How Safe Is Curitiba for Travel?

Curitiba, Brazil
Safety Index:
51

Curitiba is the capital of Paraná, Brazil.

It’s an excellent place to stop for a day or two if you’re heading for Iguaçu Falls from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.

The city is known to urban planners worldwide for its innovative public transit system.

There is an excellent Cidade Velha (old city) in the center, which was restored very well for its 319 years.

There is a huge arts and crafts fair every Sunday in the old city that travelers very like to visit.

The city has many attractions worth visiting: Jerusalem Fountain, Curitiba Memorial, Ópera de Arame / Pedreiras Park, Japan Square, Botanical Garden of Curitiba, and many others.

Please note that on Mondays, most places are closed and tour buses do not operate either.

Warnings & Dangers in Curitiba

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

It’s quite safe to walk in the city during the day, but at night it’s better not to appear on the streets. Groups of drug dealers are traded here, and tourists should never be contacted for their safety. Some regions of the city should be avoided altogether.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Curitiba has a well-developed public transportation system. Public transportation is probably the best option for those visiting the city. However, you should remember that during rush hours the transport is full and unsafe. Taxi is a safe mode of transportation if you call a licensed service and have pre-negotiated the cost of the trip.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

The risk of picketing is quite high. Be vigilant in tourist places, train stations, and crowded places. Always watch your pockets. Don't digress on the streets or if someone wants to distract you.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

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

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Unfortunately, the risk of being robbed on the streets of Curitiba is quite high. Armed robberies are not uncommon here. Tourists are advised to travel in groups, not to visit dangerous areas and avoid walking in the city at night. For your safety, do not carry valuables with you.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

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

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Fraud is not uncommon in this city. Most often, tourists remain cheated - wry or too gullible people. Do not buy services and goods on the street - even if the price is tempting, all this can be fake. Beware of street barkers and watch your pockets in crowded places.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Women traveling alone in Curitiba can be safe if they follow some rules: do not appear on the streets at night, do not stay up late in bars, take a taxis at night and wear modest clothes.

So... How Safe Is Curitiba Really?

Curitiba is not a safe city.

The crime index here is quite high.

Most of the problems are related to armed robberies, car thefts, drugs, and corruption.

Don’t walk in the city center after 8 pm, especially near Largo da Ordem.

Do not show your valuables in public.

The city center is very safe during the daytime.

Take particular care at pedestrian crossings – drivers do not always stop to let pedestrians pass.

Stay away, or move fast and cautiously, from streets where there are few or no people in the sidewalks, especially in the areas near the Historical Center, anytime.

At night, tourists are advised to be especially vigilant in the area of the bus station, central square, historical center, and Batel neighborhood.

At night, it is best to get around by taxi.

The public transport is almost entirely off after midnight.

In Curitiba, there is a big problem with drug trafficking, so it is worth applying special security measures for yourself and your property.

If you rent a car, always park it only in secure parking lots and never leave valuables inside the vehicle.

Do not carry a lot of cash and jewelry.

In the event of an armed attack, give the criminals everything they require and then contact the police.

Useful Information

  • Visas - 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.
  • Currency - 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.
  • Weather - The best times to visit Curitiba for ideal weather are from April to June or from August to October. The average temperatures in Curitiba vary somewhat. All year temperatures feel very enjoyable with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year.
  • Airports - Afonso Pena International Airport is the main airport serving Curitiba, Brazil, located in the adjoining municipality of São José dos Pinhais in 17 km from the city center. The airport complex includes a small museum, a play center, and a mall with 60 stores inside the main terminal. According to AirHelp, it was listed as the 4th best airport in the world in 2019.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Curitiba Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 22° C
Feb 22° C
Mar 21° C
Apr 20° C
May 17° C
Jun 15° C
Jul 15° C
Aug 17° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 19° C
Nov 20° C
Dec 22° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
262625242119202221232426
Low
°C
181817151210101112141517
High
°F
797977757066687270737579
Low
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646463595450505254575963

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