Is Campinas Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Campinas, Brazil
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 55 / 100 based on 4 user reviews.

Campinas is a city and county in São Paulo state.

It’s the third biggest city in the state, just after São Paulo itself and Guarulhos.

Travelers come here to see Parque do Taquaral (Parque Portugal) – it is a trendy place among families and well recommended for kids; Lagoa do Taquaral – beautiful for peaceful rest lake; from here is very popular to take São Paulo Private City Tour.

Hippie Fair (Feira Hippie) – famous fair located in Campinas attracts tourists with its unique products from local artisans.

Even if you don’t want to buy anything, it’s a pleasure to look at this art.

Warnings & Dangers in Campinas

Overall Risk


The city is large and divided into different areas - from poor to luxurious. In poor areas, there is a high chance of getting into trouble. If you avoid certain areas in the dark, you can safely spend time in Campinas.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Campinas has a public transport system; in the daytime, it is quite safe to use it to go around the city. At night it is recommended to take a taxi. Call only licensed taxis, by numbers at the hotel or from your smartphone application. Do not catch the car on the streets.

Pickpockets Risk


The risk of picketing is quite high. Thieves usually lookout for gaping tourists to empty their pockets. Be vigilant in tourist places, train stations, and crowded places. Always watch your pockets.

Natural Disasters Risk


The region is prone to droughts - and as a result - to forest fires. Floods and landslides are also possible here. Examine the weather and the current situation for natural disasters before you travel here.

Mugging Risk


Armed robberies are a common occurrence in Brasilia, and they are common in Campinas too. Do not walk the streets at night, move in groups, and use a taxi to get to your hotel if you return home late. It is recommended not to carry a lot of cash and valuables.

Terrorism Risk


Even though in the history of Brasilia, there were no terrorist attacks, the proximity to Venezuela and its conflicts makes it possible to attack the capital of Brazil. Besides, like any capital, the city is especially attractive to terrorists. Be on the alert and avoid political demonstrations.

Scams Risk


Most often, scammers try to make money on tourists by setting inflated prices for goods and services. Avoid shopping on the streets and use only licensed services. Be vigilant with those who are trying to distract you on the road - at this time another thief can empty your pockets.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling alone to Campinas can be safe while strolling around the city during the day. At night it is not recommended to stay on the street alone. You should also avoid overly open clothing so as not to attract the unwanted attention of men.

So... How Safe Is Campinas Really?

Campinas is considered a rather unsafe city.

The crime rate here is quite high; most often, there are armed attacks and robberies.

The level of bribery and corruption is also high.

It is believed that the city is safe enough during the day, in tourist places, it will be enough for you to use common sense and look around to avoid trouble.

However, at night it is not recommended walking the streets of the city because of the high risk of getting into trouble.

If you return to the hotel late at night, take a taxi.

“Crackland” area in the Botafogo neighborhood (Downtown) and some lower-class suburbs are considered to be less safe places for walking, try to avoid it.

The Downtown area is not safe during the night and should be avoided too.

The districts of Barão Geraldo, Sousas, and Joaquim Egídio are safer than the central zone, but crime does happen, and staying alert to your surroundings during the night is always a good idea.

It is recommended to rent a hotel with all-day security service and park your car only in well-guarded parking lots.

Never leave valuables in the car and lock it securely.

The risk of robbery is higher if you behave like a tourist – you will immediately be distinguished from the crowd.

It is not recommended carrying a lot of cash and expensive devices and jewelry.

How Does Campinas Compare?

CitySafety Index
Sao Paulo45
Rio de Janeiro43
Porto Alegre21
Belo Horizonte48
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Melbourne (Australia)80
Hong Kong (China)70
Sydney (Australia)80
Tianjin (China)67

Useful Information



Visitors to Brazil must obtain a visa from one of the Brazilian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. Visas are not required for airport transit, from any nationality, as long as the traveler does not leave the international transit area. A valid passport is a must.



The Brazilian real is the official currency of Brazil since 1994. It is subdivided into 100 centavos. It has a sign: R$ and code: BRL. The Brazilian real is the nineteenth most traded currency in the world by value.



The best times to visit Campinas for ideal weather are mid-March to December. Average temperatures in Campinas vary little, and temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a meager chance of rain or snow throughout the year.



Close to Campinas are two airports - Viracopos International Airport and Campos dos Amarais airport. Viracopos/Campinas International Airport is located 20 km south from the city center; Campos dos Amarais airport 7 km to the north. Viracopos International Airport is also a significant international cargo center.

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Campinas Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 24° C
Feb 25° C
Mar 24° C
Apr 22° C
May 20° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 18° C
Aug 20° C
Sep 21° C
Oct 22° C
Nov 23° C
Dec 24° C
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Brazil - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Belo Horizonte48
Porto Alegre21
Rio de Janeiro43
Sao Paulo45

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4 Reviews on Campinas

  1. M
    Marcelo says:

    Somewhat wrong article

    To say tourists are often scammed or pickpocketed in this city is absurd.
    Campinas is not a touristy city in absolutely any way, so nobody searches for tourists on the streets nor expect you to be a tourist since anyone can pass a local (it’s a very mixed population, still most people are white).
    Campinas is a big business and industrial hub, and it’s an overall middle-class city despite that one slum at the south zone, which is far from any interest area and there’s no chance that any tourist will get close or stop by.

  2. Brazilians say this city has good quality of life… which is… funny at least. Check it out on google street view, its just another ugly industrial tropical town.

    1. L
      Lawrence V. says:

      Same as many other cities

      I’ve traveled to Campinas in 2021 and walked around local places. I felt as safe in the city as I would in any of the large U.S. cities. On one occasion I walked in a local park at night accompanied by my three hosts. There were plenty of locals men, women and children in the park at night. If Campinas is a dangerous city I certainly could not tell by my experiences.

  3. J
    John John says:


    Campinas is chill. Oakland California is bad! Campinas there’s trouble only if you look for it or your out alone at night flashing money and jewelry. American politics always interfere.

Campinas Rated 2.75 / 5 based on 4 user reviews.

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