My Top Picks For The Best Places To Travel Alone In Europe
I flew into Dublin after visiting family in Bristol and my initial thought was, this city is busy. But besides the crowds, Dublin is one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel for multiple reasons. This includes the fact you can easily walk between most attractions or catch public transport. I only caught two buses: one from the airport and the other to the train station. Dublin is also overflowing with hostels and fun things to do. I recommend doing a free walking tour (how unusual), visiting the Chester Beatty Library, having a picnic lunch in St Stephen's Green and going on a Dublin doors excursion.
I've said this before, but when I first visited Amsterdam at the ripe old age of 18, it was overwhelming. I was overwhelmed by the eccentrically-dressed locals, the smell of pot in the air and by our eye-opening adventures into the Red Light District at night. But when I returned 10 years later, it felt like I was visiting a different city entirely. Amsterdam is now firmly one of my favourite European destinations and it also happens to be one of the best places to travel alone in Europe. With friendly locals, good public transport options and many walkable districts, I highly recommend visiting Amsterdam as a solo traveller.
Ah, lovely London. I don't feel the need to live in London like so many fellow Aussies, but it's one of my favourites cities in Europe to visit. I love that I've been there multiple times, yet I still have things to tick off my London bucket list. As one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel, spend your time visiting museums, having lunch at its many marketplaces, strolling through its colourful neighbourhoods and shopping along Oxford Street, of course. I also highly suggest seeing a show on the West End. I went to two matinees on my recent visit to London and my row alone was made up of multiple people seeing the musical alone.
Copenhagen is definitely one of the most expensive cities to visit alone in Europe. Nevertheless, it's a great city for solo female travellers. There are plenty of hostels to choose from, a long list of things to do and the friendliest locals. From the talkative guy behind the counter in 7/11 to the supermarket clerk, everyone politely switched to English without hesitation.
Belfast may be one of the most surprising cities on this list of the best places to travel alone in Europe. However, I really enjoyed my weekend in the city. I did a day trip to Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and spent the following day seeing the sights and joining an eye-opening political walking tour. This is my top pick for things to do in Belfast if you want to learn more about the city's history.
Belfast isn't the city that instantly comes to mind when thinking about the safest places to travel alone in Europe. But I felt comfortable walking around the sleepy city centre during the day and along the main street at night to get back to my hostel. I didn't know what to expect in Belfast as I'd previously heard mixed reviews, but I highly recommend visiting if you're travelling alone in Europe and the UK.
Brussels and I are basically BFFs now, having visited three times in roughly two years. It's definitely one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel. There's plenty to see and do, delicious food to eat and beer to drink, and the day trip opportunities are worth the visit alone. Solo travellers can easily hop on a train to places like Liege, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. I prefer Bruges and Ghent to Antwerp, but I also haven't had the pleasure of visiting Liege yet.