Is Slovakia Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 87 / 100 based on 6 user reviews.

Slovakia FlagSlovakia : Safety by City

Slovakia or sometimes called the Slovak Republic is a country located in Central Europe, squeezed in between Austria to the west, the Czech Republic to the northwest, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north, and Ukraine to the east.

More than two decades after splitting up of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia grew into an independent nation with a stable country and an abundance of things to see and do.

Though its capital city, Bratislava, is the one getting all the attention because of its unique nightlife, there is much to enjoy in Slovakia’s gingerbread-style villages, which serve as proof of Slovakia’s loyalty to its folk traditions.

Lovers of the outdoors are the ones most attracted to Slovakia.

The High Tatras are made for hiking or winter sports, and castles look even more magical when covered in heavy snow.

Then there are quaint churches in the east of the country, around a friendly city named Košice.

Don’t forget cellar restaurants to sip on some wine and round up your perfect trip in this country at the very heart of Europe.

Warnings & Dangers in Slovakia

Overall Risk


Overall, Slovakia is very safe to travel to. Its crime rates are very low, and pickpockets are the biggest concern you'll have to deal with while on a holiday there. Have your wits with you and be vigilant at all times.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Road safety is a concern for some tourists traveling to Slovakia, since Slovakia has the eighth-most dangerous roads in Europe, according to the European road safety chart. Be careful when driving, especially after dark. Be wary of taxi drivers trying to overcharge for their services with cheap tricks. Don't fall for them and insist on the meter.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are common, but not as much as in other European countries. You should be careful when it comes to your valuables, keep them safe in your accommodation or at least don't carry them all in one place. Be especially cautious in Bratislava's Old Town, the Christmas markets in December, and on public buses, trams, or trains.

Natural Disasters Risk


There are no severe threats of natural disasters in Slovakia, apart from occasional flooding.

Mugging Risk


When it comes to mugging, it is not common, though you should avoid empty, deserted or poorly lit streets, and in such an occasion, hand over your possessions immediately and never resist

Terrorism Risk


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

Scams Risk


As in any tourist destination, there is a heightened risk of getting scammed. Check every change twice, negotiate everything beforehand and never give your money before you receive the service you're paying for. In taxis, always insist on the meter and only pay what the meter shows.

Women Travelers Risk


Slovakia is, in general, very safe for women traveling solo. Apart from a few precaution rules you should apply in order to minimize your chances of something going wrong, if you avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and follow your common sense, your trip should go smoothly.

So... How Safe Is Slovakia Really?

Slovakia is a safe country to visit.

Crime rates are low, even by European standards and violent crime is almost non-existent.

Pickpockets are definitely a problem, though much less so than in other European countries and top destinations.

Still, bear in mind that they tend to roam around the city and tourist-frequented areas.

Be careful with your valuables and keep them in a safe place.

The most usual places where they operate are crowded train stations, airports and shopping areas.

There will also be scammers waiting to trick you, so be wary of taxi drivers adding an imaginary surcharge to the metered value, or not running the meter at all and then delivering and astronomical fee at the end.

Always insist on the meter before entering the vehicle.

Also common are car break-ins and you can expect thieves to smash your windows whether or not valuables are in plain sight.

This is why it is always better to keep your valuables at your accommodation or safely by your side.

Always bear in mind that going out at night has its own dangers.

There have been reports of people getting spiked drinks from locals and then waking up a few hours later with empty pockets.

Don’t be paranoid, but try to avoid accepting drinks from strange people or simply insist on going with them to the bar and watching the drinks being made.

How Does Slovakia Compare?

CountrySafety Index

Useful Information



For up to 90 days of stay, visas are not required for US citizens, Australians, Canadians or UK citizens. Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than the expected validity of the visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.



Euro is the official currency in Slovakia and most of Europe. ATMs are available in most tourist destinations, and credit cards accepted in major hotels - for other establishments it is best to ask upfront.



Slovakia has the typical European continental influenced climate characterized by warm, dry summers and somewhat cold winters. Daytime temperatures during summer are usually somewhere around 20-25°C, but sometimes they rise up to 30°C or more.



M. R. Štefánik Airport also referred to as Bratislava Airport is the busiest international airport in Slovakia. It is located about 9 km northeast of Bratislava city center.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

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

Click here to get an offer for travel insurance

Slovakia Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 0° C
Feb 2° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 11° C
May 16° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 21° C
Aug 21° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 5° C
Dec 1° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Slovakia - Safety by City

CitySafety Index

Where to Next?

6 Reviews on Slovakia

  1. I went to slovakia and it was much warmer than these stats show. Also be prepared for people to stare if your person of color. Im black and a friend that i met there told me that someone of color isnt something usual in their country. So they dont judge you bc of your color, theyre just interested. Also they really are a bit racist towards brown people, but with brown people in slovakia its reasonable. For exmple this homeless brown lady stole my money. Its was only 50 cents so i let it go but it for sure upset me. There was also this kid (he was brown too) and he just harrased us (he was like 10). So yeah, 4/5

  2. As stated before by other user – Stated Temperatures in summer months are far from the truth as they are average. In summer you can expect temperatures around 30-35 and sometimes it can get close to 40. Slovakia is not racist against people of color from other countries but they are definitely racist to one of their own minority.

    If you visiting capital city, I would definitely recommend old town or restaurant in their UFO restaurant on Novy Most (New Bridge). Hight Tatras are beautiful no matter what time a year you visiting. I would also recommend Tomasovsky Vyhlad (Tomasovsky View) if you are on East side of Slovakia.

    Will visit again in future

  3. A
    Anonymous says:

    I spent 11 years in Sk living in BA..Was attacked twice by Skinhead types..both times in BA…Was all over the country many many times..and met wonderful people…some are still my best friends today albeit from afar..Try Fried cheese or chicken pr pork fried…and Briza Cheese..dishes..And a large population of beautiful girls and women live in SK..I actually married one and have been for 30 years..

  4. S
    Slovakian Native says:

    Slovakia is great

    I was born in Slovakia and lived here my entire life. I have a wife and 2 kids and we all live in my hometown of Brezno. very safe to live here, quiet and happy.

    The best advice I can give for anyone coming to Slovakia is to pack warm clothes, in January it can be as cold as -3 celsius.

  5. You have one thing wrong Czechia has much more pickpockets than Slovakia. And scammers as Czechia has much more tourists. But I think you’ll get beaten up more easily in Slovakia than in Czechia but the percentage is still low.

  6. Great little gem of a country

    Love Slovakia. I’m Canadian, but my parents are immigrants from Slovakia so our whole extended fam lives there and we would visit frequently. I now bring my Canadian husband and children there. Cities are safe (relatively), just be aware of pick pockets and distractions created by teams of pick pockets (example: woman trips and pretends to twist ankle. Her child cries and is in distress. While you are helping her and comforting child, your valuables get snatched). They will target tourists specifically for this bc locals are wise to it. But other than that there is nothing I would be afraid of. I mean…don’t go walking around in sketchy areas late at night, but the same applies for anywhere right?
    Great night life, shopping, entertainment, but also nature/hiking etc.
    Summers can get blistering dry hot – I’m talking up to 40, so get ready to feel the heat.
    The racism that people are mentioning towards brown people are not particularly indicating all brown people as a rule. They’re biased against the Roma people, or “Cigani – Gypsies” as they call them. I’m not condoning this, just trying to explain the POV. Many locals are infuriated at the tax payer money that gets funneled into programs and welfare for those who are a marginalized minority. But those resources often times get squandered/misused & the majority of groups pick pocketing are still Roma. So it’s just a vicious cycle.

Slovakia Rated 4.33 / 5 based on 6 user reviews.

Share Your Experience

Facebook Pinterest Review