Is Bosnia and Herzegovina Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Bosnia and Herzegovina has generally safe neighborhoods, especially in tourist-populated areas. Street crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is relatively low. However, it's recommended that you stay cautious as a solo female traveler. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times, especially at night and in less crowded areas. Use common sense when catching taxis and where possible, book through a reputable company. In terms of cultural respect, it's always best to dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention. Lastly, be aware of land mines in rural areas from the recent war.

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4 /5

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Safety overview

Safety at night:Moderate

Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers. However, you should exercise caution especially when walking alone at night. While major cities like Sarajevo are relatively safe, it's always best to avoid dimly lit and deserted areas. Most locals are incredibly helpful and hospitable, but as with any place, it's important to stay vigilant and follow your instincts.

Public transportation: Safe

Public transportation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally quite reliable and widespread, covering almost all parts of the country. Buses and trams are the most common modes of transport and are often preferred by locals and tourists alike. While pickpocketing in crowded places can happen, it's not a common occurrence. Late-night transport options may be limited in smaller towns. As with any form of public transport, being aware of your surroundings and keeping an eye on your belongings is recommended.

Street harassment: Low

Bosnia and Herzegovina generally maintains a respectful culture towards women. Although street harassment occasionally happens, it is not a prevalent issue. As a traveler, you may experience occasional stares, especially in the more conservative and rural areas. However, overall, this country is considered safe for solo female travelers. Just make sure to exercise usual caution and discretion.

Petty crimes:Low

Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally a safe country for travelers, including solo female travelers. Though petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag-snatching can occur, especially in tourist areas and on public transportation, these incidents are relatively uncommon. However, travelers should always take precautions in maintaining their personal safety and safeguarding their belongings.

Tap water:Safe

In general, tap water in Bosnia and Herzegovina is considered safe to drink. The purity of water may, however, vary in different regions. Some areas, especially rural ones, could have less reliable water supplies. Hence, using a water purification tablet or drinking bottled water can be an alternative solution when you are unsure.

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Travel experiences

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 4 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4/5

Safety

4/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

4.4/5

Solo travel experience

I was in Sarajevo and Mostar in August and felt very safe. Super interesting places, with fascinating history and culture, and friendly people.

Posted: October 21, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited solo for about three days. It's safe, but quite melancholic. In Sarajevo, you can still see traces of the civil war. It's definitely worth visiting the Srebrenica Museum unless you have a weak stomach, then I wouldn't recommend it. The south has a beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere. It's cheap and has a great ambiance. A bit like in Georgia.

Posted: October 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

One of my favorite countries. It's so cheap, the scenery is amazing, the people are lovely and the food is so good. I only went to Mostar and Sarajevo but wish I could have done more places. Mostar was beautiful, and the train journey between Mostar and Sarajevo is a must.

Posted: June 12, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Sarajevo as I was in the Balcans because of a Tango festival and I immediately fall in love with Sarajevo, it is such a blend of Europe and Asia, like a small Istanbul. Definitely as solo female it is advised to follow the adequate rules of not walking around late in the night, but during the day it is completely fine to explore the city.

Posted: May 27, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Milica

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Hi!, My name is Milica and I'm interested in animals, books, camping, education, food & cuisine, languages, nature, nightlife, rafting, boozing, health, hiking, science, shopping and solo travel

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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia and Herzegovina, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France, ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany, ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro, ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden

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Aldijana

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Hi! My name is Aldijana. Im an 18 year old girl from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and I just finished high school.

Countries Iโ€™ve Visited

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia, ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary, ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria

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Ajla

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Hi!, I'm Ajla and I'm interested in culture, dancing, fashion, health, languages, live music, nature, solo travel, swimming, writing, art and business

Countries Iโ€™ve Visited

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7 days

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Hi!, My name is Rea and I'm interested in art, books, backpacking, cycling, dancing, fashion, food & cuisine, health, hiking, languages, live music, nature, nightlife, photography, rafting, running, science, shopping, sightseeing, swimming, solo travel, writing, sunbathing, events & social, education, culture, cinema, camping, caving, business and architecture

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3 days

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Charismatic, sociable, I like to meet new people

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Local discussions

TravelDoes anyone know of an inexpensive shuttle service from Sarajevo to Mostar?

Hello! I am going back to Mostar in three weeks, but I am landing in Banja Luka. Does anyone know of an inexpensive shuttle service from Sarajevo to Mostar?

Posted: August 4, 2023
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TravelWhat advice can you give me for my trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina?

I'm coming to Bosnia and Herzegovina soon. I'm open to advice๐Ÿค— (camping, history, social night etc.)

Posted: July 30, 2023
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Safety in Bosnia and Herzegovina