Solo Female Travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in Southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula, is a captivating destination known for its rich historical tapestry and unrivaled natural beauty. Featured prominently in the country’s backdrop are the Dinaric Alps, providing a spectacular landscape of towering peaks, pristine lakes, and lush, verdant forests that promise endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Traces of many civilizations from the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans to the Austro-Hungarians are evident in its diverse architecture, with highlights including the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Mostar, and the vibrant culture and war-honored history in the capital, Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s blend of Eastern and Western cultures is palpable in its enticing cuisine, colorful festivals, and an enthralling mixture of Orthodox and Islamic influences.

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Is Bosnia and Herzegovina good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Bosnia and Herzegovina has generally safe neighborhoods, especially in tourist-populated areas. Street crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is relatively low. However, it's recommended that you stay cautious as a solo female traveler. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times, especially at night and in less crowded areas. Use common sense when catching taxis and where possible, book through a reputable company. In terms of cultural respect, it's always best to dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention. Lastly, be aware of land mines in rural areas from the recent war.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Navigating through Bosnia and Herzegovina can be a bit challenging due to diverse terrain and a mix of well maintained and poorly maintained roads. English is not widely spoken outside of tourist areas, which can sometimes be a barrier. However, locals are usually helpful and there is a decent bus network connecting the cities and tourist spots. An important point to keep in mind is that there are few signs indicating town names, which may make self-driving more difficult.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Bosnia and Herzegovina offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. Its historic sites include the captivating old town of Mostar and the vividly multicultural capital, Sarajevo. Legacy of the 1992-1995 Bosnian War can be seen through war-time tunnel and various museums. Outdoor lovers will appreciate the unspoiled nature, hiking trails, and rafting in Sutjeska National Park or Una National Park. The country also has a vibrant café culture. However, the public transport system could be improved, and not everyone speaks English.
Food:

Food:Above average

Bosnia and Herzegovina offers a spectrum of flavors that perfectly reflects its multicultural character. You can enjoy hearty meat dishes, pastries, and a special fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. However, the limited options in vegetarian or vegan dishes can sometimes be an issue for some travelers.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Bosnia and Herzegovina is quite budget-friendly, especially compared to Western European countries. You can find decent accommodation at lower price points, and meals at local restaurants are reasonably priced. Public transportation and attractions are also relatively cheap. However, be aware that certain tourist spots may have slightly higher prices.

Is Bosnia and Herzegovina worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 8 experiences

Things to do

4.1/5

Safety

4/5

Food

4.3/5

Budget-friendly

3.8/5

Group travel experience

I was traveling with my family. Bosnia so I did feel safe. The food was wonderful even though I am a vegetarian. The only problem I had was the language barrier. Not many people understood English there. 100% I will be visiting again

Posted: June 8, 2024Experienced: June, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Family travel experience

Bosnia is safe and cheap. It is a great destination that you can visit with your family. I have visited with my parents and they loved the country. Foods are very delicious and cheap compared to other countries

Posted: May 7, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Chen

France

Solo travel experience

Bosnia is very safe but my hostel was on a hill and it’s bit of a walk so it was a bit scary but it is safe. A lot of great museums about the war and tragedy happened here, the one by sacred heart cathedral called 1995/07/11? I think is really amazing. Take the cable car to the top! And do a little hike. It’s great meditation. The restaurants are all in the city center. There is one recommended by my hostel called singing nettle which I didn’t have time to visit but the menu looks nice enough

Posted: January 29, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I was there in May and I must admit, Mostar and Sarajevo made a huge impression on me. The ruined buildings, of which there are much more in Mostar than in Sarajevo, particularly moved me, as did the Museum of Crimes Against Humanity, which was created by close relatives of war victims and those who survived it. The museum mainly consists of the victims' memories, descriptions, films, memorabilia from these victims, and exhibits such as a chair and tools from a torture house.

Posted: December 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I was in Sarajevo and Mostar in August and I felt very safe. Really interesting places, with fascinating history and culture, and friendly people.

Posted: October 21, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited alone for about three days. It's a safe place, but quite melancholic. In Sarajevo, one can still see traces of the civil war. It's definitely worth visiting the Srebrenica Museum, unless you have a weak stomach - in that case, I wouldn't recommend it. The south has a beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere. It's inexpensive and has a great climate. A bit like in Georgia.

Posted: October 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

One of my favorite countries. It's so cheap, the landscapes are amazing, people are charming, and the food is so good. I've only been to Mostar and Sarajevo, but I regret that I couldn't visit more places. Mostar was beautiful, and the train journey between Mostar and Sarajevo is a must.

Posted: June 12, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Sarajevo as I was in the Balcans because of a Tango festival and I immediately fall in love with Sarajevo, it is such a blend of Europe and Asia, like a small Istanbul. Definitely as solo female it is advised to follow the adequate rules of not walking around late in the night, but during the day it is completely fine to explore the city.

Posted: May 27, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Ani

About Me

Hello! I am Ani, 18 year old art student. I was born in Split 🇭🇷, but I live near Mostar 🇧🇦. I love art, books, music and traveling. My life goal is to visit as many places as I can, I love solo traveling and I am an introvert.

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Levke

About Me

I am Levke (she/her), 23 years old and I study International Relations and Social Sciences (B.A.) in Erfurt. I am quite a political person, love to read, play games, crochet, and learn languages - really nerdy when it comes to those. I am active in environmental engagement, 🍉 P activism, and a queer feminist collective. At the moment I live in Sarajevo researching for my thesis and then I’ll probably go back to Lebanon for a while doing an internship. I am vegetarian but actually vegan mostly and love to cook and try new things. Walking, going for coffee or grabbing a drink with friends are also part of daily life as I’m a pretty social person!

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Sarajevo

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I am Levke (she/her), 23 years old and I study International Relations and Social Sciences (B.A.) in Erfurt. I am quite a political person, love to read, play games, crochet, and learn languages - really nerdy when it comes to those. I am active in environmental engagement, 🍉 P activism, and a queer feminist collective. At the moment I live in Sarajevo researching for my thesis and then I’ll probably go back to Lebanon for a while doing an internship. I am vegetarian but actually vegan mostly and love to cook and try new things. Walking, going for coffee or grabbing a drink with friends are also part of daily life as I’m a pretty social person!

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