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How safe is Krakow compared to other cities?

Krakow ranked the #7 safest city in Europe in a recent poll. The city often boasts such high rankings.

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Krakow is one of the safest cities in Europe according to The Daily Express.
Krakow is one of the safest cities in Europe according to The Daily Express.

Is Krakow safe to travel to? After all, everyone wants to feel safe when we’re in a foreign city. Whether we’re traveling with family, a group, or by ourselves, we want to feel secure and comfortable when we’re exploring. 

In fact, the Daily Express ranks Krakow seventh in their list of Europe’s top 10 safest cities. This puts Krakow up there with Munich, Zurich and Helsinki for safety.

Europe’s 10 Safest Cities Safest cities in Europe

According to the Daily Express, these are the 10 safest cities in Europe.

  1. Munich, Germany 
  2. Zurich, Switzerland 
  3. Prague, Czech Republic 
  4. Zagreb, Croatia 
  5. Timișoara, Romania 
  6. Helsinki, Finland 
  7. Krakow, Poland 
  8. Basel, Switzerland 
  9. Bern,Switzerland 
  10. Cluj-Napoca, Romania

How safe is Krakow from crime?

In addition to being one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, Krakow also boasts a high level of safety. According to the popular international statistical database Numbeo’s 2023 crime index, Krakow has a score of only 25.8.

Krakow's safety score is lower than every single listed U.S. city other than Irvine, CA (22.3) — San Jose, CA is almost double (47.7) and Milwaukee, WI nearly treble (67.1).

Krakow especially tends to have a low level of crime in its major tourist neighborhoods. Plus, it has fewer pickpockets than typical European metro hot spots such as Paris, Rome, or Barcelona. That said, visitors should always use common sense in protecting their belongings.

While as anywhere the risk increases at night, Krakow is generally a safe city to walk in after dark. The only exception is that the local football clubs don’t like each other. But if you avoid wearing any opposing fan gear near the stadiums, you’ll be okay.

Has the war in Ukraine made it dangerous to visit Krakow?

Poland shares a 330-mile border with Ukraine, which has been devastated by its ongoing war with Russia. While many might wonder about the impact on Poland, Krakow is far away from the border. And even farther from eastern Ukraine, where most of the fighting is taking place. 

To compound this fact, the US Travel Warning System has Poland at Level 1 — it’s lowest warning level. This means that travelers only need to take the normal precautions when visiting the country.

U.S. Travel Advisory for Poland – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Last Advisory Update: October 4, 2022

Exercise normal precautions in Poland. Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Poland.

If you decide to travel to Poland:

The biggest impact of the war has been the 1 million plus Ukrainian refugees Poland has accepted since its outbreak. Poland’s willing acceptance of so many refugees has actually increased its international standing. Some tourists have thus felt emboldened to visit the country which is doing so much for its war-torn neighbors.

Is Krakow safe for LGBT+ visitors and those of other races and religions?

Not only does it make a great tote, but our From KRK with Love image on GIPHY is the usually #1 “Krakow” sticker on Instagram!

Internationally, Poland has unfortunately developed something of a bad rep for being anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant. You might have heard of “LGBT-free zones“, municipalities and regions that have declared themselves unwelcoming of LGBT people. The Economist summed these zones up neatly as a “legally meaningless gimmick.” Indeed they hold no enforceable legal weight and serve merely as farcical political theater.

However, while the country is quite homogenous and certain areas can be very conservative, cities like Krakow are very tolerant. Overall, there is relatively little in the way of hate crimes based on sexual preference, race, or religion Refreshingly, Krakow tends to send more love out into the world.

Is Krakow safe for solo female travelers?

Female solo traveler holding Goodtime Monty map. Krakow received high scores in a recent solo female traveler safety index.
Krakow received high scores in a recent solo female traveler safety index.

Krakow is very safe for solo female travelers. The Bounce Women Travel Safety Index gives Krakow a high score (#10 overall). They emphasis that women do not regularly experience harassment in the city.

Does Poland have any natural disasters?

Krakow is at a very low risk when it comes to issues such as natural disasters. The most notable was the Wroclaw flood of 1997. (An event Netflix splendidly dramatized in the miniseriesHigh Water.)

In general, Krakow does not have earthquakes, hurricanes, coastal issues, heat waves or major ice storms. The worst that travelers can expect is occasional, mild natural occurrences such as snow storms and heavy rainfall.

What to avoid to stay safe in Krakow

The most common safety risks for tourists arise from bar scams, pickpockets or dishonest taxi drivers in Krakow. 

Visitors should avoid attending erotic bars and strip clubs, which often scam tourists out of money. They do this through vastly inflated drink prices, debit/credit card cons, or, in some cases, direct theft. 

Similarly, visitors need to be careful when it comes to using taxis in Krakow. Some drivers can inflate their prices to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. We highly endorse using the ride-sharing app Bolt instead.

TL;DR

According to the international ratings website Numbeo, crime is very low and Krakow is safe for tourists. Most visitors find that Krakow is full of warm and inviting people and welcomes all who travel here.