Is Atlanta Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Atlanta, as a major city, certainly demands a certain level of caution and awareness, but it generally offers a safe and welcoming environment for solo female travelers. The city offers safe transportation options and areas such as Midtown, Buckhead and Virginia Highland are considered safe neighborhoods. However, taking routine precautions such as avoiding less lit or less populated areas at night, staying aware of your surroundings, and trusting your instincts will ensure that your visit is a pleasant one.

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How safe is Atlanta?

Safety at nightModerate

Like many big cities, Atlanta, has areas that are perfectly safe and areas that are less so. Walking alone at night is generally safe in the downtown area and other well-lit, continuously busy areas. However, it would be more prudent in less crowded or poorly lit areas to take a cab or Uber, especially if you are new to the city. Always be aware of your surroundings and follow common safety precautions, like not displaying expensive belongings or taking deserted routes. During events, festivals, or concerts, the city is lively even at night, so that leads to a safer environment.

Public transportationModerate

Public transportation in Atlanta, such as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), is generally reliable and safe during the day, especially in central areas and during rush hours when they are well populated. However, services can be less consistent and safe during off-peak hours and in remote parts of the city. There have been occasional incidents reported, so it is advisable to remain aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings secure, and avoid traveling alone late at night. Ubers and taxis are a safer option during these hours.

Street harassmentModerate

Atlanta is a vibrant city with a rich cultural ambiance. However, like any urban area, women may experience street harassment in varied forms. Instances can range from catcalls to more overtly aggressive behavior. Such occurrence is more prominent towards evening hours primarily in less crowded areas. It's crucial to be assertive, avoid walking alone late at night and always be mindful of your surroundings. Note the presence of security cameras, police patrols, and busy public areas for added safety.

Petty crimesModerate

Petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching can occur in busy areas of Atlanta, particularly in crowded venues, tourist spots, and public transportation. Always be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings secure at all times.

Tap waterVery safe

In Atlanta, the tap water is treated in compliance with federal and state standards, hence it is considered safe for consumption. It undergoes thorough filtration and disinfection to remove any harmful contaminants. Still, it is suggested to use a water filter if you have a low immune system or sensitive to the taste of chlorine, a common disinfectant used in treating tap water.

Is United States safe right now?

When traveling to the United States, both the Canadian and Australian governments recommend that you take normal safety precautions. Ensure you maintain awareness of your personal security at all times, guard your belongings, and stay informed about any possible safety or security risks in the areas you are visiting.
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian Government advises you to take standard security precautions while in the United States. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 20, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises exercising normal safety precautions in the United States of America. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: September 8, 2023

Is Atlanta safe to visit?

4.2 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Solo travel experience

Day trip to ATL - Atlanta, GA Visited the Delta Flight museum. Rented car for transport. Took the Tuesday 1 PM tour that was hosted by retired Delta employees who talked about the objects and planes in the museum and their experiences. It was entertaining and educational especially to those who love aviation and history. Good for solo travel due to secure environment of airport and museum. You have to show ID to access the museum since it is on their corporate campus adjacent to the airport. Also enjoyed the tour which was a group of about 15 other friendly people. Only sketchy part was leaving the airport. There were people begging near the Marta station but they left you alone if ignored.

Posted: February 5, 2024
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Is Atlanta safe to live?

Is Atlanta worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 3 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.2/5

Safety

4.2/5

Food

3.3/5

Budget-friendly

3/5

Solo travel experience

Day trip to ATL - Atlanta, GA Visited the Delta Flight museum. Rented car for transport. Took the Tuesday 1 PM tour that was hosted by retired Delta employees who talked about the objects and planes in the museum and their experiences. It was entertaining and educational especially to those who love aviation and history. Good for solo travel due to secure environment of airport and museum. You have to show ID to access the museum since it is on their corporate campus adjacent to the airport. Also enjoyed the tour which was a group of about 15 other friendly people. Only sketchy part was leaving the airport. There were people begging near the Marta station but they left you alone if ignored.

Posted: February 5, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I've been to Atlanta many times. I've used the trains and walked around different kinds of neighborhoods. My only problem with Atlanta is that it's crowded. Besides that, I'm not a fan of southern food after a day or two because it's very unhealthy. But besides that, Atlanta is a cool city to visit. Lots of fun neighborhoods - downtown, midtown, northern part, and Buckhead. All are amazing.

Posted: September 30, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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