Solo Female Travel in Sarajevo

Sarajevo, capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a charming and culturally rich destination located in Southeastern Europe, nestled comfortably with the Dinaric Alps. This vibrant city is known for its unique blend of East and West, marked by Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslav influences that shape its architecture, cuisine, and way of life. With a stunning landscape featuring towering mountains and Rushing River Miljacka, the city captivates with its natural beauty. Key attractions include the historical marketplace, Baščaršija, the sombre site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that sparked World War I, and multiple museums displaying the resilience of the city during the Siege of Sarajevo. It's the fusion of tradition and modernity, trauma and resilience that makes Sarajevo a captivating destination for travelers.

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Is Sarajevo good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers. The locals are known for their warmth and hospitality towards tourists. Street crime levels are relatively low. However, like any city, it is advised to stay alert, especially at night, and avoid isolated areas. It's common to see women out late in the city centers. Avoid political gatherings or protests, which can occasionally occur. Besides the city, public transportation is reliable and safe, but one should be cautious of sporadic traffic. Local customs and cultural norms are respected, and it's important to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Sarajevo's city center is compact, making it convenient to explore on foot. The city also has an accessible public transportation network, including trams and buses, allowing you to reach various parts of the city easily. English is not widely spoken, which can sometimes pose a challenge. However, locals are generally friendly and willing to assist.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Sarajevo is rich in history and culture and provides a diverse range of activities. Explore the old town Bascarsija, which offers historical architecture, cobblestone streets, and traditional markets. Don't miss out on visiting landmarks like the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, the Sarajevo City Hall or the Latin bridge. The city also offers numerous museums such as the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum and the Gallery 11/07/95 showcasing the city's poignant past. For outdoor enthusiasts, trekking in the nearby hills and mountains can offer surreal vistas of the city.
Food:

Food:Above average

Sarajevo offers a wonderful variety of culinary delights, from traditional Bosnian dishes to international cuisine. The local food borrows heavily from Ottoman and Mediterranean influences, making it a rich fusion shrouded with flavors and spices. You'll enjoy sampling hearty meals like cevapi, burek, and baklava. The locality is also an adventurer's culinary delight for vegetarian dishes. Fresh fruits, vegetable markets, and local dairy products are commonplace. You won't find a lot of fast food chains here as home-cooked and local meals dominate, which makes the food even more appealing. Despite seasonal variations, you can always find something delicious to eat in Sarajevo.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Sarajevo is relatively budget-friendly, particularly when compared to many Western European destinations. Accommodation, food, and attractions are quite affordable, and public transportation is efficient and inexpensive. However, there might be some occasional tourist-targeted price hikes, notably in more touristic areas. Nonetheless, most of your expenses should be quite manageable with a reasonable budget.

Is Sarajevo worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 12 experiences

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.7/5
Arwa

Arwa

United States

Solo travel experience

It was amazing in Bosnia 🇧🇦 i fall in love with nature, it was really like meditation for me i enjoy going to the mountains and rivers, people are so friendly, life is simple, i rent a car snd i was driving and exploring the areas , truly i will come back snd i recommended to stay a 3 night in Sarajevo and going to other villages and cities near to Sarajevo

Posted: June 10, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Really enjoyed Sarajevo. It is such an interesting city with an incredibly tragic history. It felt so safe as a solo female traveller as the locals are so friendly! I recommend staying 3-4 nights as there is so much to do.

Posted: July 21, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Sarajevo is such an underrated place. It has a lot of charm, and the people are very friendly. I participated in several activities, such as a trip to Mostar. I also visited an abandoned bobsleigh track. There is so much amazing history there, and the food was incredible. I felt safe, but I'm not overly interested in nightlife, so I had dinner and returned to my Airbnb.

Posted: April 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Things to do: - Walk around the Old Town - Try Turkish coffee - Visit the Baščaršija market - Walk along the Miljacka River - Tour the City Hall - Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel of War - Visit the Yellow Fortress Safety: Generally, as a woman traveling alone, I felt safe. Recommendations: Sarajevo is probably my favorite city in the world. It is cheap, affordable, and has an amazing history.

Posted: September 17, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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To do: - Visit the Old Town - Admire the Sebilj fountain - Participate in a free guided walk - Visit the Latin Bridge - Visit Sarajevo City Hall - Visit the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Security: I felt safe, but I tried to stick to the central parts of the city for extra caution. Recommendations: Sarajevo is a great city to explore, especially if you are interested in history.

Posted: September 10, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Things to do: - Baščaršija - Sarajevo Tunnel - Sarajevo City Hall - Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque - Latin Bridge - Yellow Bastion - Sebilj - Bjelašnica - Sacred Heart Cathedral Safety: I felt completely safe. Recommendations: Sarajevo is amazing, so cheap and with so many things to do. It's very hilly, but the views are incredible.

Posted: September 3, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Sarajevo

Meet local women in Sarajevo who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Levke

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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Irena

Irena

About Me

Hi! I've recently moved back to Europe from Australia and I'm currently spending some time in Spain before I relocate here. My current "base" has been Sarajevo but I'm not sure if I'll return. AcroYog-ing, Latin-dancing, world-travelling! 💃🤸‍♀️✈️ I love talking all things psychology, modern relationships, and travel! Also enjoy doing and trying many new things. Not much of a drinker but I'm addicted to dance.

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Local tips

In Sarajevo, you can see the most in just a few days. I suggest participating in the Funky Tour to get a good overview of the Balkan war and the Siege of Sarajevo. The city has many excellent restaurants - my favorites are Klopa and Dveri. Take the cable car up to Trebevic and take a walk there. In the city, spend time in Bascarsiji and explore the small streets, visit some of the museums.

Posted: November 8, 2022
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