Solo Female Travel in Ankara

Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, is nested in the heart of the country, featuring an intriguing blend of modern lifestyle woven seamlessly into age-old traditions. As an essential cornerstone of cultural heritage, Ankara is populated with numerous landmarks, including the ancient Roman Temple of Augustus, the iconic Haci Bayram Mosque, and the panoramic Atakule Tower. The city is known for its historical sites, hosting the splendid preserve of the ancient Hittite civilization at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Also, it's the location of Anitkabir, the magnificent mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founding father of the Turkey. Ankara's vibrant street markets, particularly those in the historic Ulus district, are a testament to the city's deep-seated roots in artisan crafts and trade. It's a city that effortlessly combines the modern dynamics of an urban hub with the charming nuances of a cultural hotspot.

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Is Ankara good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Ankara predominantly has an accepting and hospitable culture with locals generally courteous to tourists. Important to note are the country's modest dress codes especially in more conservative areas. At night, it's advisable to stay in well-lit and populated areas, and rely on registered taxis for transportation. The city is generally secure but the usual safety precautions need to be taken, such as staying aware of your surroundings and keeping your belongings secure.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Ankara offers a fairly simple navigation experience, thanks to its integrated public transport network, which primarily consists of metros and buses. Local residents tend to be quite helpful if you require assistance. However, signs and announcements are primarily in Turkish, so it could be somewhat challenging if you don't speak the language. Nevertheless, with a map or a reliable navigation app in your hands, you should find it quite manageable.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Ankara is a city rich in history and culture, offering a blend of modernity and antiquity that makes it quite unique. You can visit the historically important Ataturk Mausoleum, the ancient Roman Temple of Augustus, and tour its old castles. The city has numerous museums like the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which give insight into Turkey's past. Also of interest are its countless markets and spas, where you can shop for traditional merchandise or try out a unique Turkish bath. Furthermore, the city has a bustling culinary scene with delicious local cuisines. It may not be as touristic as Istanbul, but offers a genuine and intriguing Turkish experience.
Food:

Food:Above average

Ankara is a true culinary adventure, offering an array of rich, aromatic and flavorful dishes. It ranks relatively high in food quality with a mix of traditional Turkish cuisine as well as international selection, catering to a variety of tastes. Its local dishes like the succulent doner kebabs, and the popular 'pide', which can either be meat-filled or vegetarian, are worth trying. Turkish tea and sweets like Baklava provide a delightful finale to any meal. However, it's a bit less adventurous when it comes to diverse international cuisine compared to large metropolitan cities like Istanbul or Izmir.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Ankara, the capital of Turkey, offers a reasonable cost of living, making it moderately budget-friendly for travelers. The cost of accommodation, food, and transportation is quite affordable compared to other major tourist cities in the world. However, certain attractions or high-end restaurants may inflate your budget slightly.

Is Ankara worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 20 experiences

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.1/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3.9/5

Solo travel experience

The city was amazing and beautiful and the people were friendly with tourists. I reserved a really cheap hotel because I had little budget, but despite the prices it was really great and I also met a new friend, that by my solo trip, I think that was amazing;)

Posted: April 19, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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Family travel experience

Ankara has become an indispensable city for me because my cousin lives there, and I didn't have to pay any fees to stay. It's a city steeped in history, especially in Ulus. The Parliament and Anıtkabir are definitely must-see places. The locations where the Battle of Sakarya took place are also noteworthy. Before climbing Ankara Castle, there are many museums you can visit. There are many famous streets like Kızılay and Tunalı, all of which you can explore on foot. Walking through the streets is the most beautiful way to understand a city. :)

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

Safety rating

3.3 /5

Based on 13 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.9 /5

Based on 13 experiences

Berra

Berra

Ankara is the capital therefore it's quite safe except ghetto like any city. In center and transportation you can feel safe. Also as an important highlight taxis are the best compared to any city in Turkey, you can find them anywhere and less likely to be scammed but still it's better to be cautious! Wish you a safe travel

Posted: May 14, 2024
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Ankara is not exactly for the tourist looking for İstanbul-like attractions. It’s the capital city and you can feel safe. But you mat he surprised about how fast people are. It’s just us trying to balance our rhythm.

Posted: May 6, 2024
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Meet locals in Ankara

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

Sueda

About Me

Hi! I am sueda a medical enthusiast and English teacher(ish)! Happy to meet you!

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Göksu

Göksu

About Me

I’m a 25 year old girl who is travelling solo right now. I travelled last year also solo and with my boyfriend and with my other friends. I love meeting new people, thats one of my purposes too, not only see the world meet people and become a world citizen even more. I’m dentist but i quit my job to travel for a while, when i’m not travelling i am living in Ankara (capital of Turkey) and i also want to be host when i go back.

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Local tips

Baby

Baby

Turkey

Ankara is a safe place for women. I live in GOP which is the heart of the city. You can eat in nice and luxurious restaurants, chill in nice bars and cafes or pubs. You can shop in big shopping malls.

Posted: February 14, 2024
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Ankara is a pretty much safe place for a woman to travel. Some parts might be sketchy at night but I mostly feel safe while I’m out at night. I can recommend you to spend most of your time in Çankaya. Because it’s the safest place in Ankara. The most famous restaurant to eat is ASPAVA. There are a lot of Turkish food options to choose from. When you order your food they’ll give you salad, çiğköfte, fries, cacık (yogurt drink with cucumbers in it), two kinds of turkish desserts and tea for free with the food you’ve ordered. You don’t need a big budget, medium will be enough. The safest place to accommodate is Çankaya. You guys should avoid places like Ulus or Altındağ. They’re are kind of sketchy, because there are a lot of night clubs (not the regular ones but pavyons, they’re just for men) and it won’t be safe at night. Taxi drivers are mostly kind and taxis are very safe in Ankara, but it’s not a cheap option. You can use public transportation instead. It’s way cheaper but you might need to walk too. Because public transportation in Ankara is not the best… You can visit mausoleum of the founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk… You can visit Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi, Pul Müzesi, Ankara Kalesi… You can go to Tunalı and Kızılay. If there is an exhibition you might visit Cermodern. And if you have a friend, you can see the METU campus.

Posted: January 24, 2024
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Stay with locals in Ankara

Stay with local women in Ankara who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Sueda

Sueda

Ankara

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi! I am sueda a medical enthusiast and English teacher(ish)! Happy to meet you!

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Göksu

Göksu

Ankara

Can host for:

3 days

About me

I’m a 25 year old girl who is travelling solo right now. I travelled last year also solo and with my boyfriend and with my other friends. I love meeting new people, thats one of my purposes too, not only see the world meet people and become a world citizen even more. I’m dentist but i quit my job to travel for a while, when i’m not travelling i am living in Ankara (capital of Turkey) and i also want to be host when i go back.

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