Is Baku Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is generally considered safe for solo female travelers. Locals are often friendly and willing to help tourists. However, like in any other city, it's important to maintain regular safety precautions. Avoid walking alone at night in less crowded places and always keep your belongings secure. Sticking to the tourist areas is advised as well, as these are well-patrolled and have security measures in place.

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How safe is Baku?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Baku is generally safe at night, especially in well-lit and populous areas. Nightlife is lively and locals are friendly, often willing to help tourists. Take the usual precautions such as avoiding deserted, unlit areas, refraining from flaunting valuable possessions, and arranging taxis via trusted services. Public transport ceases at around midnight, therefore, pre-arranging safe transportation back to your accommodation is suggested.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Baku is generally safe. The metro system, buses, and taxis are often used by locals and tourists alike. Travelers should expect a high level of security in the metro system, with bag checks being a common occurrence. Buses can sometimes be crowded, but are generally safe, just be vigilant of your belongings. Taxis can be hailed from the street, but it's recommended to use official taxis or taxi apps for assurance of a fair price and safety. It's worth mentioning to stay alert, especially in crowded areas, but public transportation is considered relatively secure in Baku.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is generally safe for solo female travelers. The locals are courteous and behavior regarding unwelcome advances or street harassment is not common. However, as in any city, it is still advisable to stay vigilant, especially during the late-night hours. Avoid secluded areas and always be mindful of your surroundings.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Baku, similar to other major cities, isn't entirely free of petty crimes but the frequency is rather low. Pickpocketing can occur, especially in crowded places like markets or public transport. However, general vigilance and standard precautions such as not displaying valuable items openly can significantly mitigate this risk. Overall, the city is considered quite safe even for solo female travelers.
Tap water:

Tap water:Moderate

Tap water in Baku is in compliance with sanitation standards and safe to drink technically. However, due to the variation in water quality across different parts of the country, and possible difference in tolerance towards the type of bacteria in the water, it is advisable to stick to bottled water or boil the tap water to be sure of its safety.

Is Baku safe to travel?

4.1 /5

Based on 9 experiences

Irshad

Irshad

Azerbaijan

Solo travel experience

It's amazing to travel Baku food is tasty and people's are beautiful with kindness thy all are very helpful and honest I love travel again here in next year I am happy to live here feel safe and secure

Posted: May 6, 2024
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Jordan

Solo travel experience

I arrived to Baku through Ganja because the tickets are way cheaper than reaching Baku directly. Ganja is one of the historical cities in Azerbijan and you can enjoy one day wandering around the city then to head to Baku through the train, it takes around 3 hours and it was super comfortable and I advice you to get the tickets ahead of time. In Baku I stayed in Zamzam hotel and its very affordable hotel and close to the center. In Baku I personally found Bolt the best way to move around the city as its cheap and easy to use. I recommend Azerbijan for female solo travellers because its safe and you will enjoy each moment in there. The food, places and people all were great.

Posted: January 7, 2024Experienced: November, 2023
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I went to Baku alone from Tbilisi (my first solo trip) and I really enjoyed it. Overall, I felt quite safe - I was followed by a few child pickpockets on the promenade, but this phenomenon is common in many cities. A large part of Baku reminds me of Europe, with a slightly oriental touch, and everything is easy to explore on foot (I walked around on my own and it was fine). I recommend using Uber or Bolt in Baku, as taxi drivers there try to cheat people.

Posted: April 21, 2023
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I loved it. I only spent a few days there, but I had a great time. I stayed at the Sultan Inn, where there are many walking spots. It's a bit touristy because it's an old town, but I felt extremely safe there and there's a lot to see. I highly recommend a day trip to the mud volcanoes as well.

Posted: April 17, 2023
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I traveled alone to Baku and it was completely safe. I spent a wonderful 3 days there. I stayed in a hostel. There is a lot to do, a beautiful modern city with a wonderful old part of town.

Posted: April 16, 2023
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I fell in love with Baku. The city mixes old and modern in a very interesting way. It's a very pleasant city to live in and cheap according to Western standards. I felt extremely safe there.

Posted: April 13, 2023
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I visited Baku last summer and it was quite safe there. I fell in love with the architecture, and the local Azerbaijanis were very friendly.

Posted: March 25, 2023
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Is Baku safe for women?

I feel much more safe in Baku than most Europe cities. Even after 1-2 am there are many cars and people in the street, so you don't feel alone at night and you can see police cars regularly. I don't feel much stressed when I return home at nights either by public transportation or by walk.

Posted: March 8, 2024
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Is Baku safe right now?

Before your visit to Baku, it's essential to check travel advisories for Azerbaijan, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Azerbaijan due to concerns about terrorism and areas of armed conflict. Note that some areas present an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 2, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Azerbaijan due to ongoing tensions in areas along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 6, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Azerbaijan overall, due to the unpredictable security situation and ongoing tension along the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 11, 2024

Is Baku worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 9 experiences

Solo travel experience

Baku is stunning, pristine, well-maintained, with futuristic modern buildings and a very hospitable population. It is full of contrasts, with orthodox Muslim women on one hand, and on the other hand, there are liberal and free women dressed according to the prevailing atmosphere.

Posted: September 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was harassed by a couple of Pakistanis in my hostel and I think it really affected my overall experience, even though Baku is beautiful and I really enjoyed walking around the old town and the Caspian Sea. I recommend choosing a women's dormitory when visiting Baku.

Posted: March 25, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 2/5
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