Solo Female Travel in New York

New York, often referred to as "The Big Apple", is a bustling cosmopolitan city located on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Famously standing as the epitome of the American dream, it is renowned for its towering skyscrapers, most notably the iconic Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, and remarkably dense Manhattan skyline. Cultural enthusiasts will revel in the endless offering of museums like the Metropolitan, world-class theatres of Broadway, and stunning art galleries. Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere, New York is also famed for its beautiful Central Park, Times Square, diverse cuisine, Wall Street's hustling financial district, and breathtaking views from the Rockefeller Center. A city that never sleeps, New York is a hive of activity, promising an unforgettable experience to every visitor.

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Is New York good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

New York is generally safe for solo female travelers. With its well-connected public transit, well-lit streets, and 24/7 city life, women can feel comfortable traveling alone. However, safety is a relative term and always depends on your individual behaviors and precautions. Just like any large city, there may be areas that are less safe than others. Being aware of your surroundings, not showing valuables openly, and avoiding isolated and unfamiliar areas late at night are always smart moves. But, overall, NYC offers a relatively safe environment where solo female travelers can enjoy their travel adventures.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Navigating New York can be easier than you may expect. The city is built on a grid system, which makes it easier to understand. There are numerous transport options available, from taxis, subway, buses, bikes, or even on foot. While it can get crowded at rush hours and subway maps can be confusing initially, New Yorkers are usually willing to help out with directions. Always plan your route in advance, considering the time of day, and keep a map on hand.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

New York is an incredibly diverse city that offers a myriad array of activities to engage in. From diverse cuisine, historical landmarks, art galleries, and museums to breathtaking skyscrapers, stunning parks, and a vibrant nightlife, New York delivers an eclectic menu of options for solo female travelers. Enjoy the beautiful greenery of Central Park, go shopping in the world-famous stores along Fifth Avenue, or visit Times Square. Explore the bohemian culture of Greenwich Village or enjoy a Broadway show. The city also boasts a wide variety of safe accommodation options catering to all budgets. Just remember to stay aware of your surroundings and follow general safety precautions, as you would in any major city.
Food:

Food:Excellent

New York is a culinary melting pot where you can find an amazing diversity of food. It celebrates the richness of various ethnicities and cultures. You'll find a delightful blend of cuisines from around the world - be it Italian pizza, Chinese dumplings, Mexican tacos, Japanese sushi, Indian curry, and so much more. There is also a variety of vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. There's something to satisfy every taste bud in this city.
Budget:

Budget:Expensive

New York is famously pricey when it comes to accommodation, dining, and numerous attractions. While there are ways to explore the city on a budget, such as utilizing public transportation and visiting free attractions, NYC is generally more expensive compared to other U.S. destinations.

Is New York worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 40 experiences

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

3.9/5

Food

4.2/5

Budget-friendly

3/5

Solo travel experience

I felt completely inspired everywhere I went and looked around. I was only for a short period of time. Definitely need to come back. The experience of moving in the public transportation is great I recommend to buy an unlimited metro card as soon as you arrive.

Posted: July 18, 2024Experienced: July, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Julie

Julie

Denmark

Solo travel experience

I took a 3 month vacation to New York City in 2013 and it was amazing! The city is enormous and exciting and it truly is the city that never sleeps. I visited all the famous spots, saw a Broadway show as well as some off-broadway ones, I traveled everywhere by subway, And I met some really interesting people. The thing that surprised me the most was how open and helpful the people were, and how safe I felt. There was police everywhere and they were all very friendly. The nightlife was a lot of fun, there are so many cool shops, and there's lots to do. If you plan to visit and see all the famous places I'd advise you to stay for at least ten days. One week just isn't enough unless you're willing to have a very tight schedule with little time for actually enjoying everything, or compromising with what sights you want to see. Most likely you'll only meet very few native New Yorkers. Almost every person I met had moved there either from out of state or from another country, but pretty much everyone was really nice. Be aware that it's a crazy expensive city to visit. You can find restaurants with reasonable prices, but many are pricey and even buying food in a shop to cook for yourself is much more expensive than other places. There are many options for meetups if you're traveling alone and want to meet some other people on the Meetups app/website. If you like going to clubs then you may be lucky enough to meet a promotor who can take you to clubs without paying the cover charge or alcohol and food all night 😉 Bonus tip: If you use golden ticket (I believe that's what it's called) then you can get some really good discounts. And don't be afraid to see something that seems low quality, I saw an amazing and hilarious version of A Christmas Carol off-off-Broadway for about $15. NYC remains my favorite place I've visited and I would have stayed there if I could.

Posted: July 17, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent 2 weeks in New York. In my opinion, that's the minimum amount of time needed to truly explore the city and go beyond the tourist spots. The city is expensive (especially the food), but as for activities, some can be free on certain days of the month, like the Guggenheim. Also, there are some rooftop bars that offer a great view of the skyline without any charge, for example.

Posted: July 12, 2024Experienced: August, 2021
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

New York was exactly like all of the. Movies and TV shows I’ve seen. It had all the glamour of uptown fashion world in the business community. But right next to it there was lower level housing in a lot of poverty and homelessness on the street. As a woman I didn’t feel entirely safe in the city. I would recommend traveling with a partner.

Posted: July 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

During my 2 days trip to NYC I felt safe. I recommend booking a freight trip around Manhattan, visiting Central Park and Empire State Building, Time Square. I ate pizza at a local Italian restaurant and I loved it, personnel was incredible and cheerful😊 My overall budget spent was approximately 200$ (w/o transport). I stayed at my relatives place so I didn’t pay for an apartment. I recommend using subway as a means of transport.

Posted: July 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

New York City is a wonderful place to travel even for single women. I enjoyed taking a cooking boot camp at ICE- institute of culinary education. I tried a feew restaurants. Eatily in Chelsea has wonderful coffees and tiramisu. Loved Moma. Saw a play. Went to art galleries. An incredible place to explore!

Posted: July 1, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I travelled alone, and from the moment I arrived to the moment I left I did not have a moment where I felt my safety was threatened. I took Lyfts almost everywhere I couldn’t walk, and avoided walking on my own when it was late at night, and during the day due to the volume of people in the city I was able to easily walk to nearby attractions with ease.

Posted: June 22, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 3/5
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Asma

Asma

France

Couple travel experience

New York was AMAZING I am definitely GOING BACK !! We stayed for 9 days in a hotel in chelsea. We visited museums, did a broadway show, a sleep no more show, comedy cellar (booked in advance), walked around the city, had so much food, specially cakes and pastries 😋 So many talented chefs based in NYC. Overall I felt safe. But one must keep distance from the crazy homeless ladies as I had one kick me on the leg for no reason 😅 Walk, eat, feed your creativity with museums, nap at the parcs, enjoy the facades, discover the different neighbourhoods and do at least one show at night :)

Posted: May 25, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Maha

Maha

United States

Family travel experience

I visited New York twice over the past year. It felt safe on both occasions. The first time we stayed in Manhatten, and the second time in Brooklyn. We had fun both times. Brooklyn was cheaper, quieter, and friendlier. I loved walking around the waterfront area. In Manhatten we visited some of the world-famous sights, such as the Empire State Building and the Times Square.

Posted: May 24, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

New York is a really special place. Everywhere you go, you'll see something you can recall from a movie, book, or TV show. The architecture is diverse and varies from district to district. I especially liked spending time in Brooklyn, going for a walk on the beach on Coney Island or reading a book in Prospect Park.

Posted: May 17, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 2/5
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Is New York safe for women?

Safety rating

3.4 /5

Based on 21 experiences

Crime rates rating

2.3 /5

Based on 21 experiences

It’s safe if you’re careful and aware of your surroundings! I would make sure not to be too friendly to strangers and keep in the safer areas at night. Brooklyn and the Bronx are safe during the day but I would be weary as a woman to go during the night time alone.

Posted: July 18, 2024
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Dahlia

Dahlia

I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years and only once had a safety issue at 2am. I live in a crowded densely populated neighborhood in Manhattan so it’s hard for things to go unnoticed. Public transport is safer than most cities I’ve been in and runs 24 hours a day.

Posted: July 12, 2024
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Zinzi

Zinzi

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Hey everyone! I’ve been living in NYC for the past 5.5 years. I currently live in Manhattan near Columbus Circle and Central Park on the west side. I love meeting up with strangers! I think I’m pretty good at holding a conversation, haha. Feel free to reach out: locals and travelers alike.

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I'm a medical student from the US and really want to travel the world in my free time, but safety is the most important. I appreciate this app empowering female solo travelers so that we can make great memories and stay safe! I am open minded to explore different cultures and easy going 😊

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Local tips

Isabela

Isabela

United States

New York is as safe for women as many other big cities, but I would definitely have my guard up especially after night. The public transit is safe, just try and stick to your own business and people will generally leave you alone. As far as food goes, I recommend going to Queens or northern Manhattan for the best foods from a variety of cultures.

Posted: November 15, 2023
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Living in EV for the past 3 years and have absolutely loved it! Came here in 2021 right after the pandemic ended and never left! The LES, Williamsburg, Bushwick, and West village are popular places to go out. If your on a budget definitely consider living outside of manhattan because it’s pretty steep. Regardless, transportation is great and it’s easy to get anywhere.

Posted: November 3, 2023
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Jesse

Jesse

United States

A busseling town with many things to do, NYC is a great spot to see what a real melting pot of the USA looks and feels like. With residential areas connected to touristy spots through public transportation, it’s highly recommended you utilize them instead of driving or taking a taxi, and you can pay for a subway ride through Apple pay now.

Posted: November 1, 2023
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New York is safe, just use common sense. I've been living there for years. If you like art museums, go to the Met and from the roof, you'll have a beautiful view of the park. If you like science museums, visit the Museum of Natural History. If you want to see more modern art, go to the Guggenheim. I love the central library, I think it's always worth a visit. The Highline is a nice walk. At the Empire State Building, there can be a long wait, so always check the waiting times. In my opinion, Times Square is not worth more than a 10 minute visit.

Posted: June 10, 2023
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High Line is amazing. Times Square in and of itself is fun and worth seeing, but it's very touristy. See it, then move along. 30 Rock (Rockefeller Center) is within walking distance, as are Radio City Music Hall and the Empire State Building. If you like art, MoMA is also within walking distance. Take a short subway or bus ride to Central Park and stroll around there. The subway is safe, but remember that NYC is huge. It can take nearly an hour of train rides and transfers to get from Midtown Manhattan to parts of Brooklyn.

Posted: October 22, 2022
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The worst views of the Statue of Liberty are from Liberty Island. She looks better from a distance. The Staten Island Ferry is free, and you can see her from there. Unless you're going to a show on Broadway, Times Square is pointless. It's crowded and just filled with chain stores/restaurants. Rockefeller Center offers a better view, as you'll be able to see both the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Don't skip the 9/11 Memorial. Central Park and Museum Mile are beautiful. Whatever you choose to see, don't get tricked into visiting Hudson Yards. PS: Buy a MetroCard and use the subway and buses.

Posted: October 3, 2022
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My secret suggestions: Typical tourist attractions: Visit Grand Central Station, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, High Line (including Chelsea Market) Non-obvious attractions: The Morgan Museum is quite a quick stop, but beautiful, and the Rubin is a beautiful museum dedicated to Tibet and Nepal, if you have time. There is an amazing bar at the top of Rockefeller called Bar 60, where you can sneak in to see the amazing city views (without having to purchase a drink if you're on a total savings mission). I also recommend checking out St Mark's Place in East Village - Veselkas is insanely good, a 24-hour Polish place, there’s a lot of weird, good New York in this area. Walk around Soho and West Village, if you want to see a more posh part of town, and in Williamsburg on Brooklyn, watch cool, trendy small shops and cafes (you must HAVE BRUNCH there).

Posted: September 21, 2022
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Where to stay: Hotels in New York are very expensive. My favorite budget hotel is the Best Western Bowery Hanbee. It's nothing special, but it's clean and quite alright - great staff! It's located right next to Nolita & Soho, where there are many amazing places to see and restaurants. Whatever you do, don't stay on Times Square. What to do / what not to do: - The view from the Top of the Rock is better than from the Empire State Building (you'll take charming photos with the ESB in the background) - Skip the Statue of Liberty. It takes a lot of time and it's rarely worth it for most people. - Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and check out the park between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge when you get to DUMBO - the view of Manhattan is amazing and the area itself is fantastic. - Check out the 9/11 Memorial. Entrance is free (not for the museum though) - Visit The High Line! It's really cool. - Central Park is a must. It's huge, so if there's somewhere specific you want to go you should do some research first. I suggest the Pond, Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, The Boathouse, Belvedere Castle & Strawberry Fields. - Go shopping at a vintage clothing store or visit a flea market in Brooklyn.

Posted: June 2, 2022
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From a former New Yorker. Mandatory places in the city: Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center (if you're a gourmand, try Coldstone ice cream and Magnolia bakery), 5th Avenue/Soho for window shopping, Met Museum or other museums (if you're a museum lover). South Street Sea Port (historic part of the city). Then for relaxation, the Brooklyn Bridge, Roosevelt Island, or one of the piers.

Posted: May 30, 2022
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Stay with locals in New York

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Sissily

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7 days

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Hi welcome all nice sisters come and visit New York ! :)

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Evelyn

New York

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3 days

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Avid and adventurous world-wide solo traveler:-)

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Sophia

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Hi there, I'm Sophia! I love being outdoors, rowing, hiking and camping. I'm doing my PhD in Data Science for Health, trying to make the world a little better at a time ;)

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Mónika

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