Best Cities for Solo Female Travel in 2024

I’ve compiled a list of the best cities for solo female travel in 2024. I’ve traveled to a countless number of places alone! If I can, you can too!

Safety is one of the biggest concerns as a female solo traveler and I get it – especially if you are new to solo traveling. 

Like with any city, incidents can always occur so my best advice is to stay alert and be smart in your travels.

I’ve traveled to over 20 countries alone and I’m rating the cities I feel are the best solo travel destinations. Once you start solo traveling, you’ll feel so much more confident. I’ve honestly had the best time traveling on my own. Not only did it make me get out of my comfort zone, I was able to do whatever I wanted with no worry of someone stopping me!

Travel Insurance for Solo Travelers

As a solo traveler, you may encounter unexpected events such as flight cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage.

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind during your trip. SafetyWing is a popular option for solo travelers as it offers affordable, flexible insurance plans that cover a range of issues including medical expenses and travel delays.

They also offer 24/7 customer support and the ability to purchase coverage while already on the road.

I recommend SafetyWing which will cover you in case of trip cancellations or any accidents during your travels.

Essentials for solo travel

  • This super cool scarf has a hidden zipper that allows you to hide important things like your passport or money. A useful thing to have for a solo traveler.
  • A keychain flashlight is handy to have in case you’re ever walking alone at night and it’s too dark to see your surroundings.
  • I always carry a mini first aid kit in case of any accidents and I can be a clumsy person!
  • One thing I never leave home when traveling is a portable compact mobile phone charger like this one. I have run into a few situations where I was stuck in a tiny village in Italy and no one knew English. Sadly my phone died and I felt crippled without my phone. I was unable to use google translate to conversate or navigate anywhere. Also, be sure to carry a backup one too in case one dies, or just be sure to always charge it daily!
  • My favorite tripod is this compact tripod for mobile phones – people constantly ask me how I take solo photos and this is how!

The Best Cities for Solo Female Travel

1. Madrid, Spain

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid is a great city for solo female travel. Spain, in general, is one of the safest places to travel alone. The crime rate is pretty low, especially against women. There is also a ton to do here so you’ll never be bored. The food scene is also out of this world. You won’t want to miss heading to one of the many food markets like Mercado de San Miguel. If you’re feeling lonely, then you can take a fun tapas crawl tour. It’s a great way to meet friends along the way. No wonder Madrid is one of the best cities for solo female travel.

Be sure to read my full guide on how to spend 2 perfect days in Madrid.

2. Singapore

Singapore is one of the best places for solo female travel. While it may be on the more expensive side, it can definitely be done on a budget. In fact, I went here solo and did it on a budget (under $60/day) so you can check out my Instagram video here on how I did it.

Firstly, I saved the most money on accommodation which tends to be very expensive. Singapore has many chic capsule hotels which are like hostels but you can close up your pod so it feels more private. I stayed at the Kinn Capsule Hotel for $50/night.

Everyone in Singapore is super friendly and I never felt unsafe here. There are so many fun activities to do here solo including eating at the many Hawker Centres. These markets are in a few different areas around Singapore and feature really delicious street food for cheap.

You can also visit the Gardens by the Bay and see all the stunning plants, trees, and flowers on display. I even got a beautiful photo at Fort Canning Park (pictured above in my yellow dress) solo. This is a popular Instagram spot and people line up to come here. The girl standing behind me was also alone and we helped each other with photos.

3. Dublin, Ireland

Some of the nicest and most helpful people I’ve met were when I traveled to Ireland! The friendly locals are pretty easygoing and chill here. There are also low levels of sexual violence here. You can also combine your trip with Northern Ireland too for even more adventures! Dublin is truly one of the best cities for solo female travel especially if you’re new to it.

Some of the best things to do here solo include visiting the Hungry Tree – an 80+year old tree that has grown large enough to encompass a bench!  You can stroll along O’Connell Street, one of the most famous streets in Dublin where the Spire monument is located. Be sure to cross the Ha’penny Bridge, a pedestrian bridge made of cast iron. No visit would be complete without stepping inside the most famous pub, the Temple Bar.  

4. New York City, United States

New York City is one of the most bustling and major cities in the world. It is one of the safest places in North America to visit. I find it much safer than San Francisco, one of the rival places to visit. NY is truly built for solo travellers. The public transportation here is the best, offering easy access to get around the city center and beyond. There are three airports and two major Manhattan train stations.

The prime tourist hub is Times Square but you can also escape the crowds by checking out the trendy neighborhood of Brooklyn or wandering the meatpacking district and charming West Village.  There are so many national parks in NY like Central Park that are nice to relax in.

The people in NY are open-minded and it’s a great place to meet new friends. You can get on apps like Bumble BFF to meet new people or strike up a conversation with someone in the coffee shop.

5. Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Ausria

Austria is another great place to travel solo. Whether you venture to popular destinations like Salzburg or Vienna or you go a bit off the beaten track to Hallstatt. I particularly loved going to Hallstatt on a day trip from Salzburg. It is super picturesque and I love a good hidden gem. Small towns are the best places you can pop out your tripod without feeling the risk of it being stolen. I can vouch for the fact that it’s one best cities for solo female travel.

6. Zurich, Switzerland

My first solo trip ever was in 2012 to Zurich, Switzerland, and boy was I nervous but I felt comfortable traveling here and never stopped traveling solo since! Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in Europe to travel, however. You can join many different tours to get into the ease of traveling. That’s exactly what I did as a first time solo traveler here. I had a wonderful experience going to Lucerne and taking a cable car up to a mountain top with a tour like this.

7. Bergen, Norway

Norway was a dreamy place to explore especially relaxing and seeing the beautiful fjords. I felt great on my own here and it was a good nature escape with ample of time to reflect. Places with nature like this always make the list for the best cities for solo female travel.

8. Lisbon, Portugal

One of my favorite cities I’ve visited is Portugal and it’s really safe. Everyone is super friendly and most know English which normally can be a real barrier. I absolutely loved solo traveling in the Algarve region of Portugal too! The photo above is from a cute little village called Ferragudo. The Algarve region is full of many beautiful beaches and is the perfect quiet escape from reality.

9. Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia

With close proximity and strong roots to Italy, Croatia is a beautiful country to explore alone. I visited a few small villages in the Istria region and fell in love with Rovinj. Don’t miss my full guide on traveling to Rovinj. I rented a car on my own to get around and found the roads to be easy to navigate. You can reach many places with a short drive. I was also able to take a ferry boat over to Venice in just a couple hours.

10. Quebec City, Canada

Canada has some of the most polite people around! and is another country I recommend visiting if you are just starting out as a solo traveler. If English is your only language it also helps to start with Canada for your first solo travel experience. There will be no language barrier! You can also enjoy some beautiful hikes in Canada which is a great solo travel activity!

11. Gdansk, Poland

gdansk, poland best cities for solo travel

Poland is also a great option for a solo traveler. I recommend going to sociable cities such as Gdańsk or Krakow. Gdansk has beautiful architecture and I really admired walking down the cobblestone streets here. It is also a very cheap place to visit so if you’re on a budget, Poland is the perfect place to go.

The 5 most dangerous countries for solo travel

But don’t let it discourage you from visiting just be smart and maybe go with a friend or organised tour!

South Africa

For the full list be sure to check the resource from Asher & Lyric where this information was gathered from!

Top tips for traveling safely

  • Don’t tell strangers you are traveling alone. Just say you have friends in the city to avoid sharing you are on your own.
  • Don’t go out late on your own. I usually just do a lot of sightseeing in the day and dinner and go home after that to be safe. Nighttime can be intimidating for first-time solo travelers.
  • Keep valuables hidden & don’t wear anything flashy to call attention to yourself. Pickpocketing can be an issue in many cities. Be sure to keep your phone in sight and don’t get distracted walking down the roads staring at your phone when you aren’t familiar with your surroundings!
  • Learn emergency phrases. Being able to tell a local you are in danger or just saying “leave me alone!” in the native language can really help.
  • Always let a friend know your travel plans. Maybe even share your location for a few days with a close friend using find my friend or something similar. I have gone on dates traveling and would tell my friend ahead of time and share my location to be safe.

Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know where will you travel solo next! For me, I hope to travel solo to Iceland. It is a great place for nature lovers and the crime is considerably low. That concludes this post on the est cities for solo female travel!

📞 Afraid to solo travel the world? Then book a 1:1 coaching call with me and I will help answer your questions so you can travel this world in confidence!

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♥ Jackie

want to know the best places to travel for solo female travelers? Based on safety factors such as walking alone at night and safety of the country, these are the top places to go for a first time solo traveler.
want to know the best places to travel for solo female travelers? Based on safety factors such as walking alone at night and safety of the country, these are the top places to go for a first time solo traveler.

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  1. Hi,
    First, I would like to thank you for your helpfull tips and advice.I’M planning to travel solo this fall. I’m planning to visit Amsterdam then Paris. Thanks again!!