Is Ankara Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Ankara predominantly has an accepting and hospitable culture with locals generally courteous to tourists. Important to note are the country's modest dress codes especially in more conservative areas. At night, it's advisable to stay in well-lit and populated areas, and rely on registered taxis for transportation. The city is generally secure but the usual safety precautions need to be taken, such as staying aware of your surroundings and keeping your belongings secure.

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How safe is Ankara?

Safety at nightModerate

Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, is generally safe, but like any large city, it's wise to take precautions. During the day it is quite safe. After sundown, however, some areas can become less secure. While incidents are not common, it's best not to walk alone late at night, especially in less busy areas or smaller side streets. Stick to well-lit, populated areas and avoid risky areas.

Public transportationModerate

Public transportation in Ankara is generally safe and reliable. Metro, bus, and minibus networks are expansive and can get you virtually anywhere you need to go. However, as with any large city, it's advisable to be cautious about your belongings, as pick-pocketing can happen. Women travelers occasionally report cases of unwanted attention, especially during the city's busier hours. Stay vigilant, especially when traveling at night, and take taxis from reputable companies when possible. It might be useful to know some basic Turkish phrases for communication. As always, trust your instincts and if a situation feels uncomfortable, remove yourself from it.

Street harassmentModerate

Ankara, the capital of Turkey, is generally a safe city. Yet, solo female travelers might occasionally encounter certain instances of street harassment such as unwelcome attention or remarks, especially in crowded places or at night. Learning a few key Turkish phrases and dressing modestly can often help. Remember, adopting a confident demeanor and keeping vigilant can go a long way in securing your personal safety.

Petty crimesModerate

Ankara does witness some petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching, especially in touristic and crowded places. However, it isn't widespread, and keeping an alert mind and taking basic precautions should help you avoid such situations. Most areas are safe to explore, but it's always good to stay vigilant, especially while using public transportation or visiting local markets.

Tap waterModerate

While the tap water in Ankara is not dangerous and technically safe to drink, it frequently has an unusual taste due to the minerals and chlorination methods. Therefore, most locals and travelers choose to drink bottled water. It is advisable to get used to the local tap water gradually to avoid any potential stomach discomfort.

Is Turkey safe right now?

When planning a trip to Turkey, travelers are strongly advised to exercise a high degree of caution due to potential terrorist threats and the risk of arbitrary detentions. Governments of the United States, Canada, and Australia have all issued warnings highlighting these risks. Be aware that these threats may be more prominent in certain areas. There is also the possibility of demonstrations throughout the country which could also pose a risk. As always, stay informed about the current situation and local customs before and during your trip.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States government advises to exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Note that some areas have an increased risk. 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 Turkey due to potential terrorist threats and the possibility of demonstrations throughout the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: January 9, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Turkey overall, due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 1, 2023

Is Ankara safe to visit?

4.3 /5

Based on 19 experiences

Is Ankara safe to live?

Zeynep

Zeynep

Actually it’s depends where you at. In Tunali, people are more modern and high educated therefore i feel more safe. Like being alone in dark and empty streets. But like in Altindag or Sincan or maybe Mamak (not all places) I worried about being alone. Like Bahcelievler and Tunali which are both centered places, you feel safe. In Kizilay, there are too many refugees and unfortunately most of the time they are disturbing. No matter what, you should travel carefully. Unfortunately I can’t say Ankara most safe city in Turkey. But i can say, Ankara’s people are very friendly.

Posted: February 22, 2024
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nisa

nisa

Ankara is a place that most of the time you can feel safe going around as a woman. But in some parts like Sincan it is not that safe in my opinion. But overall not that bad. So ı would suggest hanging around çankaya and yenimahalle most of the time.

Posted: February 19, 2024
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Is Ankara worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 19 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

3.9/5

Family travel experience

Ankara has become an indispensable city for me because my cousin lives there, and I didn't have to pay any fees to stay. It's a city steeped in history, especially in Ulus. The Parliament and Anıtkabir are definitely must-see places. The locations where the Battle of Sakarya took place are also noteworthy. Before climbing Ankara Castle, there are many museums you can visit. There are many famous streets like Kızılay and Tunalı, all of which you can explore on foot. Walking through the streets is the most beautiful way to understand a city. :)

Posted: January 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Ankara

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

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I’m a 25 year old girl who is travelling solo right now. I travelled last year also solo and with my boyfriend and with my other friends. I love meeting new people, thats one of my purposes too, not only see the world meet people and become a world citizen even more. I’m dentist but i quit my job to travel for a while, when i’m not travelling i am living in Ankara (capital of Turkey) and i also want to be host when i go back.

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nisa

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Hello I’m Nisa, 20 years old. I am from Turkey and living in Ankara. I am an university student who is trying to travel the world. I’m an easy going and kind person. See you :)

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Ankara

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I’m a 25 year old girl who is travelling solo right now. I travelled last year also solo and with my boyfriend and with my other friends. I love meeting new people, thats one of my purposes too, not only see the world meet people and become a world citizen even more. I’m dentist but i quit my job to travel for a while, when i’m not travelling i am living in Ankara (capital of Turkey) and i also want to be host when i go back.

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Ankara

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Hello I’m Nisa, 20 years old. I am from Turkey and living in Ankara. I am an university student who is trying to travel the world. I’m an easy going and kind person. See you :)

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