Is Brussels Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Brussels is generally safe for solo female travelers. It is known for its high standard of living and wide, well-lit streets, creating a secure environment. Petty crime, like pickpocketing, can occur in crowded areas and the city's public transport, so it is advised to keep a close watch on your belongings. Sexual harassment is not commonly reported but it's always better to avoid walking alone in less crowded areas late at night. As long as you stay aware of your surroundings and practice some safety precautions as you would anywhere else, you should find Brussels a safe and welcoming city to travel alone.

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How safe is Brussels?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Brussels, is generally safe but caution should still be exercised. It is well-lit and policed in most areas, especially in populated places and tourist spots. However, some neighborhoods can be less secure and it's not advised to walk alone late at night. Public transportation such as taxis and rideshares are readily available if you prefer not to walk. Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Brussels is generally considered safe. Trams, buses, and metros are well-maintained and have a regular schedule. However, like any big city, it's important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially during non-peak hours. Most stations and vehicles have surveillance cameras for added security. It's advised to avoid less crowded areas at night. Keep your belongings secure and maintain a watchful eye for pickpockets as they can be active in crowded places. Despite these minor concerns, thousands of people safely use the public transport in Brussels every day.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

In Brussels, you may encounter some level of street harassment. This usually comes in the form of catcalling or unsolicited comments. However, as is the case anywhere, the degree of harassment can quite vary depending on the area and time. Areas like the Grand Place and the European Quarter are often more crowded with tourists and thus feel safer. It is generally suggested to be cautious and aware of your surroundings, particularly when travelling alone at night or in less crowded places. Respectable and law-abiding citizens far outnumber those who might seek to harass or intimidate.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a relatively safe city. The concern for petty crimes such as pickpocketing, purse-snatching, and theft from vehicles should not be completely disregarded but is lower compared to other major European cities. The risk increases in some touristy areas and on public transport. However, by taking simple precautions, like keeping an eye on your belongings and avoiding showing off expensive items, you can avoid most petty crimes.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

The tap water in Brussels, is generally considered highly safe for consumption. The water quality is regularly tested, adhering to strict European Union standards. Therefore, drinking tap water is a common practice among locals and tourists alike. However, it's important to note that the hardness level of the water (which involves its mineral content) can vary by region. This doesn't affect its safety, but it may alter the taste slightly. You can confidently stay hydrated with Brussels' tap water throughout your travels.

Is Brussels safe to travel?

4.3 /5

Based on 25 experiences

Chris

Chris (49)

United States

Solo travel experience

I stayed in the city center but 4 or so blocks away from the main plaza. I liked being away from the noise of evening partiers but close to shops. I always felt safe walking back to the flat by myself after dark. It's a beautiful city, so I mostly walked around and marvelled at the architecture-art nouveau is my favorite design style. Dutch and French are the main languages spoken here. I understand very little of each, but still found it easy to get around. I spent around $550 on Airbnb for 3 nights which felt high, but the flat was beautiful and centrally located.

Posted: July 6, 2024Experienced: June, 2023
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Eliana

Eliana

Colombia

Solo travel experience

Overall, Brussels was ok. It felt relatively safe for the most part, except at night when there were a lot of drunk men on the streets. I was harassed and groped by two drunk men at the train station one night. The city is pretty, but if you’ve visited Europe it’s nothing out of the ordinary. My experience in Brussels was relatively lackluster.

Posted: June 14, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I did feel safe even though there a lot of influencers (mostly men) that come to you and try to flirt (asking for your number, or very lame pick up lines) so they can record your reaction and post on the internet. It was a bit annoying and I was uncomfortable with that.

Posted: April 30, 2024
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Group travel experience

Brussels felt like I’m in a movie. The Grand Palace in the night was enchanting. You could grab you drinks and accompany street singers. I felt safe. People are nice and helpful. It’s a bit expensive. Overall you should visit Brussels.

Posted: March 3, 2024
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Marta

Marta (19)

Belgium

Family travel experience

1) centre is enough safe, But it wasn't very comfortable outside of it. 2) It was a very cheap trip, I spent the night at a friend's house, so I spent about 60 euros on museums and cafes, as well as some transport 3) The city is very beautiful, but there are always a lot of people on the main square and it is difficult to see it, I highly recommend coming before 10 or 11 in the morning

Posted: January 12, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I loved Brussels. A short train ride was enough to get to Ghent, Bruges and Ostend. I felt very safe there. I chose this place for Christmas and I was not disappointed. Many places were open on Christmas. Fantastic art museum. A little cheese shop that was to die for. My hotel was near the main station.

Posted: September 18, 2023
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sara

sara (28)

Austria

Solo travel experience

I went on a short trip to Brussel to visit my friend I spent there 4 nights. I had the best time, friendliest people and it was so easy to get around and I practiced my French although they speak another dialect but they were really nice and patient with me . Food was cheap and best thrifting experience 😍 They have shops where you by clothes and accessories by the kilo, so you basically weigh the stuff you want and you pay the bare minimum I got soooo many stuff for under 30€ I haven't tried many Belgian meals but the brunch meals are a must as well as the sweets ofc we had Belgian waffles which were funnily shaped as vaginas and penises 😂😂 It's really safe we were two girls roaming around brussels late at night and gladly we didn't encounter any problems with anyone. So an overall perfect experience 👌

Posted: June 19, 2023Experienced: December, 2022
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Solo travel experience

I was only there for 2 days, but I went around everywhere and felt quite safe. The only place that seemed a bit suspicious to me was the bus station late at night, because unfortunately there were a lot of homeless people there.

Posted: April 23, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I recently traveled alone to Brussels and it was fantastic! I felt really safe, the hostel was great, and there were many things to do! What's more, I love Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate. I participated in a walking tour that was brilliant, it showed me all the most important landmarks and gave great recommendations on where to eat etc.

Posted: December 14, 2022
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Solo travel experience

To do: - Visit the Grand Place - Explore Atomium - Take advantage of a free guided walk - Take a picture with Manneken Pis - Visit Galeries Royales - Admire the view from Mont Des Arts Food: Try Belgian waffles, fries and chocolate. Safety: The city is completely safe. Recommendations: Brussels is beautiful, with excellent food and drinks, but a bit boring.

Posted: September 16, 2022
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Is Brussels safe for women?

Safety rating

3.5 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.6 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Most places are safe except the main train stations that cab get a bit dodgy at night and around those neighbourhoods. The centre is quite safe and wherever students and young people hang out is completely safe

Posted: July 9, 2024
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Brussels is a safe city if you know where to go. Normal advices are to be applied. Not walking alone at night in unknown areas is recommended. Sometimes I feel unsafe because of men, mainly not locals who are taking pleasure in frightening ladies.

Posted: July 7, 2024
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Is Brussels worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 25 experiences

Pauline

Pauline (26)

France

Group travel experience

Brussels is a very beautiful and multicultural city. It is easy to communicate with locals weather you're doing it in English or French. The city center is very animated and very great to go and party with your friends!

Posted: July 14, 2024Experienced: April, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Kamva

Kamva (28)

France

Solo travel experience

Brussels is such a pedestrian friendly city and its almost impossible to get lost when moving around. Unlike countries like France, its important to only cross at pedestrians crossings, a faux pas I committed more than once. But generally people are nice and easy going, even in the most touristy parts where people are easily irritated. Most people switch easily between French/Dutch and English as well.

Posted: June 19, 2024Experienced: May, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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