Solo Female Travel in Austin

Located in the heart of Texas, Austin mis a vibrant city known for its lively arts scene, tech innovation, rich history and love for the outdoors. It's highly recognized as the live-music capital of the world, hosting world-renowned music festivals such as SXSW and Austin City Limits. Boasting over 250 music venues, from rowdy honky-tonks to quiet acoustic coffee houses, music truly fills the city's air. Austin is also a paradise for foodies, with its celebrated restaurants and trendy food truck culture, showcasing everything from Texas barbecued brisket to tacos. Venture off-the-beaten path and experience the city's outdoor charm by kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, hiking up Mount Bonnell, or swimming in the Barton Springs Pool. Austin artfully combines old and new, keeping its own unique, unconventional spirit alive in the United States.

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Is Austin good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Austin is generally considered safe, especially in areas popular among tourists. Most locals are friendly and willing to help. However, like any major city, it has areas that are best avoided particularly at night. It is always important to remain aware of your surroundings and follow basic safety practices such as not displaying valuables openly.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Austin is quite navigable, featuring pedestrian-friendly downtown areas, bike lanes, and multiple public transit options which include buses and a light rail system. It also maintains a vast amount of rental bikes and scooters scattered throughout the city. However, due to spread-out nature of some suburbs, you might find some locations difficult to reach without a car.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Austin, as a destination for a solo female traveler, provides an abundance of diverse activities. From its lovely collection of scenic parks for the nature lover, to an incredible variety of local restaurants and food trucks for the foodie, and a thriving music scene, Austin really does have something for everyone. Though safety concerns in any city should be considered, Austin is generally regarded as safe for solo female travelers, including its downtown and most popular tourist areas.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Austin offers an amazing diversity in its food scene. From best-in-class BBQ, delicious Tex-Mex delicacies, deeply satisfying comfort food, to innovative vegan dishes, the city's gastronomical landscape is a foodie's paradise. Additionally, food truck culture is also quite prominent, offering up eclectic and adventurous eats at almost every corner. Seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients are celebrated here, enhancing freshness and flavor. International cuisine is also well-represented, ensuring food options are plentiful and varied.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Austin can be moderately budget-friendly. While it's not the most expensive city in the USA, it's not the cheapest either. Lodgings range from affordable hostels to luxury hotels and eating out can be cheap if sticking to food trucks or casual diners. However, attractions like live music events, museums, and other entertainment might add to your expenses. The cost can also go up if you decide to explore more, such as taking part in unique experiences or venturing to areas outside of the city. An economic way to explore the city could be bicycles, local buses, and on foot.

Is Austin worth visiting?

Charlotte

Charlotte (38)

France

Solo travel experience

I really enjoyed spending time in Austin. The city is beautiful and clean. There's a lot of trees, it's very green. Even buildings look great. I've been hiking the Ann an Roy Butler hike which makes a loop around the colorado river and Ladybird lake. It was really pleasant. You'll see a lot of wildflowers and animals: turtles, squirrels, birds. You can also see bats at night. If you want to, you will find there places to rent kayaks and paddles. The capitol and the cathedral are really stunning. If you like to hike i would definitely recommend to go to McKinney Falls SP. It's a few minutes out of town. The place is worth it. You can go there to walk or swim, have a picnic... There's a lot of wildflowers there too and the staff is really kind and helpful. Be careful if you go to 6th street at night. I didn't feel very safe there. There's a lot of strange people in the area. I stayed at FIREHOSTEL. The persons working there are rudes and i had problem with my reservation. There's a bar inside the place what makes it very noisy at night. I would prefer a more quiet place outside downtown. I use the bus system to move in town. The ticket for one ride costs 1.25 dollars but if you take a day pass you'll have to pay only 2.5 dollars and it will allow you to make unlimited rides during 24h. I tried to use the app CAPMETRO to buy passes with my phone, but never reach to activate it, so maybe it's safer to buy it in the bus. There are good places to buy food, i would recommend Trader Joes and Whole foods market. I hope it will help. Wish you to spend good moments there if you're coming.

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

Romina

Germany

Solo travel experience

Austin is such a cool city! Lots of music in bars and restaurants, there was a lot going on in the evening/night. I would recommend visiting South Congress (shops), Mount Bonnell (it’s a hill with a beautiful view over Austin and pretty houses) and to cross the 360 Bridge by car. I felt very save there. I got there by Car, so it was easy to get around, public transportation is not that good. I would have loved to stay a little longer, but I guess two days is enough to see most of the things there. I also visited the mural (Greetings from Austin) it’s at 1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX.

Posted: June 26, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Austin safe for women?

Safety rating

3.6 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.1 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Safiye

Safiye

Austin is okay, but as a woman here you do have to be safe. Unfortunately, you should especially be careful going on the bus by yourself, as I’ve been harassed pretty often. If you’re going to 6th street or Rainey Street, make sure you go with a group you feel safe with. There’s a lot to do here and you can definitely have lots of fun, just be careful

Posted: June 15, 2024
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Brooke

Brooke

I live in northwest austin, so especially this area I feel very safe because I am outside of downtown. When I am in downtown I generally also feel quite safe. I typically am never alone, and probably wouldn’t want to be alone walking in some areas downtown during night time.

Posted: May 30, 2024
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Alba

Alba

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Hey!, I'm Alba and I'm interested in animals, art, boozing, cinema, culture, cycling, dancing, fashion, food & cuisine, games, health, live music, nature, nightlife, rafting, running, science, shopping, sunbathing and swimming

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Safiye

Safiye

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Hi everyone!! 😊🌸 I’m Safiye, a 20 year old student at the University of Texas. I made the decision to go to Madrid with my best friend Areesha this summer. She’s also 20 and a student at UT! We’re going to be flying into Madrid from Austin, Texas and exploring. We’re open to traveling around anywhere in Spain or Europe in general where we have a place to stay! In return, I can cook for you, clean, teach you Turkish 🇹🇷(Areesha can teach you Bengali 🇧🇩), or host you if you ever want to visit Texas! I also do hair and makeup for some of my friends and would love to do yours! I’d love to get coffee, lunch, hike, or explore with you🩷 We would really appreciate if anyone would be able to host us sometime during those dates. Thank you so much for reading! Looking forward to meeting you🫶🏻🍀

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Local tips

Paola

Paola

United States

I’d say Austin is pretty safe for women, people of color, and lgbtq+. I will say though it’s not the safest at night to be alone due to those who are unhoused and have addictions on the street. Overall tho I definitely wouldn’t choose another city in TX to live in! It’s a great balance of pretty nature and busy city life. Definitely a lot to check out here and if you’d like a long list of recommendations just message me and I’ll send it to you :)

Posted: November 15, 2023
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Kate

Kate

Austin

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5 days

About me

I’m into reading, swimming, learning (that’s a biggie), socializing and immersing myself in which ever country I’m in, climbing (sport). I’m not a milk toast kind of chick, but if I get the chance to live it up, I generally enjoy doing so.

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Omni

Omni

Austin

Can host for:

3 days

About me

This is Omni. I'm originally from Egypt, but I'm currently living in Austin, TX. I'm a graduate student and my field is Journalism and media. I love reading, game nights, movie nights and above all traveling and exploring new cultures and languages.

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