Is Bergen Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Bergen is generally very safe for solo female travelers. Locals are friendly and helpful, and crime rates are relatively low. The city is well-lit and there is decent public transportation. Always use common sense, but typically, you will feel safe walking around both during the day and at night. Moreover, Norway has a high level of gender equality, which contributes to a respectful and safe environment for female travelers.

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Safety index

Safety at night:Very safe

Bergen is a remarkably safe city to explore, even at night. Scandinavian countries are known for their high levels of safety and Bergen is no exception. The peaceful streets are generally well-lit and frequently patrolled by polite and helpful law enforcement officers, which provides a feeling of security. Public transport operates reliably until late hours and the locals are helpful. Petty crime rate is relatively low but as with any destination, it's always advised to take basic safety precautions. Crowded areas and tourist hotspots can be targets for pickpockets so maintain awareness of your belongings and surroundings, especially at night.

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in Bergen is exceptionally efficient and safe. Security measures and staff presence are noticeable at all hours, including night times. Buses, trams, and ferries are on time, well-kept, and reliable. The locals are well mannered and helpful which also contributes to the feeling of safety. It extends to even low traffic times and less populated stops.

Street harassment:Low

In Bergen, you are unlikely to encounter high levels of street harassment. As with all locations, experiences can vary, but many solo female travelers report a relatively respectful and safe environment. This peaceful city prides itself on its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. However, remember that caution is always necessary, no matter how safe an area is considered to be.

Petty crimes:Low

Bergen tends to have a fairly low rate of petty crimes. You may encounter occasional pickpocketing or luggage thefts, particularly in crowded tourist hotspots and public transport. However, it is less common compared to other major global cities. Like always, you should remain vigilant with your belongings, especially when travelling alone and in high crowd areas. Overall, local authorities maintain effective control over safety, making it safe for solo female travelers.

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Bergen is perfectly safe and is of excellent quality. It's among the cleanest worldwide as it originates from deep mountain lakes and large reservoirs. Hence, you can feel confident drinking tap water, using it for food preparation or brushing your teeth.

Is Bergen safe to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 7 experiences

Solo travel experience

I loved Bergen and felt very safe. I walked through Vidden, ate the most delicious seafood at an outdoor restaurant in the market, and then took a fjord cruise to Flam, returning to Bergen by train.

Posted: October 27, 2023
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To do: - Cable car ride up to Mount Floyen - Tour of the Fjords - Visit to Lystgården - Tour of the leprosy museum Safety: I traveled alone and had a great time. Recommendations: Bergen is beautiful, and the tourist attractions are really worth seeing.

Posted: September 16, 2022
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Solo travel experience

To Do: - Old Town - Ulriken Mountain - Bryggen Safety: Bergen is a very easy and safe place to travel. Recommendations: Bergen is one of my absolute favorite cities I have ever visited.

Posted: September 8, 2022
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Things to do: - Bryggen - Fløyen - Ulriken - Troldhaugen - Bergen Aquarium - Bergenhus Fortress - Fantoft Stave Church - University Museum Safety: I felt safe everywhere I went in Bergen. Recommendations: Bergen is a truly beautiful place and definitely worth visiting.

Posted: September 2, 2022
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Bergen is so safe and beautiful. Bring good shoes for walking in the mountains and a raincoat. It is very easy at the airport in Bergen, as well as during transfers from Oslo. Everyone speaks English, and customs clearance is not as "scary" as in the USA.

Posted: May 31, 2022
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Is Bergen safe for women?

Safety rating

3.7 /5

Based on 3 reviews the women safety index in Bergen is 3.7/5. On average women living in Bergen raises relatively low concerns about women's safety.

Crime rates rating

1 /5

Based on 3 reviews the crime rate index in Bergen is 1/5. On average women living in Bergen raises low concerns about crime and violence against women

Rating summary

Safety walking alone after dark:

3.3/5
Moderate

Safety using public transport:

4.2/5
Safe

Worries of being sexually harassed:

1.1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

1.4/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being physically attacked:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

1/5
Not at all worried
Siv

Siv

Bergen, like the rest of Norway, is generally very safe. Walking alone at night or traveling around in general is not a problem. Public transport is clean and reliable. Most people speak English and are helpful and polite if you need directions or assistance.

Posted: April 10, 2024
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Bergen is a charming and small city with walking distance to most places. The culture is used to strong women and independent women. Women I. This city is respected and seen equal as men. Also the city have a lot of female owned/run bars and restaurants.

Posted: March 10, 2024
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Bergen is very touristy and safe for women solo travelers. There is gonna be a lot of drug users around at night and early mornings, but they have never talked to me. Bergen is beautiful and you can ask any stranger about directions or help.

Posted: February 20, 2024
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Is Bergen safe right now?

Before your visit to Bergen, it's essential to check travel advisories for Norway, 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 to exercise normal precautions in Norway. 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 Norway. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 22, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Norway. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 3, 2023

Is Bergen worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 7 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3.1/5

Solo travel experience

I was in Bergen for a few days in July. I visited Ulriksbanen and the views were magnificent. There are options for traveling / walking up and descent / walking back down. I also participated in a kayak tour around nearby fjords for a day, which was a wonderful experience.

Posted: October 26, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Bergen was beautiful with such a rich history. I really enjoyed touring the fjord and I recommend it if you can.

Posted: February 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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