No one will argue how Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Being sought after by many tourists from different walks, there’s no wonder why more than 30 million visitors are enchanted by this magical city.
But no matter how enchanting this city can be, one question would pop out in every traveler’s curiosity, is Paris safe to travel?
It is no secret what has been published from the news about the current status in France, especially in the city of Paris. Protests are building up here and there due to the current issues that the French community is facing. Though there are some possible risks in the city, Paris is still a SAFE CITY to travel.
How Safe is the City? According to safearound.com, Paris is 63.4% safe. That is fairly good compared to its other neighboring European countries. The city actually ranked 58th place in the world for its safety.
Statistically saying, “The City of Lights” is not as alarming as it sounds. It is not something to worry about as a tourist. Crimes committed against tourists are very low as well. So there’s not much to worry about this city.
Possible Risks to Consider
We will breakdown the following risks we have gathered from safearound.com, that you should be aware of when you are in the city. Risks are categorized from different levels: Low to High.
- Mugging – According to nationmaster.com, the city ranked 49.46% for mugging casualties. It is not a red flag, but though it is rare, that doesn’t mean that it could not happen.
- Kidnapping – This is quite rare to happen in the city as well. The last suspected incident was in Nice, France last 2016. No recent recordings since 2016 about kidnappings in Paris.
- Female or Solo Travelers – Also relatively low with only 3.8% chances of occurring. Ranked 73 around the world, with its rating, the city is a female and solo traveler-friendly.
- Natural Disasters – The city is definitely safe from disastrous calamities like avalanches, earthquakes or typhoons. Its strategic location gives it an advantage compared to other cities that are high risk of dangerous calamities.
- Transport Trains & Taxis – Crimes inside the train are uncommon but can happen in train stations because it gets crowded most of the time. Also, a possible threat to taxis is possible overcharging to tourists. As of this January 2020, a transport strike took place, that affected lots of commuters. So far nothing serious incident recorded with regards to transport areas.
- Protesters – Also known as the yellow vest protesters are not a major threat. You can see them on the street during their scheduled protest march, fortunately, police security is there to control if possible violence is imposed. In 2019, some protesters burned one establishment in Lyon, France during a protest. That explains the extra precautions are observed in Paris.
- Terrorism – In 2015, 147 casualties are recorded from a terrorist attack in France. There are also some recorded casualties in 2016. Though no recent terrorist acts recorded since 2017, the city or France in general, is under Level 2 alert.
- Scams – Be extra careful because a lot of con artists flock the area, especially in touristy sites. They have over 142,000 recorded cases to date. These fraudsters took advantage of the increase of tourists in the city for a higher chance of making more money.
- Pickpocketer – As rampant as scammers, it goes the same as the pickpocketing case in Paris. Ranked at 5th place in the world, there’s no doubt why every traveler planning to go to the city are given this warning. Make sure to watch on your belongings.
Other Possible Threats
Some crimes are relatively low but can still be evident and need to be looked at. Gun crimes are quite low in France because of the gun ban. So there are no major threats on this matter however, this is not a reason to be complacent.
Road accidents are also in low cases because of strict traffic and road rules. Given that driving in Paris can get confusing and crazy, they have maintained safe traffic measures throughout the city.
Safe Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris
If you are looking for a hotel or accommodation, consider the location or the neighborhood. Gang-related and theft crimes might be rampant in some neighborhoods. Here are the highly recommended neighborhoods to choose from:
- Along the Seine Riverbank
- Jardins des Tuileries
- Place Vendome
- 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th arrondissement
- 16th arrondissement, though it is far, it is very safe and far from the crowds
Places to Avoid at Night
A night out can be dangerous if you don’t know about the place you’re hanging out. I know that nightlife can be fun at times but, please take your safety seriously. Might as well avoid these places late at night.
- Saint Ouen
- Les Halles
- Gare du Nord
- Jaures and Burbés
- La Goutte d’Or
Important Safety Travel Tips
Research the Country You’re Visiting
To better know about the country is proper research. Look at experiences from people you know who’ve been there or blog posts like this. (Please don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter).
It makes a lot of difference in knowing what to expect during your visit. You do not want to experience like one of those cliché memes about reality vs. expectations, right?
Verify Your Accommodation
Whether you book your hotel from booking.com or airbnb.com, it pays to investigate and check for the property’s ratings and past customer’s feedback.
Check as well if the property is located in the following safe neighborhoods we have listed above. If not, make sure the property has good security and CCTV cameras.
Be Updated with Current News
It won’t hurt to stay updated with current events, especially if it is about a country you are not familiar with. Check out for protest schedules, travel bans (which is unlikely) and even weather updates.
Bad weather especially snowstorm or heavy rain showers can be dangerous for walking or driving on a slippery road.
Keep Your Belongings Safe
This is a standard rule for any travelers out there. This is not Japan, where you can leave your stuff and no one will touch it.
It is your responsibility to take care of your valuables while eating in a restaurant, lock your hotel well, if leaving a valuable item in the hotel put it in a safe, put your well-zipped bags in front of you, put your wallet in your front pocket and do not leave your phones anywhere
Avoid Talking to Strangers
Being friendly and too pushy is different. Be careful with strangers pretending to be a tourist agent or vendor and taking you somewhere or offering you to buy something.
Do not accept whatever they are handing out to you, or they’ll force their way to ask you to pay for it. Scammers and con artists are roaming around the big city.
My Personal Experience
I was there in January of 2019. I can honestly say that the risks are not that bad. I was just taken aback by the protesters who were running towards us on our way to the Eiffel Tower.
At that time, we did not know anything that has been happening to Paris prior to our visit. From that experience, we have learned that being updated to the news is key to prepare for your travel. I thought at that time that it was scary because the police were running with the protesters as well.
Overall, Paris is a safe city. It is lovely safe. You don’t need to worry about being in danger because their police officials are doing their best to protect the city, including locals and tourists.
Yes, there are the little things that you need to watch out for but, you know the visit is worth it. Safe travels everyone!