Is Zurich Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Zurich, is renowned for its high safety standards. Its crime rate is very low and it is generally considered safe to walk around even at night. The public transport is reliable and it's easy to navigate around the city. Even though, like in any city, you should always be aware of your surroundings, Zurich's overall atmosphere is very welcoming and safe for solo female travelers.

Safety rating

Meet new people

Get the Travel Ladies app to meet new people, find travel buddies, share solo travel experiences and stay with locals through couch surfing.
Download from App StoreDownload from Google Play
Get the Travel Ladies App

How safe is Zurich?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Zurich, like most of Switzerland, is generally considered quite safe, even at night. Crime rates are relatively low and the streets are well-lit and populated. However, as with any major city, it's advised to stay vigilant and avoid deserted areas or areas known for nightlife as they may attract pickpockets and other petty crime, particularly late at night.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Public transportation in Zurich is renowned for its efficiency, reliability, and safety. Trams, buses, and trains are frequently available, run on schedule with minimal to no delays, and often have dedicated lanes for added security. The stations and vehicles are clean and well-maintained. Security measures are also well in place with constant surveillance by CCTV cameras, and security personnel are never far away. Fare evasion is taken seriously, implying a general respect for the law among passengers. Furthermore, general crime rates in Zurich are relatively low, further contributing to a safe traveling experience. However, like anywhere else in the world, it is always essential to take basic safety precautions.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Very low

Zurich, as with the majority of Switzerland, generally maintains a respectful culture, thus, instances of street harassment are quite rare. People tend to mind their own business and give each individual their personal space. While it's always advisable to stay vigilant, you can largely expect a safe and respectful environment while navigating through the city.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Very low

Zurich is renowned for its high level of security and low crime rate. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag snatching are relatively rare. However, just as with any popular tourist destination, one should still remain vigilant, especially in crowded places like public transport or tourist hotspots. A high police presence and a general respect for the law among locals further safeguard against petty crime.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Zurich is of excellent quality and is safe to drink. It is sourced from well-protected natural springs and lakes, and undergoes rigorous quality controls, ensuring it satisfies high hygiene standards. You can confidently refill your water bottle from any public fountain in the city, most of them serve drinking water.

Is Zurich safe to travel?

4.6 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Solo travel experience

I came to Zürich for work but stayed on a couple of days to get to know the city. The public transportation is fantastic and downtown is very slick while also having plenty of places to gather and be. It's expensive as would be expected. I felt safe in the areas I visited. People are generally very helpful if asked about life here and how to navigate.

Posted: May 21, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Group travel experience

Switzerland as a whole is very safe as I'm sure most will say. Never felt unsafe as I traveled through the country though I was with a group part of the time. We stayed at a hotel NW of the city center which was quite nice except for the inability to eat your own food in the main lobby/downstairs area as it is a space intended for their cafe/restaurant customers. So if you have a snack you are enjoying on the go, eat it while still on the go or in the room. There was no air conditioning in the room but because the weather was still cool, that was not a problem. Be prepared to spend when you come to Zurich/ Switzerland, as food is not cheap. I would recommend using the Too Good To Go app to grab more affordable food options that are to go / snacks / or to eat in a park if you want to have a low spend day. The country as a whole is very polite, friendly, clean, and efficient. Most memorable is the beauty of Switzerland. It's like an unscathed gem in a world tarnished by hatred and war in its history.

Posted: April 22, 2024Experienced: October, 2023
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

As a single woman, traveling alone, I felt incredibly safe, walking around the city at night time, and in the early morning. The city was clean and beautiful. Public transportation was clean, safe, and on time. I took public transportation to the nearest mountain and hiked up all by myself. I’ve never felt more comfortable hiking alone as a female.

Posted: April 11, 2024
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0
PIWAYI

PIWAYI (28)

Germany

Couple travel experience

Clean and transport was efficient. It is safe for women solo travelers. It's a bit pricey but if you book early it is affordable. The food was delicious. We stayed in 25 hours hotel, there are Restaurant nearby and tram station in front of the hotel. It isn't busy during public holidays, many businesses don't operate during public holiday.

Posted: May 29, 2023Experienced: November, 2022
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

To do: - Stroll through the Old Town - Have a drink on the roof - View Giacometti's frescos - Get an epic view of the city from Lindenplatz or Polybahnterrasse. - Tour the Chinese Garden, Arboretum and the Old Botanical Garden - Swim in the lake or along the Limmat River Safety: I felt safe and it was easy for me to get around. Recommendations: Zurich is nice, but not spectacular.

Posted: September 16, 2022
favorite_border 80
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

To do: - Visit the old town - Swim in the lake - Take a day trip to Lucerne - Visit the Chinese Gardens - Visit the Botanical Garden Safety: It's quite safe. Recommendations: Zurich is nice, but it's more of a 'city for living', not a place where you can see a lot.

Posted: September 9, 2022
favorite_border 76
mode_comment 0

Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Kunsthaus Zürich - Grossmünster - Swiss National Museum - Bahnhofstrasse - Uetliberg - Fraumünster Church - Lake Zurich - Zurich Zoo - Rietberg Museum Security: Zurich is a perfectly safe city to visit. Recommendations: Zurich is cool but quite expensive.

Posted: September 2, 2022
favorite_border 56
mode_comment 0

Is Zurich safe for women?

Safety rating

4.7 /5

Based on 13 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.1 /5

Based on 13 experiences

I think it's pretty average. I feel mostly safe at night, just be sure to go clubbing with a group that checks on each other. The train station "Zürich HB" is definitely safer than other stations in Switzerland.

Posted: June 16, 2024
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

I used to live in Zurich for 6 years and I still go to Zurich every week. It’s very safe in the city. But try to avoid Langstrasse late at night. Nothing has ever happened to me. But someone told me that he (yes, a tall big man) got attracted by some drunk people there and he was robbed.

Posted: June 12, 2024
favorite_border 0
mode_comment 0

Is Zurich safe right now?

Before your visit to Zurich, 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.
🇺🇸

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
🇨🇦

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
🇦🇺

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 Zurich worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 8 experiences

Eva

Eva (37)

Spain

Solo travel experience

The city center is spectacular. Just walking around is nice, but you can also ride a bike! Warning: you'll ride in the same direction and close to the tram rails. I come from a city that doesn't have that and I almost had an accident 🥵😅 Restaurants are expensive in comparison to Spanish salaries, and many people bring food to parks. That's a cool option! 🥰 People are really nice and open-minded!! I love the culture and to be able to talk Italian or English everywhere I go, as I don't know Swiss or High German. If you like books, there are some second-hand book shops that are really nice! 🤓📚

Posted: April 9, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
favorite_border 4
mode_comment 1

Meet locals in Zurich

Meet local women in Zurich who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Lola

Lola

About Me

I am an actress, yoga instructor, petsitter from Mexico living in Affoltern am Albis near Zurich

Speaking

mode_comment 0
Regula

Regula

About Me

Looking back happily on my now grown-up children, I occasionally explore “our crazy ball called Earth” on foot, by bike or sometimes by car. I have no expectations of you. I appreciate a dialogue or the narration of episodes in your life just as much as, for example, a silent evening. It would be great if I could accommodate you too; From May to the beginning of October I often stay in a caravan, which is parked on a natural lake in the agglomeration of the city of Zurich,

Speaking

mode_comment 0

Stay with locals in Zurich

Stay with local women in Zurich who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Regula

Regula

Zurich

Can host for:

2 days

About me

Looking back happily on my now grown-up children, I occasionally explore “our crazy ball called Earth” on foot, by bike or sometimes by car. I have no expectations of you. I appreciate a dialogue or the narration of episodes in your life just as much as, for example, a silent evening. It would be great if I could accommodate you too; From May to the beginning of October I often stay in a caravan, which is parked on a natural lake in the agglomeration of the city of Zurich,

Speaking

mode_comment 0
Sara

Sara

Zurich

Can host for:

2 days

About me

Openminded and honest. I love traveling and getting to see and experience myself in new surroundings.

Speaking

mode_comment 0

Upcoming visitors to Zurich

Connect with upcoming visitors to Zurich who are looking for travel buddies or meet ups.
Tingyu

Tingyu

About Me

Swiftie

Speaking

mode_comment 0

Safety in Switzerland