Is Belfast Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Belfast is generally a safe city to visit, especially in central and tourist areas. Like any other city, it has its problem areas, but these are not the places where tourists usually go. Keep to populated areas and stay aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Petty crime like pickpocketing can happen, but it's less common than in other major cities. Public transportation is reliable and safe to use, even for solo female travelers. However, avoid taking unlicensed taxis.

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Safety at night:Safe

Belfast, the United Kingdom, is generally a safe city to visit even for solo female travelers. Police presence is quite visible, especially in the city centre, which tends to get relatively quiet post the bustling business hours. Crime rates are lower than many major cities in the UK, and locals are friendly and helpful. However, like any other city, it does have areas that are better avoided, especially late at night. Stick to well-lit places and avoid secluded areas. Using basic safety and awareness practices should ensure a safe stay.

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Belfast could be deemed as fairly reliable and safe. Services such as buses, trains, and taxis are regularly available and generally controlled by professional bodies. It is important to remain aware of your surroundings, especially during the night or in less crowded areas, but generally, passengers are able to travel free of significant concern. However, as in any metropolitan area, there can occasionally be incidents, so always prioritize personal safety and trust your instincts.

Street harassment:Low

Belfast, the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, is generally considered safe and welcoming for solo female travelers. Street harassment incidents are relatively low compared to other major cities globally. Most of the inhabitants are respectful and it is unlikely to face severe harassment while exploring the city. However, like any destination, it's advised to be cautious, particularly during night time and in less crowded areas. Always trust your instincts and it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with your surroundings during day time.

Petty crimes:Low

Belfast is generally a safe city to travel, particularly in areas where tourists frequented. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, or phone theft do occur, mainly in crowded areas and tourist spots. However, they are less likely if one stays alert and takes precautionary measures like not displaying valuable items openly. It is always advisable to keep an eye on belongings and not leave them unattended.

Tap water:Very safe

In Belfast, the quality of tap water is excellent. It undergoes stringent purification and testing procedures, making it safe for drinking. Plus, the Northern Ireland Water company regularly conducts water quality checks as well. So, you can confidently drink tap water directly without any concerns.

Is Belfast safe to travel?

4.3 /5

Based on 7 experiences

Anete

Anete

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

I loved Belfast! It was also my first ever solo trip (yay)! I stayed in air BnB about 30min walk from the city centre and it was really quiet. After a concert, around midnight I walked to the apartment on my own and felt 100% safe. No unwanted attention whatsoever! I rented a car and went to see the Game of Thrones studio and the Giants Causeway (recommend). The city itself is beautiful to want around, and then there’s the Titanic. I’d say 3 days would be enough to see it all. I found everything reasonably priced but I also did a lot of research before I went so I did know what to expect.

Posted: March 26, 2024
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I stayed in Belfast for 4 nights. It was completely safe, I lived with locals and everyone said the same - that it's completely safe. I even walked past all the murals, where all the gates are - everything is fine :) I also went on a day trip to Giant's Causeway, it was really nice and so beautiful!

Posted: February 25, 2023
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I went for a long weekend and at any time of the day I felt incredibly safe. I highly recommend a guided walk through street art.

Posted: February 25, 2023
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To do: - Queen's University - City Hall - Prince of York - Titanic Safety: Travels are safe. Recommendations: Belfast is really a cool city. Plenty of bars and restaurants, especially around the cathedral.

Posted: September 16, 2022
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To do: - Belfast Castle - Botanic Gardens - Duke of York Pub - Belfast City Hall - Bittles Bar - Titanic Building - HMS Caroline - The Big Fish sculpture - Lagan Towpath - Queens University Safety: Belfast is not dangerous, just use common sense when you see a situation that should be avoided. Recommendations: Belfast is a great city to spend the day/night.

Posted: September 9, 2022
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To do: - Titanic Belfast - Ulster Museum - Belfast Castle - Belfast City Hall - St. George's Market - Tourist attraction and Crumlin Road Gaol Conference Centre - Botanic Gardens - Belfast Zoo - Carrickfergus Castle Safety: Belfast is very safe. Recommendations: Belfast is a cool city with a ton of history and a lot of attractions. I recommend visiting the Titanic museum and the City Hall.

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

Is Belfast safe right now?

Before your visit to Belfast, it's essential to check travel advisories for United Kingdom, 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 exercising increased caution in the United Kingdom due to terrorism. 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 the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 19, 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 the UK due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 20, 2023

Is Belfast worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 7 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.2/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3/5

Solo travel experience

I loved the Titanic Museum. It was perfect for a rainy day in Belfast when I was there. It's a pity I didn't have more time in Belfast.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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