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Is Paris Safe to Visit? Here’s What to Know

Traveler walking in Montmartre with Sacré-Cœur Basilica background

While you eagerly anticipate your chance to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle with your own eyes, it’s not unusual to find yourself wondering if it’s easy to stay safe in Paris. There’s a certain level of anxiety that comes with visiting a new place, and the City of Lights is no exception.

Whether you travel ten times a year or once every five years, it’s important to educate yourself on how to stay safe. Luckily, we know a thing or two about the French capital city and travel safety.

From saving local emergency numbers to your phone to understanding the safest neighborhoods to stay in, this post will break down everything you need to know about staying safe in this very big city. Keep reading, and you can say “au revoir!” to those travel-induced anxieties.

Category Recommendation
Safest Neighborhoods Canal Saint-Martin, Châtelet, Champs Elysées, Latin Quarter, Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, So-Pi
Areas to Avoid Le dixième, Montmartre, Dix-neuvième
Budget Hotel MEININGER Hotel Paris Porte de Vincennes
How to Get Around Paris Metro. It includes the metro, buses, trams, and RER trains
Emergency Numbers 112 – European Emergency, 17 – French Police

Paris Crime Statistics

We’ve included some stats below that showcase varying crimes in France vs how they compare to crime rates in the United States. As you can see, France, while far from perfect, is generally safer than the United States when it comes to personal safety.

Metric France United States
Total crimes per 1000 61.03 41.29
Intentional homicide rate 1.63 4.7
Murder rate per million people 10.54 42.01
Rapes per million people 156.22 274.04
Source: NationMaster

But why does France have a higher crime rate per 1000 people than the U.S. if it’s safer? Well, even though you’re far less likely to become a victim of violent crime, France does have a higher rate of property crimes. All the more reason to keep an eye on your luggage and not dress like a tourist!

Is Paris Safe for Solo Travelers?

Traveler walking in Montmartre with Sacré-Cœur Basilica background
Kyle Kroeger / ViaTravelers

Many travelers “Do Paris” solo as their first independent trip. With its bustling public transportation system, it’s relatively easy to navigate.

Countless hostels host meet-up events for travelers to get to know one another. You’re never truly alone in this cosmopolitan city unless you want to be, and there are many activities and accommodations for the solo traveler.

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