not just Kuwait only, the whole countries in the middle east are experiencing high traffic volumes

The issue of traffic in Kuwait can be solved easily. The government has to initiate a long-term plan(20-50 Years) about the normal increase in population rate. The government just has a secondary plan (not giving driving license for ppl under the poverty line and providing license valid for just one year).
I live in Kuwait since ages, I didn't notice any change in 3rd & 4th ring road during last 10 years and there's no law for building a parking in the new building.
However I am blessed with my work, it takes about 15 min driving from home to work,

Kuwait  has serious traffick problems and as far as I can see no long term urban planning there is no real bus system no trains no trams insufficient parking and very limited attention to the traffic laws however this is all attributable to the expatriates therefore nothing will change any time soon. How is it possible to build a hospital with parking for 100 vehicles don’t believe me try visiting newmowasat outpatient any night of the week...

With the exception of Yemen I would say Kuwait has the worst traffic anywhere in the Middle East.

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