Is Istanbul Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Istanbul is generally safe for solo female travelers with some caution required. Although crime rate is relatively low, it is advisable to stay vigilant especially in crowded tourist areas due to occasional pickpocketing and scam incidents. It's also important to respect the local customs and dress modestly to prevent unwanted attention. Stick to well-lit areas at night and always inform reliable contacts about your whereabouts.

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How safe is Istanbul?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Istanbul, a vibrant city, presents a mixed experience at night-time. While it's generally safe to walk around, especially in the bustling areas like Taksim Square and Sultanahmet, there may be less crowded, darker streets where you'd need to exercise more caution. The local police are available round the clock, there are plenty of people out till late and many stores and restaurants are open 24/7. However, as a solo female traveler, vigilance should always be maintained. It's best to avoid poorly lit areas and not to share personal information with unknown persons.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Istanbul, including buses, trams, ferries, and the metro, is generally safe and efficient. The staff is used to dealing with tourists and locals alike, and you should be able to navigate the city without much difficulty. It's recommended to always keep an eye on your belongings and avoid traveling late at night if possible. In spite of these precautions, instances of crime are relatively low, especially during daytime hours.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

In Istanbul, one could experience different levels of street harassment depending on the area and time of day. These could range from stares and catcalls to aggressive touting. While it is generally safe, incidences of harassment are more noticeable in tourist-heavy areas like Sultanahmet and Taksim Square. It's advised to dress modestly, avoid late-night outings in secluded areas, and ignore without engaging if harassed. Always be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts, as with any other destination.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Istanbul, much like any other bustling city, has instances of petty crimes such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and minor scams. These incidents tend to be more prevalent in areas crowded with tourists like Taksim Square and Sultanahmet. The city is generally safe but it is vital to stay alert, be aware of your belongings, and avoid flashing expensive items. Use common sense as well as caution when approached by strangers.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

While tap water in Istanbul is technically treated and considered safe to drink, many locals and tourists prefer to not drink it due to taste and occasional inconsistencies in the water infrastructure. This may lead to upset stomachs especially for those who aren't used to it. It is highly recommended to purchase bottled water or use a reliable water purifier.

Is Istanbul safe to travel?

4 /5

Based on 60 experiences

Couple travel experience

Yes i felt safe it was very beautiful the weather was top we did a boat tour that was amazing we loved it the water was so blue and the mountains around us were so big. i would definitely doing again

Posted: May 11, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I felt very safe (wearing hijab). I do not speak the language and they do not speak much English. I loved the shopping and beautiful mosques but the food was not good other than the Lebanese food which was amazing. Loved all the cats everywhere. Transportation was expensive in my experience.

Posted: April 4, 2024
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Family travel experience

Istanbul is very beautiful and amazing but I had a bad experience in hotel, I highly recommend don't take your valuable things in hotel's safe box. Our money was lost in safe box and no one was not respond even hotel responsible and police had very bad and unsecure behaviour

Posted: March 14, 2024Experienced: January, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Istanbul is a beautiful place with historic, but also modern places. I felt very safe traveling solo, even during the night. As an Asian, I did feel like they stare a bit more, but it’s only because they watch a lot of Korean dramas and are curious about us. Nothing too alarming. They’re all really nice and just want to get to know your culture

Posted: March 2, 2024
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Group travel experience

It was very safe to travel, we took train, spent 200 dollars for 1 week, stayed in airbnb, had local food like kebabs. Booked a tour for 10 dollars and went to kars Armenia border and to Erzurum and went for skiing. Overall amazing trip

Posted: February 11, 2024
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Family travel experience

We stayed on the European side of Istanbul. It definitely felt safe at the time but we were also very conscious of our belongings, watching around us, etc. food was marvelous but at times hard to find vegetarian options. Very budget friendly and something for everyone! One of my favorite cities

Posted: February 2, 2024
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Kristen

Kristen

Japan

Solo travel experience

I had a wonderful time in Istanbul, coming from Japan I had to keep in mind their idea of "space" is different and for them to be standing close to you is not seen as intimidating. I had one experience when an older man directly asked me for a blow job (of course he said it was a "joke" when I told him how inappropriate he was being) but there are rude men anywhere. Other than that, I felt generally safe and had an amazing time and loved the food especially. I highly recommend taking a food tour, that was one of my best memories of the trip.

Posted: January 26, 2024
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Alysha

Alysha

South Africa

Couple travel experience

Istanbul is a fairly safe, and friendly city. There are a few scams that one should research before getting there but I had no issues. I spent 5 days in Istanbul, before visiting other areas of Türkiye, and would absolutely go back. Getting around is easy with various methods of transport. I used metro, Uber, and bus. One thing to be aware of is traffic in peak hours, Uber can be pricy (and drivers want to avoid the toll if you’re traveling between the Asian and European side) and the metros are very full. I stayed on the Asian side, it was less busy than the European side and a beautiful experience.

Posted: January 8, 2024
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Group travel experience

Istanbul is a beautiful city, it is accessible with good rates for hotels, local food, and the metro system works really well and it is not expensive.Santa Sofia and the Blue Mesquite are something you cannot miss, and walking on the streets eaither alone or in a group, you feel safe.

Posted: November 19, 2023Experienced: October, 2023
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Solo travel experience

In my opinion Istanbul is city of love. If you want to have a good experience with food and the view of every street of a city you should see Istanbul with your partner. People are so nice and accepting to foreign visitors. But i recommend you to visit with your friend or your partner because some areas of Istanbul can be dangerous at the night time.

Posted: November 1, 2023Experienced: August, 2023
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Is Istanbul safe for women?

Safety rating

3.2 /5

Based on 34 experiences

Crime rates rating

2.1 /5

Based on 34 experiences

Tuğba

Tuğba

There are safety place and unsafety place in İstanbul. You can travel touristic places to feel safe. there is public transportation at nights. You can arrange yourself according to public transportation

Posted: May 16, 2024
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Elif

Elif

You shouldn’t be alone in the nights specially if you’re at the famous streets in Istanbul but during the day it’s totally safe. Kadikoy is the most peaceful popular place in Istanbul, I’m originally from there so you can hangout there and Asian side is much more calmer and safer than European Side

Posted: May 6, 2024
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Is Istanbul safe right now?

Before your visit to Istanbul, it's essential to check travel advisories for Turkey, 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 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 to exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey, due to the threat of terrorist attacks and the possibility of demonstrations throughout the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 6, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution overall in Turkey, due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 9, 2024

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 60 experiences

Solo travel experience

I believe that you should be careful depending on the districts you’re visiting. The tourist areas are full of local shops that try to scam you. Turkish people are so generous and sweet but definitely be cautious about the scammers.

Posted: May 6, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

I travelled in Istanbul in 2022 it was a solo trip. Actually it was an amazing experience which change me a lot. That was my first time to travel alone. Turkey in general is a country. It has a diversity in nature, activity, food. I recommend Turkish delights so much. I really loved them. Also the prices is ok and the people are friendly. I also enjoyed the see tour in Istanbul so much. I went to princess island. I stayed there two weeks and I really recommend people to visit Istanbul

Posted: April 4, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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