Is Izmir Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Izmir, often considered one of the safer cities in Turkey, is frequently visited by solo female travelers. You can expect locals to be quite friendly and welcoming, and harassment is less common compared to other cities. There's a visible police presence, adding to the sense of safety. However, as in any location, it's advisable to exercise common sense and follow your intuition, especially when out late at night or in less-crowded areas.

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How safe is Izmir?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Izmir is generally a safe city to venture through but it is still recommended to exercise caution while walking alone at night. As with any major city, there may be certain areas that are less safe or well-lit than others. It is recommended to stick to populated areas, avoid less busy neighborhoods late at night, and always keep an eye on your belongings. If you stick to these safety measures, you should have a secure and enjoyable experience.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Izmir, is moderately safe and efficient. It includes a notable network of buses, trams, and ferries. With an Izmirim Kart, travelers can smoothly sail through this system. However, it's always advisable to stay alert of your belongings, especially in crowded places, and avoid travelling late at night. As a female, you may experience occasional stares but generally, the locals are very respectful.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Izmir is generally considered to be more welcoming and progressive when it comes to women's rights compared to some other parts of Turkey. While no place is completely free from street harassment, in Izmir, such incidents occur less frequently. Most locals are respectful and it has a strong police presence which adds an extra layer of security. Nonetheless, like any other city, it's best to stay aware of your surroundings and avoid desolate areas, especially at night.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

In Izmir, petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching exist but aren't rampant. It's crucial to remain alert especially in crowded places. But overall, the city is pretty safe, and locals generally show respect towards tourists. However, it's always recommended to take personal security measures at all times regardless of the location.
Tap water:

Tap water:Moderate

In Izmir, the tap water is technically safe to drink because it meets the regulatory standards for water cleanliness. However, it's often heavily chlorinated which gives it an odd taste and could potentially upset stomachs not used to it. Many locals and travelers choose to drink bottled water instead.

Is Izmir safe to travel?

Efsane

Efsane

Turkey

Couple travel experience

We first went there by train and then get to the metro to reach the center. We grabbed a coffee and visit İzmir’s boulderhall so show my friend how to belay. Then we get into a bus to go to the village where the climbing zone is also located. Locals were really helpful to give us directions and information. The bus drivers even helped us to carry our gears. When we reach the village, everybody was cheerful and helped us a lot. But the the weather was really hot that is why we wanted to arrange a place to stay and hopefully go to sea. Everywhere was so expensive. But then we found a really cheap place in center by Airbnb. Our hosts was incredible. They were really cheerful and dull of stories. We went to a sea altogether next day and another friend of mine joined us. We could not enjoy the nightlife but my female friends often go out late at night and party until morning. They stay in Buca and the clubs are near to their houses. I think İzmir Buca is the safest place to party and night out in Turkey but It is still important to take precaution and don’t drink too much :D. I can comfortable say that you can visit İzmir and have fun as much as you do. I went there with my male friend that’s why I said couple.

Posted: July 11, 2023
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Is Izmir safe for women?

Safety rating

3.2 /5

Based on 10 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.9 /5

Based on 10 experiences

Zeynep

Zeynep

I believe, Izmir is the one of the safest cities in Turkey. In the past I was feeling safer when I walked around in my city but nowadays things are changing in a bad way. However, I think Izmir is still safe for solo female travelers and also people are so friendly and helpful. If something happens to you, you can ask for help from local people and stores and they will help you no matter what!

Posted: June 13, 2024
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İzmir is generally known to be safer compared to bigger cities like İstanbul, however, it's still a big city so you should be careful especially at night. There wouldn't be a problem with walking alone at night in touristic places where there are lots of people, but I wouldn't recommend it in other residential areas. Çeşme, Foça, and Urla are great for vacation spots.

Posted: May 27, 2024
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Is Izmir safe right now?

Before your visit to Izmir, 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 exercising a high degree of caution in Türkiye due to the threat of terrorist attacks and the possibility of demonstrations throughout the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 17, 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 Izmir worth visiting?

Solo travel experience

Izmir is an amazing City. I have stayed there for some time and enjoyed it very much. The food and hospitality are amazing. The weather mostly sunny and the sea nearby. I fell in love with Turkey. I can only recommend to visit.

Posted: May 21, 2024Experienced: April, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Izmir

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Ezgisu

Ezgisu

About Me

I am 24 years old medicine student in izmir. I have been living in izmir for 6 years. I use all of my holidays backpacking and i would love to meet travellers from all around the world <3

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Ecem

Ecem

About Me

A gentle soul with a light heart.. I am a very sociable but balanced type of person, which helps me show my deepest respects to people who have hosted me in their houses, campsites, hotels and hostels. I have been doing solo travels and camps since 2020 in my country and met a lot of incredible people on my journey. I am in love with nature and anything natural is what I prefer first. I am into philosophy, religions, food, natural wonders, occultism and many other things... I am a talkative person as long as the person wants to maintain the conversation :) I live in Turkey and would love to host back my future hosts in Izmir, if they've come to visit here :) I live with my 4 year-old lovely and crazy-ass cat, you can check out our photos :) Hope to meet you soon,

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Stay with locals in Izmir

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Ecem

Ecem

Izmir

Can host for:

3 days

About me

A gentle soul with a light heart.. I am a very sociable but balanced type of person, which helps me show my deepest respects to people who have hosted me in their houses, campsites, hotels and hostels. I have been doing solo travels and camps since 2020 in my country and met a lot of incredible people on my journey. I am in love with nature and anything natural is what I prefer first. I am into philosophy, religions, food, natural wonders, occultism and many other things... I am a talkative person as long as the person wants to maintain the conversation :) I live in Turkey and would love to host back my future hosts in Izmir, if they've come to visit here :) I live with my 4 year-old lovely and crazy-ass cat, you can check out our photos :) Hope to meet you soon,

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Ezgisu

Ezgisu

Izmir

Can host for:

3 days

About me

I am 24 years old medicine student in izmir. I have been living in izmir for 6 years. I use all of my holidays backpacking and i would love to meet travellers from all around the world <3

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Upcoming visitors to Izmir

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Gabriela

Gabriela

About Me

Hey, I’m Gaby! I’m 25yo and wanting to see most of the world and learn all languages at the same time (but failing in most 😂), I work in marketing so I’m basically the stereotype of that: communicative and friendly, never afraid to do anything by myself if I want I to and no one wants to come together. It will be nice to meet you!

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Eszter

Eszter

About Me

Hello, I'm Eszter and I'm interested in animals, art, backpacking, books, boozing, camping, culture, cinema, dancing, events & social, fashion, food & cuisine, health, hiking, languages, live music, nature, nightlife, photography, shopping, sightseeing, solo travel, surfing and van life

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