Solo Female Travel in Switzerland

Switzerland, located in the heart of Europe, is a small, landlocked country that is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty, mountains, lakes and breathtaking landscapes. Known for its outstanding ski resorts like St. Moritz and Zermatt, it is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. Switzerland is also home to numerous picturesque towns and cities, including Geneva, Bern and Zurich, that brim with history and culture. Noteworthy for its high quality of life, precision clocks and watches, Swiss chocolates and cheeses, Switzerland's neutrality and diplomatic clout also make it an important center for international politics, with many worldwide organizations like the Red Cross headquartered in Geneva.

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Safety:Very safe

Switzerland is known for its high levels of safety and low crime rate. Local authorities are very helpful and it's easy to navigate the public transportation system, even at night. Like anywhere, you should always be aware of your surroundings, avoid poorly-lit or deserted areas late at night and keep an eye on your belongings. But overall, as a solo female traveler, you can feel very secure traveling in Switzerland.

Transport:Very easy

Switzerland is a country that values efficiency, and this can be seen in its well-organized, clean and reliable public transportation system. It offers diverse options such as trains, buses, boats, and even mountain cable cars! The frequency of services is high, and they generally run on time. Navigating around is made simpler due to the presence of English language signs, easier access to route maps and helpful staff. There are also numerous scenic routes that make traveling not just easy, but also a pleasure. However, tickets can be slightly expensive but with various travel passes offering unlimited travel, one can manage to cut down on the cost. As a solo traveler, you will feel safe and comfortable traveling around Switzerland.

Things to do:Fascinating

Switzerland is a perfect country for solo female travelers due to its multitude of activities. From the picturesque landscapes and serene lakes, to the historical towns, there's plenty to keep you engaged. Hiking and ski trails are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore cities like Zurich, Geneva, and Lucerne for their rich architecture and museums. Try Swiss gastronomy, indulge in chocolate and cheese tasting, and get lost in the numerous vineyards. Switzerland's efficient transport system makes it easy to navigate the country on your own. Overall, its safe, women-friendly environment makes it a wonderful destination.

Food:Above average

Switzerland offers a good range of diverse food that caters to various palates. Though it is known for its cheese and chocolate, you'll find that Swiss cuisine extends beyond that with unique regional dishes like rosti from German-speaking region or polenta and risotto from Italian-influenced Ticino. However, eating out can be quite expensive and the food, while delicious, might not offer the same level of spice and flavors you would find in other cuisines.

Budget:Expensive

Switzerland is known for its high living costs and this includes tourism. Accommodations, dining, and transport can be quite expensive compared to other European countries. However, natural attractions like hiking and lakes are mostly free to enjoy.

Is Switzerland worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 17 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.1/5

Budget-friendly

2.8/5
Eduarda

Eduarda

Brazil

Solo travel experience

Everything is extremely expensive, particularly the train tickets. Public transport is great and extremely punctual. I found the people to be nice. On Sundays, only the restaurants open; no stores or markets are open. So, you can only walk and take stroll. I liked Bern more than Zurich. I found it more beautiful and with fewer modern constructions.

Posted: April 7, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I felt really safe in all the places I visited here, even at night by myself. If you like nature and outdoors activities, there are many things to do, but if you like to party, this place might not be the best. About the food, it is okay. The traditional dishes are quite tasty, but other than that, there’s not much variety. It is a very expensive country, public transport, restaurants, accommodation, etc. I stayed mostly in airbnbs, they were nice, and the train here is the best. Quite expensive but it is very good and always on time.

Posted: March 28, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Samira

Samira

Russia

Solo travel experience

During my visit to Switzerland, I explored Basel, Zurich, and Geneva over five days. The primary reason for my trip was a conference in Zurich, although my plans altered due to a flight cancellation, leading me to spend two hours in Basel before taking a train to Zurich. On the last day, I managed to visit Geneva. Regarding safety, Switzerland felt remarkably secure even during late evenings. I felt comfortable walking until 9:30 pm, while a friend mentioned feeling safe to walk there even at 3 am. The locals are generally helpful, although not everyone speaks English fluently. Preparing a list of tourist spots and their addresses on your phone can be useful when seeking directions. Showing these details to locals can assist them in understanding and guiding you appropriately. For accommodations, I spent around 650 euros for two hotels in Zurich and Geneva, choosing mid-range options rather than budget accommodations. In terms of food and restaurants, there are numerous restaurants offering delicious Swiss cuisine. During my visit to Geneva, I had the pleasure of dining at Auberge de Savièse, a charming restaurant renowned for its authentic Swiss cuisine. This cozy restaurant exuded a traditional Swiss atmosphere with its wooden decor and inviting ambiance. Transportation within Switzerland is convenient, mainly through an extensive and efficient train network. Navigating the train system is relatively easy, and it's a reliable way to travel between cities. In Zurich and Geneva, the tram and bus networks complement the train system well. They offer efficient city travel, reaching various attractions. Navigating these networks is straightforward, enhancing the overall convenience of getting around both cities. However, it's essential to be mindful of transportation rules and ensure you have valid tickets as there are regular checks. Day 1: Arrival in Basel, train to Zurich Day 2: Exploring Zurich Day 3: Exploring Zurich Day 4: Train to Geneva; exploring the city Day 5: Departure from Geneva, flying back home

Posted: December 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was in Switzerland in May for 6 days. I had a car and drove from Zurich to Zermatt, where I spent 2 days. Then I went to Lauterbrunnen for 2 days and to Lucerne for another 2. I took a one-day trip to Bern for about half a day. There was a lot of traveling, but I had a great time and it is incredibly beautiful there.

Posted: September 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I went alone on a 10-day trip to Switzerland. It was more beautiful there than I thought. It was also more expensive than I expected. If you're planning a trip, I suggest buying a Swiss Travel Pass. It provides free train, bus, and boat rides, free admission to most museums, and discounts on other attractions. It was very worth it. For the first week, I stayed in Zurich and took day trips to Bern (my favourite), Lucerne, Liechtenstein (the pass works here too), Stein am Rhein, and Jungfraujoch. Then I went to Zermatt (Matterhorn is amazing) and took the Glacier Express to Saint Moritz, before returning to Zurich to fly home.

Posted: August 16, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I traveled to Switzerland alone and loved it. I stayed in hostels and cooked my own meals. I spent most of my money on various attractions. I really liked Zermatt and Interlaken, as well as the surrounding areas like Lauterbrunnen and Jungfrau.

Posted: April 30, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I love Switzerland. I have been to Lauterbrunnen. I really liked it there. I also loved Interlaken and took the cable car to Harder Klum, also visited Mt Rigi. I absolutely loved this country and would be happy to go back there.

Posted: April 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Switzerland is so clean and safe! It's a bit expensive since they use Swiss francs, and people are usually quiet and keep to themselves (from my experience, which is fine because I'm similar), but it's so beautiful and peaceful there.

Posted: December 12, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

We traveled around Switzerland for 3 weeks. We started from Geneva, then went to Bern, Interlaken, Lucerne, and Zurich. We had a 15-day Swiss Pass and each day we took a different trip. Every day was more beautiful than the last. It was incredible.

Posted: December 3, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I made one of my first solo trips in Switzerland. It's a great place to try solo traveling. It is a place very easy to get around, very safe, and most people speak English.

Posted: November 21, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Here are some tips I can propose: - Public transportation is very efficient and good here, and there are even special tickets for foreigners. There is also an app called 'SBB mobile', which will show you the timetable of all trains, buses, and trams. It might also be cheaper to rent a car, the roads here are very safe and not difficult to navigate. Just make sure you know what you want to do before you go out so as not to waste money, as public transport here is expensive. - The cheapest supermarkets are denner, lidl, and aldi. Coop and migros are most common, but they are bit more expensive. There's also an app called 'too good to go', which is amazing. - Hostels are the best solution. Even fairly cheap things here are of a quite high standard, so you will most likely not be disappointed. - If you want to visit Grindelwald and/or Lauterbrunnen, I suggest you stay in Interlaken or nearby, as it is much cheaper. Most hotels/hostels there will give you a card that allows you to use public transport for free, and Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are very close to Interlaken and within the scope of this free ticket. There are also so-called savings tickets, which if you buy in advance, are very cheap. You can find them in the app. The only problem with this is that they can only be valid at the hours you choose. If you miss that train, the ticket will no longer be valid. - If you plan to go hiking, there are several shelters in the Alps where you can stay overnight, which are not that expensive, and the sunsets and sunrises are incredible! - If it comes to other recommendations, I highly recommend visiting the entire area of Interlaken, and if your budget allows, climb to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Zermatt is also amazing but expensive.

Posted: November 27, 2022
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First and foremost - make sure you have plenty of money! Switzerland is beautiful, but not cheap. It's also incredibly safe, so you don't have to worry about that. Switzerland is known for its nature and mountains. I love the Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken areas. Pilatus and Rigi are also great for one-day mountain trips. This country has a really good public transportation system, so it's easy to get around. Tickets can be purchased at the railway/tram station or in the SBB mobile app. In most cases, no prior reservation is needed. In Zurich, I recommend: - Kunsthaus (art gallery) - Bathing zones on the lake: Badi Utoquai and Seebad Enge - Going to see a show at the opera - Shopping on Bahnhofstrasse - Museums! There are so many, so look for one that interests you the most - Hiking to Uetliberg (or there's a train if you just want to enjoy the view) - Eating luxemburgerli, hot chocolate, and pastries at Sprüngli - Brunch (with Zopf bread and delicious coffee!) at Gran Café Motta.

Posted: October 10, 2022
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Amélie

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Hi, i‘m Ame, I live in the capital city of Switzerland. I am a very openminded person who loves to get to know new people! I speak: English, German, Swiss-German, French, some Spanish anf learning Romanian

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Eduarda

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Hello beautiful people.🌺🙏🏼 I am a portuguese living in Switzerland, passionate about travelling and getting to know new cultures and people. I value a good and deep conversation, a deep sense of humour and a joy for new experiences.

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Lucerne

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Hello beautiful people.🌺🙏🏼 I am a portuguese living in Switzerland, passionate about travelling and getting to know new cultures and people. I value a good and deep conversation, a deep sense of humour and a joy for new experiences.

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Rodersdorf

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I love travelling and meeting locals. I have always been welcomed warmly and I like to offer the same for fellow travellers.

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Solange

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My name is Solange I was born in Brazil and moved to Canada when I was 18 years old. I’m a professional accountant. I love to plan my trips and go out on mini-adventures once I feel comfortable there. You can say I'm an organized free-spirit. I love to try out new food, immerse myself in the beautiful culture of other places, and meet locals. I love movies, live concerts, dinning out, fashion , long walks and weekend brunch.

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Hi! I am Pooja. An immigrant from India, now living in Australia. I am doing my PhD in agriculture and recently discovered that I love travelling. I have always loved trying new food, experiencing varied cultures and exploring new places through their culture and food. I am always open for a chat, a catch up, an impromptu road trip and cafe hopping

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