Is Bucharest Safe for Solo Female Travellers?!

Bucharest may not be the first place you think of when planning a solo trip to Europe, but Romania is becoming an increasingly popular destination. That leads to a lot of people wondering is Bucharest safe for solo female travellers?

I’ve travelled alone to Bucharest before and have first-hand experience of what it is like to travel alone in Bucharest as a woman.

Hopefully I can shed some light on the question is Bucharest safe for solo female travellers and help you decide if it’s the perfect destination for you or not.

To answer the question is Bucharest safe for solo female travellers- the answer is yes!

I felt very safe in Bucharest, but there are a few things you need to know to make sure you’re extra safe.

Just like anywhere else in the world, there are things you can do to make your time in Bucharest more or less safe.

My philosophy is that most places are as safe as you make them.

So, I’m going to give you my top Bucharest safety tips, so you can be safe in Bucharest as a solo traveller.

Bucharest is a beautiful city and a must-visit if you’re already exploring Romania!

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Is Bucharest Safe?

Just in case you skimmed the introduction to this article (I don’t blame you), I just wanted to reanswer the question is Bucharest safe.

The answer is yes.

Bucharest is a safe city, and solo travellers won’t have any issues travelling around the city and exploring freely.

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest Safety Tips

There are some things you should be aware of before visiting Bucharest though.

While the city is safe, there are a few things you can do or get involved in that make it less safe.

I want you to be aware of these things, so you don’t fall into these traps or make some of the mistakes I did when travelling to Bucharest alone.

Beware of Taxi Scams

Just like many cities in the world, there are taxi scams in Bucharest you need to be aware of.

If you arrive in Bucharest at the airport or train station, there will be a line of taxis and a queue of people waiting to get in a taxi.

That may give you a false sense of confidence that everything is on the up and up, and the taxi drivers are legit.

There are, of course, tons of legit taxi drivers, and the majority of the taxi drivers are honest and will start the meter.

The issue is the few drivers that seem to wait around for an unsuspecting tourist and try to get them to get in their car even though they’re not the next car in the queue.

From my experience, the other taxi drivers were okay with this and didn’t fight the taxi driver that is trying to get the tourist in their car.

Even the security person who was monitoring and managing the line didn’t have an issue with this.

Then once you get in the taxi, they say they can’t start the meter or refuse to start the meter, and they drive off before you can get out of the car.

They then very much overcharge you and oftentimes won’t drop you off right at your destination but will drop you off a few blocks away and make you walk the rest of the way.

The obvious way to get around this scam is to not get in a taxi that skips the queue and to demand that they start the meter before you even get in the car or close the door.

It’s a really crappy scam to pull on tourists, but it is a very common one.

Use a gut check and don’t get into a taxi if you don’t feel comfortable.

Beware of Construction on Sidewalks

I know this one sounds weird but hear me out.

In a lot of countries (including Romania), the precautions around sidewalk construction isn’t like it is in other countries like Canada or the US.

A lot of the time there aren’t signs, and the construction zone isn’t blocked off.

That’s all fine during the day, but it can make it easier to trip when walking in the evening.

My advice is to be extra cautious when walking in the evening. Be sure to watch where you’re walking.

You never know where there will be something you can easily trip on or a small hole you can twist your ankle in.

And yes. I’m talking from experience.

Bucharest, Romania

Be Internet Safe

If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a big advocate for being internet safe- especially when travelling.

When you travel, you rely on public wifi networks at hotels and restaurants, and that is dangerous. Anybody who knows the password and wants to can access your private online information and data.

Including your banking information.

And, yes, even public wifi networks with passwords are dangerous because pretty much anybody can get the password and log into the network.

The only way to stay safe when using public wifi networks is to install a VPN on your devices.

A VPN puts a virtual forcefield around your devices that makes using public wifi networks as safe as using your home wifi network where you’re the only person who knows the password.

In my mind, installing a VPN on your devices is a must-do thing before travelling anywhere or using any public wifi network.

You may think it will never happen to you, but the last thing you want is to have your banking details stolen while you’re on holiday and have to cancel your card while you’re abroad.

That is a headache nobody wants to deal with.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve been using NordVPN for my internet protection for years and absolutely love it!

It is one of the fastest VPNs on the market, which is extremely important for travellers.

You can connect up to six devices on a single subscription, so you can protect all your devices for one low cost.

There is no excuse not to install a VPN on your devices and protect your personal data from prying eyes.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online information with a VPN.

It’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind you get.

Be Careful of Scammers at the Bar

If you choose to go out on the town one night, be aware that the people who are buddying up to you and acting like your bestie probably don’t have your best interests at heart.

I’m not saying there aren’t tons of nice people to meet when you go out in Bucharest, but if someone seems too friendly, they may be a scammer.

There is a popular scam in Bucharest known as the “bar friend”. Someone spots a tourist in the bar and starts chatting with them and suddenly discover they have tons in common and quickly becomes friends with the tourist.

Sometimes people just want the tourist to pay for their drinks. Sometimes the scammers are in cahoots with the bartender to severely overcharge for drinks.

And sometimes it is much more devious, and they try to get the tourist to leave with them, and they try to rob you.

I’m not saying to not make friends at the bar, but I am telling you to be smart about it.

Don’t over indulge in alcohol and get so drunk you lose your senses.

And pinky promise me you’ll never leave the bar with someone or get in a taxi with them or go to their house.

That isn’t safe even if the person isn’t a scammer.

Bucharest, Romania

Conclusion

I hope this answered your question is Bucharest safe?

All things considered, Bucharest is a very safe city.

There are lots of fun tourist attractions to visit, the people are generally friendly, and the food is delicious.

You still need to be cautious though. Especially when you’re travelling alone.

As long as you use a reasonable amount of common sense and listen to your gut, you’ll be safe in Bucharest and have a great time!

Unforgettable Things to do in Brasov Alone

Brasov is one of my favourite cities in Romania. It has something for everyone and is super solo travel friendly. But, there are a few things to do in Brasov that you can’t miss on your trip!

These are the very best things Brasov has to offer and will make your solo trip to Brasov unforgettable.

If you’re nervous about visiting Brasov alone, don’t be!

All the best things to do in Brasov alone are easy to navigate yet stunning. Plus the city is quite small, so you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to navigate your way around the city and public transportation system.

But, without further ado, here are my top things to do in Brasov alone.

I’ve done all of these things on my solo trip to Brasov and loved them all!

Tips for travelling alone for the first time

1. Take a Free Walking Tour

On your first full day in Brasov, I highly recommend you join a free walking tour.

The free walking tour in Brasov is run by students, and it is one of the most informative free walking tours I’ve ever been on.

I joined the free walking tour in Brasov on my second to last day in the city, and I regretted not going on the tour earlier.

I learnt so much that changed my perspective of the city and made me appreciate buildings that I had walked by my entire stay in Brasov and not given a second glance to.

For being such a small city, there is a lot of history in Brasov, and there are a number of important events that took place in the city.

When you understand the history of Brasov, it makes the rest of your solo trip to Brasov that much more enjoyable and meaningful.

I don’t want to give you a schedule for the free walking tour because it’s bound to change.

Just Google “free walking tour in Brasov” or look for a flyer at the front desk if you’re staying at a hostel.

It is without a doubt one of the best and most important things to do alone in Brasov.

Oh!

And don’t be nervous about joining a walking tour as a solo traveller.

If you’re an introvert like me, just stick to the back of the pack. If you’re an extrovert, take the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and maybe make plans with them to go on a day trip the next day.

2. Visit the Black Church

The Black Church is the centrepiece of Basov and no trip to Brasov is complete without touring it!

You’ll visit the outside of the church during the free walking tour (if you choose to join one), but you should take the time to go inside the church later on during your trip.

The murals inside the church date back to around 1477 and are really cool to see.

While the church isn’t as spectacular as some of the other churches you’ll find in Europe, it’s still worth a visit.

Especially after you learn a little bit about the church on your walking tour!

There is no fee to enter the church, and no photos are allowed.

Black Church Brasov

3. Take a Day Trip (or Two)

A lot of people use Brasov as a home base while they explore the small towns and attractions surrounding the city.

Brasov is in the perfect location, and there are tons of day trips to choose from.

One of the best things to do in Brasov alone is go on at least one day trip while you’re there.

All the day trips are super easy to navigate even if you’re new to travelling alone.

While this isn’t an extensive list, these were my favourite day trips from Brasov.

Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress

You can easily knock both of these attractions out in a single day, and that’s exactly what most tourists do.

Bran Castle (otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle) is a short bus ride from Brasov but packed full of history.

It’s the castle Bram Stoker was inspired by when he wrote Dracula, and the castle has taken on that persona.

But, you’re not just touring a castle popular in science fiction. There is a surprising amount of history connected to the castle.

I honestly wasn’t expecting much from Bran Castle and expected it to be a bit silly, but I was wrong.

I spent hours wandering up and down the castle reading about the history and looking at the artifacts.

It’s 100% worth checking out and isn’t a tourist trap cashing in on a popular novel.

Râșnov Fortress is easy to visit on your way back to Brasov from Bran Castle.

It’s an outdoor fortress that is kept in mostly ruins.

There are oftentimes demonstrations and events you can take part in at the fortress, or you can just wander around and read the information about the history of the fortress.

I don’t think Râșnov is worth a visit on all it’s own, but if you’re going to Bran Castle, it is well worth a quick stop on the way back to Brasov.

Rasnov Fortress

Sighișoara

Sighișoara is a small town in the Transylvanian mountains. It’s a stunning town with lots of bright colours, amazing views, and cute streets.

But the town’s biggest claim to fame is having a building where Vlad the Impaler is said to be born.

You know. The man Stoker based Dracula off of.

You can even the house and even have a meal in it (the food is surprisingly good but a bit overpriced).

Even if you’re not into Dracula, Sighișoara is still worth visiting. It’s one of the most beautiful and colourful towns in Romania.

I loved wandering through the narrow streets, popping into stores, and taking in the atmosphere.

Granted, it’s very touristy, and you’ll likely run into a few tour groups along the way, but it’s still worth a visit!

Sibiu

Sibiu is probably my second favourite city in Transylvania behind Cluj-Napoca.

Sibiu is a charming town with one of the most amazing town squares in Romania. It’s like walking into a fairytale.

I love the bright colours, and Sibiu is much quieter than Sighișoara. Not nearly as many tourists visit Sibiu, but that’s starting to change.

Sibiu is starting to get the love it deserves and is becoming an ever popular day trip from Brasov.

Be sure to climb up the clock tower for the best view of the city! It’s well worth the price of admission.

4. Walk Up Tampa Mountain

Tampa Mountain is right in the heart of Brasov and walking up it is one of the best things to do in Brasov alone.

It isn’t a difficult walk, and most people can do the hike no matter their level of fitness.

Of course, you know your own body better than anybody. Don’t do anything you don’t think you can comfortably complete. Especially since you’re travelling alone.

Tampa Mountain gives you one of the best views of the centre of Brasov, the Black Church, and Council Square.

It’s free to walk up, there is a marked path, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to pass other tourists along the way since it’s such a popular tourist attraction.

If you can, try to hike Tampa Mountain to catch either sunrise or sunset.

You’ll enjoy the most spectacular views and have an experience you’ll never forget.

If you don’t feel comfortable walking up a mountain when it isn’t fully light out, then try to schedule your walk around mid-morning to try to miss some of the crowds.

No matter when you choose to hike Tampa Mountain, you won’t regret taking the time out of your day to do it.

It’s without a doubt a must-do activity while in Brasov.

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5. People Watch in Council Square

I love people watching when I travel. It’s so fun, and you never know what interesting things you’ll see.

There is no better place in Brasov to people watch than in Council Square.

It’s the main square in Brasov and is the heart of the city for both tourists and locals. Find a little café, order a drink, relax, and soak in your surroundings.

Taking the time to relax and experience the city you’re in is super underrated for travellers, but it’s one of my favourite things to do.

Carve out an hour or two one afternoon just to people watch, and I know it’ll add to your experience of Brasov!

Council Square Brasov

6. Indulge in the Delicious Food

Romania might not be the first country to come to mind when you think of delicious food.

I certainly didn’t have any expectation for the food when I first visited the country. And let me tell you that I was blown away by the food!

The food everywhere in Romania is incredible, and Brasov is no exception.

You can stumble into pretty much any restaurant and have an incredible (and hearty) meal. For a very inexpensive price I may add!

The only thing to stay clear of is Western chains. Other than that, you’re in for a mouth-watering meal.

No matter what cuisine you’re in the mood for!

I walked up to a random pizza by the slice window the evening I arrived in Brasov and was blown away by how delicious a simple slice of pizza is.

But, if you really want to get a taste for Brasov and Romania, go to a traditional restaurant.

Wander a few blocks outside of the Council Square and the tourist areas and find the places locals eat at.

You won’t be disappointed!

Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in Brasov.

As a word of warning, I didn’t write the list, nor have I been to every restaurant on the list. I have, however, eaten at different restaurants recommended by this blog in other cities and enjoyed their recommendations.

Use it as a guide and not a bible.

I did eat at Sub Tâmpa and really enjoyed it, so that makes me trust their list a little bit more as well!

Black Church Brasov

The Importance of Being Internet Safe

One of the biggest things that people overlook when planning a trip is making sure they’re being internet safe.

You rely on public wifi when you travel, and that puts you at serious risk of having your online information and data stolen.

All it takes is for one person connected to that wifi network with bad intentions to steal your banking information or other private data.

And trust me. You do not want to be dealing with the headache of trying to sort out a banking crisis while you’re in a different country!

And I know what you’re thinking. But, no, if the public wifi network you’re using has a password, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to us. Anybody can access that password and access the network.

The only way to ensure you’re being safe when using the internet while travelling is to install a VPN on your devices.

A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for a hacker to access your information.

It makes using a public wifi network just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

You may think it’ll never happen to you, but are you really willing to take that risk when it’s super easy to protect your online information?

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs on my many years of travel. VPNs are notorious for slowing down your internet speed and making the internet incredibly slow and frustrating to use.

That’s why I used to just turn off my VPN and risk my online safety.

I can’t handle slow internet!

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

It’s the fastest VPN on the market, which is why I love it so much and recommend it to my fellow travel lovers.

In fact, it’s the only VPN subscription I’ve ever renewed, so you know it’s good!

In addition to be the fastest VPN out there, NordVPN is also super affordable. You can protect up to six devices on a single plan.

A two-year plan costs less per month than a single Starbuck’s latte, so you have no excuse not to protect your online safety.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data with a VPN.

It’s a small price to pay for the piece of mind you get!

Conclusion

There you have it: the top things to do in Brasov alone. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’ll get you headed in the right direction!

I could have included visiting the Black and White Towers, but you visit them on the free walking tour.

If you don’t go on the free walking tour, make sure to visit them. They’re icons in Brasov and shouldn’t be missed.

Brasov is an extremely easy city to travel in. Even if this is your first solo trip, you shouldn’t have much issue navigating Brasov.

Plus it’s one of the best cities in Romania and shouldn’t be missed if you’re visiting the country!