Is Netherlands Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

The Netherlands generally is very safe with a well-functioning police force and emergency services. Dutch people are open-minded, respect diversity, and crime rates are low. However, like any place, it's advisable to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded touristic areas and late at night. Always follow local alerts and advisories to avoid potential risks.

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How safe is Netherlands?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

The Netherlands is known for high safety standards, even during night hours. Bigger cities have well-lit streets, offering a sense of security to its inhabitants and visitors. However, as in any place, caution should still be exercised. Stay in populated areas, avoid poorly-lit streets and always be aware of your surroundings. Do not engage in risky behaviors and steer clear of potentially dangerous situations. Make use of public transportation where possible, as they are generally secure and reliable. Allow friends or family to know your whereabouts whenever you plan to be out during late hours.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

In general, the Netherlands' public transportation system is considered highly safe, especially in comparison to global standards. This includes well-connected and frequently running buses, trains, and trams, as well as cycling paths. There is an efficient network of ferries in cities like Amsterdam. While petty theft can be seen in crowded areas, measures like use of surveillance cameras, patrols, and lighting provide safety. It is advisable to stay alert, especially in larger cities and at night, and always keep your belongings within your sight. Keep the local emergency number (112) handy, although it's unlikely you'll need to use it.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

In general, the Netherlands is known for its respectful and open-minded people. Street harassment is not commonly reported, and it is considered one of the safer countries for solo female travelers. Instances of harassment can occur, as they can anywhere in the world, but these are not prevalent, and women often feel comfortable navigating cities and towns on their own both during the day and night. Authorities and residents have a low tolerance for harassment, and there are usually strict measures in place to handle such situations. Nevertheless, exercising general vigilance is recommended.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Netherlands generally holds a reputation for being a safe country with low levels of petty crime. However, popular touristic cities such as Amsterdam can see occasional instances of pickpocketing and bike theft. Always be cautious of your belongings, particularly in crowded areas and on public transportation.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in the Netherlands is of high quality and perfectly safe to drink. It goes through rigorous testing and regulations to ensure it exceeds the safety standards. Not just that, but it's also environmentally friendly due to less reliance on bottled water.

Is Netherlands safe to travel?

4.6 /5

Based on 7 experiences

Solo travel experience

I felt really safe in Netherlands. And it was actually the safest country that I visit. I went to Amsterdam. You should definitely see the royal palace. And also Ripley’s Believe or Not museum was really fun

Posted: April 26, 2024
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The Netherlands is super safe, and most people speak English, so I could get directions if needed. And their public transport is amazing, it's so easy to move from city to city!

Posted: October 23, 2022
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Travel Plan: Amsterdam (5 nights) with a one-day trip to Haarlem and The Hague Antwerp (3 nights) with a one-day trip to Ghent Utrecht (3 nights) with a one-day trip to Rotterdam Safety: I felt very safe there. Recommendations: Travelling by train in the Netherlands is incredibly simple. When you arrive, get an OV-chipkaart card, top it up with euros, and then you can travel by train almost anywhere.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Travel Plan: Brussels (1 day) Ghent (1 day) Bruges (1 day) Antwerp (1 day) Rotterdam (1 day) The Hague (1 day) Utrecht (1 day) Amsterdam (3 days) Safety: I felt very safe. Recommendations: The Netherlands is really easy to explore. Just make sure you have a public transport card.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Travel: 2 days in Amsterdam 1 day in Leiden 1 day in Utrecht 1 day in The Hague 1 day in Rotterdam Safety: I felt safe alone. Recommendations: The Netherlands is a great country. It's small, so most of these places are within an hour away from Amsterdam.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Travel plan: Two days in Amsterdam One day in Elburg One day in Harderwijk One day in Amersfoort Two days in Utrecht Safety: I felt completely safe. Recommendations: Public transportation in the Netherlands is quite good and affordable.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Travel plan: Amsterdam: 3 days Kaag: 2 days Leiden: 2 days Safety: In the Netherlands, I felt safe all the time, and the people are wonderful. Recommendations: The Netherlands is a beautiful place.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Is Netherlands safe for women?

Safety rating

4.1 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.2 /5

Based on 3 experiences

In my experience the Netherlands is very safe. I feel I can go out alone on the street at late hours without any problems. There might be some neighbourhoods in the bigger cities that might be a bit more unsafe, but I'm not too familiar with those.

Posted: May 23, 2024
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The Netherlands is safe to live in every day. You have to see the beautiful houses with channels everywhere. The windmills are so beautiful, and let's not forget the tulips in the spring. Everyone here cycles, from 5 years old up to 80 years old.

Posted: March 22, 2024
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Is Netherlands safe right now?

Before your visit to Netherlands, it's essential to check travel advisories for Netherlands, 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 AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises to exercise increased caution in the Netherlands due to terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 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 the Netherlands due to the threat of terrorism. 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 exercising normal safety precautions in the Netherlands. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 9, 2024

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