Is Edinburgh Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Edinburgh, is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. It has a friendly atmosphere, well-patrolled streets, and public transport that runs reliably into the late hours. There are excellent security measures in place, with CCTV widely used across the city. However, like any other city, it's always important to stay aware of your surroundings, especially when walking alone at night in less busy areas. Always keep your belongings close to you and avoid displaying expensive items. Stick to well-lit, busy streets and always tell someone where you're going or use a trusted taxi service if you're out late.

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How safe is Edinburgh?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Edinburgh is generally considered safe for solo female travelers, even at night. Though certain areas might be more bustling during the day, the city center and tourist-heavy areas remain quite active and safe into the evening. As always, it is important to maintain normal precautions such as sticking to well-lit streets, being aware of your surroundings, and avoiding less populous areas late at night. Petty crimes like pickpocketing can occur, but violent crime is rare. Public transportation and taxis are readily available if you prefer not to walk.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Very safe

Edinburgh has highly trustworthy public transportation services. The city buses, trams, and trains are well-maintained, punctual, and have clear route information which makes commuting hassle-free. The transit hubs and stops are well lit, often with CCTV surveillance, which enhances safety especially during off-peak hours. It's also commonplace for transport staff and friendly locals to assist if you have queries or concerns. However, like any place, it's recommended to remain alert and be aware of your surroundings.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Edinburgh is generally a safe and welcoming city. Street harassment is not a common occurrence and incidents are not widely reported by solo female travelers. However, like any major city, certain areas can be less safe at night, so it's advisable to stay within well-populated areas especially after dark. Overall, locals are usually friendly and respectful. The use of common sense and standard precautions are always recommended.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Edinburgh is one of the safer cities in the United Kingdom. While petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag theft do occur, they are relatively infrequent. It is always advisable to stay attentive to your belongings especially in crowded areas like public transport or tourist spots. Don't flaunt expensive gadgets or jewelry to avoid unwanted attention. However, generally speaking, you can feel quite comfortable while navigating Edinburgh alone.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Edinburgh is safe to drink. It meets all the stringent quality standards set by the European Union and is continuously monitored. The local water company, Scottish Water, assures that the drinking water quality is of very high standard. Therefore, you can safely consume it without any worries.

Is Edinburgh safe to travel?

4.9 /5

Based on 42 experiences

Group travel experience

I went to Edinburgh with another woman around my age and we had a great time! Our airbnb was located about 30 minutes from the Royal Mile, but with the public transportation, it was a quick and easy experience. Overall, we felt very safe. Edinburgh is a pretty small city that is very walkable. We went in July and there were definitely large crowds of tourists that made it hard to navigate around popular spots, but I was never a debilitating feature. Some of my restaurant recommendations include: - Nok’s Kitchen - Luckenbooth - Vittoria on the Bridge - Makar’s Mash Experience recommendations include - Edinburgh Castle - The Real Mary King’s Close - The Scotch Whisky Experience - Calton Hill Edinburgh is a beautiful medieval city with lots of charm, so I hope you enjoy your trip!

Posted: March 1, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I went solo to Edinburgh and loved how walkable the city is and how friendly, always felt very safe. The historical buildings are everywhere and beautiful. Bus system easy to use. Food and craft beer was great.

Posted: February 7, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Edinburgh is a small city so its really easy to walk everywhere, but there is also a tram. Its really safe and people are sooo friendly. It's a really vibrant city, and so so beautiful. I made a ton of friends and would love to come back.

Posted: January 24, 2024Experienced: October, 2023
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Family travel experience

I traveled to Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and the Highlands of Scotland with my nearly 80 year old grandmother. She used a motorized wheelchair throughout the trip and while not all the streets were built for those scooters, the locals in each place were incredibly lovely and jumped in to help whenever I had to lift her scooter over curbs, onto buses, etc. I spent an evening wandering alone around the main part of the city of Edinburgh near the Royal Mile and felt completely safe. I also walked back from a bar to my hotel in St Andrews by myself well past midnight and felt totally comfortable. The people in each place we went were so friendly and welcoming. If you are able to, a tour of the Highlands is a must. The countryside is beautiful and worth spending a day exploring, and be sure to pet a Highland cow!

Posted: January 20, 2024Experienced: April, 2022
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Solo travel experience

In Edinburgh, I felt extremely safe. It was supposed to be my first solo trip, and I fell in love with the city. The Royal Mile is really beautiful, but there are nice little shops and cafes outside the street. There is a great selection of vegan options. By bus, you can quickly reach a nature park where sheep roam. You might also want to take a look at the castle. While prices in Edinburgh are somewhat higher, they are significantly more affordable compared to London. The people are all super friendly.

Posted: November 10, 2023
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Family travel experience

I love Edinburgh. I've been there probably 5 times and I've always felt extremely safe. It's very pedestrian-friendly, has a great bus system and you can go on trips to the highlands if you don't want to drive a car.

Posted: October 1, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went to Edinburgh by myself for the first time and I felt really safe there all the time. Everyone I talked to was really nice, and there were plenty of things to do. I was there in January, so it was getting dark already around 4:00 PM, but even then, when I was walking alone, I felt safe.

Posted: July 31, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I visited the castle, the place of illusions opposite. The National Museum, art gallery, cathedral, took part in a terrifying guided tour, and went to the zoo. All within walking distance, wandering around the gardens. I had an amazing time, I recommend all of it, and if you have time, it is also recommended to climb Arthur's Hill, unfortunately, I didn't have time for that. The cafes in these places are charming and less crowded than the main cafes and restaurants. I felt very safe walking around at night, I wandered around the city at midnight.

Posted: November 26, 2022
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Solo travel experience

To Do: - Dean Village - Calton Hill - Circus Lane - Victoria Street - Scott Monument - Armchair Books - Ross Fountain - Edinburgh Castle - Old Town - Writers' Museum Safety: I've always felt very safe. Recommendations: Edinburgh is great. It's one of my favourite cities.

Posted: September 23, 2022
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Things to do: - Victoria Street - Scott Monument - Calton Hill - Armchair Books Bookstore - Circus Lane Safety: Edinburgh is safe, but like in any city in the world, you should be cautious when walking alone at night. Recommendations: Edinburgh is my favorite city in the UK. It's extremely pedestrian-friendly with lots of hiking trails and picturesque spots around the city.

Posted: September 16, 2022
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Is Edinburgh safe for women?

Safety rating

3.9 /5

Based on 7 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.1 /5

Based on 7 experiences

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Bintang

Fortunately, I’ve never been in any risk or danger at all. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and I can always rely on strangers for support. The city is full of students and tourist, so it feels quite safe

Posted: April 24, 2024
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Luci

Luci

Definitely feel very safe in this city!! Have had no problems walking around or uneasy situations/feelings. However, it is a city so you have to be cautious and use common sense. But I wouldn’t not walk around at night or not go to any certain areas. I’m also not from the area though.

Posted: April 21, 2024
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Is Edinburgh safe right now?

Before your visit to Edinburgh, 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 exercising a high degree of caution in the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 15, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in the UK due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 2, 2024

Is Edinburgh worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 42 experiences

Eira

Eira

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

I stayed at Castle Rock hostel and had an amazing time! They had events planned for each night so was really easy to meet other travellers that way. Spent my day wandering around the city - it was quite expensive I had a low budget to be fair, so ended up buying groceries and making myself food for the most part. It was really easy to just walk everything was really close. I visited: Arthur’s seat, national gallery and museum, Dean village, and small parks and areas of the city that were very pretty!

Posted: April 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Gigi

Gigi

United States

Solo travel experience

I am in love with the city, the country side, the people, the food, the vibe, the weather, just beyond impressed with how kind the people are there, so much to do, never ending, get to the Royal mile, get a hostel around and you won’t run out of things to do, a lot of activities free, plenty of chances for good pictures, and of course plenty of pubs, I can’t wait to go back

Posted: February 27, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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