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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Safety index

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: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: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: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: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?

4.7 /5

Based on 30 experiences

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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Couple travel experience

I traveled with my boyfriend so I believe that I felt safer than if I was alone, but we didn’t felt afraid at night or with the locals of course you have to be careful with the scams even if I didn’t see much of it. There are a lot of junkies and people that sleeps in the streets. Temple bar is a most. You have like 3 or 4 free museums in the center of the city. Wax museum is cool to and the penny’s bridge is beautiful at night. I stayed 3 nights (400€) you can save money in meals, almost every market have “the meal deals” it’s a meal for 4,5€ and the wax museum was 16€ for students. the only public transport that i used was to go to the airport and to the hotel it was like 25€ I stayed in Baresford hotel, has a good location

Posted: January 4, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I have some friends living in Dublin so i went for the summer vacations. Since I'm brazilian I've found a lot of places where i could eat and listen to music from my country, but i didn't miss the chance to enjoy local culture. There are a lot of museums and interesting places to visit. It's a lovely country, even if the weather is a little too cold and rainy for me 😅 I did a lot of touristing by myself, wich I love and it forces me to meet new people and exchange experiences. I wandered around enjoying the views and felt safe and at peace. The night life is also good, a lot of pubs and clubs to choose from. It was my second time around and I'm definitely going back 🥰

Posted: December 18, 2023Experienced: July, 2023
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i felt very safe wether it was day or nicht. i really liked the armosphere and the people, i want to go again this summer. The food was also great. I hope to visit anytime soon. It was a great stay i would recommend

Posted: December 10, 2023
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Family travel experience

Avoid the temple bar and other tourist area’s as they will overcharge and it’s swarmed with pickpockets As of 2023 I would avoid Ireland as a foreigner due to the recent riots and xenophobia causing many people to feel unsafe

Posted: December 4, 2023Experienced: September, 2022
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Tristen

Tristen

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Solo travel experience

I went on my first solo trip in November and chose Ireland. * stayed in Dublin (Jacob’s Inn hostel, 100% recommend) * did a bus tour to Cliffs of Moher and Galway, takes a day. I went with Wild Rovers tour and enjoyed it so much, very informational and plenty of time for site seeing (solo or group) and just a fun day. A fellow female traveller I met did the sheep dog tour, they offer several different routes! * took the train (dart) to Heath from Dublin for a day. Try Octopussy fish & chips! * I felt safe the entire time there which of course was my biggest concern, people were very friendly * I used public transport which is very convenient in Dublin & cheap. Took the bus from the airport to city centre for €2.60 * I didn’t have an itinerary besides the bus tour as I booked very last minute but there was so many things to do, spent 5 days there. The hostel is a great place to meet others to hang with * DO A PUB CRAWL, but prepare for the worst hangover of your life Ireland, I will be back! Next time I plan to visit more of the countryside it’s breathtaking🫶🏽

Posted: November 30, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Dublin was my first independent international trip. I stayed in the Temple Bar area during the holiday season and went everywhere alone. Of course, I was always aware of my surroundings, but I never felt unsafe. Even a bit drunk at 2 in the morning. There were always groups of tourists around and I always felt comfortable. The pubs during the holiday season are simply beautiful. I went on a full-day bus trip to Belfast and Northern Ireland, to the Giant's Causeway and the Titanic Museum. There was a Christmas Market in Belfast, which was incredible.

Posted: September 11, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Dublin is very fun and the Irish people are very friendly. The nightlife here is great, the city is beautiful and one feels safe. There are also fantastic day trips to other parts of Ireland.

Posted: July 31, 2023
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Is Dublin safe for women?

Safety rating

3.7 /5

Based on 8 reviews the women safety index in Dublin is 3.7/5. On average women living in Dublin raises relatively low concerns about women's safety.

Crime rates rating

1.6 /5

Based on 8 reviews the crime rate index in Dublin is 1.6/5. On average women living in Dublin raises relatively low concerns about crime and violence against women.

Rating summary

Safety walking alone after dark:

3.1/5
Moderate

Safety using public transport:

4.1/5
Safe

Worries of being sexually harassed:

1.5/5
A Bit Worried

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

1.2/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being physically attacked:

1.5/5
A Bit Worried

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

1.5/5
A Bit Worried

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

2.4/5
A Bit Worried

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

1.2/5
Not at all worried

You can go out at night and it's safe, there are more people in some streets who usually consume drugs, but they don't usually mess with you There are many fun and safe places There are better streets than others to be able to walk

Posted: April 18, 2024
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Very safe in general. Some inner city areas can be a bit riskier at night but this is the same as all other major European capital cities. Public transport is very safe to use even at night so you can travel with ease around the city

Posted: April 10, 2024
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I’ve never felt worried about safety in Dublin and have never witnessed dangerous seeming events, petty or serious crimes occurring, while being here in the past few months. Even at night, walking around feels alright as a woman.

Posted: April 7, 2024
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For the most part, I would say Dublin is pretty safe (although slightly less so in the past year or so). During the day I would have no issues being in the city alone, but wouldn’t stray from the busy/touristy areas by myself at night!

Posted: March 31, 2024
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Dublin is a pretty safe city. A lot of drunks just avoid them if they’re making a fus. I have lived here four years and been robbed once on street. Watch out for pickpockets but don’t be too crazy it’ll prob be okay! South side of city is generally safer though almost areas of the North are fine and green line luas is better than red line always.

Posted: March 23, 2024
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Risky areas are remote areas, weekends, stay polite and smile, you can enjoy every moment when in groups. Dublin4 is safe with consulates and embassies mostly. Avoid renting near council house areas.

Posted: March 16, 2024
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Mary

Mary

It's as safe as any major city. During the day, as long as you stay away from certain areas, there should be no problems. At night time it's the same but as a woman, I'd always be careful walking by myself anywhere and try to take public transport as much as possible. You'll be more than fine as long as you stick to the touristy places, if you've never been here before, same with any other country. Enjoy your stay! 😊

Posted: March 11, 2024
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Dublin is relatively safe. Relatively Low level of sexual harassment. The main worry is pickpocketing/mugging on certain streets. Tourists often stay in hotels/hostels located in dodgier areas. Its definitely a good idea to look up where your accomodation is beforehand. (Also we have a housing crisis meaning accomodation can be wildly expensive- make sure you secure your accom before booking anything else.

Posted: February 26, 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 taking normal security precautions in Ireland. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 12, 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 30 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.9/5

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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