Is Ohrid Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Ohrid is generally safe for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly and crime rates are low, especially towards tourists. However, like all travel destinations, it's always important to stay cautious, especially at night. It's best to stick to crowded places and well-lit areas. Public transport is reliable and usually safe, but always keep an eye on your belongings to avoid pickpockets. Always remember to respect the local customs and traditions.

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Safety at night:Safe

Ohrid is generally safe even for solo female travelers. The city is known for its welcoming community and low crime rate. Although minor incidents of petty crimes such as pickpocketing can occur, they are extremely rare, especially at night when the streets are relatively quieter and less crowded. However, as a solo female traveler, it is always advised to remain vigilant and take standard safety precautions, such as avoiding poorly lit areas and not displaying expensive possessions openly.

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Ohrid is generally safe, even for solo female travelers. The bus network is well-established and taxis are widely used by the locals and tourists alike. Common sense precautions are recommended though, such as avoiding crowded buses late at night, and confirming the price before starting the taxi ride.

Street harassment:Low

Ohrid generally has a welcoming atmosphere with friendly locals. Street harassment incidents are not a major problem in this beautiful town. Although it's always important to stay aware of your surroundings, the chances of experiencing overt or aggressive harassment are relatively low overall.

Petty crimes:Low

Despite Ohrid being a tourist city, overall risk of petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag snatching is low. However, it is advised to take regular safety precautions such as not displaying high-value items openly. Most of the people are hospitable and friendly, especially to tourists, but it's always best to remain cautious and protective of your belongings.

Tap water:Safe

Water in Ohrid, is generally considered safe to drink. Nonetheless, if you have a sensitive stomach, you may opt to buy bottled water. The tap water comes from the source in the mountain which is clean but old pipes might affect the water quality slightly.

Is Ohrid safe to travel?

Megan

Megan

Singapore

Solo travel experience

Ohrid is beautiful, great for a 2 day stay. There are pay-as-you-wish day tours available to bring you around the Church of Saint John, the Ancient Macedonian theatre, Ohrid boardwalk etc. I also enjoyed the boat tour to St Naums, incredibly pretty. It’s a very small town though, so 2 days is more than enough. It is much more affordable than Western Europe, I paid around €7 for Old Town Hostel Ohrid and I ended up meeting some of the best people there! However, I am ethnically Chinese so I experienced 5 instances of racism in 3 days - eg. the local children would yell Ching Chong at me and other slurs while I was simply walking on the street. Sometimes I was followed by Romany children asking for money. Didn’t feel the safest here overall

Posted: March 22, 2024
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I traveled alone to Ohrid and it was one of the best trips I have ever taken! I felt completely safe both at night and during the day, and people are incredibly friendly. As a solo female, I didn't face any inappropriate comments or strange looks.

Posted: March 24, 2023
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Is Ohrid safe right now?

Before your visit to Ohrid, it's essential to check travel advisories for North Macedonia, 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 North Macedonia. 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 North Macedonia. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 19, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises exercising normal safety precautions in North Macedonia. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 21, 2024

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