Solo Female Travel in Lisbon

Lisbon, the coastal capital city of Portugal, is beautifully situated along the Atlantic coast, bathed in Mediterranean sunlight and blessed with a rich tapestry of cultural and historical attractions. Known for its stunning pastel-colored buildings, ornate architecture, and magnificent hilltop vistas, Lisbon provides a feast for the eyes of every wanderlust traveler. This vibrant city showcases a unique blend of tradition and innovation, with its winding, cobbled alleyways leading to modern hubs of nightlife, shopping and dining. Key highlights include the historic Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the lively neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, and the iconic 28 tram. Furthermore, Lisbon's gastronomic scene, featuring the infamous custard tarts 'Pasteis de Nata' and fresh seafood, adds another layer to its irresistible charm.

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Is Lisbon good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Lisbon is generally safe for solo female travelers. The city maintains a low crime rate, and the locals are usually friendly and helpful. Daytime travel is especially safe, but it's advised to stick to well-lit areas and be cautious at night. Beware of pickpockets in crowded places and maintain basic cautious behavior.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Navigating Lisbon is relatively straightforward. The city is compact and walkable, with many of its top attractions located within close proximity of each other. Additionally, Lisbon boasts a comprehensive network of trams, buses, and metros that are affordable and relatively easy to use. However, the city's hilly terrain may pose a challenge for some visitors, and some areas can be quite crowded, especially during peak tourist season.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

Lisbon is marvelously captivating. Its vibrant culture and rich history is reflected in the architecture, spanning from Gothic to Baroque to Modern. The picturesque city streets, dotted with cafes, boutiques, and bookshops, encourage exploration. The city is filled with museums, monuments, and cathedrals waiting to be explored. Art enthusiasts will be enchanted by the internationally-renowned MAAT and Gulbenkian museums, while history buffs will enjoy Belem Tower and the Alfama district. Gastronomes will greatly appreciate the city’s culinary scene, from Michelin-starred restaurants to street food vendors serving traditional Pastel de Nata. The city also provides a gateway to stunning day-trips such as Sintra and Cascais. Despite its sprawling nature, it is well-connected with an efficient public transportation system, and locals are generally warm and welcoming.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Lisbon is an absolute playground for food lovers. The food scene is incredibly diverse, ranging from traditional Portuguese cuisine to trends influenced by global cultures. The seafood, especially Bacalhau (codfish), is superb. Pastries such as the Pastel de Nata are a must-try. Vegetarians and Vegans can also find a good selection of places to eat. Next to that, the city has a great market culture, where you can explore a variety of fresh produce. The variety and quality of food, paired with excellent local wines and the country's renowned port wine, ensure a top-notch culinary experience.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Lisbon is quite budget-friendly. With plenty of affordable accommodations, cheap and delicious local food options and many attractions and activities that are free, you can have a fulfilling experience in Lisbon without spending a lot. Public transportation is also economical and efficient.

Is Lisbon worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 68 experiences

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

4/5

Solo travel experience

I felt very safe in Lisbon. Didn't go so much out for dinner where as I'm longtime traveler, I cooked a lot my own food. But if I did it was good food and they are known for seafood. I went to sea museum. And they have lot a beautiful tiles everywhere. So there are lot to do there and see

Posted: June 16, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Edi

Edi

United Kingdom

Couple travel experience

i went to lisbon only for 4 days this year with my girlfriend. we felt very safe walking around at all hours. unfortunately it was quite cold/rainy on our visit however we still found plenty to do. we enjoyed visiting the fado museum right by our accommodation. the food was exceptional and we loved the live music (fado) all through the streets in the evening. very beautiful buildings/scenery and a great place to visit if you love walking!

Posted: June 12, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Sofia

Sofia (20)

Poland

Group travel experience

So first of all I loved the tiles! I even brought a few back home (disclaimer I didn't rip them off some building, I bought them 😉). So the views were pretty amazing. But unfortunately I didn't feel very safe. One thing about this city that you should know is that public communication is kind of weird. And what I mean by that is that there could be four bus stops standing right next to each other and you have to figure out which one is the one for you. Also you have to wave to the bus driver for him to stop, and they can side not to stop which happens to me quite a few times. Most of the metro stations were unfortunately a bit sketchy and the workers there were drunk.

Posted: June 11, 2024Experienced: July, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

On my trip to Europe last year in Portugal, Lisbon, I had the most beautiful experience, the whole city and its surroundings, especially the beaches, fascinated me as well as beautiful restaurants and cafeterias with an incredibly lively and rich night life, local discotheques and very friendly local people. I fully recommend visiting and enjoying this absolutely beautiful city!

Posted: June 10, 2024Experienced: August, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

While I was travelling in Lisbon, I had a particularly difficult time at my hotel. The hotel manager's behaviour seemed rather racist, which made the experience quite unpleasant. Adding to this, a homeless man spat in my face, and when I approached the authorities, they were very hostile and unwilling to file a report. This made the entire experience even more distressing.

Posted: June 9, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 1/5
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Goldie

Goldie

Czech Republic

Solo travel experience

I have the best experience with Lisbon as solo traveler. I felt very safe, the food and hostels were affordable and the weather in July was truly nice - however, even thought it’s not so hot i would recommend wearing sunscreen:)

Posted: May 27, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

I have always felt safe in Lisbon. The night life is very busy, which makes it feel safe. There are no sketchy alleys. It’s very easy to make friends. But like in every city, I would not go out alone due to potential spiking or needy guys.

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

If you going to Belem tower and Jeronimos monistary prepare yourself for huge queue. It is such a waste of time to wait,so take a photo,enjoy in wine or nice lunch around tower and just few minutes away you have monistary where you can entrance just an hour before closing time with no queue. Also taxi( Bolt) in many cases is cheaper and quicker than public transport.

Posted: May 22, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Portugal was one of the places I felt the safest, even when walking alone at night. The prices are pretty reasonable, not different from most European countries. The food was amazing! I have lots of recommendations, I'm a total foodie, so please dm me if you want an indication! I met so many amazing people, learnt so much about the culture, I swear you can't run out of things to do! I stayed mostly at hostels and Airbnbs. I'd recommend staying close to baixa chiado if you like the night life.

Posted: May 9, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Lisbon was my first-ever solo trip and it was one of the best places I have ever visited. Loved each and every second of it. It was so safe, with lovely people, and beautiful views. I fell in love with the city, the food, and the scenery.

Posted: April 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Lisbon safe for women?

Safety rating

3.9 /5

Based on 18 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.6 /5

Based on 18 experiences

Portugal is the 7th safest country in the world. Small country with Lisbon as the largest city, still rather small. You should beware of pickpockets especially in touristic areas, like in most places, and tourit traps (overcharging at a restaurant for instance). Maybe some catcalling on the street or extra male attention in a bar. Maybe. That said, bad things can happen wherever, whenever.

Posted: June 19, 2024
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Beatriz

Beatriz

Generally safe, but need to be more cautious around certain areas, especially off busy times. Nightlife is alright, take usual precautions. The thing to be more cautious about is sexual assault. Ubers are generally safe, but always share your location.

Posted: June 9, 2024
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Meet locals in Lisbon

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Eunice

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Susana

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Hello! My name is Susana, I’m from Madeira island but live in Lisbon. I’m finishing my master degree in Data Science. I’m planning on doing an interrail during the month of September:)

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Local tips

Ceu

Ceu

Portugal

Lisbon is a very vibrant city with plenty of free activities. Near Lisbon we have the Atlantic ocean. We have plenty of days with sun to enjoy. In june there are popular parties in the streets. Its de Saint Antony, Saint Jonh and Saint Peter partirs.

Posted: June 11, 2024
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Rita

Rita

Portugal

Hey, welcome to Lisbon I have been living here my whole life and I know it might sound suspicious, but I think Lisbon it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world! despite the Sun And the warm weather, you can have a city experience, a beach experience, an also a mountain experience, all in a range of 30 minutes. It’s for sure one of the most safety Capitals In Europe and Portuguese people are very welcoming since we live mostly from the tourism. one thing for sure you have to try once you came here: eat the food. You have to eat Typical Portuguese food, please go to a “Tasca” there you will find traditional dishes, and for desert ask for a “pastel de nata” it’s a trip to heaven :) If you like to go out, Bairro alto is an amazing place. I also recommend you to sightsee Sintra as well as Cascais (you can catch the train) 

Posted: April 13, 2024
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Tania

Tania

Portugal

Tips about Lisbon : - use UBER or BOLT , nowadays the prices are so ridiculous cheap that sometimes it’s even cheaper than public transports (and if you’re travel w/more 1or 2 px, don’t even lost time in doing it in other way) ; - please try ‘bacalhau à Brás’ , ‘Bitoque’, ‘cozido à portuguesa’ , ‘carne de porco à alentejana’ , ‘peixe grelhado’ … these are Portuguese dishes and the ones I recommend it ! - bifana is our ‘hot dog’ , a street food sandwich that you can pick and go. It should cost 2/3€ and it’s a good grab & to lunch that you can have in almost any cafe. - seafood is good and cheaper outside Lisbon center . Check a place called ‘Eduardo das conquilhas’ in parede ! You can take the train to go there (20min from cais do Sodré) and enjoy the ride with the sea view. - fitting room is a shop in Chiado with different Portuguese brand and very well curated . If you wanna buy something with quality with reasonable prices that’s the place . Enjoy Lisbon :)

Posted: February 13, 2024
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Laura

Lisbon

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Upcoming visitors to Lisbon

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Luiza

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Luiza, from Brazil, 32yo. I speak english and portuguese, but I understand some spanish. Im an outgoing person, who loves traveling, get to know new places, cultures, history, foods! Im always open to meet new people and have fun! No matter your race, gender, religion... I drink a little, no smoke, no drugs. I like sightseeing, outdoors adventures, cultural tours, bars, restaurants. I'm not much into partying, but once I'm in a new city, I'd give it a try! Why not? Let's meet! Xx

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Luiza

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Luiza, from Brazil, 32yo. I speak english and portuguese, but I understand some spanish. Im an outgoing person, who loves traveling, get to know new places, cultures, history, foods! Im always open to meet new people and have fun! No matter your race, gender, religion... I drink a little, no smoke, no drugs. I like sightseeing, outdoors adventures, cultural tours, bars, restaurants. I'm not much into partying, but once I'm in a new city, I'd give it a try! Why not? Let's meet! Xx

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