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These Are The Safest Cities In Europe For Solo Female Travelers, According To A New Study 

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Traveling with your friends and family is nice, but there is nothing quite like a solo trip where all your time is your own and you can come and go as you please.

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Solo travel is trending this year, and the majority of those who are looking to travel on their own seem to be women.

According to booking.com, 84% of these solo travelers around the world are women, and Google data indicates that 55% of searches for ‘solo travel’ are coming from women, specifically millennial-age women. 

We have covered some of the safest countries for solo female travel, as well as some of the safest cities around the world.

Here comes a new report from bag and luggage brand Kipling to indicate the safest European cities for solo female travelers.

Using data such as activity offerings, attractions, group activities, transport, safety, and gender equality, the figures were calculated to give each destination a ‘Solo Female Traveler City Index'. 

Female tourist walking on the Charles Bridge alone during a foggy morning in Prague, capital of Czech Republic

Here are the top 5 safest cities in Europe for solo female travelers:

Hamburg, Germany 

The top scorer on the Solo Female Traveler City Index is Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg.

Known for its great nightlight and busy port seaside vibe, Hamburg ranks high for gender equality and things to do.

Visitors like to see many things here and all are easily accessible by foot or bicycle, although tours are plentiful as are the hostels and hotels for solo travelers. 

And being Germany, public transportation is organized and efficient, meaning you are far less likely to get stranded anywhere. 

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Classic view of famous Hamburg Speicherstadt warehouse district with sightseeing tour boat on a sunny day in summer, Hamburg, Germany

Munich, Germany 

In case you have heard of a little thing called Oktoberfest, then you probably know about this Bavarian city.

Well connected via trams and buses, there’s a reason this city has been ranked one of the safest in the world for solo female travelers.

Ranking high for gender equality, the city makes women travelers feel safe and welcome. With no end of places to visit and German beers to sample, there’s always something to do and friends to be made.

Munich in Sunset Bavaria Germany

Edinburgh, Scotland 

The third city on Kipling’s Solo Female Traveller City Index takes us up to Scotland, to the charming medieval city of Edinburgh.

With a high score for group activities, attraction and accommodation, it’s likely that no solo traveler here will have trouble making friends.

Those who visit in the summer can experience Edinburgh’s famous Fringe Festival, where musical, comedy, and other acts take over stages across the city.

Prices are higher and accommodation can be difficult to find at this time though, so plan early if this is your kind of scene. 

aerial view from calton hill, edinburgh, uk

Faro, Portugal 

Yes, Portugal is famous for its postcard-worthy cities of Lisbon and Porto, the latter of which also makes the list but lower down at number 12.

For the number four city on our list though, we head down south to the Algarve coast and find the city of Faro.

It might seem ironic that a city with a chapel made of skeletons of old monks is one of the safest for solo female travelers, but Faro ranks highly for many safety factors.

In addition to having beaches, a cozy old town, and great nightlife, the city is well connected as it has the only airport in the region, linking it to other major European cities, but also boat and ferry options to connect it to other coastal cities as well. 

colorful houses on a Street in Faro, Portugal.

Dublin, Ireland 

Coming in at number five on Kipling’s Solo Female Traveller City Index is Ireland's capital city of Dublin.

With many tour options and accommodation catering to backpackers and solo travelers, those who come here alone are unlikely to stay that way long.

Day trips outside of the city to famed sites such as the Giant's Causeway make solo travel easy to plan, not to mention the pub and music scene to take in after the day exploring.

Ireland itself has ranked as one of the safest countries in the world, and it’s no exception for solo female travelers. 

Shoppers and tourists at the famous Grafton Street Mall. dublin ireland

To finish off the list, here are the rest of the top 20 safest cities in Europe for solo female travelers:

  • 6. Prague, Czech Republic 
  • 7. Heraklion, Greece
  • 8. Helsinki, Finland
  • 9. Krakow, Poland 
  • 10. Zurich, Switzerland 
  • 11. Berlin, Germany 
  • 12. Porto, Portugal 
  • 13. Valencia, Spain 
  • 14. Vienna, Austria 
  • 15. Malaga, Spain 
  • 16. Stockholm, Sweden 
  • 17. Dusseldorf, Germany 
  • 18. Lisbon, Portugal 
  • 19. Geneva, Switzerland 
  • 20. Oslo, Norway 

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Karel

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

According to a new study … ????? I am from Europe, more precize from Holland, I traveled almost ALL these cities, this article is so genericly written …, all depends on when and where you are, what you are visiting .. etc. I myself regard eg Amsterdam to one of the savest cities. Go there and find out yourself!

Art

Tuesday 18th of April 2023

I agree with Sven Olsson. This is a misleading and damaging article. Just for the record,how could you exclude Budapest, Hungary? Get your facts right.

Luke

Tuesday 18th of April 2023

Valencia above Palma Mallorca lol

Sandy

Monday 17th of April 2023

This was 30 and 35 years ago, but I solo traveled and drove a car a few thousand miles on a trip to Spain, one to Thailand, and four to Italy. Each stay was for a month. I loved it—I could do, see, go, and stay however long I wanted. Sometimes it would be a week (Madrid, Rome, Venice and renting an apt in Florence), Phi Phi Don, Thailand). Sometimes a couple of nights (Granada and Cordoba , Spain, Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Alps, Bellagio and Lake Como.) And driving a stick through the Alps was glorious.

Sven Olsson

Monday 17th of April 2023

Excuse me but how can “gender equality” affect travel safety!? Sweden 🇸🇪 and Germany 🇩🇪 has the highest ranks in “gender equality” but also the highest numbers of rape due to mass immigration from muslim countries in Africa and the Middle East. You should look at violent crimes against women as your key data. Not some woke BS. 😡

Onyeugo Raymond

Thursday 20th of April 2023

How can you complete such a list without mentioning malta.i was in malta Valletta for one year,no rape,no robbery and infact no story criminality

Mona B.

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

@Sven Olsson, 👍🏼🙏🏼👍🏼 I totally agree with You …. These kind of people’s only concern is only how to gain quick money propagating false and very inaccurate informations ! Europe, mainly 🥲 Italie is being ravaged by africans and other muslims fanatics …. Yet, most europeans are blind and deaf and apply the ostrich behaviour…. DISHEARTENING

Elisa

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

@Sven Olsson, and from which source(s) exactly did you get this ridiculous info about rape due to mass immigration? I travel solo all the time in Europe and I never felt unsafe nor did I ever hear about these 'rape stories'.

Noah

Tuesday 18th of April 2023

@Sven Olsson, racism