Solo Female Travel in Zurich

Nestled in the heart of Switzerland, Zurich is renowned as one of the world's most liveable cities and the largest in the country. This scenic city is surrounded by snow-capped Alpine mountains and rests on the banks of a beautifully clear lake, offering stunning natural beauty and a variety of outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts. Zurich is a financial powerhouse and recognized as a world-leading global banking hub, housing many international corporations. Rich in culture and history, the city boasts over fifty museums, a hundred art galleries, vibrant nightlife, and the highest concentration of clubs in Switzerland. From the cobblestone streets of Old Town, adorned with medieval houses and landmarks like the towering Grossmünster and Fraumünster Church famed for its Marc Chagall windows, to the luxurious Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, Zurich seamlessly combines the old with the new to provide a unique cultural experience that draws millions of tourists annually.

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Is Zurich good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Zurich, is renowned for its high safety standards. Its crime rate is very low and it is generally considered safe to walk around even at night. The public transport is reliable and it's easy to navigate around the city. Even though, like in any city, you should always be aware of your surroundings, Zurich's overall atmosphere is very welcoming and safe for solo female travelers.
Transport:

Transport:Very easy

Zurich is incredibly user-friendly and designed with travelers in mind. The city's compact size, clear signage in English, walkability, and the regularity of trains, trams, and buses make it easy to navigate both the city center and outlying regions. However, always ensure you have a valid ticket when using public transport to avoid fines.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Zurich is a delightful city, rich in history and scenic beauty. It offers multiple activities to solo female travelers like visiting the ethereal Lake Zurich, exploring old town (Altstadt) for its beautiful historical buildings, and the Kunsthaus Zurich for art lovers. The city also offers many opportunities to shop high-end brands on Bahnhofstrasse. Zurich's safety levels are high, making it also a very comfortable place for solo traveling. Although the city has plenty to offer, it can undoubtedly be a bit costly.
Food:

Food:Above average

Zurich offers a variety of local and international cuisines. Traditional Swiss food is plentiful and intriguing with a strong emphasis on cheese and meat. Also, for the international food lover, you can find superb Italian, Indian, Chinese and other international dishes that is of a high standard. Variety is wide but the prices might be a bit high. Nevertheless, the food scene in Zurich is nothing short of an adventure for food enthusiasts.
Budget:

Budget:Expensive

Zurich is known for being one of the wealthiest cities in the world and, unfortunately, this also means it's one of the most expensive. From dining to accomodation and shopping, expenses can run quite high. However, there are ways to keep costs low such as opting for budget accommodation, eating at cheaper restaurants or making your own food, and using free or cheap public transportation.

Is Zurich worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 8 experiences

Things to do

3.8/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

3.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.2/5

Solo travel experience

I came to Zürich for work but stayed on a couple of days to get to know the city. The public transportation is fantastic and downtown is very slick while also having plenty of places to gather and be. It's expensive as would be expected. I felt safe in the areas I visited. People are generally very helpful if asked about life here and how to navigate.

Posted: May 21, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

Switzerland as a whole is very safe as I'm sure most will say. Never felt unsafe as I traveled through the country though I was with a group part of the time. We stayed at a hotel NW of the city center which was quite nice except for the inability to eat your own food in the main lobby/downstairs area as it is a space intended for their cafe/restaurant customers. So if you have a snack you are enjoying on the go, eat it while still on the go or in the room. There was no air conditioning in the room but because the weather was still cool, that was not a problem. Be prepared to spend when you come to Zurich/ Switzerland, as food is not cheap. I would recommend using the Too Good To Go app to grab more affordable food options that are to go / snacks / or to eat in a park if you want to have a low spend day. The country as a whole is very polite, friendly, clean, and efficient. Most memorable is the beauty of Switzerland. It's like an unscathed gem in a world tarnished by hatred and war in its history.

Posted: April 22, 2024Experienced: October, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

As a single woman, traveling alone, I felt incredibly safe, walking around the city at night time, and in the early morning. The city was clean and beautiful. Public transportation was clean, safe, and on time. I took public transportation to the nearest mountain and hiked up all by myself. I’ve never felt more comfortable hiking alone as a female.

Posted: April 11, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Eva (37)

Spain

Solo travel experience

The city center is spectacular. Just walking around is nice, but you can also ride a bike! Warning: you'll ride in the same direction and close to the tram rails. I come from a city that doesn't have that and I almost had an accident 🥵😅 Restaurants are expensive in comparison to Spanish salaries, and many people bring food to parks. That's a cool option! 🥰 People are really nice and open-minded!! I love the culture and to be able to talk Italian or English everywhere I go, as I don't know Swiss or High German. If you like books, there are some second-hand book shops that are really nice! 🤓📚

Posted: April 9, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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PIWAYI (28)

Germany

Couple travel experience

Clean and transport was efficient. It is safe for women solo travelers. It's a bit pricey but if you book early it is affordable. The food was delicious. We stayed in 25 hours hotel, there are Restaurant nearby and tram station in front of the hotel. It isn't busy during public holidays, many businesses don't operate during public holiday.

Posted: May 29, 2023Experienced: November, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

To do: - Stroll through the Old Town - Have a drink on the roof - View Giacometti's frescos - Get an epic view of the city from Lindenplatz or Polybahnterrasse. - Tour the Chinese Garden, Arboretum and the Old Botanical Garden - Swim in the lake or along the Limmat River Safety: I felt safe and it was easy for me to get around. Recommendations: Zurich is nice, but not spectacular.

Posted: September 16, 2022
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

To do: - Visit the old town - Swim in the lake - Take a day trip to Lucerne - Visit the Chinese Gardens - Visit the Botanical Garden Safety: It's quite safe. Recommendations: Zurich is nice, but it's more of a 'city for living', not a place where you can see a lot.

Posted: September 9, 2022
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Kunsthaus Zürich - Grossmünster - Swiss National Museum - Bahnhofstrasse - Uetliberg - Fraumünster Church - Lake Zurich - Zurich Zoo - Rietberg Museum Security: Zurich is a perfectly safe city to visit. Recommendations: Zurich is cool but quite expensive.

Posted: September 2, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Zurich safe for women?

Safety rating

4.7 /5

Based on 13 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.1 /5

Based on 13 experiences

I think it's pretty average. I feel mostly safe at night, just be sure to go clubbing with a group that checks on each other. The train station "Zürich HB" is definitely safer than other stations in Switzerland.

Posted: June 16, 2024
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I used to live in Zurich for 6 years and I still go to Zurich every week. It’s very safe in the city. But try to avoid Langstrasse late at night. Nothing has ever happened to me. But someone told me that he (yes, a tall big man) got attracted by some drunk people there and he was robbed.

Posted: June 12, 2024
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I am an actress, yoga instructor, petsitter from Mexico living in Affoltern am Albis near Zurich

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Looking back happily on my now grown-up children, I occasionally explore “our crazy ball called Earth” on foot, by bike or sometimes by car. I have no expectations of you. I appreciate a dialogue or the narration of episodes in your life just as much as, for example, a silent evening. It would be great if I could accommodate you too; From May to the beginning of October I often stay in a caravan, which is parked on a natural lake in the agglomeration of the city of Zurich,

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Local tips

Beautiful city with lots of activities and a busy nightlife The tourist attractions are mostly free you can visit the beautiful churches also the lake take a stroll in the old town visit the traditional modern main train station

Posted: October 27, 2023
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Looking back happily on my now grown-up children, I occasionally explore “our crazy ball called Earth” on foot, by bike or sometimes by car. I have no expectations of you. I appreciate a dialogue or the narration of episodes in your life just as much as, for example, a silent evening. It would be great if I could accommodate you too; From May to the beginning of October I often stay in a caravan, which is parked on a natural lake in the agglomeration of the city of Zurich,

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