Is Lisbon Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Lisbon is generally safe for solo female travelers. The city maintains a low crime rate, and the locals are usually friendly and helpful. Daytime travel is especially safe, but it's advised to stick to well-lit areas and be cautious at night. Beware of pickpockets in crowded places and maintain basic cautious behavior.

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How safe is Lisbon?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Lisbon is generally a safe city, even at night. Like any other city, it has its areas of concern; however, the central and tourist areas are well lit and very active, making it safer to go around. Vigilance is still advised, particularly in less-traveled areas and the city's outskirts, just like in any other city worldwide. Nonetheless, instances of serious crime are relatively low. Hotels, restaurants, and bars are also usually open late into the night which can contribute to overall safety. Public transport services like trams, buses, and the metro also operate until late, providing safe transit options. It’s always helpful to plan your returns at night and be cautious of your surroundings to maintain your safety.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Lisbon including trams, buses, and metros, is generally safe and reliable. It is used frequently by both locals and tourists. However, during peak hours or in crowded conditions, be aware of pickpockets. Late at night, consider using taxis or rideshares for an extra level of safety.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Lisbon is generally known for its friendly and respectful locals. Harassment on the streets is not common. However, like any other big city, it's always advised to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings, especially while walking alone at night or in less crowded areas.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Lisbon is generally a safe city for solo female travelers with a relatively low occurrence of petty crimes. Crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching are occasionally reported, primarily in crowded, tourist-filled areas and on public transportation. However, by being cautious, mindful of your belongings, and avoiding less populated areas at night, the risk of experiencing petty crime can be diminished significantly.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Lisbon is perfectly safe to drink. It is treated and monitored according to EU standards making it clean and reliable. Bottled water isn't necessary unless preferred for the taste.

Is Lisbon safe to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 60 experiences

Solo travel experience

Portugal was one of the places I felt the safest, even when walking alone at night. The prices are pretty reasonable, not different from most European countries. The food was amazing! I have lots of recommendations, I'm a total foodie, so please dm me if you want an indication! I met so many amazing people, learnt so much about the culture, I swear you can't run out of things to do! I stayed mostly at hostels and Airbnbs. I'd recommend staying close to baixa chiado if you like the night life.

Posted: May 9, 2024
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Lisbon was my first-ever solo trip and it was one of the best places I have ever visited. Loved each and every second of it. It was so safe, with lovely people, and beautiful views. I fell in love with the city, the food, and the scenery.

Posted: April 6, 2024
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Switzerland

Family travel experience

Lisbon is amazing. I felt safe walking at night in Alfama, which is a nice place to listen Fado. I highly recommend Lisbon to travel solo, in group or with your family. It’s going to be a nice experience. Try pasteis de nata!

Posted: March 30, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I had booked the S&S hostel last minute and it was completely makeshift and did not feel safe. There were guys already there for one night that immediately recommended I look for a different hostel. Thankfully I was able to find something better in the Barro Aalto neighborhood after a day or two which turned my trip around for the better. Would definitely go back to Lisbon and have a great time knowing now which areas I like best.

Posted: March 18, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Safety 100% Highly recommended to explore during the summer time I plan to return soon to see other towns Con: cobble streets; easy slip and fall if wet Pro: very friendly people with lots of history to see and experience

Posted: March 16, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
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Family travel experience

I traveled with my adult son and we stayed in Portugal for 5 days and flew into Lisbon airport. We drove up to Nazaré for one day and night and drove down to Lisbon and stayed there the rest of the time. Tip: it's not worth having a car in Lisbon. I fell in love with this city! It's super safe, very walkable, great public transportation, amazing food, tons to see and do. I spent most of my time walking the neighborhoods and just reaching and being a local. It wasn't very rainy and it was in the 60's - in the beginning of December! I can't wait to go back again and we'll go solo since I travel solo 99% of the time. Next time I'll stay longer.

Posted: January 30, 2024Experienced: December, 2023
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Anastasia

Anastasia

Italy

Couple travel experience

Lisbon is a calm and safe city. Wonderful are Sintra and also the Belem Tower. The neighborhood with the most nightlife in the evening is Barrio Alto, where Erasmus students often gather. A calm and safe city to visit even alone.

Posted: January 15, 2024
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Group travel experience

Me and my friend spent our holiday in Portugal for 2 weeks. We were in Lisbon, Porto, Sagres, & Lagos. Me and my friend are queer we felt safe & were also able to find some bars and clubs to go out to. Our hostel experiences were also great. Price performance ratio of hostels and food was also good. Lisbon is generally more expensive tho. There are many activities to do in each city and surfing in Sagres is really recommendable.

Posted: November 29, 2023
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Solo travel experience

One of the most amazing cities I’ve ever been to as a female solo traveller! Beautiful, so much to do, so much amazing food and so perfectly safe. The locals are the kindest people I have ever met. You will also get some of the best hotels in the world there. I would I recommend to everyone and anyone!

Posted: November 21, 2023
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Couple travel experience

LOVED Lisbon!! It was a very vibrant and creative city with so much passion and character. Very easy to get around on public transport with trains cheap and easy to catch. We stayed in Lumiar and found it very safe and friendly with lots of cafes and delicious restaurants around. It wasn’t touristy and was very close to a train station that took 30 mins to get into the city. The food was outstanding. Bread and olives are brought out for free at the start of a meal at most Portuguese restaurants and every meal is prepared with love and care. Perfect destination if you’re a foodie. Very budget friendly overall! Food and accommodation is well priced. I’d recommend going in the off season and staying in a hotel rather than Airbnb as locals mentioned that they are being priced out of the city and their rentals due Airbnb and mass tourism. If you decide to go that’s something to keep in mind. It’s very important to respect the culture, learn at least some of the language and try your best to use it, support small businesses and ask for advice and recommendations from locals on places to eat and try and visit these places! Beautiful city and culture! We did more travelling around Portugal and it’s now one of my favourite countries to visit in Europe.

Posted: November 13, 2023Experienced: May, 2023
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Is Lisbon safe for women?

Safety rating

3.8 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.3 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Anne-Laure

Anne-Laure

It feels very safe, I always am on my own and nothing happened to me. However I heard of a male friend being bothered in Cais do Sodre area at night. I would just avoid any dodgy area late a night and use common sense.

Posted: April 21, 2024
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Lisbon …a place where you’ll find kind people, cool places to explore and plenty of nice restaurants for all tastes and pockets. The weather is great from April to October and when tired from the city vibe you can either go to Sintra or Cascais, or cross the bridge to enjoy the sunny days by the sea. Lisbon gives you the full package for a perfect vacay :)

Posted: April 17, 2024
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Is Lisbon safe right now?

Before your visit to Lisbon, it's essential to check travel advisories for Portugal, 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 Portugal. 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 Portugal. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 6, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

Exercise normal safety precautions in Portugal. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: March 27, 2024

Is Lisbon worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 60 experiences

Solo travel experience

I had my very first solo traveling experience in Lisbon during summer 2023 and I absolutely loved it! I stayed there for 5 weeks volunteering in a hostel in exchange for accommodation. I got to meet heaps of locals and other travelers, see new places etc. 110% recommend.

Posted: February 27, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Sophie

Sophie

United States

Group travel experience

Lisbon was one of my favorite cities I’ve traveled in. Everyone is so nice, so my friends and I got all our recommendations from everyone we talked to, at different restaurants and shops, and had an incredible time. One of the best little areas is Lx factory! Cute shops and restaurants.

Posted: February 13, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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