Is Istanbul Safe for Women? Crime Rate in Istanbul

Safety index

Moderate
3.2 /5

The safety level in Istanbul is considered to be moderate, with an overall safety index of 3.2.

Crime index

Low
2.2 /5

The crime rate in Istanbul is considered to be low, with an overall crime index of 2.2.

Violence index

6%

On average 6% percentage of women in Turkey have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life, according to OECD Data.

Crime & Safety Stats

Safety index:

3.2/5Moderate

Safety walking alone after dark:

2.9/5Moderate

Safety using public transport:

3.8/5Safe

Crime index:

2.2/5Low

Worries of being sexually harassed:

2.3/5A Bit Worried

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

2/5A Bit Worried

Worries of being physically attacked:

2/5A Bit Worried

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

1.6/5A Bit Worried

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

1.7/5A Bit Worried

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

1.7/5A Bit Worried

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How safe is Istanbul for women?

As a young adult woman in İstanbul, your point of view will change according to where you are in İstanbul. So if you want more open minded people, you should go to Caddebostan, Nişantaşı. Because this places are decent. And avoid to go Ümraniye, Unkapanı, Bağcılar.

Posted: July 14, 2024
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In the areas that are defined touristic you don’t need to worry about as a female but apart those places it’s not feeling the safest to wonder around as a female. Especially after the uncontrolled migration of the male population from Middle East. It used to be way safer that you could walk around as a teenager without any worries any time of the day. So stay in safe areas for not being worried, enjoy your travel ladies 🌸

Posted: July 9, 2024
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All of the ppl here are very friendly, but when it comes from men you never know what's their intentions. So it's better not to be friendly with men here just in case. On Taksim Square and around it it's better to keep your phones in the bag, to not to be rubbed. If you are not going to unsafe districts it's not scary to walk on the streets. Taxi drivers could be annoying and could trick you with the prices, so always check that the taximeter is working. On the other side - if you'll need help you'll get it because everyone is so kind.

Posted: July 5, 2024
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Eda

Eda

Istanbul is huge. Every town, street has its own unique experience. Some places can be total safe even all night. Ecen we locals prefer to stay away from some specific areas. Lıst of touristic places are safe but better to put your valuables in a hidden place to protect from thieves.

Posted: June 26, 2024
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I traveled so many countries from all around the world, and I can say that I feel safe when I’m in Istanbul. Public transportation is well developed and safe with security at each station, so that If you need any help, securities are always there and happy to help.

Posted: June 19, 2024
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Istanbul is a beautiful city but there are some hostspots gor crime at known touristic places like taksim square, etc. I felt very safe roaming around alone in the whole city without any worries but i felt a bit scared at night time after 8 to 9 pm from drunk drivers and walkers. I would suggest to explore this beautiful city at day time and at night you can go indoors and have fun as well

Posted: June 14, 2024
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Dilara

Dilara

Central places in Istanbul are safe for tourists during the day and local people are used to meet tourists so they are friendly and they can communicate well with you. You can hang out in the pubs, bars or cafes in the night. However some places and neighborhoods are not recommended for tourists. They can be dangerous even in the morning.

Posted: June 13, 2024
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Elçin

Elçin

Dear Ladies, I’m local from Istanbul and there are some districts to avoid and there are some you’re perfectly safe 24/7. In comparison to a decade ago, we’re more vigilant, considering the amount of illegal migration happening here. +10million unregistered people living amongst us unfortunately. :(

Posted: June 12, 2024
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Gözde

Gözde

Istanbul is a metropolitan city, as it known. So of course I can’t say that it’s 100% safe, but even though more than 20 million people live in here, I can say it’s 4/5 safe. Because it’s a city that never sleeps. So it’s never too empty or dark streets. There will be always an opened cafe, or group of people out there. Also police officers are always around

Posted: June 12, 2024
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Simge

Simge

Istanbul is as safe and unsafe as all the metropolitan cities in the world. There are some areas you should pay attention to. I do not recommend you to stay late in the evening in non central and non-touristy places on your own. However, you can reach your destination by private vehicles such as taxis.

Posted: June 11, 2024
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Is Istanbul safe to travel?

4.1 /5

Based on 72 experiences

Celine

Celine

Spain

Solo travel experience

Istanbul was a dream coming true for me Every day was a blast I felt super safe as a solo traveler and stayed in a pension in kadiköy Istanbul is expensive but I could eat for 7 euros in local restaurants

Posted: July 10, 2024
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Sarra

Sarra

Tunisia

Solo travel experience

Hey ladies! I’ve been to turkey 4 times and I highly recommend, it is safe for travelers, tamales specifically. The food was amazing specially Kofte and iskander , am a huge fan ahah Transport is well organised and safe also

Posted: July 4, 2024
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Is Istanbul worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 72 experiences

Bella

Bella

United States

Group travel experience

Would absolutely recommend Istanbul as a destination to explore!! The only thing I would recommend is having a local and/or someone with you who can speak Turkish - you can get around fine without, but we were able to have a bit of a more “authentic” experience, especially when going out to eat.

Posted: July 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Couple travel experience

I was really disappointed in this city. It was so extremely touristy, everything felt like a scam, and it was so incredibly crowded. I thought this city would be magical and I had a really bad experience overall. I would recommend to skip the European side and stick to the Asian side! The prices are much better and it has a much more authentic feel to it.

Posted: June 27, 2024
Things to do: 2/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Istanbul

Ayşenur

Ayşenur

About Me

Hii ı am ayşenur,ı am erasmus student in ljubjlana.I would like to know different persons and to travel some places🌝

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Rojda

Rojda

About Me

I am from Istanbul, Turkey and doing my erasmus in Budapest until end of June. I am open to organize trip, hosting in both İstanbul and Budapest, being a guest in different countries, giving local advise, showing around. I love hiking, clubbing, exploring new cities, trying traditional foods. Currently i am seeking for cheap flights and arranging spontaneous trips :)

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Crime in Turkey