How Safe Is Toledo for Travel?

Toledo, United States
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Toledo is a moderate-sized city in Northwest Ohio, on the Maumee River, at the edge of Lake Erie.

It is one of the most productive Ports on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway.

Today, Toledo is a city of 290,000 with a significant local university, an independent daily newspaper, and historic buildings downtown, some of which have been turned into artists’ lofts.

Near downtown, the Old West End is a beautiful neighborhood of Victorian mansions and is where the world-class Toledo Museum of Art and its new glass museum can be found.

A world-class Toledo Zoo is a few kilometers to the south.

Warnings & Dangers in Toledo

Overall Risk


Toledo is not the safest city in the region. However, it is quite cozy and calm if you avoid dangerous areas and walk late at night. You can be safe in Toledo if you are always on the alert and use common sense.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transportation is safe, but watch out for your pockets and personal belongings. There may be pickpockets. Taxis are reliable, and better use them when you return late at night to the hotel. Use only licensed taxi services.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are not common, but they can be found in tourist places, in the city center, at train stations, and in crowded buses. Always watch your belongings, do not leave bags unattended, and observe your surroundings.

Natural Disasters Risk


Toledo has a pretty high chance of tornadoes and hurricanes. Therefore, you should be careful and study the situation for this risk before you travel to this city. If you find yourself in Toledo during a tornado, follow the instructions of the local authorities that tell you how to reduce the risk of hurricanes on radio and local television.

Mugging Risk


Unfortunately, the risk of severe robberies and armed attacks also exists in Toledo, so you need to be especially careful in dimly lit streets and at night. Try to travel in groups. If you were attacked, give the robbers everything they ask and contact the police.

Terrorism Risk


There is a medium risk of terrorism in the Toledo region. It can occur here due to international conflicts and the global threat of terrorists by forgiving the United States. Stay up to date on your trip to this city.

Scams Risk


The most common fraud in Toledo is phone or SMS fraud, where fraudsters try to find out your data and your credit card details to rob you. Do not be fooled by this fraud, and do not transfer personal data to strangers.

Women Travelers Risk


Women should travel to Toledo with precautions, do not attract unwanted attention with their appearance and behavior and do not walk around the city late at night. Use a taxi to return to the hotel at night.

So... How Safe Is Toledo Really?

Toledo, however, is not the safest city in the region.

The crime index here ranges from medium to high.

The main crimes are theft, robbery, armed attacks, vandalism, and drug trafficking.

Walking around Toledo at night is best avoided.

Toledo is not a dangerous city in general, but there are areas where crime is more likely to take place.

The most significant crimes happen among members of street gangs.

Yet common sense is applied as anywhere else: don’t carry a significant amount of cash, don’t leave valuables in a car, do not attract extra attention to oneself.

Just like anywhere else, stay aware of your surroundings, and any wrong kind of character will usually avoid you.

Danger can be found anywhere, but Toledo is not an overall dangerous city.

You only need to know about your surroundings every time.

Do not shine with cash and expensive things.

This can attract criminals.

There are busy roads, so you should be careful when crossing the street.

Toledo citizens are friendly, and you can feel safe.

Since tourists usually do not deal with criminal matters in the city, you can be sure that you will remain safe using common sense.

However, always be on the alert and watch your belongings.

This is not a city where you can walk carelessly through the streets without thinking about anything.

How Does Toledo Compare?

CitySafety Index
San Diego67
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80

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 Toledo for ideal weather are May to July. Average temperatures in Toledo vary drastically and the weather feels cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year.
  • Airports - Toledo has two airports. Toledo Express Airport is a civil-military airport in Swanton and Monclova townships 6 km west of Toledo in western Lucas County, Ohio. And Toledo Executive Airport is 11 km southeast of Toledo, in Wood County, Ohio.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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2 Reviews on Toledo

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    Anonymous says:

    it is a nice and cozy city

  2. What a gem this little city is!

    Toledo is a smaller city, but a certain coziness to it. The city is pretty safe, especially in the daytime. At night, you need to exercise a bit of caution so you don’t get mugged (which can happen in certain areas). But, I still wouldn’t say chances of you getting mugged, even at night, are high. No, just be careful and things will be ok. I would say you have a bigger chance to see or even experience pickpocketing. In crowded areas you will always see them trying to steal things. Don’t have your valuables easily accessible, watch your phone and bag and you should be fine.

    You wouldn’t think it but Toledo has a great Museum of Art. It has more than 35 galleries with some collections being recognized world wide! Yes, I had no idea as well. You can also attend classes like glass blowing (it’s pretty fun). We’ve spent around 5 hours here (with a coffee break) and it was a lot of fun. And it was free.

    Imagination Station has so many exhibits where you’ll learn the science that goes on behind health, energy, water, etc. You (or your children) can be scientists and do experiments. There’s a lot to do here and you can also have lunch and then get back to it again.

    You can go on a canal ride on The Volunteer canal boat. You will learn how these boats work and how life was back in the day when they were widely used. The staff is dressed up for the part and will take you back to the 19th century.

    If you’re in the area I also recommend taking a tour of the Toledo Lighthouse. This needs to be done by boat and you’ll need to be able to climb a ladder to get on top of the tower. Or you can just admire it from down below. Your choice but it’s worth the climb.

    Toledo Firefighters Museum is going to WOW you kids, especially if they’re fans (and who isn’t?). Seeing vintage equipment, hearing stories and getting to experience this will make you child’s day.

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