Is Boston Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Boston is generally safe for solo female travelers. It's a city with good public transportation and coffeeshops, bookstores or restaurants in every corner where you can feel comfortable even if you're alone. Furthermore, people in Boston are helpful and polite. However, as in any city, especially large ones, it is necessary to exercise caution particularly at night, and in less busy or poorly lit areas.

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How safe is Boston?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Boston is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. The public spaces are well-lit and populated, even late into the night. While traditional tourist areas such as Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the North End are considered safe to navigate at night, always use common sense and stay aware of your surroundings. As in any other city, there could be certain areas less safe, particularly after dark. Public transportation is reliable and user-friendly, and there is also a good number of taxis and rideshares available. However, it's always necessary to remain attentive, avoid walking alone late at night in deserted areas and let someone know your whereabouts for your own security.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Boston is quite safe, especially during daytime and early evening hours. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) or 'the T' as locals call it, is well-maintained and continuously monitored. The majority of the commuters are locals, students, and tourists, and the presence of a strong community atmosphere can be felt. However, like any big city, late-night traveling can be a bit more vulnerable, so always be aware of your surroundings and consider using a taxi or rideshare service after dark.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Boston is reasonably safe for solo female travelers. In general, Bostonians are respectful and street harassment is not frequently encountered. However, like any large city, it is advised to remain aware of your surroundings and avoid less-traveled areas at night. While generally safe, areas such as Mattapan, Roxbury, and some parts of Dorchester could turn unsafe after dark. Public transport is safe but avoid less busy stops during off-hours. Also, as a college town, Boston has a strong nightlife. Attend these social events, but never leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Boston experiences some level of petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse-snatching particularly in crowded tourist areas and on public transportation. However, with a degree of caution, such as not flaunting valuable items and staying aware of one's surroundings, these risks can be significantly minimized. Overall, the city is relatively safe compared to many other major U.S. cities.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

In Boston, tap water is not only safe to drink, but it's some of the best in the country. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) tests the water quality multiple times daily to ensure its safety and cleanliness. They provide public access to test results as well, presenting an image of openness and trust. Many locals will tell you they prefer the taste of the tap water to bottled water.

Is Boston safe to travel?

4.3 /5

Based on 7 experiences

Nour'hane

Nour'hane

United Arab Emirates

Solo travel experience

My experience was amazing in Boston, I spent there two nights It’s very safe and people are friendly, it’s a little bit expensive in food and activities but there’s lot of public places that you can visit and enjoy for free I had the best seafood there, many parks around and amazing clubs

Posted: May 16, 2024
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You should go down the Freedom Trail, it will guide you through the city and past many historical sites. There are pleasant shops on Newbury St., some of them are a bit expensive, but it's a great neighborhood with a good selection of restaurants. Select Oyster Bar is a great place with a nice bar for eating alone. Boston is my favorite city, I've always found public transportation to be safe and easy to understand.

Posted: September 6, 2022
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Is Boston safe for women?

Safety rating

3.7 /5

Based on 11 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.4 /5

Based on 11 experiences

Boston is extremely quiet and safe! Moving from Brooklyn, NY, I was impressed at the cleanliness and friendliness of the T especially. I would generally avoid downtown crossing if you are alone and it’s after 1am, but otherwise I’ve never been bothered and am usually out alone and late.

Posted: May 30, 2024
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Boston is a great city. Small town feel and friendly folks. Theres not too much to do at night so if you have a good place to stay you are likely to have a great time. At night stick to bar areas and avoid alleys. The T is very safe but lately more unreliable and if you do section by section it’s very navigable on foot.

Posted: May 20, 2024
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Is Boston safe right now?

Before your visit to Boston, it's essential to check travel advisories for United States, 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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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian government advises taking normal security precautions in the United States. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 5, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in the United States of America. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 2, 2024

Is Boston worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 7 experiences

Solo travel experience

I found that Boston was a very clean city. It was bustling with students, and there was lots of great music. I did not stay long as I was just passing through on a solo road trip however, I do feel as if I could live there! Very lovely architecture and I didn’t find the driving too bad.

Posted: March 4, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I went alone about a month ago, and the people were very nice and friendly. It was one of the easiest cities to tour solo. I spent 3 days eating and drinking.

Posted: October 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Boston

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Valentina

About Me

Hey there! I'm a 23-year-old student currently enrolled in the MSMs program at Boston University, with a passion for exploring the world. My travels have taken me to 15 different countries, each one adding to my treasure trove of experiences and memories. I'm now setting my sights on LA, eager to discover what this vibrant city has to offer. When I'm not hitting the books, I'm all about staying active and embracing a sporty lifestyle. Looking forward to connecting with fellow travel enthusiasts and making new friends on this journey!

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Taylor

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Heyyo, my name is Taylor. I’m a Freelance Designer and all-around restless creative. I’m originally from the Boston area but decided to turn travel into a full-time lifestyle. I’m Currently traveling in Montréal May - Oct About: ✈️ Slow-travel nerd 🇫🇷 Learning French (Beginner) 💫 Casual astrologer 🏃🏻‍♀️ Training for a 1/2 marathon 🎨 I draw, paint, design + make my own clothes 🏋🏻‍♀️ Weightlifting 🧥 Trench coat collector Interested in: 🌟 Philosophy, spirituality + self development 🧠 Psych 📚 Education 🏔️ Hiking ⛷️ Skiing (beginner) 🏄🏻‍♀️ Surfing (beginner) 👕 Thrifting (expert) 🖼️ Museums 📸 Photography (canon ae1) + more!

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Valentina

Boston

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3 days

About me

Hey there! I'm a 23-year-old student currently enrolled in the MSMs program at Boston University, with a passion for exploring the world. My travels have taken me to 15 different countries, each one adding to my treasure trove of experiences and memories. I'm now setting my sights on LA, eager to discover what this vibrant city has to offer. When I'm not hitting the books, I'm all about staying active and embracing a sporty lifestyle. Looking forward to connecting with fellow travel enthusiasts and making new friends on this journey!

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Hilary

Boston

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3 days

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Hello! I live in the suburbs of Boston, MA USA area and will be traveling to Italy and Germany for work. I will be staying for a few weeks to a month at a time and plan to travel on weekends. I would love to meet up with like minded people for a meal or day/ weekend trips.

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Cari

Cari

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Hi Im Cari. I am originally from NYC and moved to Vermont in August 2021 for a simpler slower life. I am travelling to Boston to participate in some research studies at Mass General and Mass Brigham focusing on womens health and need help with a place to stay over a night here and there. I do not drink or smoke cigarettes or weed. I am low key and clean. I am mostly quiet except for the occasional loud sneeze and I love to laugh. I enjoy stand up comedy and would love to check some out in Boston when Im there. I like animals. I am not a fan of strong scented perfumes or air fresheners.

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