Is Dublin Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Dublin generally has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, making it relatively safe for solo female travelers. The local people are hospitable and willing to aid tourists. While like any other city, it has areas that are less safe, major tourist spots, accommodation venues, and public transportation are normally safe. Use common sense precautions like not walking alone late at night in unlit or less populated areas. Petty crimes like bag snatching and pickpocketing can occur, especially in crowded tourist spots and on public transportation, so always keep a close watch on your belongings.

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How safe is Dublin?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Dublin is generally a safe and welcoming city, also for solo female travelers. While exploring at night, stick to well-lit, populated areas, and avoid quiet, unlit places. Public transportation and taxis services are readily available if you need to travel far or late. Nonetheless, as in any large city, be aware of your surroundings, do not display flashy items, and avoid late-night conflicts or conversations with heavily intoxicated individuals.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Dublin, is generally reliable and safe. The city has a comprehensive network, including buses, trams (Luas), and trains (DART). Both locals and tourists widely use these services. Instances of crime on public transport are relatively low, especially during daytime hours. Drivers and staff are invariably polite and ready to help. Nonetheless, like any urban environment, it's crucial to stay alert and keep an eye on your belongings, especially during rush hours and late at night. Some remote bus stops might be less busy during off-peak times, which could be potentially less comfortable for solo travelers. Despite these minor issues, the majority of solo female travelers find Dublin's public transport safe, efficient, and convenient to use.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Dublin generally presents a safe atmosphere with minor instances of street harassment. Locals are usually cordial and respectful, with a laid-back attitude. However, like any city, there can be occasional unpleasantries especially in late nights or in less frequented areas. It's advisable to stay alert, confident and vigilant in your surroundings. As always, taking normal travel precautions should suffice for a comfortable experience.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Dublin, like any city, has crime, but it is generally safe especially for solo female travelers. Petty crimes like pickpocketing or purse snatching can occur, particularly in crowded tourist areas and on public transportation. However, with basic precautions like being aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded places, and keeping your belongings secure, you can minimize the risk of becoming a victim of such crimes.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

The tap water in Dublin, is typically of very high quality and is considered safe to drink. The water supply is monitored and regulated to ensure it meets drinking water quality standards. It's possible you may notice slight differences in taste due to the way the water is treated, but this doesn't affect the safety of the water.

Is Dublin safe to travel?

4.6 /5

Based on 37 experiences

Irina

Irina

Switzerland

Solo travel experience

My first solo travel ever was a prolonged weekend in Dublin. I've always been lazy in vacation, preferring to stay in the hotel - this trip changed me. I had a fullpacked itinerary that forced me to go outside and meet people. I had the confidence to make friends with tourguides and other tourists alike. The Irish just have that special something ♥️ I felt pretty safe, but probably not as much as back home in Switzerland - but that's hard to achieve

Posted: July 14, 2024
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Couple travel experience

I felt really safe while in Dublin, I'm not sure but I guess my boyfriend travelling with me made some difference. I found it really easy to get to the places I planned to visit, the public transportation system was nice, clean and efficient. Only once I saw a bus driver ignore the people on the bus stop, which made me feel like a latina again (jk) I was able to eat good and cheap food at the non-european restaurants, specially indian, brazilian, colombian and iraqi restaurants. Always look for the restaurants inside the underground galleries. Vegan options were also quite easy to find, the issue is the closing time. I wasn't really the best at planning the hiking activities and we would arrive back in Dublin late enough for the restaurants to be closed or closing, so keep that in mind.

Posted: July 10, 2024Experienced: September, 2022
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Solo travel experience

I felt very safe during my semester abroad in Dublin, as the city is well-patrolled and the locals are friendly. I stayed in a student dormitory, which was convenient and comfortable. I recommend visiting the Pub Old Town Road for its beautiful live music, as well as the Café Coffee and Beans for a great coffee experience.

Posted: July 10, 2024
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Nina

Nina

Germany

Solo travel experience

Dublin is a very beautiful and safe city to visit. Everyone is so friendly there. A must do is definitely a pub tour since there are so many good bars with live music. I mostly cooked by myself because it is very expensive in Ireland. The housing costs (apartment, hotel, even hostels) were higher than expected, but if it is just for a small period of time, it’s fine. The weather was really good in august and september which is not that usual.

Posted: June 30, 2024
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Diana

Diana (64)

United States

Solo travel experience

Felt very safe in Dublin and other places I went in Ireland. London was very busy and congested but felt pretty safe. Loved having a “base” in Dublin then taking day trips with Viator to other places. The Cliffs, Galway, Wicklow, Glendolaugh, Kilkenny (one of my favorites).

Posted: June 3, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
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Couple travel experience

As a queer person travelling with my partner, I was nervous about how open and accepting Ireland would be towards us and the level of affection we would be able to comfortably display. I was so pleased by the community in Dublin, we felt safe and accepted the entire trip - even after strangers found out we were a couple. We also managed to find a very vibrant queer nightlife that was quick to welcome us and made our nights there incredibly memorable. Highly recommend city!!

Posted: May 23, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I stayed here while hiking the Kerry Way (which was an incredible experience, during which I felt safe the ENTIRE time). I really like Dublin, and generally felt safe there. There were one or two instances when I could not avoid walking at dusk and was made to feel uncomfortable by men, but I used good judgement and was ultimately just fine. The best thing about Dublin, IMO, were the museums. I really loved seeing the bog bodies! Highly recommend that. Otherwise though, get out into the countryside ASAP - there is no substitute for it. The Irish are incredibly welcoming and hospitable and if you enjoy the outdoors, it is amazing.

Posted: May 13, 2024
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Family travel experience

I visited Dublin with my family during summer last July. I feel quite safe in Dublin. But in my opinion there were many homeless people in the streets and also many garbage bags. I would like to recommend visiting Howth which is nearby Dublin by train. I also visited the EPIC museum about Irish Emigration, this museum was very interesting and also interactive.

Posted: March 14, 2024Experienced: June, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I enjoyed my time as a solo traveler in Dublin! There is definitely plenty to do around the city, and 2 days was not enough for it all. I felt relatively safe alone in the city- I stayed on Abbey St and explored the Temple Bar & surrounding areas alone at night and never felt threatened. There was occasionally begging but that was about the only time I was approached.

Posted: February 17, 2024
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Solo travel experience

It was very safe and a great place to be despite the rain. It was decently priced and a humble city to be in with lots to see even outside of Dublin. Getting around in public transit is great. Food was ok. You can visit cathedrals, temple bar, castles, Guinness brewery, Worth a visit

Posted: February 7, 2024
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Is Dublin safe for women?

Safety rating

3.8 /5

Based on 17 experiences

Crime rates rating

2 /5

Based on 17 experiences

Jaqueline

Jaqueline

I love Dublin, is safe, but in the south of the city, the city centre is starting to be robbed, teenagers attack strangers. I feel safe on the bus and at night but in specific areas in the south, the north is not.

Posted: July 9, 2024
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Truthfully, since the recent riots, all I see is more hate on the streets from locals. They seem to not like immigrants here but I am also black so I worry more than a white skin immigrant. That being said, the city remains vibrant and majority of older people keep smiling but their teenagers seem to be high on whatever God knows.

Posted: July 4, 2024
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Is Dublin safe right now?

Before your visit to Dublin, it's essential to check travel advisories for Ireland, 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 exercising normal precautions in Ireland. 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:** **Take normal security precautions in Ireland.** Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 15, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises exercising normal safety precautions in Ireland. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: December 4, 2023

Is Dublin worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 37 experiences

Family travel experience

I recommend booking tours in advance (Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, etc) as they can get pretty full. Walking around is also a great way of visiting the city and getting an idea of what the vibe is like.

Posted: February 7, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Dublin was my first solo travel experience, it was a bucket list trip, and it didn’t disappoint. Some of my favorite things I did inside of Dublin were the Guinness storehouse tour, taking a cocktail making class at Jameson, visiting the botanical gardens, and visiting St. Stephen’s green. I took two days while I was there. The first was the cliffs of moher and Galway city, which was very enjoyable. The second was a tour that included a stop at a working farm and a visit to Glendalough and a drive through the mountains, also very enjoyable.

Posted: December 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Hello everyone! I'm Jaqueline, 29 years old, and I'm from Mexico. I have been living in Ireland for two years now, where I am learning English and enjoying a new culture. I started traveling solo more than five years ago, an experience that has allowed me to grow and learn a lot. I'm a big fan of couch surfing: I've had the chance to host other travelers and also stay in the homes of wonderful people. These experiences have enriched my travels and allowed me to make unforgettable friendships. I consider myself a fun and cheerful girl, always ready to meet and connect with more female travelers. I look forward to sharing many adventures and experiences with you all!

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Gabby

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Safety in Ireland