Is Copenhagen Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Copenhagen is generally very safe for solo female travelers. The local residents are quite friendly and helpful and the city itself is neat and well-policed. Solo female travelers are unlikely to face unwelcome attention. It boasts a low crime rate, and most visitable areas are well-patrolled and crowded. However, as always when traveling solo, it is important to maintain basic precautions such as staying in well-traveled areas, especially at night, and keeping valuables safe and out of sight.

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How safe is Copenhagen?

Safety at nightSafe

Copenhagen is generally safe for solo female travelers, even at night. The city is well-lit and there's a considerable police presence which boosts overall safety. However, as with any major city, certain areas can be riskier late at night, and occasional petty crimes like pickpocketing might occur. Staying aware of your surroundings, avoiding unlit areas, and keeping personal belongings secure would increase your safety.

Public transportationVery safe

Copenhagen's public transportation is highly reliable and safe to use. The city offers a variety of options including buses, trains and metro lines that run frequently and are well-maintained. As a solo female traveler, you can expect to feel safe at all times due to the presence of helpful staff and security measures such as CCTV cameras. Night buses are also available, but do remember that like anywhere else, it is important to stay alert and mindful of your surroundings.

Street harassmentLow

Copenhagen is known for being a very safe city where street harassment incidents are quite rare. The locals are typically respectful and mind their own business. Occasional incidents could occur, as in any other city, but they are not the norm. Most of my journeys, even at night, have been pleasant and without unwarranted attention or pestering. Nonetheless, it's important to always stay aware of your surroundings.

Petty crimesLow

Copenhagen is generally very safe, petty crimes such as pickpocketing can occur, especially in crowded tourist areas and public transportation. However, with standard precautions of being aware of your surroundings and belongings, you can largely avoid these incidences. It's important to maintain common travel vigilance.

Tap waterVery safe

Copenhagen's tap water undergoes regular rigorous testing and it's known for its excellent quality. It's not only safe to drink but it's also flavorful due to the strict environmental regulations Purity and safety standards are maintained to a very high level. It would be unnecessary to buy bottled water or to treat tap water before drinking.

Is Denmark safe right now?

When traveling to the Kingdom of Denmark, it's of utmost importance to exercise increased caution due to potential terrorism threats. This advice is supported by the United States, Canadian, and Australian governments. Stay vigilant throughout your visit, follow local guidelines and authorities, and keep abreast of news and updates regularly.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States government advises to exercise increased caution in the Kingdom of Denmark due to terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 7, 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 Denmark due to potential terrorism threats. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: January 9, 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 Denmark due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: August 25, 2023

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Things to do

4.9/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

2.4/5
Marissa

Marissa

United States

Couple travel experience

Copenhagen rocked! I travelled with my partner and it felt totally safe with tons to do. Super walkable and beautiful city :) We went to Christiania Freetown for a day and also walked along Nyhavn. It was a little expensive but not too crazy.

Posted: February 17, 2024
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Morgan

Morgan

United States

Solo travel experience

I had a wonderful time in Copenhagen! I was there for 3 weeks for a short study abroad course and was really able to make the most of my time there. I felt extremely safe during my time there. No cat calling, heckling, harassment, etc. even late at night. I was out multiple times by myself or with my friend (also female) and felt 100% safe. There were plenty of things to do and see in Copenhagen. Lots of fun vintage shops. They were pricey but fun to explore. Lots of shopping and beautiful architecture (there were tons of beautiful cathedrals). I would definitely recommend Rosenberg castle! 10/10 Nyhavn was also very fun! The houses were beautiful and it was nice to walk along the harbor. They’re was plenty of variety for food and restaurants but if you’re really on a budget and have access to a kitchen/kitchenette, I would recommend buying some groceries and eating in. The food quality was great but very expensive especially for dine in restaurants. If you’re looking for some delicious Thai cuisine, check out Rice Market that’s a few blocks from Norreport Station. The best I’ve had! Love the seafood curry! The public transport was fairly inexpensive and easy to learn and use. Get a rejesekort transportation card and it’s a breeze to get around. My accommodations were covered in my tuition fee for my study program so I can’t speak on places to stay and their affordability. During my 3 weeks I spent about $1,500 USD on transportation all over the city and the island of Amager, food, activities, souvenirs, miscellaneous. This includes my transportation to my place of study which I had to attend 5 days a week. I also explored a lot of the surrounding cities and towns outside of Copenhagen so I did spend a fair amount on just traveling and exploring. Overall, I had a wonderful experience in Copenhagen and will definitely visit again soon!

Posted: January 6, 2024
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Group travel experience

Copenhagen is generally super safe and it's very beautiful. Denmark has a reputation for being super unwelcoming, and supposedly it's hard to make friends. This isn't necessarily true it's just that, first you gonna have to do the approaching and, second the people that are interested in talking are probably not the people you wanna make friends with. If you really wanna talk to people I really do recommend night life, you don't necessarily have to be drunk but Danes do. Obviously there are areas that are less safe but even those are pretty damn safe. If you feel worried just keep to yourself and you'll be fine. Things in Denmark are pretty expensive like most other eu countries, so just be prepared for that. For transportation there is an app called rejseplanen which I really recommend. Basically you just write your location, where you want to go, and what time you wanna be there. The app then shows you all possible public transportation routes and connections.

Posted: November 9, 2023Experienced: April, 2021
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Solo travel experience

I travelled alone to Copenhagen for my first solo trip and I felt so safe. I stayed in a completely female dormitory in a hostel, where I made friends to spend time with in the evenings, so I was never alone at night, but during the day, I felt very safe walking alone. Even at night, it was safe, but it's probably best to avoid being alone when it's late. It was expensive, but I ate at food markets most of the time.

Posted: October 16, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I made my first solo trip to Copenhagen and it was the best decision. Easy public transport, beaches, lots of things to do, and safe hostels. I stayed at the Bedwood Hostel in a bed capsule.

Posted: October 1, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Copenhagen is a great place for a solo trip, especially for someone who speaks English, since there is practically no language barrier. It is also very safe there. I felt safe walking around, even in the evening. I liked both Nyhavn harbor and Tivoli in the evenings, as they are full of life, with plenty to see and do. I really liked the Torvehallerne food hall for eating out, because you can take a place at the counter, and there are many options.

Posted: September 30, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I stayed in Copenhagen for a week. It is very clean, safe, has very good food, but it is also very expensive. I had a wonderful time, the city was great, albeit not very diverse. I stayed in Christianshavn, which was a great place. From there, it was easy to get around. I bought a Copenhagen Card, which included transport and many attractions. I met several other solo travelers, with whom I spent time.

Posted: August 2, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Copenhagen is beautiful and very peaceful, which I really liked. Super safe - it was my first solo trip. Biking around the city is incredibly therapeutic, with lots of charming cafees and parks, as well as places to swim. People are very kind and speak incredibly good English.

Posted: July 30, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Copenhagen is an amazing city. Very progressive and safe, and the Danes turned out to be incredibly kind and hospitable. I recommend taking part in a canal boat tour at the beginning of the week. You will see a lot from the water perspective and you will be able to decide what interests you, to return there on foot and discover more. Copenhagen can be really expensive, especially when it comes to eating out.

Posted: May 22, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Beautiful city. A lot of things to do. Very clean, kind people and safe for solo female travellers.

Posted: April 3, 2023Experienced: March, 2023
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