Is Gdansk Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Gdansk, Poland
Safety Index:
68
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
80
* Rated 80 / 100 based on 2 user reviews.

Gdansk is the largest, and very popular city and the capital of Pomeranian Voivodeship in northern Poland.

It is part of the Tricity area (together with Sopot and Gdynia) and offers triple the attraction than the usual city.

Gdansk and Gdynia are also regularly awarded as the best cities to live in Poland.

This city is a perfect place for those who love living by the sea on one side and hills on the other as well as those who like a laid back atmosphere, lots of green open spaces, clean air, bike trails, good connectivity, and an international work environment.

Also, it has a good train connection to Warsaw and South of Poland, as well as cheap flights to Scandinavia and other major cities in Europe.

Warnings & Dangers in Gdansk

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

Generally, Gdansk is a very safe country to travel to. Still, never let your guard down, and be wary of pickpockets and scammers since their activities increased in the past couple of years.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM

Public transport and taxis are safe and reliable, but it is recommended that you be very careful with your valuables in public transport, since that's where organized pickpockets operate. Also, be careful with taxi drivers using numerous tricks and scams to try and overcharge you.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in tourist landmarks and crowded areas. Be vigilant at all times and never leave your belongings in plain sight. Be careful in crowded areas, in railway and bus stations and especially in public transport, since pickpockets often work in teams, and make artificial crowds around tourists to steal from them, or try to distract people as a trick to pick their pockets.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW

There are no threats of natural disasters in Gdansk. During spring there are occasional floods and during winter there are snowstorms and heavy snowfall. Be cautious when driving during the winter period.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

You shouldn't worry about being mugged or kidnapped in Gdansk since it rarely if ever occurs.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

Even though there haven't been any terrorist attacks in Gdansk's recent history, they shouldn't be ruled out, so remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: MEDIUM

Scams are somewhat common in Gdansk. There are credit card scams with someone calling you on the phone in your hotel room claiming they're the receptionist asking to confirm your credit card details; also be wary of taxi drivers trying to charge you double or convince you that you haven't paid enough (showing you smaller bills instead of the ones you paid with).

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

Gdansk and Poland, in general, is safe for a female traveling solo. If you want to maximize your safety, you might consider staying in a hotel instead of a hostel.

So... How Safe Is Gdansk Really?

Gdansk is a very safe city and it’s very popular among the youths for being very relaxed, laid back and liberal.

For example, Gdańsk’s one of the most liberal places in Poland when it comes to the LGBT community.

You can find some LGBT clubs in nearby Sopot or Gdynia, too.

Showing affections in public places won’t catch anyone’s attention.

Be wary of pickpockets bumping into you on the streets, or at the beach, and generally be careful with your valuables, especially in crowded places.

Pickpockets usually work in an organization, so they either create a distraction while someone else steals something from you, or they create artificial crowds on public transport.

Also, be careful when taking a taxi, since taxi drivers have been known to cheat by insisting you didn’t pay enough, in the meantime having hidden the money you paid and showing you smaller bills.

Some might agree on one price and then charge you double once you arrive at your destination.

Some areas of Gdańsk are known for being unsafe and filled with petty thieves, like the Dolne Miasto and Orunia areas at night.

Since they are economically neglected, these areas are dangerous because of their poverty and it is best to avoid altogether.

There are several scams to watch out for so don’t let yourself get tricked easily!

How Does Gdansk Compare?

CitySafety Index
Gdansk68
Warsaw81
Krakow68
Poznań73
Wroclaw78
Lodz84
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88
Hong Kong (China)70

Useful Information

Visas

Visas

Most countries do not need a visa for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that, you might have to obtain a visa. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from your planned date of return. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Polish embassy for further information.

Currency

Currency

Zloty is the official currency in Gdansk. ATMs are widely available throughout the country and credit cards are accepted in most establishments such as hotels and restaurants.

Weather

Weather

Gdansk has a temperate climate which is characterized by relatively cold winters and warm summers. The climate in this city is greatly influenced by cold polar air from Scandinavia and Russia, as well as warmer, sub-tropical air from the south.

Airports

Airports

Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport is an international airport located 12 km of Gdańsk. It's not very far from the city centers of the Tricity metropolitan area.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Gdansk, since it covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.

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Gdansk Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -2° C
Feb -2° C
Mar 1° C
Apr 6° C
May 11° C
Jun 14° C
Jul 17° C
Aug 17° C
Sep 12° C
Oct 8° C
Nov 2° C
Dec -2° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
1141016182121161141
Low
°C
-4-4-31691212840-4
High
°F
343439506164707061523934
Low
°F
252527344348545446393225

Poland - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Gdansk68
Krakow68
Lodz84
Poznań73
Warsaw81
Wroclaw78

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2 Reviews on Gdansk

  1. M
    Mel Jackson says:

    Average

    I love Poland but Gdansk was one of the least like places I have visited. I feel like there are way better areas to visit and scope out. I enjoyed this city but nothing beats Krakow for me. Warsaw is a close second. Maybe this is down to the general energy of the people, I am not sure. I know a lot of people rate Gdansk as one of the best spots to visit but meh, for me it was one of my least liked.

  2. I love this city, I like it so much that I decided to live here for one year and then I will go back to the States the energy and the outgoingness of people here is good you just have to get them to talk to you A lot of people speak English the food is great, the transportation is great and it’s not that very expensive

Gdansk Rated 4 / 5 based on 2 user reviews.

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