Is Budapest Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Budapest generally offers a safe environment for solo female travelers. Traditional tourist areas are well-policed and have excellent public transportation options, including reputable taxi services. However, it's always crucial to follow classic safety measures like staying in well-lit, busy places, keeping an eye on your belongings, and avoiding isolated places after dark. Additionally, it's advisable to learn a few basic Hungarian phrases to navigate your stay.

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How safe is Budapest?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Budapest generally holds a reputation as a safe city for solo female travelers. At night, popular and well-lit areas such as the city center, landmarks, and the Danube promenade are generally secure to navigate alone, and public transportation continuously runs smoothly. However, as with any global city, it's always essential to remain vigilant and use common sense, especially when exploring less crowded neighborhoods or parts of the city outside the main areas.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Budapest is relatively safe as the metro, trams, buses, and trolleys are well-maintained and reliable. Most locals and tourists use public transport daily without incidences. It is very busy during peak hours, making it less favourable for pickpockets. However, as with any city, it's always wise to stay vigilant and watch out for your belongings, especially in crowded places. Also, while most people speak English in Budapest, language can sometimes be a barrier, so knowing a few basic phrases or having a translation app handy might be beneficial.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has relatively low levels of street harassment compared to other global tourist destinations. Nevertheless, as a solo female traveler, it’s always important to stay cautious and aware of your surroundings. For the most part, locals are welcoming and possess a friendly disposition towards tourists. However, just like in any major city, there may be instances of verbal harassment in crowded or less reputable areas. Exercising common safety measures should ensure a pleasant stay in this scenic city.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Budapest, is generally considered a safe city, although like any major city, some petty crime such as pickpocketing or bag snatching can occur, primarily in crowded places and on public transport. However, it's not rampant, and taking general precautions can help you avoid such situations. It's always recommended to be aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings close, and secure valuables out of sight.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Budapest is completely safe for consumption. The water quality is regularly monitored and tested for any contamination. The local water supply company takes necessary steps to ensure the hygiene and cleanliness of the water. Filtering and disinfection procedures are adhered, providing potable, clean water straight from the tap. It's a practical and environmentally friendly solution, contributing to reducing plastic usage.

Is Budapest safe to travel?

4.8 /5

Based on 53 experiences

Katie

Katie (38)

United States

Couple travel experience

This was our second trip to Budapest and I highly recommend it! We rented a lovely private studio apartment in a secure building on Airbnb for $300/week. The city is very walkable, but there is also easy cheap public transport. The food is absolutely world class - we had the best English breakfast, the best street tacos, the best burgers, and the best American style pancakes we've ever had. The coffee scene is also top notch. English is widely spoken, the people are very friendly and I felt incredibly safe.

Posted: June 4, 2024Experienced: May, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Budapest is such a beautiful, safe, with nice people. I highly recommend you to visit Budapest. Sights to see on the Buda side: National Gallery, Fisherman's Bastion, Matyas Church, Buda Castle. Sights to see on the Pest side: Vaci Street, Hungarian Parliament, Chocolate Museum, Miniversum, the statues along the Danube. I visited in January and the weather was fine.

Posted: April 8, 2024
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Budapest is a stunning European city with affordable prices despite its beauty. As a solo female traveler, I didn't get bored and felt safe. I divided my time, spending one day in Buda and one day in Pest, then explored Margaret Island on the third day. In short, I recommend staying for a minimum of three days in this city.

Posted: March 19, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I went to budapest on new year’s 2023 (actually saw the fireworks in the plane it was beautiful). I think budapest is beautiful and if you enjoy sightseeing/history there’s so much of that. Also ofcourse the party scene is very famous there and the thermal baths. I personally felt very safe there but not so much in the metro. I was always rushing when i was in the metro there because i saw so many sketchy people all parts of the day. I stayed at a hostel there and it was a really great one :) Would absolutely visit again

Posted: February 21, 2024
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Group travel experience

Very safe even at night. Locals are very friendly and shared us good places to eat! Not cheap but not expensive either, good idea to budget appropriately. Trams and subway system is brill. Worth booking a transfer or sharing a taxi from the airport, once we were on it was fine but it wasn’t easy to find.

Posted: February 15, 2024
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Budapest is such a beautiful city. I visited the most beautiful cafe in the world, the beautiful Parliament, the largest baths in Europe, and a bridge that connects Buda and Pest. I loved the city and felt very safe.

Posted: February 10, 2024
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Sofia

Sofia (37)

Portugal

Solo travel experience

Very safe, day and night. I recommend the cruise on the Danube River, the hot air balloon, and the Fisherman's Bastion. The metro is very easy to use; I just used the Budapest Go app and bought the tickets through the app.

Posted: January 9, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
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I loved my stay in Budapest, I felt constantly safe and the atmosphere was amazing. Budapest was extremely budget friendly, and we stayed in a stunning Airbnb. I would highly recommend Szimpla Kert. I know it’s a classic but it was one of a kind. Budapest was one of my all time favourites and I would go back in a heart beat.

Posted: January 4, 2024
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Chara

Chara (20)

Greece

Couple travel experience

Budapest is one of the best places to visit as a student! Beautiful and very picturesque, with many historic monuments and beautiful castles to enjoy for free. Very cheap as well, with great accommodation options. I went with my girlfriend and felt very safe both in Buda and Pest, you can roam the streets at any time and not worry about weird people stalking you. Perfect!

Posted: November 23, 2023Experienced: September, 2023
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I traveled alone to Budapest in March of this year and I enjoyed it very much. I was always going everywhere, to divert my thoughts from the fact that I was there alone. I felt so safe there that I never felt in danger, even when returning to the hotel at 11 pm.

Posted: October 13, 2023
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Is Budapest safe for women?

Safety rating

3.7 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.4 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Natia

Natia

although there are some districts which is recommend to avoid at late night, its been 3 years and i feel very safe it the city, i had not had any minor problems with safety. Of course there are alot of homeless ppl in Budapest but mostly they are not dangerous

Posted: June 14, 2024
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Eszter

Eszter

Budapest id generaly safe. Avoid disctrict 8 at late night, but until midnight there are usually many people on the streets, so in most parts of the city there should be no problems. Don't put your values in your backpack, but other than that, you should have no issues. People are helpful here and there are 24/7 shops, bars, so in case you would feel unsafe you can go into one of them.

Posted: June 11, 2024
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Is Budapest safe right now?

Before your visit to Budapest, it's essential to check travel advisories for Hungary, 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 AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises to exercise normal precautions in Hungary. 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 to:** **Take normal security precautions in Hungary.** Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 4, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Hungary. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 7, 2024

Is Budapest worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 53 experiences

Öznur

Öznur (25)

Poland

Group travel experience

There were not many places to visit. Transportation was very easy. The food was not interesting. Everyone was very friendly. But it was more expensive than I expected. The number of indigenous people was very small

Posted: April 23, 2024Experienced: March, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Zehra

Zehra (22)

Hungary

Group travel experience

Including the hostel where we stayed in Budapest, we lived the sparkling streets, which are beautiful day and night. There are a lot of tourists like us and it feels great.It was also very pleasant to meet and chat with many travelers.

Posted: April 6, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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