Is Yekaterinburg Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Safety Index:
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* Rated 100 / 100 based on 1 user reviews.
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On Feb. 24, 2022, Russia invaded its neighbor country Ukraine, starting a war between these two countries.

This act of invasion caused many Ukrainians to flee their country and seek shelter in places like Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, etc…

At this time, we recommend no travel to Russia or Ukraine, or any neighboring countries for your own safety.

Yekaterinburg is the 4th most populous city in Russia.

To this day, the city retains its metallurgical roots, and the metal industry is the most significant contributor to the economy.

The city is situated near the Ural Mountains, the border of Europe and Asia, and there are several symbolic monuments to mark the border.

Some landmarks that tourists can visit: Ganina Yama.

Once a pit in the woods where the bodies of the executed Romanov family and three of their dedicated servants have disposed; Church on the Blood; QWERTY Monument.

Yekaterinburg offers plenty of cross-country skiing.

There are some downhill skiing resorts as well.

It will take you approximately 25 minutes to get to the nearest of them from the center of the city.

Warnings & Dangers in Yekaterinburg

Overall Risk


In general, Yekaterinburg is safer than many other cities in Russia. If you take specific security measures and use common sense, you are unlikely to get into trouble. It is better not to walk around the city at night. In public transport and tourist places, keep an eye on your belongings.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport is not very reliable, although it can be used for daytime transportation. Beware of pickpockets in crowded vehicles. Taxis are preferable, especially for traveling at night. Call only licensed taxi services, do not take a taxi from the street, especially at the airport.

Pickpockets Risk


There are quite a few pickpockets; most often, they work in groups. In public transport and crowded places, watch your things, especially carefully. It is better not to carry large amounts of cash and valuables. Keep a copy of your documents with you, leave the originals in the hotel safe.

Natural Disasters Risk


There are usually no severe natural disasters in the region. Flooding can sometimes occur due to river spills, but this does not happen often. Examine the weather conditions before your visit to Yekaterinburg.

Mugging Risk


Armed severe robberies are rare in Yekaterinburg. Disassembly usually takes place between drunk people or drug gangs. In case of an attack on you - immediately give the criminals what is required of you and then contact the police.

Terrorism Risk


There is a moderate risk of terrorism in Yekaterinburg. Extremist groups occasionally threaten to set off bombs in market areas that operate largely by migrant workers. Terrorist attacks by local criminal groups may also occur in the area. Do not participate in demonstrations and avoid crowds.

Scams Risk


Some fraud occurs via SMS and phone. It usually does not affect tourists. Another type of fraud is ATM card fraud when criminals read your card details. Use only ATM with banks and under guard.

Women Travelers Risk


In general, women can safely travel to Yekaterinburg alone. But you should follow some rules: do not walk around the city at the latest at night, do not get drunk in bars, do not wear too revealing clothes. If you call a taxi - use only licensed services and always get in the back seat in the car.

So... How Safe Is Yekaterinburg Really?

Yekaterinburg has a low to moderate index of crime.

Most crimes concern robberies, carjacking, things stealing, dealing with drugs, vandalism, and high level of corruption.

There is minimal risk from crime in Yekaterinburg compared to other major Russian metropolitan areas.

The police can deter many serious crimes, but petty crimes still occur with some frequency and remain a common problem.

Here a lot of pickpocketing, but they operate mainly on public transportation, shopping areas, and tourist sites.

The most vulnerable areas for crime include underground entrances to and within the subway system, overnight trains, train stations, airports, open markets, and crowded tourist events.

If possible, do not carry the original documents with you, keep a copy with you, and leave the originals in the hotel safe.

Road surfaces in need of repair are a constant concern.

Asphalt quality varies, and roads outside the city may be in worse condition.

Avoid drunk people, especially at night.

They have no purpose of attacking tourists, but you can become a random target.

The quality of assistance from local law enforcement varies.

Some affected tourists report that in some cases, local law- enforcement officers failed to take action even when they witnessed crimes in progress.

How Does Yekaterinburg Compare?

CitySafety Index
Saint Petersburg56
Nizhny Novgorod71
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71

Useful Information



The visa policy of Russia has agreements with scores of countries whose citizens are either exempt from visas or can apply for a visa online (e-visa). Citizens of states without such a deal with Russia must obtain a visa in advance from a Russian diplomatic mission or visa center. A valid passport is a must.



The Russian ruble or rouble is the currency of the Russian Federation. It has a sign: ₽, and code: RUB. The ruble is subdivided into 100 kopeks.



The best times to visit Yekaterinburg for ideal weather are June to September. Average temperatures in Yekaterinburg vary an incredible amount and the weather feels cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year.



Koltsovo International Airport is the international airport serving Yekaterinburg. The airport is located 16 km southeast of the city. Being the largest airport in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Koltsovo also serves nearby towns such as Aramil, Sysert, and Polevskoy.

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Yekaterinburg Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -14° C
Feb -11° C
Mar -4° C
Apr 5° C
May 12° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 16° C
Sep 11° C
Oct 3° C
Nov -6° C
Dec -11° C
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Russia - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Nizhny Novgorod71
Saint Petersburg56

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1 Review on Yekaterinburg

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    Jack Brise says:

    Great city!

    I have been to Yekaterinburg 4 times and never once did I have issues with crime. Compared to several cities within the US, it is much safer. I feel the cops in general do a better job at managing crime compared to places like L.A. and NYC. I am hoping to go again in the coming years. It has been 3 years now since I have gotten to go anywhere.

Yekaterinburg Rated 5 / 5 based on 1 user reviews.

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