Is São Paulo Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

São Paulo is a large city and like all large cities, it has areas that are safer and others that are less safe. It is advisable to stay alert, especially after dark, and avoid less crowded areas. Public transportation is generally safe, but it's better to avoid it during less busy times. Many locals speak English, which can be helpful. Crime rates vary, so staying aware of your surroundings, keeping valuables out of sight, and making clear travel plans can help ensure your safety. Always trust your instincts as they are your best guide.

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How safe is São Paulo?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

São Paulo is a bustling city with a vibrant nightlife. However, it's essential to be cautious, as the safety can vary greatly depending on the area. Some neighborhoods can be safer and busier than others. Walking alone at night isn't highly advisable due to the risk of robbery or assault, particularly in less populated or poorly lit areas. It's recommended to use reliable transportation such as registered taxis or trusted rideshare apps, especially if you're unfamiliar with the city. Stay vigilant, avoid displaying expensive belongings in public, and avoid risky areas.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in São Paulo, is generally reliable and is used extensively by locals and tourists. However, potential issues include overcrowding during peak hours and the occasional instances of pickpocketing. It is always advised to exercise caution, avoid traveling during dark hours, and always keep an eye on your belongings.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

In São Paulo, street harassment does occur and it's something to be prepared for. However, it varies greatly depending on the area and the time of day. More populated and tourist-friendly areas tend to be safer, but caution should be used, especially at night or in less crowded, residential areas. It is advisable to dress modestly and maintain a low profile to avoid unwarranted attention. Keep your belongings close to you and avoid flashing valuable items such as smartphones or cameras.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:High

São Paulo, as one of the largest cities in Brazil, can be a hotbed for petty crimes like pickpocketing, purse snatching, and minor scams, particularly in crowded areas such as public transportation and tourist locations. As a solo female traveler always be aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings secured and avoid showcasing valuable items in public places.
Tap water:

Tap water:Moderate

The tap water in São Paulo undergoes a rigorous treatment process and meets the Ministry of Health’s potability standards. However, due to the city's extensive and sometimes aging pipe system, the water can sometimes have an unpleasant taste or smell. While generally it is safe for activities like showering or brushing teeth, locals often opt for bottled or filtered water for drinking and cooking to avoid any risk of contamination.

Is São Paulo safe to travel?

2.9 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Solo travel experience

I spent a few days alone in São Paulo. The biggest struggle for me was Portuguese. I cycled around the city, which was really great, and I also discovered three beaches on a walking tour. I was there during the carnival and I would recommend everyone to experience the carnival at least once in their life. I spent the whole day walking around various Blocos de Rua (street carnivals) and always felt very safe.

Posted: April 30, 2023
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Is São Paulo safe for women?

Safety rating

2.4 /5

Based on 16 experiences

Crime rates rating

3 /5

Based on 16 experiences

São Paulo is not the safest city, but it's not the most unsafe either. Walking around at night by yourself might be frightening but it depends on the neighborhood you choose to stay. Always choose a place near metro stations cause they're usually safer.

Posted: July 5, 2024
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You can feel safe in some places, but overall it’s not a place that I feel the safest. If I’m on the street I’ll not use my phone in public, I never bring my camera with me and so on. It’s sad, because it’s my home, but it’s true

Posted: June 30, 2024
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Is São Paulo safe right now?

Before your visit to São Paulo, it's essential to check travel advisories for Brazil, 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 Brazil due to crime. Some areas have an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: October 19, 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 Brazil due to high crime rates and regular incidents of gang-related and other violence in urban areas. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 11, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

**The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Brazil due to the threat of violent crime.** Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 6, 2024

Is São Paulo worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 3 experiences

Solo travel experience

I traveled last year for vacation. I went alone for seven days. I got around using the metro and buses - to and from the airport, as well as for long-distance trips to Rio de Janeiro. I love this city, there is a lot to see and many beautiful places.

Posted: September 13, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Layla

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I really enjoy traveling (I’ve been to 21 countries!), reading, spending time outdoors, and walking through the city streets. But most of all, I love taking photos, as photography is my greatest passion!

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São Paulo

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Hey, you can call me Danu 🌻 Here to meet women who shares the same passion for travelling. I was always a curious little girl, growing up math and geography would be my favorite subjects. Now I find myself journaling, going to movies, having slow mornings and nice long walks. I love skin care and having dinner with my girls, currently I’m exploring more the gym scenario as I want to become healthier. Life is always changing, so do I 😄

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São Paulo

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I'm a Brazilian girl who loves traveling, learning new languages and talking about different cultures.

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Sandra

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Hi, I’m Sandra from Hamburg, Germany. I love to travel the world, try new foods and lean about other cultures. I also love camping trips, hiking and yoga! :) I’ve been on a solo backpacking trip for 3.5 months 2015 in Asia and I’m planing another backpacking trip for 6 months (September 2024 to February 2025) probably in South America. I’d be happy to find someone who wants to join. :)

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