Is Basel Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Basel is one of the safest cities for a solo female traveler. The crime rate is very low and the local law enforcement is efficient and responsive. It's clean, well-lit, and the locals are generally friendly. However, as with any destination, it is always recommended to understand local customs, be aware of your surroundings, and heed localized advice.

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How safe is Basel?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Very safe

Basel is reputedly safe, even during nighttime. The crime rate is low and the city is fairly well-lit and populated, even at night. The public transportation operates for extended hours and is considered very safe. Locals are generally friendly and happy to help. However, as with any location, it's recommended to maintain usual safety precautions like sticking to the main streets, keeping valuables secure, and staying alert to one's surroundings.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in Basel is exceptionally safe. Buses, trams, and trains are well-maintained, punctual, and have a strong security presence. Even during odd hours, they are safe to travel on. While minor incidences are rare, they are quickly dealt with by the efficient local authorities. Passengers are generally respectful and public decorum is maintained. It is highly recommended to use public transportation as a solo female traveler in Basel.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Very low

Compared to other parts of the world, Basel has a very low level of street harassment. The city is known for its respect towards women, and its residents generally uphold Swiss cultural norms of privacy and courtesy. Instances of catcalling, stalking and disrespectful behaviors towards women are relatively rare.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Basel generally enjoys a reputation of being very safe. However, like any urban area, some level of petty crime such as pickpocketing and minor thefts do exist. Nevertheless, these are relatively rare, particularly when compared with larger, more densely populated cities. As a traveler, it's always advisable to adopt common precautions such as keeping personal belongings close and avoiding flashy displays of wealth.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

The tap water in Basel is of high quality and safe to drink directly from the faucet. It meets or exceeds strict safety regulations and often tastes better than bottled water. In fact, the local water is sourced from both ground water and the nearby Rhine river, and undergoes rigorous, regular testing to ensure its cleanliness and safety.

Is Basel safe to travel?

3.8 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Öznur

Öznur (26)

Poland

Solo travel experience

It was a very safe and calm city. It was more cosmopolitan than I expected. Transportation was very easy, but in general it was an expensive city. I felt that everyone spoke at least three languages and was helpful

Posted: April 23, 2024Experienced: November, 2023
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Selin

Selin (24)

Turkey

Solo travel experience

I felt safe in Basel. Its very expensive but coffee and chocolate inexpensive in the city. Im happy for visited to Basel. Its cold when I went. If you will visit in April, you should take winter the clothes.

Posted: April 22, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
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Is Basel safe for women?

Safety rating

4.1 /5

Based on 6 experiences

Crime rates rating

1 /5

Based on 6 experiences

Delia

Delia

Basel is very safe. There are few exceptions were I wouldn‘t walk alone at night in the dark, but I think that‘s common sense. Otherwise really no worries, you can even leave your phone on the table and probably nothing will happen (although I wouldn‘t risk it).

Posted: June 15, 2024
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During daylight it feels really safe to be alone on the streets. The only problem is that there are few men who may try to verbally harass you if they find you by yourself sitting on a park/bench/corner, but you just have to be clear and serious and there is someone always around. At night everybody is at home so this makes me feel a bit nervous of the dark streets but nothing has happened

Posted: May 30, 2024
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Is Basel safe right now?

Before your visit to Basel, 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 to take normal security precautions in Switzerland.** 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 exercising normal safety precautions in Switzerland. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 18, 2024

Is Basel worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.2 /5

based on 4 experiences

Şüheda

Şüheda (17)

Turkey

Solo travel experience

I spent approximately 7.5 hours in Basel. It was a day where I walked alone for hours, covering 15 km without the internet on my back. Except for Münsterplatz, I couldn't find free internet outdoors. Museums were closed because it was Monday, so I couldn't visit a few museums I wanted to see. Even if they were open, I wouldn't have had enough time, but oh well. Basel is a city worth exploring if you are passing through or nearby, but if you don't have the money and time, especially, there's no need to go. I don't think you'll find something different in this city that you can't find in Central Europe.

Posted: February 17, 2024Experienced: July, 2023
Things to do: 2/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 3/5
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Yasemin

Yasemin

Germany

Solo travel experience

Been to Basel with no expectations honestly but being there it had nothing really to surprise me. There is not much to see. The streets look full and chaotic. I walked a lot like usually but found nothing great to see expect an botanic garden from a university nearby which was the best thing during my stay. It was very hot and everything was way too expensive. Good in Switzerland it u have drinking fountains everywhere.

Posted: July 10, 2023
Things to do: 1/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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