As the summer approaches, many people are thinking about traveling and itching to get out and explore the world. While that may describe you, it may be possible that the friends or family you normally travel with are unable to take the time to head out on an adventure with you. This doesn’t have to be a roadblock for you as traveling alone is a fulfilling and exciting experience! If you have never traveled alone, you might be hesitant to do so. Maybe you have heard that it’s unsafe for women to travel alone. And while there are some destinations where that is definitely the case, there are just as many where it is perfectly safe and easy to travel alone. As long as you take standard safety measures such as checking in with your friends and family periodically and trusting your gut, you’ll be able to have a fantastic time in Europe as a first-time solo female traveler
Here are eight of the best cities in Europe for you to visit as a first-time solo female traveler, especially if it’s your first time heading out on a trip alone.
1. London, England
London is a city defined by the juxtaposition between its fascinating history and its trendsetting modern climate. You can visit the Tower of London and go shopping at luxury stores, all on the same day. The city is definitely a prominent entertainment destination and there are many theaters and venues for live music, theater, and stand-up comedy. London is also generally safe, and well connected so if you are hoping to travel to other places in England, or even other places within Europe, you’ll be able to do that from London.
London Travel Guide & Resources:
Also, you can find the list of the best hotels in London to stay in. Our favorite hotels in London are The Kensington Hotel, Novotel London Tower Bridge, and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. These hotels are in the city center of London so it’s within the walking distance of many top attractions. Their prices are also reasonable compared to other hotels in the same areas.
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in London here.
2. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland is consistently rated as one of the safest places for travelers in general, and it’s a safe place for women to travel alone. Beyond safety, it’s a fantastic destination to visit and there is plenty to do in and around its capital city of Reykjavik.
It’s also relatively affordable to get to – flights to Iceland tend to be cheaper than many other destinations in the area. Note that although the flights are cheap, certain accommodations and activities may be more expensive than you are used to. Iceland is full of incredible natural beauty and has plenty of glaciers, waterfalls, and majestic mountains that you can visit when you are in the country.
Reykjavik Travel Guide & Resources:
Here you can browse and find the list of the best hotels in Reykjavik to stay in. Our favorite hotels in Reykjavik are CenterHotel Midgardur and Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel Reykjavik. If you looking for a little more budget-friendly option (less than $100 per night), we recommend ODDSSON Hotel or Hotel Odinsve. All hotels are located in the city center of Reykjavik which makes it easy for you to explore the city and the nearby top attractions such as the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circles, and more.
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in Reykjavik here.
3. Paris, France
Although Paris is considered to be the City of Love, it’s still a great destination to visit alone! Full of magical sidewalk cafes and an illustrious history, you will have plenty to do when you visit Paris. If you enjoy wandering through beautiful city streets and taking it easy, this is a great destination for you.
Paris Travel Guide & Resources:
Here you can browse and find the list of the best hotels in Paris to stay in. Our favorite hotels in Paris are Hotel Montalembert Paris, Le 7 Eiffel Hotel, and Résidence Charles Floquet. For a little more budget-friendly options, we recommend Hotel Gavarni Paris or Europe Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel.
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in Paris here.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city, and it’s becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination throughout the year. Although visiting during the summer tends to be more common due to the fantastic weather and outdoor attractions in the area, if you are able to visit during the off-season you can still experience what makes Lisbon so appealing but without the crowds that are typically there. Lisbon has a fantastic public transportation system so you can get around the city easily to explore the colorful architecture, incredible food, and rich culture of this wonderful city.
Lisbon Travel Guide & Resources:
Here you can browse and find the list of the best hotels in Lisbon to stay in. Need some hotel recommendations? Here are some of our favorite hotels in Lisbon.
- Hotel Mundial – This hotel is just 20 minutes from the airport and is located in the Baixa neighborhood which is one of the main tourist areas. The hotel is clean and offers breakfast. The metro is nearby and the tram stops are right outside. Another thing we like about this place is the fact that they have a rooftop bar that offers great views!
- Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel – Also in Baixa area, this is an amazing hotel in an excellent location. It is one block from the water and very central to many of Lisbon’s top attractions. The location is a short walk from the river, Cais do Sodre train station, and Chiado.
For a little more budget-friendly options, we recommend the following hotels:
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in Lisbon here.
5. Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful and scenic portions of northern Italy. It’s part of Italy’s Lake District, which has long been a popular travel destination for many people, including various celebrities throughout the years. The region is a great place to relax and unwind while soaking in the natural beauty of the region. There are many historic hotels and structures that you can visit as well as some beautiful hiking trails.
Lake Como Travel Guide & Resources:
Here you can browse and find the list of the best hotels in Lake Como to stay in. Need some hotel recommendations? Here are some of our favorite hotels in Lake Como:
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in Lake Como here.
6. Munich, Germany
Munich is the capital city of Bavaria and a region chock full of German culture and history. Munich is also noted as being one of the safest cities in the world for tourists and locals alike, which makes it a fantastic place for solo female travelers. One of the best destinations to visit alone is Marienplatz or the main square of Munich. There are many markets held here, the most famous being the Christmas market that occurs throughout most of the month of December. Many German citizens speak some English, which makes it a great place for first-time solo travelers.
Munich Travel Guide & Resources:
Here you can browse and find the list of the best hotels in Munich to stay in. Still don’t know where to stay in Munich? Here are some of our favorite hotels in Munich you might like:
- Maritim Hotel Munich – This hotel is located just minutes from Munich’s main train station and within the walking distance of the city center. The hotel is surrounded by many shops and restaurants. This is a great choice if you would like to visit Munich and plan to explore other nearby cities such as Salzburg by train. Plus, the price is very reasonable for the area.
- Fleming’s Hotel Munich City – The hotel is located just across the main central station and it’s just a 15 minutes walk to Marienplatz.
- Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Hotel – A very nice hotel with great rooms and a fantastic location. Plus, if you looking to relax after a long day of sightseeing, this is one of Munich’s best hotel spas!
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in Munich here.
7. Dubrovnik, Croatia
While English isn’t the primary language in Croatia, it is still widely spoken throughout the country which makes it a great place to visit if you are not familiar with the local language. It’s full of history and incredible beaches and coastal regions – in fact, it has many of the elements that make Greece or Spain popular destinations but it’s a great alternative. It’s also a safe place to visit and there are many hotels and accommodations that exist at various price points. Dubrovnik has also been a popular filming location and you might recognize parts of the city from films like Spider-Man: Far From Home or television shows like Game of Thrones.
Dubrovnik Travel Guide & Resources:
Here you can browse and find the list of the best hotels in Dubrovnik to stay in. Still don’t know where to stay in Dubrovnik? Here are some of our favorite hotels in Dubrovnik you might like:
- Boutique Hotel Stari Grad – This stunning little gem is truly fabulous !! The rooftop restaurant views are breathtaking. The location is perfect as it’s within walking distance to the old city walls and other main attractions in the area. Keep in mind however that the hotel doesn’t have an elevator.
- Grand Villa Argentina – This hotel is located only 10 minutes walk from the city walls. If you would like to be near the water and enjoy the good view of the sea and don’t mind the walk, this postcard-perfect hotel is for you.
- Boutique Hotel More – If you would like to be outside the bustle and crowds of Dubrovnik with amazing sea views but still easy to get to the old town, this hotel is perfect for you. Old Dubrovnik is an easy 10-minute bus ride away on a line that runs every 10-15 minutes so you don’t need to stay in the old town.
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in Dubrovnik here.
8. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is often considered to be one of the safest and most popular destinations for solo female travelers, but beyond that, it’s an incredible place to visit. Noted for its bright and colorful architecture as well as canal system, this city is full of interesting things to do and see. It’s also a generally safe place to go out at night if you are traveling alone – many solo female travelers who have been say they felt safer in Copenhagen then they do in any other city.
Copenhagen Travel Guide & Resources:
Here you can browse and find the list of the best hotels in Copenhagen to stay in. Still don’t know where to stay in Copenhagen? Here are some of our favorite hotels in Copenhagen:
- Copenhagen Plaza Hotel -The hotel located less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Copenhagen railway station makes it convenient to travel by train. It’s right next to Tivoli Garden and many shops, restaurants, and eateries.
- Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen – Looking for some little more elegant to stay in? This hotel is the first designer hotel in the world! The furniture is Danish designed and you can spot Arne Jacobson’s pieces all around this elegant hotel.
Related: Find other amazing hotels options in Copenhagen here.
No matter which city on this list you choose to go to, the experience of traveling alone can be fun and exciting. You can take time to do the things you want to do on the trip and get to know yourself, which can make the experience of traveling alone, especially as a solo female, a significantly empowering experience!
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Travel Resources for Planning a Solo Trip to Europe
To make planning your solo trip to visit Europe as a first-time solo female traveler easier, we included some of our recommended travel resources below. You can search and find the best flights, transportation options, hotels to stay in, tours/activities, and things you can do in each destination during your trip.
Agoda: Search thousands of destinations around the world & quickly compare prices to find amazing deals on the best flights.
CheapOAir: You can find airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, and vacation packages all on one site!
Kiwi.com: What we like about Kiwi is the fact that they are able to create combinations of flight, train, and bus tickets and offer them in a single itinerary. Also, Kiwi has what they called “Nomad” which helps you find the best way of visiting multiple destinations, saving you time and money.
JetRadar: You can search and compare airfares from 726 airlines and dozens of travel agencies and systems.
Agoda: Agoda is one of the world’s largest online travel accommodation platforms with a network of over 2,000,000 vacation rentals and hotels worldwide.
Hotellook: They have more than 250,000 hotels in 205 countries, working with data from more than 10 online booking systems, such as Booking.com, Agoda.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, and others.
Bus: Flixbus: Very affordable (as low as $6) and convenient way to transfer between cities in Europe.
Bike Rental: BikesBooking (Bikes & scooter rentals)
Transportation Comparison: Omio (search, compare, and book tickets for buses, trains, and flights all in one site)
Tours & Activities:
TakeWalks (WalkofItaly): This is our favorite site for walking tours & day trips.
Tiqets: Great site for entrance tickets. It offers directly bookable, instantly available, and completely mobile tickets for museums, shows, and attractions all over the world.
Musement: They have good activities and tours in Italy and Spain, also many great day trips you can choose from.
GetYourGuide: A large number of tours, excursions, and other travel activities
Viator: The largest one. It has everything from tours, attractions, shore excursions, and private guides in over 2,700 destinations worldwide. It also has many transportations and transfers options and some unique experiences we didn’t find anywhere else.
Need help planning your first solo trip to Europe?
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