Is New York Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

New York is generally safe for solo female travelers. With its well-connected public transit, well-lit streets, and 24/7 city life, women can feel comfortable traveling alone. However, safety is a relative term and always depends on your individual behaviors and precautions. Just like any large city, there may be areas that are less safe than others. Being aware of your surroundings, not showing valuables openly, and avoiding isolated and unfamiliar areas late at night are always smart moves. But, overall, NYC offers a relatively safe environment where solo female travelers can enjoy their travel adventures.

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How safe is New York?

Safety at nightModerate

New York City is generally safe for solo female travelers, even at night. However, like any large and busy city, it is essential to be aware of your surroundings. The city is well-lit, and people are usually around, but some neighborhoods can be less safe after dark. Always stick to well-trafficked areas, avoid poorly lit streets, and use taxis or rideshare apps if you're uncomfortable or unsure. Make sure to research before venturing to any unfamiliar areas.

Public transportationSafe

Public transportation in New York is generally reliable and safe. The subway operates 24/7 and is regularly patrolled by the police. However, as with any large city, it's advisable to stay alert, especially during off-peak hours. Keep an eye on your belongings, avoid empty subway cars, and don't hesitate to switch cars or get off at the next station if you feel uncomfortable. As long as you use your common sense, you should have no major issues while navigating the city.

Street harassmentModerate

New York is generally considered a safe city for solo female travelers. However, street harassment can and does occur, much like it does in any large, densely populated city with various socio-economic backgrounds. This typically takes the form of catcalling or lewd comments but instances of more serious harassment and even physical harassment to occasionally occur. It is important to stay aware of your surroundings, especially late at night or in less trafficked areas.

Petty crimesModerate

New York City, like any major urban area, has its fair share of petty crimes such as pickpocketing, especially in crowded tourist areas and on public transportation. While the city is generally safe, it's always advisable to be mindful of your surroundings, keep personal belongings secure at all times, and avoid unlit or desolate areas at night.

Tap waterVery safe

Tap water in New York, is one of the highest quality in the nation and world. It is known for its quality and taste, passing more than half a million tests annually conducted by the city's Department of Environmental Protection. It's safe not only for drinking but also for cooking and other needs. The water is filtered naturally as it's sourced from a large watershed upstate and treated with ultraviolet light to kill any bacteria or microbes. So, no worries about the quality of tap water while traveling there.

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 New York safe to visit?

3.9 /5

Based on 23 experiences

Solo travel experience

I certainly felt safe during the day, but not so at night. One of my favorite places was watching the Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo and I would suggest visiting the top during the day and another at night. It really is a wonderful experience.

Posted: December 26, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I am local to New York City, I live in the suburbs about 45 minutes away. I’ve visited many times and it is generally safe in crowded areas although it is always good to keep your guard up. I recently visited to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (the annual show with the Rockettes) and I highly recommend it!

Posted: December 14, 2023
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Family travel experience

The best trip of my life. Everyone should give themselves a chance for a Blair Waldorf moment on the Upper East Side. Culturally very rich, New York is a universe full of unique options. It may not be as safe if you want to experience nightlife, drink on rooftops, and go to clubs until 3 in the morning.

Posted: December 10, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent 6 days in New York and I really liked this city. During this time I managed to visit the Statue of Liberty, go up to the Empire State Building, visit 3 museums, walk through Central Park, visit Chinatown, stroll around Manhattan, go to Coney Island and ride the famous roller coaster, take a trip to Staten Island and do a few other small things. I felt very safe.

Posted: October 23, 2023
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Julie

Julie

France

Family travel experience

I first traveled to NYC with my family in 2015 and came back with my college best friend in February of 2023. We had an incredible time even though the weather is cold in February, we felt really safe and people were always willing to help us out. My personal favorites: the High Line for a nice walk, wander and grab a bagel in Chelsea market, take a break in the lively Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, Domino Park or North 5th Street Pier and Park in Williamsburg for stunning views of Manhattan (especially at sunrise and sunset), Juliana's Pizza right nearby the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo for the best pizza, Bryant Park at night with its ice skating rink... and so many more I absolutely love this city, will come back for sure!

Posted: October 18, 2023
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Christina (28)

United States

Solo travel experience

I had the best time in NYC. I returned three times! So much stuff to do, I felt safe, easy public transportation…one of the best! I stayed in midtown and would hop on the subway to explore. I think it is a perfect location for solo travel. The most walkable city in America, in my opinion. I would return!

Posted: August 9, 2023Experienced: July, 2021
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Solo travel experience

I went to New York for my first solo trip abroad in December. I felt completely safe the entire time, considering it was Christmas holidays and it was very crowded. I always stayed in tourist areas, there was security and police everywhere. I stayed at the Edison hotel, right next to Times Square, which was perfect.

Posted: June 24, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went on my first solo trip to New York City in my entire life. I never felt uncomfortable, even at night. I stayed at a hotel right next to Times Square. As a theater lover, most of the evenings I went to shows on Broadway, and since Times Square was crowded even late at night, I didn't feel uneasy walking alone to/from my hotel late at night, because there were many people around. I felt much safer in New York than in London.

Posted: April 15, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I have been to New York a few times alone and loved it! I always felt safe. I stayed at hotels in Manhattan, watched Broadway shows by myself. I walked a lot (I really don't like the subway) and visited many museums.

Posted: November 8, 2022
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Solo travel experience

Most of New York is safe, but like any other metropolitan city, it has its dangerous areas. Time Square is a trap for tourists with uninteresting chain restaurants and shops. There, you will be harassed by people who want to sell you their CDs, pay for a picture in their dirty costume, or persuade you into some typically touristy attractions. I always avoid this place. Central Park is charming, and there is a lot to see and do around the park. Chelsea and Chelsea Market are great places for shopping and eating, and a walk on the High Line is fun. There are many attractions that you can safely use. Just be aware of your surroundings and try to blend into the crowd.

Posted: July 4, 2022
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Is New York safe to live?

I feel safer in NYC than in my native Paris. The few times I have felt unsafe I was always able to find helpful bystanders or law enforcement. The one time I was assaulted by a woman in the subway, I was able to get police and EMT help right away.

Posted: February 20, 2024
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New York City is generally considered safe for visitors, but like any major metropolitan area, it's important to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Crime rates have decreased significantly over the past few decades, and the city has implemented various measures to enhance safety, such as increased police presence and community policing initiatives.

Posted: February 18, 2024
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Is New York worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 23 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

3.9/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

2.5/5
Emma

Emma

Finland

Group travel experience

There’s so much to do and see! Really fun to go to with a group of friends. So many different type of areas where you can find lots to do: shopping in soho, nature in central park, history and politics in the financial district, and also good food everywhere!

Posted: January 28, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

I certainly felt safe during the day, but not so at night. One of my favorite places was watching the Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo and I would suggest visiting the top during the day and another at night. It really is a wonderful experience.

Posted: December 26, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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