Is Croatia Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Croatia is generally safe for solo female travelers offering a low crime rate. However, like anywhere, it's always important to stay vigilant, especially in crowded areas and at night. The locals are usually friendly and happy to help, but it's wise to avoid remote areas late at night. Basic precautions, such as using reputable transportation services, avoiding secluded places, and keeping your belongings secure will help ensure a stress-free visit.

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How safe is Croatia?

Safety at nightSafe

Croatia is generally regarded as a safe destination, even for solo female travelers. Its cities are well-lit and typically bustling with people, even into the late evening hours, contributing to an overall feeling of security. However, as with any location, it's always recommended to remain alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when walking alone at night. It's advisable to stay in populated areas, avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, and follow local guidelines and advice related to safety.

Public transportationSafe

Public transportation in Croatia is fairly dependable and safe. The buses and trains are well-maintained and have reliable schedules. Tram service in larger cities such as Zagreb is comprehensive and convenient. Some areas, especially off the beaten path, may have less frequent services, but generally, incidents of crime or harassment on public transportation are relatively low. As long as you keep an eye on your belongings and stay alert to your surroundings, you should have a safe and comfortable journey.

Street harassmentLow

In Croatia, women often report feeling safe with very minimal experiences of street harassment. However, as in any other place, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and stay vigilant, particularly in larger cities or crowded areas.

Petty crimesLow

Croatia is generally safe for travelers with petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching being less common than in many other European destinations. Nevertheless, it occurs occasionally, especially in crowded places like markets and public transport. It's always important to be vigilant, keeping your belongings secure, not displaying expensive items openly or leaving them unattended. Always use common sense when undertaking any activities and ensure personal safety.

Tap waterSafe

Tap water in Croatia is generally safe to drink. The water is clean and undergoes regular testing to ensure it meets health standards. However, the taste might be off-putting to some due to the chlorine used in purification. To have the best experience, you might still prefer bottled water or using a water filter for the taste. It is also worth noting that while the tap water is safe in most of the country, in some remote or island areas, locals might advise drinking bottled water instead.

Is Croatia safe right now?

When traveling to Croatia, it is recommended by the United States, Canadian, and Australian governments to exercise normal precautions. This suggests a standard level of safety measures should be undertaken - stay aware of your surroundings, avoid dangerous or isolated areas especially at night, and secure personal belongings and important documents.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises exercising normal precautions in Croatia. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian Government advises taking normal security precautions in Croatia. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: January 9, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises exercising normal safety precautions in Croatia. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: October 31, 2023

Travel safety

Overall rating

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.9/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5

Solo travel experience

Croatia is beautiful, rich in history and very safe, making it an ideal place for solo travel. I spent time in Dubrovnik, Pula, Zadar, Split and Sibenik. I definitely recommend all these cities, although Zadar and Sibenik were my favorites.

Posted: December 29, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I visited Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, Split, Zadar, and Trogir, which included renting a car in Split and driving to Krka National Park from Split, and then to Plitvice from Zadar. Croatia is absolutely beautiful and I felt completely safe there as a lone woman. I definitely recommend visiting if you haven't been there before.

Posted: December 28, 2023
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Group travel experience

I went to Croatia with my friends last year, we visited Zadar and Split and it was beautiful, we had no problems, everyone was very open and kind when we asked for directions or food recommendations, most of the people we spoke to had a good understanding of English. We felt very safe walking around the area and the town at night. The only thing I would like to say is that the shops can be overpriced in tourist areas, so if you plan to do some shopping, it may be worth haggling over the price you would be happy to pay, which we managed to do.

Posted: December 4, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Hey! So i was a solo traveler in croatia (split) this year and it was amazing. I stayed in a hostel, where for me is the best thing to meet people while traveling alone! I met a lot of people there, people really come to you to talk. The prices are correct, just in some activities it can be expensive sometimes. I felt safe there even at night when i was alone, really recommend you this country. If you want to visit some places in Split: the marjan hill, the kasjuni beach (this one you really have to go!!!), krkra and the hvar island is also nice even if you dont have a lot to do there (lot of beach) but the 2 last pictures i put were there and the water is just wow.

Posted: November 21, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I considered Croatia to be very safe. I spent there 10 nights, landed in Zagreb, spent a few nights there, then took a bus to Split for a few nights (I loved it), then crossed to Hvar for a few days, and then flew back from Zadar. I traveled by buses and ferries between all the places.

Posted: October 1, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I visited Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split last year. Dubrovnik was my favorite. I started there, and then took a ferry to Hvar. From there, I took another ferry to Split and then took a Flixbus to Zadar. I found Dubrovnik to be much prettier than Split and, in general, it had a better atmosphere. Hvar was delightful and it was so nice to relax and swim there. I felt very safe there.

Posted: October 1, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Croatia was truly astonishing, with many extraordinary historical sites. The weather was pleasant and sunny, but not too hot. Everyone speaks English, the roads are good, and buses and ferries are reliable. It's also very clean and safe there. I started my journey in Zagreb, where I rented a car and drove to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Then I traveled by bus and ferry along the Adriatic coast, starting from Zadar, then to Trogir, Split, Hvar, Korčula and the island of Mljet, ending in Dubrovnik. Croatia is a great place to visit.

Posted: August 3, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Croatia is beautiful, full of culture, and very safe, making it an ideal place for a solo vacation. I visited Dubrovnik, Pula, Zadar, Split, and Sibenik. I highly recommend all these cities, but Zadar and Sibenik were my favorites.

Posted: August 3, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I started in Zagreb and headed south to Cavtat, with a detour through Hvar. I never felt unsafe or had to "watch my back". I carried a small backpack every day and never had to worry.

Posted: July 31, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Croatia was one of the most beautiful countries I've visited. History, culture, nature, amazing beaches, safety, friendly people... incredible.

Posted: April 11, 2023
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Local experiences

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Barbara

Barbara

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24 yo Croatian girl who loves to travel☺️

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Andrea

Andrea

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@anlivajic Hi. I am Andrea. I am 20 years old student from Croatia. I would like to travel whenever I get chance but my friends are not as I am so I am looking for someone to make plan with and actually do it :) . Feel free to ask me whatever you wanna know and let's go !!! 🫶🏻

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Stay with locals in Croatia

Martina

Martina

County of Virovitica-Podravina

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hey!, My name is Martina and I'm interested in art, business, culture, cinema, events & social, games, education, nature, history, languages, live music, nightlife, running, sightseeing, solo travel, sunbathing and swimming

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Sekani

Zagreb

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7 days

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Hello, My name is Sekani and I'm interested in writing, shopping, sightseeing, nightlife, photography, live music, history, food & cuisine, fashion, events & social and art

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Upcoming visitors to Croatia

Lucy

Lucy

About Me

Hi there! My name is Lucy and I am 22 years old living in Sydney, Australia. I am a full-time student studying a Bachelor of Laws and Business and I work part-time at a commercial law firm. During my University breaks I love to travel and I am hoping to do a short exchange in London in June 2024. After my 3 week exchange I plan on travelling around other countries in Europe solo. I also aspire to visit Central and South America once I graduate in 2025 and I am very open to suggestions! Please reach out if you have any questions about travelling in Sydney or if you can offer any advice for my travel plans 😊

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Elaine

Elaine

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Hello everyone! 🙋🏽‍♀️ Looking to make new friends abroad and hopefully find a great host for few days while traveling in your country! ✈️ Planning my next travel to Europe and I'm accepting any recommendations about where I should visit as also some food tips!🏙🍕😁 Hope here about you all soon!

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Safety in Croatia