How Safe Is Baltimore for Travel?

Baltimore, United States
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Baltimore is a city in Maryland, with a huge influx of tourists.

It is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America, near Washington, D.C.

Tourists that visit Baltimore will have a great time as nowadays it has become a major center for tourism and travel.

Most tourists adore its local food: it’s seafood – Baltimore is well known for its steamed blue crabs, raw oysters, Maryland crab cakes, and Maryland crab soup.

But Baltimore is not all shopping centers and restaurants.

You can immerse yourself in its vibrant art scene with the largest free arts festival in the US (Artscape) that is held every year in July.

You can also visit a renowned art museum American Visionary Arts Museum, dedicated to alternative art, and the Maryland Institute College of Art as well as the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins.

Finally, when you’re done lifting yourself culturally, go out and have a taste of Baltimore’s nightlife and its friendly and warm people and we guarantee you’ll have a great time.

Warnings & Dangers in Baltimore

Overall Risk


Baltimore is generally safe for tourists, though some neighborhoods are best avoided. A crime that does occur is mainly between members of street gangs or individuals who know each other, and in areas that are of no interest to visitors. Avoid sketchy neighborhoods and take normal precaution measures.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transportation isn't exactly known for being the safest for tourists, especially at night. There have been reports of violent crimes occurring at stations and on trains. It isn't common enough for you to avoid public transport altogether, but you should remain alert at all times.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are a recurring concern in Baltimore. You should always keep your belongings firmly by your side as bag snatching also happens. The best would be to keep your valuables in your accommodation.

Natural Disasters Risk


The main concern when it comes to natural disasters is the weather-related disasters that have happened in Baltimore. It has been a victim of winter storms, flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Mugging Risk


When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they do exist in Baltimore. Violent street crime does happen but it can be avoided if you avoid dangerous areas of some neighborhoods that even locals rarely dare to walk around.

Terrorism Risk


The city of Baltimore hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in Baltimore, too. Homeless people can be aggressive and use force when you don't want to hand them money. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.

Women Travelers Risk


Baltimore is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong. Just act as you would in any other country or your hometown, and you should be fine

So... How Safe Is Baltimore Really?

Tourists are advised to stick to Baltimore’s tourist areas and landmarks as these are the spots where you’ll be the safest.

Baltimore is safe during daylight and around the areas near the harbor.

Fells Point and the inner harbor are perfect for long walks and exploring, and if you’re pining for a great hike with a view, go to the Federal Hill.

These places are perfectly safe, but you should avoid certain dangerous areas.

At night, avoid poorly lit and deserted areas, never go near an ATM unless it is well lit, and stay away from the downtown area.

Muggings and theft are common here.

You may know that in Baltimore you can by an “I heart Baltimore” t-shirt, where the heart is made out of guns.

Its reputation is based on the fact that its murder and violent crime rates are high.

Add to that the fact that this city is a major transit point for drugs.

However, this reputation mainly refers to the fact that most crime is drug-related and occurs between individuals who know each other and are involved in drug trading or gang crime.

Most of the crime happens in areas in which tourists would have little reason to go to.

Few tourists have had any bad experience with those drug-related incidents and gang-related activities within which the murders usually occur.

Tourists should only be careful when it comes to muggings and in that sense avoid any dangerous areas in this city.

How Does Baltimore Compare?

CitySafety Index
New Orleans57
Washington DC56
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a 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.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Baltimore. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Winters in Baltimore are cool to mild and wet, with occasional light snowfall during winter. Spring and fall are the most pleasant months to visit Baltimore, as they bring warm and mild temperatures and very common southern breezes.
  • Airports - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the primary international airport serving the Baltimore metropolitan area. It also serves Washington D.C. It is located 14 km south of downtown Baltimore.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Baltimore, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Baltimore Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 2° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 9° C
Apr 14° C
May 20° C
Jun 25° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 27° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 16° C
Nov 10° C
Dec 5° C
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15 Reviews on Baltimore

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    Gregory says:

    Artscape rules!!!

    This was our first year at Artscape and we loved it, it was insanely creative and entertaining! I might seem pompous but I always do my best to avoid public transportation when travelling, you never know what you might bump into. Go for taxi or Uber.

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    Peter Mills says:

    Will come back for sure

    I’m a huge seafood fan and yes, their food was amazing. We didn’t have time to fully explore Baltimore then but we loved the people and the city’s vibe, I might have to plan another trip in the near future.

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    ReaLesT says:

    Eh better places to visit

    I’ve lived here all my life and it’s a disaster. It’s not being negative, however if I was telling you it’s a-ok here? I’d be lying. It’s not a war zone but yea crime is pretty bad. You walk into wrong area and not there for illegal activity, you’ll have some issues if you make a scene. Problem is it’s a small city so people will know your “lost”.

  4. Expert advice

    I lived and worked here many years. Do NOT walk around Fells Point or the Inner Harbor alone at night. The National Aquarium and The Science Center are great places to take the kids. Also, I loved visiting Fort McHenry as a child.

  5. Locally

    I stayed in Baltimore many years ago in the projects were the drugs dealers openly sat on a couch in the yard selling drugs and, there was a area called hamsterdam where drugs dealing and taking was practically legal and supported by the POlice. Locals spoke about the legend known as Omar who robbin drug dealers and giving to the poor

  6. STD capital of the USA!

    1. Sounds like you have first hand experience.

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    Robert William says:

    Don't Beliver what you read about Baltimore.


    Stay out of Baltimore if you value your life!

    Don’t believe information sponsored by the tourist industry. NO PLACE is safe now that the current city mayor and Baltimore state’s attorney no longer protect anyone through law enforcement. Search on you tube for Baltimore violence and you’ll see some eye opening things, that is assuming Facebook hasn’t banned all the videos.

    The violence against whites in particular is shrugged off while the blacks murder each other with impunity.

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      Jack Webb says:

      The City That Bleeds

      I absolutely agree with you. Baltimore is one of the most dangerous places to be white. The racism is extremely violent and directed almost entirely at white people. The leftist government that runs the city does not value white lives or white people’s safety at all. I’ve lived in or near Baltimore city for most of my life and I’ve seen it go from a decent place to live to a drug infested hellhole. Areas like Fells Point and the Inner Harbor that used to be perfect spots for a date or family outing have now become hunting grounds for young black thugs to victimize white people. Violence including rape and murder is common and almost always the victims are white and the perpetrators are black. This is a sign of the times we live in and as long as the bleeding heart extreme left continue to make excuses for these savages this is only going to get worse. It is not safe to be white in Baltimore city period. Please white people plan your vacation elsewhere if you are even considering coming to Baltimore. The museums, historic sites and tourist attractions are all targeted by these black criminals and they will attack aggressively without remorse and without a second thought. They are heartless, savage animals and we white people are prey.

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        Alabama boy says:


        Agree… I felt it… not safe at all! Alabama is way better!

  8. It’s where you go and who you know

    I’ve a Baltimore native, it’s can be a little on the rough side in some area’s. Go to Hampden, Fells point, Roland park, Boston St and Townson and you’ll be fine. Avoid Lexington Market, Park Heights, Irvington, Edmondson Ave, Whitelock and Garrison Blvd.

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    Christian says:

    Don't let the news trick you

    I lived a while in Baltimore and have never been afraid or experienced any violence or criminal activity. However, there are sketchy neighborhoods you shouldn’t go to. Those are the dangerous areas that the locals will tell you about. I walked through the city at night alone many times and never felt unsafe. But be aware, because in every city, also in Baltimore, you might meet bad people.

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    Charm city says:

    STAY AWAY!!!

    In the 3 years doing construction in Baltimore from harbor east to Baltimore street, mind you not really the bad neighbor hoods their has been 3 shootings where people got killed and we found 3 dead bodies in our job site. Squeegee boys that clean your car windows without asking and if you don’t pay them most of the time they damage your vehicle. Junkies walking around all day long. I get asked for money at least once a day. People drive reckless. Just the other day they robbed a priest and then pistol whipped him. One of the shootings was someone stole a bus drivers bag shot him when the driver chased him to retrieve his bag and while the drive was on the ground walked up and finished him off. So vacation at Baltimore sure if you like drugs and bullets.

  11. Stick to touristy areas, there's plenty to see and do

    As with any other big city, there are some neighborhoods that even locals avoid. If you’ve watched ‘The Wire’ you probably expect to see drug dealers running amok and people pulling a gun on you just because they don’t like your face. The hiking scene is very diverse and you might expect to hit it off with other nature lovers.

    With a very colorful and exciting nightlife you can easily get carried away, especially if you travel by yourself. I went on a microbrewery tour – a must do if you’re into it – but I stopped drinking before I lost control over my actions. Got an uber and went straight to the hotel. I find this is where people tend to mess it up. If you’re visiting a new city, why on Earth would you roam the streets smashed?!

    At night I wouldn’t recommend going at it alone, you might end up being mugged, to say the least.

    Inner Harbor and Harbor East are the two neighborhoods I explored most. The first one is the place where most tourists head up to the second they hit Baltimore. It’s safe, fun, there you will find the science center and their well-known aquarium. If you’re into simple, budget-friendly restaurants, thesis is the place to start with. Harbor East is a bit more trendy and I loved it!

    Did my homework before on what the locals recommend to avoid and came up with this: south-west Baltimore, west Baltimore and west of Patterson Park. I never touched any of these areas and tbh, I don’t think a lot of tourists end up there unless they’re looking for trouble.
    Don’t know if you ended up in a sketchy neighborhood? Usually vacant places and boarded up buildings/shops are a big sign that you should turn around asap.

    Guys, there are plenty of reasons to book a trip to Baltimore, being it for its food scene, for the beer or fun museums. The redeveloped neighborhoods are not what they once were so don’t skip on it.

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