How Safe Is Syracuse for Travel?

Syracuse, United States
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Syracuse is a city in Central New York.

Syracuse is the fifth-largest city in the state of New York and the third-largest in Upstate New York.

Syracuse has beautiful architecture and everyone can find something to do in this city.

For example, there are a lot of museums: the Everson Museum of Art, Salt Museum, ArtRage Gallery, Community Folk Art Center.

Also in Syracuse, there are a lot of parks: Green Lakes State Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Clark Reservation State Park, and others.

Syracuse Orange is a team representing the University of Syracuse in seven sports for men and 11 sports for women.

Warnings & Dangers in Syracuse

Overall Risk


In general, Syracuse is a safe city if you pay maximum attention to the environment and monitor your things. Parking the car should only be in secure parking lots. Do not leave items unattended. Do not walk around the city alone late at night.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Getting around the city by public transport is quite safe. Keep track of your pockets only. Taxis are an excellent way to get around, especially at night. Do not catch a cab on the street; it is better to call it from the application on your smartphone.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets in Syracuse are not common, but in crowded and tourist places, you can stay without a wallet or bag if you do not follow them. Be careful also when traveling by public transport.

Natural Disasters Risk


The city is practically not subject to any natural disasters. It is considered one of the safest in the United States. In any case, before your trip here, check the weather conditions and the risks of natural disasters.

Mugging Risk


Unfortunately, robberies and attacks happen in Syracuse. To stay safe, you should avoid certain areas of the city and not walk around the town late at night. It is also better not to walk alone. If you come back late at night, it is better to use a taxi.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorists can try to carry out attacks in this region. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and be vigilant at all times. Study the political environment before your trip here.

Scams Risk


Most often in Syracuse occur online, SMS fraud and telephone fraud. Attackers try to find out information about you and your bank cards. Never share this information with third parties.

Women Travelers Risk


Women can travel safely to Syracuse if they follow specific safety rules. It is not recommended for walking alone after sunset. Do not attract attention to your clothing, behavior, or expensive jewelry. Do not leave personal items unattended.

So... How Safe Is Syracuse Really?

Syracuse, however, is not a safe enough city.

The crime index here ranges from medium to high.

The main problems are robberies, hacking cars, drug trafficking, vandalism, and attacks.

The area to avoid is the south side (South Salina St and environs).

Areas in the city with good lodging options are generally safe.

The university and the area around it are tree-lined and pleasant.

The Wescott neighborhood is an artsy district with some good restaurants.

Downtown Syracuse has many beautiful old buildings and a few good restaurants.

The Armory Square area has excellent shopping and dining options as well.

The area around Onondaga Lake Park is beautiful; the trails are frequented by many locals both on foot and on a bike.

There are plenty of lodging options in nearby Liverpool (a suburb that is just outside of Syracuse).

While in this city, remember the usual precautions: do not contact strangers or those who ask or offer you help.

Be vigilant in tourist places.

Do not walk around the city alone late at night.

Do not leave things unattended and always park your car in a guarded parking lot.

In case of an attack on you – give the criminals what they demand and immediately contact the police.

How Does Syracuse Compare?

CitySafety Index
Washington DC56
New York City67
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit Syracuse for ideal weather are mid-May to mid-October. The average temperatures in Syracuse vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year.
  • Airports - Syracuse Hancock International Airport is a joint civil-military airport 8 km northeast of downtown Syracuse, in Onondaga County, New York. The main terminal complex is at the east end of Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard.
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2 Reviews on Syracuse

  1. Good for a short visit

    Syracuse is a decent city with some attractions but don’t expect it to be like New York City because it’s not. Safety is ok with dangerous places here and there. Use your judgment and don’t leave your belongings without supervision. Has nice parks and interesting museums like the Salt Museum and the Clark Reservation Park.

  2. Perfect for a two-day trip

    The company I work for has an office here so I’ve been to Syracuse quite a lot.

    I never had to worry for my safety despite walking to the hotel at night on my own. Yeah, you might meet the odd homeless guy from time to time but they usually mind their own business aka you will be ignored. Since you might not be familiar with the area I would just stick to touristy places and avoid getting entangled in the city’s diverse neighborhoods to prevent any unsavory incidents. This is the kind of city that skips the pickpocket phase and goes straight into mugging so beware. But again, only if you happen to find yourself in a neighborhood that tourists usually don’t touch.

    Also, being aware of your surroundings is a given, regardless if you’re visiting a small village in Norway or a city in the USA. You are in a foreign place, treat it like such.

    The diverse topography: rivers, hills etc make it great for outdoorsy people. If you’re here just for this you will have a lot of fun. Activity-wise, golf is a local favorite and the fees are more than okay.

    I’ve found it to be not that walkable which is a shame especially for backpackers or globetrotters who would like to see more of what the city has to offer. As an extra downvote, the public transportation is not very well maintained, you are better off catching an uber.

    Syracuse is not a big city so don’t plan like it is. Even your airbnb choices are going to be limited though the price will be way lower than you might expect.

    If you’re planning to stay here for a couple of days, the safest places are Downtown and University.

    It’s safe, somewhat diverse and a goldmine if you’re into outdoor activities.

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