Is Poznań Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Poznań, Poland
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 87 / 100 based on 3 user reviews.

Poznań is a large city located in the west of Poland.

Since it was the first capital of Poland, Poznań is a town very much wrapped up in history, and seen by many as the birthplace of the Polish nation.

In this sense, tourists that visit Poznan and have an interest in Polish history will have a lot to do here.

Brama Poznania ICHOT, the National Museum, and Museum of Armor are just some of the museums you’ll find here.

If you’re in for sights, then you’re in for a double treat: the city is an interesting mix of Polish, German, and Soviet architecture, owing to its past, so it has to offer landmarks of all of these influences.

Warnings & Dangers in Poznań

Overall Risk


Generally speaking, Poznań is a very safe city 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


Public transport and taxis are safe and reliable in Poznań, 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 are increasing their activities year by year. 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.

Natural Disasters Risk


There are no threats of natural disasters in Poznań. 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


No worries about being mugged or kidnapped in Poznań, since it rarely, if ever occurs. Violent crime is not an issue in Poland.

Terrorism Risk


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

Scams Risk


Scams are very common in Poznań since it's such an important Polish city. There are credit card scams and many street scams. Be wary of people claiming they're the police, and get familiar with Polish police uniforms so that you can differentiate them.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling solo are very much safe in Poznań. If you have your wits with you and follow your common sense, avoid dark and desert alleys or walking alone with strange people at night, you shouldn't have any problems.

So... How Safe Is Poznań Really?

Poznań is, in general, a very safe city, as much of Poland.

It is getting more and more visitors each year, and its tourism has generally increased especially after Poland joined the European Union in 2004.

However, petty crime has also increased with the influx of tourists.

Be wary of pickpockets bumping into you on the streets 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.

Apart from pickpockets, you can easily get scammed in Poznań.

There are several scams to watch out for like the many credit card scams.

Also, be careful when taking a taxi, since taxi drivers have been known to cheat by insisting you didn’t pay enough, hiding 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.

Also, watch out for “fake officers” claiming to be police and trying to extort money from you.

Get familiar with real uniforms of Polish police, because it’s easy to be tricked when you don’t know how the real police officers look like.

How Does Poznań Compare?

CitySafety Index
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61

Useful Information



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.



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



Poznań 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.



Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport is the main airport of the city of Poznań, and also one of the oldest airports in Poland. It is located 5 km west of Poznań city center.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

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

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Poznań Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -1° C
Feb -1° C
Mar 4° C
Apr 8° C
May 14° C
Jun 16° C
Jul 18° C
Aug 18° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 10° C
Nov 4° C
Dec 1° C
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3 Reviews on Poznań

  1. Mugging does happen

    Contrary to what is described here, I can say that mugging is a real thing in Poznan. I live in the city for 25 years and was mugged 5 times. Please avoid walking alone regardless of the district.

  2. Poznan is safe!

    Poznan is a cool place to visit, the center is very interesting, I highly recommend taking a free walking tour of the city, you can find these online.

    As for safety, I felt very safe there compared to most other European cities, if you are looking for an inexpensive and safe travel destination, Poznan is definitely the place.

  3. A very safe city

    A very safe place to visit and to live. I have been living 35 years in the cite as for now and can assure you it is absolutely safe and sound. I have never had any mugging or violent crime threats. Just keep the regular safety measures. The only places to avoid are Debiec and Glowna neighborhoods, which are relatively poor and there might be some shady guys. Also, be weary of football fans after the game. Apart from that no problem. You can safely walk alone in the night or use public transport. Women harassment is uncommon too.

Poznań Rated 4.33 / 5 based on 3 user reviews.

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