Is Switzerland Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Switzerland is known for its high levels of safety and low crime rate. Local authorities are very helpful and it's easy to navigate the public transportation system, even at night. Like anywhere, you should always be aware of your surroundings, avoid poorly-lit or deserted areas late at night and keep an eye on your belongings. But overall, as a solo female traveler, you can feel very secure traveling in Switzerland.

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How safe is Switzerland?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Very safe

Switzerland as a whole has a high level of safety, even during night time. Well-lit streets, reliable public transportation, and a generally low crime rate make it safe to walk alone at night. However, it's always advisable to remain aware of your surroundings and take precautions like avoiding isolated areas and carrying a phone with a local SIM for emergency contact.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in Switzerland is one of the safest in the world. Trains and buses are reliable, punctual, and always in pristine condition due to frequent maintenance. The localities are respectful and generally maintain good conduct. For solo female travelers, there is a low risk involved when traveling even at late night as the systems are well-lit, highly monitored, and assistance is readily available. Regardless, it's always best to stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Very low

Switzerland is quite a safe country when it comes to street harassment. Incidences are relatively low, with most locals respectful and polite. Women can usually move around without facing any unwelcomed encounters. However, as in any country, caution should be exercised, particularly during the night or in less crowded areas.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Switzerland is considered one of the safest countries in the world. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag snatching can occur, predominantly in touristic and crowded places, but they are relatively rare. To reduce the risk, you should remain aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables secure and out of sight. Regular precautions like not leaving your belongings unattended will suffice in most cases. Overall, the risk of encountering petty crimes in Switzerland is low.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Switzerland is definitely safe to drink. In fact, it is among the best quality drinking water sources globally, coming from natural springs and mountain lakes. Both cities and rural areas have exceptional water quality.

Is Switzerland safe to travel?

4.8 /5

Based on 18 experiences

Milana

Milana (27)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Solo travel experience

Last year, which was 2023, I visited Switzerland more than once. I had short stays in the span of 2 to upto 3 months for couple of days since I'm a concert pianist and taking many  master classes across entire  Switzerland. As someone who also used to live in  Geneva for 5 years my experience is a vast one. Switzerland? What to say? If you are travelling solo or decide to  live solo there is no safer place. Whereveryou go, you feel free and  protected. However, that comes with a price. Yes, Switzerland is extremely  expensive but as well offers many  opportunities earn a decent living. As for the travel there are always  variants and ways to stash some  money and not spend as much as  commercial society dictates via local  cheap hostels or couch surfing. In Switzerland people are very polite  and still can transmit that long  forgotten European flare of life and  culture. Food? 😁 One has to be honest and  admit that national cuisine is not a  very rich or tasty one, but with so many international restaurants you will surely not suffer! Of course, common supermarkets offer everything and beyond. Nature is absolutely astonishing and traveling through Switzerland to see it, is worth every penny and every second! So, if you are respectful towards others, have good manners, are hard-working and on top of everything a polyglot (preferably German, French; but English is spoken everywhere 😉) then pack your things and book your next trip to the land of cheese, lakes, mountains and watches!

Posted: May 17, 2024Experienced: October, 2023
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I felt really safe in all the places I visited here, even at night by myself. If you like nature and outdoors activities, there are many things to do, but if you like to party, this place might not be the best. About the food, it is okay. The traditional dishes are quite tasty, but other than that, there’s not much variety. It is a very expensive country, public transport, restaurants, accommodation, etc. I stayed mostly in airbnbs, they were nice, and the train here is the best. Quite expensive but it is very good and always on time.

Posted: March 28, 2024
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Samira

Samira

Russia

Solo travel experience

During my visit to Switzerland, I explored Basel, Zurich, and Geneva over five days. The primary reason for my trip was a conference in Zurich, although my plans altered due to a flight cancellation, leading me to spend two hours in Basel before taking a train to Zurich. On the last day, I managed to visit Geneva. Regarding safety, Switzerland felt remarkably secure even during late evenings. I felt comfortable walking until 9:30 pm, while a friend mentioned feeling safe to walk there even at 3 am. The locals are generally helpful, although not everyone speaks English fluently. Preparing a list of tourist spots and their addresses on your phone can be useful when seeking directions. Showing these details to locals can assist them in understanding and guiding you appropriately. For accommodations, I spent around 650 euros for two hotels in Zurich and Geneva, choosing mid-range options rather than budget accommodations. In terms of food and restaurants, there are numerous restaurants offering delicious Swiss cuisine. During my visit to Geneva, I had the pleasure of dining at Auberge de Savièse, a charming restaurant renowned for its authentic Swiss cuisine. This cozy restaurant exuded a traditional Swiss atmosphere with its wooden decor and inviting ambiance. Transportation within Switzerland is convenient, mainly through an extensive and efficient train network. Navigating the train system is relatively easy, and it's a reliable way to travel between cities. In Zurich and Geneva, the tram and bus networks complement the train system well. They offer efficient city travel, reaching various attractions. Navigating these networks is straightforward, enhancing the overall convenience of getting around both cities. However, it's essential to be mindful of transportation rules and ensure you have valid tickets as there are regular checks. Day 1: Arrival in Basel, train to Zurich Day 2: Exploring Zurich Day 3: Exploring Zurich Day 4: Train to Geneva; exploring the city Day 5: Departure from Geneva, flying back home

Posted: December 27, 2023
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Switzerland is so clean and safe! It's a bit expensive since they use Swiss francs, and people are usually quiet and keep to themselves (from my experience, which is fine because I'm similar), but it's so beautiful and peaceful there.

Posted: December 12, 2022
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I made one of my first solo trips in Switzerland. It's a great place to try solo traveling. It is a place very easy to get around, very safe, and most people speak English.

Posted: November 21, 2022
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Travel plan: Day 1 – Zurich Day 2 – Lucerne Day 3, 4 and 5 – Gruyères Day 6 and 7 – Zermatt Day 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Gimmelwald Day 13 – Zurich Safety: I felt very safe as a lone traveler. Recommendations: Switzerland is a beautiful country, but the costs of accommodation and eating out are high.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Travel plan: Day 1 - Zurich Day 2 - Lucerne Day 3 - Train from Lucerne to Interlaken Day 4, 5 and 6 - Jungfrau region Safety: I felt safe walking alone, and the people were friendly. Recommendations: Switzerland is an expensive country, especially eating out and public transportation.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Schedule: Day 1: arrival in Zurich and train ride to Grindelwald Day 2: sightseeing in Grindelwald Day 3: day trip to Lauterbrunnen Day 4: sightseeing in Grindelwald Day 5 and 6: Interlaken Safety: I felt really safe there. Recommendations: Public transportation in Switzerland is excellent, even to the mountains.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Route: Day 1 (Zurich to Lucerne) Day 2 (Mount Rigi) Day 3 (Lucerne to Interlaken) Day 4 (Murren, Schilthorn, Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen) Day 5 (hiking over Lake Oeschinensee, Grindelwald) Day 6 (Interlaken to Zermatt) Day 7 (Zermatt to Bern to Zurich) Day 8 (Zurich) Safety: I consider Switzerland to be a very safe country. Recommendations: Switzerland is a beautiful, small country but very expensive, including food.

Posted: September 25, 2022
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Travel plan: Day 1: Zurich Day 2: Lucerne Day 3: Grindelwald Day 4: Lauterbrunnen Day 5: Interlaken & Kandersteg Day 6: Zurich Safety: I walked alone many times at night and I felt safe. Recommendations: Switzerland is the most amazing place to visit, but it's very expensive.

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

Safety rating

4.1 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.2 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Switzerland has always given me a sense of security and comfort. Growing up there, I have only encountered a few unusual situations over the past 20 years. On two or three occasions, men tried to flirt with me, but I was never touched or followed against my will. The public transportation system, particularly trains, is very safe. Major train stations are well-monitored, enhancing overall security. Additionally, there's a helpful app you can download. If you ever feel uneasy, you can use the app to call someone who will stay on the phone with you, tracking your location until you reach home safely. These measures and my personal experiences have always made me feel secure and comfortable in Switzerland.

Posted: May 16, 2024
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Isabella

Isabella

It’s really safe, i never had any danger, walking home alone in the nighttime. Also alsmost everywhere are lights and at the trainstatioms are security who are helping you, when you don’t feel well or safe.

Posted: May 1, 2024
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Is Switzerland safe right now?

Before your visit to Switzerland, it's essential to check travel advisories for Switzerland, 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 Switzerland. 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 Switzerland. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 16, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises exercising normal safety precautions in Switzerland. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 18, 2024

Is Switzerland worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 18 experiences

Eduarda

Eduarda

Brazil

Solo travel experience

Everything is extremely expensive, particularly the train tickets. Public transport is great and extremely punctual. I found the people to be nice. On Sundays, only the restaurants open; no stores or markets are open. So, you can only walk and take stroll. I liked Bern more than Zurich. I found it more beautiful and with fewer modern constructions.

Posted: April 7, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I was in Switzerland in May for 6 days. I had a car and drove from Zurich to Zermatt, where I spent 2 days. Then I went to Lauterbrunnen for 2 days and to Lucerne for another 2. I took a one-day trip to Bern for about half a day. There was a lot of traveling, but I had a great time and it is incredibly beautiful there.

Posted: September 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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