Is Madrid Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Madrid, as a popular European capital, has a strong safety infrastructure with a visible police presence in major tourist areas. Local people are generally friendly and willing to assist travelers. However, like any bustling city, it is advised to stay alert, especially in crowded areas or at night due to potential pickpocketing. Always be aware of your belongings and avoid isolated areas late at night. But, overall, Madrid is relatively safe for solo female travelers.

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How safe is Madrid?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Madrid is considered a secure city for solo female travelers. The city's main areas and public transportation services are generally safe at night. However, like any other bustling city, it is advisable to stay aware of your surroundings, avoid isolated areas and keep personal belongings secure. Local authorities are usually vigilant and responsive. As in most places, pickpocketing can be a concern, hence prudence is necessary.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Madrid's public transportation system is generally safe, modern, and efficient. Requests for help are usually met with friendly assistance and it's perfectly fine to use at all hours. It includes the metro, buses, and taxis. However, like any big city, it's advised to stay alert for pickpockets especially in crowded areas or during peak hours.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

While Madrid, like any large city, is not completely free from street harassment, many solo female travelers find it generally safe in terms of day-to-day interactions. There might be occasional catcalling or unsolicited attention, particularly in crowded and tourist-frequented areas, but most women report feeling comfortable walking around the city both during the day and at night. That said, it's important to stay vigilant, aware of your surroundings, and follow the same precautions you would in any major city.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Madrid’s vibrant capital, has a moderate level of petty crime. Pickpocketing, purse snatching, and theft from unattended vehicles or hotel rooms are the most common crimes. The city's bustling tourist spots and public transportation are especially targeted. Therefore, always remain vigilant, secure your belongings, and avoid flaunting valuable items in public.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

In Madrid, the tap water is very safe for consumption. It meets all the sanitary standards required for drinking water quality. It originates from different sources including reservoirs and rivers which go through an extensive purification process. Therefore, you can unhesitatingly drink tap water in Madrid and even use it for cooking.

Is Madrid safe to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 27 experiences

Patricia

Patricia

Spain

Couple travel experience

Madrid is a safe place with all kinds of leisure activities, both during the day and at night. Travelling alone or with your partner, even if you are LGTBI+, is very safe as long as you stay in central areas and in neighbourhoods that are not marginal. It's a beautiful place to visit, eat and spend the day, but beware of the heat from late June onwards! Always carry a bottle of water and walk in the shade if you're a foreigner and can't stand the heat. I highly recommend visiting the theatre, it's a good way to practice the language, but if you come to have fun or go out, the "Malasaña" neighbourhood is the place you are looking for.

Posted: June 4, 2024
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Rachel

Rachel

United States

Solo travel experience

I stayed in a hostel in the city center in a room of all women, and felt safe in the hostel. I was hesitant to be out alone at night (past 11), which I think is normal for a big city. Looked on maps for food and activities- super last minute, and had a lot of fun. Spaniards seem generally open and happy to talk. I do speak a bit of Spanish and was happy to meet new people spontaneously.

Posted: February 16, 2024
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I went to Madrid alone. It's safe. I learned a few phrases in Spanish, which helped me a lot. The city center is wonderful. I stayed in a hostel. It was cheap and clean, and moreover right in the center. I liked it.

Posted: October 1, 2023
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I was there alone for two nights (I was a little worried about safety), but I never felt in danger or anything like that. Even riding the subway alone was safe, even in the evening. I don't speak Spanish and I didn't encounter any problems. Staying in the city center was definitely a great idea, because everything was much closer and I didn't need to walk/ride the subway when I was coming back home. Trains were also not expensive, I took Renfe to Valencia and it seemed a reasonable price to me.

Posted: September 28, 2023
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I have been to Madrid twice. It's a very safe and very fun city. Watch out for pickpockets, but the rest is very safe. There are many things to do and see. As for the language, there is no problem, because they try to communicate in English.

Posted: September 20, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went to Madrid and I felt very safe there. It's one of my favorite European cities. If you love shopping, Gran Vía is the place you must visit. I used a hop-on hop-off bus for sightseeing and visited Segovia. Retiro Park is also beautiful.

Posted: August 21, 2023
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I loved Madrid! It is a super vibrant city with a lot to explore, I felt safe there, the people are really nice and the food is good :) Once you get to one of the central metro stations you can walk everywhere. The heat is intense during the summer but if you nap like the spanish do you’ll be ok ;)

Posted: August 13, 2023Experienced: July, 2022
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I really enjoyed Madrid. It was safe, pleasant, interesting. So many cultural institutions, plus the food culture, plus the ability to walk around, plus value for money, plus good transport, plus a cool little botanical garden right in the city center. There was a lot to do.

Posted: December 10, 2022
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Solo travel experience

Travel Plan: Day 1: - City walk - Shopping on Gran Via Day 2: - Rowing a boat in El Retiro Park - Glass Palace - Plaza Mayor Day 3: - Royal Palace in Madrid - Prado Museum Safety: Madrid is a safe city and I didn't feel threatened even for a moment. Accommodation: Sungate One, one of my favourite hostel experiences. Great personnel, comfortable beds and an excellent location. Recommendations: Spend a few days learning some basic phrases that will help you in restaurants, bars, cafes.

Posted: August 16, 2022
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Travel Plan: Day 1: - Royal Palace in Madrid - Mercado San Miguel - Plaza Mayor - Temple of Debod Day 2: - Puerta del Sol - Prado - Retiro Park Day 3: - Malasaña - Salamanca Safety: I felt quite safe. Madrid is one of the safest cities in the world. Accommodation: I stayed at the Cats hostel. It's a fantastic hostel for those who like parties, you can come alone or with someone else. I highly recommend it. Recommendations: Madrid is full of street performances and they're really good.

Posted: August 9, 2022
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Is Madrid safe for women?

Safety rating

3.8 /5

Based on 9 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.3 /5

Based on 9 experiences

I´ve lived in this city for all my life, and the only bad thing I have received were comments on men on the street, but a part from that nothing else. I´ve taken the subway and bus at 6 am and I felt save.

Posted: June 9, 2024
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Bibi

Bibi

Well, obviously you have to be careful.. sadly it isn't an utopia, but its not common being attacked or assaulted, there are exceptions tho. For example where i live there are public telefons with the emergency numbers. Stay safe girlies :)

Posted: May 8, 2024
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Is Madrid safe right now?

Before your visit to Madrid, it's essential to check travel advisories for Spain, 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 exercising increased caution in Spain due to terrorism and civil unrest. 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 Spain 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 to exercise normal safety precautions in Spain. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 18, 2024

Is Madrid worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 experiences

Y-Nhu

Y-Nhu (28)

Italy

Solo travel experience

Madrid was excellent! I accidentally ended up in the city during a 28 hour layover, worked remotely for a while, had tapas, went to a blues club, and went dancing 💃🏽 here are my recommendations: Bar Sidi for cheap late night tapas Abonavida for smart working La Coquette Blues Bar for late night blues shows

Posted: June 17, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Majo

Majo

Spain

Solo travel experience

I really enjoyed the experience, the people were incredibly nice and I found many super welcoming Latinos, and the local people were super friendly. There are beautiful places, the architecture is impressive and the nightlife varied and very fun. And about the food, no complaints at all, delicious!

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