Is Galway Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Galway is widely known to be safe and welcoming for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly and always happy to help if needed. Like everywhere, it's imperative to practice general precautions such as avoiding walking alone late at night in desolated areas and keeping your belongings secure, but overall, you should not have any major concerns regarding safety.

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How safe is Galway?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Galway typically experiences lower crime rates than other large cities and it's often considered a safe place for solo female travelers. At night, most areas still feel safe and welcoming, though it's always advisable to maintain a general level of caution and street smarts. Well-lit paths, populated areas, and known routes are your best bet when walking alone. Hardly any problems would usually be encountered, but as with any city, it's worth avoiding isolated areas late at night.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in Galway is generally considered to be very safe, with numerous modes available including buses, trains, and trams. Security measures such as CCTV cameras are in place in many areas, and staff are typically very helpful. Additionally, Ireland as a whole has a lower crime rate compared to other countries making it safe for solo female travellers. As usual, it's recommended to stay alert and keep an eye on your belongings, especially during peak travel times.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Galway is generally a safe and welcoming city for solo female travelers. Instances of street harassment are rare, and it's not something that should be a great concern. That said, common sense precautions should always be taken, such as avoiding certain areas late at night and not being excessively friendly with strangers. The locals are often friendly and willing to lend a hand if asked. The overall ambiance of the city is relaxed and people are respectful.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Galway is generally safe and most visits are trouble-free, but petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching do occur. It's advisable to take basic precautions like safeguarding your personal belongings and avoiding poorly lit areas at night. Using sturdy, zipped bags and not flaunting valuable items in public can also reduce one's risk.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Galway, is typically of high quality and safe to drink. It adheres to rigorous European Union standards and is monitored continuously to ensure its safety and cleanliness. However, delicate stomachs may have slight adjustments due to the change in water source.

Is Galway safe to travel?

4.4 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Cassidy

Cassidy

United States

Group travel experience

Galway was the first city we visited in Ireland and it was just stunning. It was easily the most enchanting place I’ve ever been and I loved the quaint nature of the city. I was with a group of girls and we felt super safe, the people were so kind, and the area we were in made everything easily accessible. We had a car, however I think it could easily be walkable with a little bit different planning.

Posted: April 11, 2024
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Solo travel experience

It was such a fun experience in Galway. I did a tour from a local tour guide. It was very interesting. Also, not too far from the cliffs of Moher. I felt quite safe the whole stay. I met different kinds of people and they were all very friendly! Also loved the accent

Posted: April 9, 2024Experienced: May, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Super nice little town - cozy vibes. Felt very safe, lots of cute areas to explore. Lots of cute pubs, good food. Not much to do in terms of attractions, but nice to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.

Posted: November 29, 2023Experienced: November, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Galway is a charming little town. Very pedestrian-friendly and safe, with the possibility of day trips to many attractions (Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher etc.) People are very kind and helpful. Good public transportation.

Posted: October 19, 2023
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Is Galway safe for women?

Galway is a friendly vibrant tourist city which is safe to travel in. Lots of tours to join and solo travellers. Hostels are safe. I would recommend travelling here. It is a cultural city with lots of things to do and see for everyone

Posted: April 3, 2024
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Is Galway safe right now?

Before your visit to Galway, 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: May 6, 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

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