Solo Female Travel in Gdansk

Gdansk, perched on Poland's northern coast along the Baltic Sea, is a city known for its rich and vibrant history. With its remarkably preserved Gothic architecture, its distinct old town appeal has earned it a spot among Europe's most beautiful cities. As the birthplace of the Solidarity movement that eventually toppled communism in Poland, it offers deep historical significance for visitors to explore. Its notable attractions include the medieval Gdansk Crane over the Motlawa River, the stunning St. Mary's Basilica, and the immersive World War II Museum. Gdansk's charm is further enhanced by its quaint, cobble-stoned streets lined with amber shops and quaint cafes, making it a favorite amongst tourists who seek a blend of history and picturesque beauty.

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Safety:Very safe

Gdansk is generally safe for solo female travelers. As a popular tourist destination, it usually has a good police presence and public areas remain busy until the late evening. However, as in any location, it is recommended to practice common safety measures such as avoiding poorly lit areas during nightfall, cautioning against pickpockets in crowded areas and maintaining an awareness of your surroundings at all times.

Transport:Easy

Gdansk is relatively straightforward to navigate. It has an efficient public transport system consisting of buses, trams, and trains that are reliable for getting around the city and to nearby attractions. The city center is compact and walkable, making it possible to see many of the main sights on foot. Most locals speak English, so you can always ask for directions. However, it might take a little time to understand the public transportation system.

Things to do:Interesting

Gdansk offers plenty of exciting activities for solo female travellers. If you're interested in history, there are numerous historical sites, including medieval architectural treasures, like Gdansk Main Town Hall and the medieval Gdansk Crane. There is also an abundance of museums, such as the WWII Museum and Solidarity Centre. Alongside history, Gdansk also offers lovely beaches, cute cafes, interesting art scenes, and vibrant nightlife. Shopping enthusiasts will enjoy local markets and amber jewelry shops. A river tour on the Motlawa River grants stunning city views. Despite the numerous activities, the city preserves a relaxed and unhurried aura, which contributes to the solo traveler's comfort. It could be more diverse in activities for some tastes, which is the only limiting factor in granting full score.

Food:Above average

Gdansk, the Pear of the Baltic, offers an enticing gastronomic experience. From rich traditional Polish food to the creative fusion cuisine, there's a variety of options to conquer any epicure’s heart. You'll find delectable homemade pierogis, mouthwatering local twists on meats and some interesting seafood offerings, with a particular emphasis on flounder and herring. There's also a fast-growing vegan and vegetarian scene, making it a gratifying location for those with dietary restrictions. Two points of caution, the city might lack a bit on the diversity of international food and finding English menus or fluent speakers can be a challenge, yet it doesn't take away from the overall flavorful experience.

Budget:Affordable

Gdansk is quite budget-friendly for travelers. Accommodation, food and, public transportation are relatively inexpensive. Museum entrances and other popular attractions also have a fair admission fee. While high-end dining and shopping can push your budget, budget options are widely available.

Is Gdansk worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 15 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

3.8/5
Kateřina

Kateřina

Czech Republic

Group travel experience

Poland is in my opinion very safe country. Gdansh is beautiful city full of galleries, pubs, caffes and people there mind their own business. I had no problem with anything. Olny there are no shops open after 8pm, which i am not used to, but if you buy food for breakfast during the day, you are safe;)

Posted: April 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Emilia

Emilia

Italy

Solo travel experience

This was my first solo travel in the age of 18. I booked an very cheap hostel with single room but shared bathroom. The room was really ok but the bathroom stinked so much :D Mostly I experienced nature. My favorite activity was to walking by the see with my foot in the water ale looking into sea.

Posted: January 25, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I really liked Gdansk. I didn't have a great desire to visit, but I found incredibly cheap flights. Visiting this place is relatively cheap, it has beautiful architecture and there is a beach about 20 minutes away by taxi and 30 minutes by train. I visited this place alone and felt completely safe.

Posted: December 16, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent 3 wonderful days in Gdansk and I highly recommend it. Fantastic city. I had a great walk around the city. The beach and promenade were also charming. The transportation there was very safe and easy to use.

Posted: July 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Gdansk is such a charming place. Walking around downtown, all the colorful houses look adorable. There is the Long Market, the main pedestrian street with cafes, shops, and fountains. I went to the World War II museum, but it was a bit overwhelming for me. I recommend trying Pierogarnia Stary Młyn for good, traditional pierogi.

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

I was alone in Gdansk. I recommend seeing the statue of Poseidon and visiting St. Mary's Church. Inside (in the back of the sanctuary) there are stairs, for which you can pay about 2 dollars and go up to the roof.

Posted: May 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent a week in Gdansk / Sopot / Gdynia in July. I walked around Gdansk in the middle of the night because it was very hot during the day. I took the local suburban train late with no issues. I didn't encounter any thieves. I would highly recommend learning the basics of the Polish language. I did this before my trip and it was necessary because most people outside the service sector didn't speak English or spoke very little. Initially, I had some trouble reading the timetables and the ticket system for the trains and trams. I was never harassed by scary men and I felt exceptionally safe.

Posted: April 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Couple travel experience

I just returned from Gdańsk, which I've visited this weekend and I would like to recommend the Museum of the Second World War. The entrance fee is about 4 pounds and it was incredible! We also went to the Stutthof concentration camp, which is about 50 minutes by bus from the city center, and the entrance is free! FreeNow / Bolt are so cheap there - it cost me about 7 pounds to get from the airport in Gdańsk to the city center (about 25 minutes drive). One thing I would like to say, definitely bring some cash with you - I made a mistake of traveling only with my Monzo, not realizing that many places (eg the bus to the camp and some restaurants) only accept cash payments!

Posted: February 7, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Gdańsk is great, I’ve been there 3 times and I still plan to go back, because I haven't yet seen everything I wanted to see. The places I saw and recommend are: Artus Court, free walking tours with a guide, a walk along the riverside, the city hall, the War Museum, the Amber Altar in St. Bridget's Church, the Roman cellar and ossuary, boat trips to Hel and Sopot (the beach, lighthouse, crooked house, and archaeological open-air museum), the largest castle in the world in Malbork, and a quick train trip from Gdańsk (it's so big that you can easily set aside a whole day to spend there, I was there for about 4 hours and I had to rush and skip parts of it).

Posted: November 27, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Neptune's Fountain - Long Market - Town Hall - Golden Gate Safety: Extremely safe and super friendly for solo travelers. Recommendations: Gdansk is beautiful and it is one of my absolute favorite cities.

Posted: September 17, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Gdansk is a charming place to visit, and there's plenty to do. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Old Town (Main Town) - you can easily spend a whole day, walking and sightseeing. There are many museums worth visiting to learn a little more about the city's history (Uphagen's House, Museum of Gdansk, Arthur's Court - all located on the Long Market/Long Street; St. Mary's Basilica and Mary's Street; Crane and Long Shore, Amber Museum) 2. Granary Island. 3. Olowianka and the view from Amber Sky. 4. The Museum of the Second World War. Really worth it. 5. Kayaking with a guide on the Motlawa River. 6. Mandu Dumplings restaurant and famous Polish "pierogi". Don't come too late, because there may be long queues! This is the best place to try pierogi! 7. Try delicious Polish craft beers at places like: Red Light Pub, Vodka and Beer Drinking Room, Winston Bar. 8. Visit Sopot and the beach. Try delicious fish & chips or waffles!

Posted: November 10, 2022
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Gdańsk is one of the most beautiful cities, with amazing restaurants. I would recommend staying in a hostel, you can usually meet a lot of solo travelers there, and these places are quite pleasant. You must try Polish food: pierogi, the best place to eat them is "Pierogarnia Mandu Gdańsk Śródmieście", a super popular spot. If it comes to beer and some fun, try - Elektryków Street, a super cool industrial place with food trucks, music, and good beer. Consider spending one night in Sopot - it's only 15 minutes from Gdańsk, but it feels more like a holiday destination, with a beautiful beach and many foreigners, so English should not be a problem there. In Sopot my favorite dish is - Plum in Compote. 'Tricity' - because that's what we call Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot, is very safe and fun, and most people in bars and restaurants speak English.

Posted: September 24, 2022
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Gdansk is definitely one of the most amazing places in Poland. Here's my list of things to do: Old Town - this is a really beautiful place, with several interesting attractions to see, such as Arthur's Court, St. Mary's Basilica (you can go up the tower and see a great view of the old part of the city) and Mariacka Street (a great street with cool bars / restaurants), the Crane and the Long Embankment, the Amber Museum, the Neptune Monument. World War II Museum - it's really big and worth visiting. It's very interactive, you can spend several hours there. European Solidarity Centre - a fairly new place where you can learn about historical events of Polish opposition to communist power. Granary Island - You can take a walk along the Motława River and get to know the city better (everything in the Old Town and by the river is very close to each other). You definitely have to go to the beach - Jelitkowo, Stogi, Brzeźno - you can get there by tram from the center - Sopot - you can visit it by the Tri-City Metropolitan Railway (SKM) or walk along the beach from Brzeźno beach to the Sopot Pier (about 1h / 1h 20m). Malbork Castle - it's one of the largest castles in the world. It's just a short train ride away from Gdansk.

Posted: September 21, 2022
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Justyna

Justyna

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Hello, my name is Justyna, I'm Polish and I live in Gdańsk 🙂 I can speak English. What's more, few months ago I started to learn Italian. I'm friendly, easygoing and sociable person. I work in advertising agency as an account manager. I travel once in 3-4 months but would love to do more. My last trips were to Rome, Venezia, Paris and Emirates. I plan to visit Paris once again next month from 10th till 13th April totally on my own to make my dreams come true. I was in Paris last year but after that decided to get back to Monmartre. As a fashion lover I'd love to visit Galerie Dior and take part in a fashion show at Galerie LaFayette. As for Montmartre, I'd love to catch again those romantic atmosphere of art. And at the end of my trip I'm going to visit Roland Garros stadium.

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Seeking Travel Companions or Hosts for a Cultural Exchange Adventure! Hello everyone! My name is Laura, and I'm a 28-year-old software tester hailing from a quaint town in the northern part of Poland. I'm super excited to connect with like-minded solo female travelers who are also on the lookout for an adventure partner or a kind-hearted host for an immersive cultural exchange experience. I absolutely adore the thrill of meeting new people and discovering diverse culinary delights from around the world. Exploring new destinations, getting lost in the charm of local cultures, and sharing unique travel stories are some of my favorite things to do. While I've always relished the joys of solo travel, I believe that having a fantastic companion can truly amplify the joy of exploration and create unforgettable memories. As someone deeply passionate about travel, I can't wait to share my own travel experiences and insights with my potential hosts. Whether it's about navigating through hidden gems in Europe or trying out the most authentic Polish dishes, I'm eager to exchange cultural perspectives and create a meaningful bond through our shared adventures. If you're on the lookout for a vibrant travel buddy to embark on a fulfilling journey or a warm-hearted host willing to open their doors and hearts to a fellow adventurer, please feel free to reach out to me. Let's make our travel dreams a reality together! Looking forward to connecting with you all soon! Feel free to drop me a message or comment below. Warm regards, Laura

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Sophia

Gdansk

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3 days

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I'm a Italian girl, I love travel e know new country and culture. Now I make volunter in a Kindergarten in Poland. My dream is living in Japan e tour around the world.

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Julia

Julia

Gdansk

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Hi!, My name is Julia and I live in Gdansk,

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Alejandra

Alejandra

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Designer who loves to traveling the world. Living in Los Angeles originally from Colombia. Next trip is eastern Europe. Reach out if you want to join, looking for a traveling companion.

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Lisa

Lisa

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Hi! I'll be in Warsaw, Gdańsk, and Kraków May 1 -10. I like to do my own thing a lot of the time while solo traveling, but I'm also down to hang out, get food/drinks, wander around, etc if you're also in town!

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