Is Geneva Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Geneva is generally very safe for solo female travelers. The city has a significantly low crime rate and the local authorities are very responsive. Moreover, the residents are helpful and respectful. Public transportation is reliable and safe, even during the night. However, travelers should always practice usual precautions such as avoiding dark, secluded areas at night and being vigilant of their personal belongings.

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How safe is Geneva?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Very safe

Geneva is generally very safe for solo female travelers, even at night. Like in any other city, there may be occasional incidents but, typically, the city is well-lit and well-patrolled. The locals are welcoming and there is a strong police presence. Public transportation is reliable and available even during the late hours. However, it's always wise to stay alert, avoid deserted areas and keep your belongings close to you.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in Geneva is known for its high safety standards, efficiency and punctuality. This not only includes buses and trams but also boats and trains. The transport system employees are well-trained and responsive to security issues. The level of crime reported on public transports is very low. Additionally, services are frequent even during the night, ensuring that you're never stranded irrespective of your schedule. The routes are well-lit and signposted, again contributing to a safer environment.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Geneva, being a cosmopolitan city and a hub for global diplomacy, is generally safe and respectful towards women. Most residents and even tourists respect individual space and boundaries. Streets are well-lit and monitored, so instances of street harassment are quite rare. The city's well-structured transport system and vigilant law enforcement further contributes to this. However, as with any city, caution is still advised, especially during late evenings in less populous areas.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Very low

Geneva, as the rest of Switzerland, is well-known for its high level of security. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing, theft, and minor scams exist but they are relatively rare. Tourists are advised to maintain the usual precautions such as not leaving their belongings unattended and remaining vigilant in crowded areas. However, the overall environment is pretty safe and law abiding, thus making it a comfortable travel destination.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

In Geneva, the cleanliness and quality of the tap water is notably high. Actually, about 80% of it comes directly from Lake Geneva, and it is meticulously cleaned and filtered to ensure its safety. So, you can comfortably drink tap water directly from the faucet when visiting the city, or fill your water bottles before heading out for the day, without any concerns.

Is Geneva safe to travel?

4.6 /5

Based on 11 experiences

Solo travel experience

Geneva is a wonderful city where I felt very safe. The public transportation network in Switzerland is absolutely amazing. The Christmas market is enchanting. There are plenty of stalls with traditional Swiss food as well as dishes from around the world. It's a nice place to take a walk, have a drink and eat a snack. The river and the lake are beautiful for walks, and taking a day trip is easy, both Annecy and Lausanne are great.

Posted: December 25, 2023
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To do: - Travel by mouette (public transport boats) or take a lake cruise - Walk around the Old Town - Climb the Cathedral - Swim in the lake - Running under the Jet d’Eau - Trip to Jonction Safety: I felt safe when I was there. Recommendations: Geneva is beautiful and fun, especially for a short period of time, like two days.

Posted: September 16, 2022
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Solo travel experience

To Do: - Visit the Museum of Art and History - Have a drink at the Place du Bourg-de-Four - Explore the old town - Walk around Carouge - Visit the opera - Admire the beautiful lake shore Safety: Geneva is very safe, women-friendly. Recommendations: Geneva is a nice city for a few hours, but not for days. Ideal for a short trip.

Posted: September 9, 2022
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Solo travel experience

To do: - Jet d'Eau in Geneva - St. Peter's Cathedral - Palace of Nations - International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum - Museum of Art and History - Bains des Pâquis - MAMCO Genève - Patek Philippe Museum - Ariana Museum Safety: I felt very safe. Recommendations: Geneva is very expensive to live in, especially when it comes to food and drink.

Posted: September 2, 2022
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Is Geneva safe for women?

Safety rating

4.3 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.1 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Geneva is pretty safe compared to other big European cities. As a woman travelling alone you won’t have any problem during the day, just avoid certain neighbourhood at night. Sexual harassment is rare

Posted: July 4, 2024
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Diana

Diana

There is crime like everywhere else, but less often and violent than most of places. But we dont know about it and usually police is very discrete. People follow rules and because is a country that can be strict, there is no much space for crime.

Posted: June 12, 2024
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Is Geneva safe right now?

Before your visit to Geneva, 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: July 15, 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 Geneva worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 11 experiences

Couple travel experience

Tip stay in france at the border. Annemasse is pretty close to geneva by tram and also by train. We used the tram. Restaurents and supermarkets are much cheaper. I love the botanical garden at geneva.

Posted: June 14, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Egypt

Solo travel experience

Genava is my Hub, as far as I'm using easyjet (whuch is the cheapest one to fly from Egypt. I used to fly to GVA since August 1999 and I stayed there for the last 7 years as a UN accredited correspondant for Al-Ahram daily news paper. I have many friends there and I used to stay in their houses before heading to my destination in Europe.

Posted: June 7, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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