The Best European Destinations For Solo Travellers in 2020

No one to travel with? No problem. Take a look below at our favourite locations for those looking to discover something new on their own. With 24 to choose from there’s bound to be something for everyone and destinations you may never have considered before too. 

Athens, Greece

This product was recommended by Nick Brennan from My UK SIM Card

Athens is an amazing city for three reasons: the history of democracy & government, the history of philosophy and the history of the Olympic Games. I traveled solo to Athens, Greece, last year. It is an excellent solo traveler destination. There is so much history to explore, including walking through the Agora and standing exactly where Socrates and Plato once stood! The people in Athens were very friendly, it was a great value city, and the food was amazing!


This product was recommended by Katharine Nohr from Nohr Sports Risk Management, LLC

I’ve traveled to London about 14 times on my own as well as many other destinations.I continue to go back, because

1) the Tube makes it incredibly easy to go anywhere on my own without the need torent a car or take more expensive taxis. Just tell me a tube stop and I’ll find my way there—easily;

2) There’s so much to see and explore. Wonderful shopping, museums, parks, tourist attractions, etc. My favorite places are: The Tower of London,Notting Hill, Westminster Abby, Wimbledon, Foyles Bookstore, Chinatown, Inns of Court, Harrods, and Queen Elizabeth’s OlympicPark;

3) I usually stay in the same neighborhood, South Kensington, close to the Gloucester Tube Station. It’s a safe place with aStarbucks, a Waitrose grocery, a bakery, and quite a few lovely hotels to select from;

4) Flying into London is easy from anywhere inthe world with Heathrow International Airport. I take the Tube from Heathrow to my hotel. London is also a terrific base for travel toother countries—I’ve taken side trips to Paris, Copenhagen, Dublin, Athens, Morocco, and more. Being a single woman, I’m most comfortable alone in London and have even had to take the Tube alone late at night with no problem.Of course, I always exercise caution when traveling alone.


This product was recommended by Charlotte McGhee from Whisked Away Surprise Travel

Paris is a main hub in Europe so it is very easy to get there from most places. Being such a walkable, beautiful city, a solo traveler can see a lot in just a few days. When cafe culture is able to return, solo travelers can while away the day at an outdoor cafe writing, reading or meeting the locals!


This product was recommended by Charlotte McGhee from Whisked Away Surprise Travel

Beaune is a small village in the Burgundy wine region, surrounded by ancient Roman ramparts and vineyards- perfect for exploring & wine tasting. Beaune is an easy (and quick!) train ride from Paris, so this trip would be very doable for a first-time solo traveler or someone who loves history and wine.


This product was recommended by Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Slovenia is a great destination for solo travel. The capital of Ljubljana is an eco-friendly city, which makes it easy to get about on foot and by bike (or paddleboard – there is a river that runs through it). Slovenia has a great mixture of old and new culture (check out Metelkova the autonomous district just outside the Old City). Further afield you have Lake Bled, the iconic church on an island in the middle of the blue lake. Surrounding this area are loads of adrenalin sport, white water rafting, hiking, diving (yes you can dive in Lake Bled!). It’s super easy to get around the country with an efficient bus and train service. It’s also very clean and the people are incredibly friendly. Crime levels are low, and although there will be opportunists such as pickpockets, even in the busiest parts of the city it felt safe


This product was recommended by Kaisa Suojanen from Travel Stories – By Kaisa Suojanen

There are many reasons why Finland is a great destination for solo travel. First, it’s one of the safest countries in the world making it a perfect destination for solo travel as you will be able to explore the country with peace of mind. Second, Finns are very welcoming and laid-back making it easy for you to connect with locals. Third, majority of the population in Finland speaks fluent English so you don’t have to worry about language barrier.


This product was recommended by James Vonwiegen from Wanderus Living

Macedonia is an amazing solo travel destination that is often overlooked. The Republic of Macedonia neighbors the northern border of Greece, and is the birth place of Mother Teresa. Macedonia is home to so many beautiful landscapes and national parks. Not many tourist visit Macedonia, which is what makes it a great solo travel destination. Macedonia is completely land locked, but don’t let this fool you as the country offers so many different landscapes to enjoy. To be taken back in time on your solo journey visit Ohrid Old Town which will remind you of the small streets and towns in Italy.

If you are looking for a place to explore the outdoors, go on a hike or want to enjoy the city life and visit somewhere less traveled, Macedonia is your calling. Pelister National Park has an amazing lake nestled at the top of a mountain range. Another amazing place to soak up for yourself is the Jasen Nature Preserve which is only 30km from the capital of Skopje. The Nature Preserve has a bit of a Southeast Asian feel to it with the rocky jagged cliffs piercing out of the lakes like in Thailand and Vietnam. You will even get to see a Lynx while in the nature preserve. Macedonia is a great place for a solo travel to experience a destiantion not many visit, and to forge your own path. Macedonia doesn’t have a-lot of information and buzz about it like Thailand or Norway which makes it feel so much more special!

Dolomites in Italy

This product was recommended by Theresa Jackson from Enlightened Journeys Travel

Here is a beautiful location full of not only outdoor pursuits in summer and winter, but culture (because it has its own language and influences of both Austria and Italy) and terrific food and wine as well. There are more Michelin stars per square mile here than anywhere else in the world. Add to this incredible wellness opportunities- every great property has a large spa! One can hire a guide to take to the mountains in any way you want- by bike (or ebike), on foot, or in winter on skis. The guide can also mix in great places to eat in the refugios (mountain huts) or in the quaint villages.


This product was recommended by Joe Flanagan from 90s Fashion World

There are lots of interesting places to visit on your own, it is perfectly safe and there are great options to join tourist trips with other singles. Spaniards are super friendly and will make your trip super enjoyable and make you feel like one of the family. Specially if you are staying at an Airbnb family home.


This product was recommended by Joe Flanagan from 90s Fashion World

The scenery is superb, the sights are easy to get to but most of all, it is filled with tourists. You can easily go with the tide and find someone to strike a conversation at any given attraction. Also foreigners are super popular!

Prague, Czech Republic

This product was recommended by Marika Devan from Clumsy Girl Travels

Prague is one of the best places to travel in Europe solo! It’s cheap, it’s safe, and there is so much to do. It’s was, for the most part, unaffected by World War II, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe and, therefore, a historically fascinating place to visit. There is Prague castle that looms over the entire city, offering panoramic views of old town, cobblestone streets that you can easily get lost exploring and architecturally stunning and vibrant buildings that you won’t be able to keep your eyes off of.

Cinque Terre, Italy

This product was recommended by Danielle Garofalo from CORE

Of all the places I’ve traveled solo in Europe, this was the most welcoming place I’ve experienced. I rarely ended up doing things alone. The hotel was very inviting and included me in groups to drink some wine. Locals who saw me dining alone invited me to eat with them. I felt very safe and loved every moment of it.


This product was recommended by Andrew Roderick from Credit Repair Companies

Polish city of Krakow has been named ‘Best City Break’ for the 3rd time in a row Just a week in this beautiful historic town is enough to cover everything in, and around it. A city which was once the capital of Poland has a beautiful ‘Old Town’ square in the heart of it, with millions of tourists visiting every year. Such a friendly city, with the hostel and hotels organising lots of solo group activities where people can meet others interested in the same pursuits. What makes it great is the cheap but cheerful restaurants, bars and entertainment complexes, with these located around every corner you can be sure to be fed and entertained for a fair price. Make sure to visit the many museums and cultural attractions, from war museums to the local zoo.

You cannot travel to Krakow without visiting the two most known tourist destinations, which are the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Auschwitz is a place where you can learn about the history from just stepping out of your car, there is no feeling other like the one when visiting this place, all of a sudden the history becomes real, and your feelings won’t let you forget it. The salt mine is a guided tour of the 1% that has been discovered, dress warm as being over 327 metres below in a salt mine can get pretty cold, feel free to lick the walls!


This product was recommended by Monica Nedeff from The Traveling Dietitian

As a solo traveler, I want to feel safe and have multiple social opportunities to meet others. In Ireland, I met the friendliest people, felt safe and had an easier time navigating since everyone speaks English. Starting your solo travels in Dublin is a great way to explore the social scene of all the pubs and Temple Bar area. For solo adventures, take the DART to hike the Bray to Greystones trail or book a tour for the Cliffs of Moher.

Budapest, Hungary

This product was recommended by Matt Heyes from Backpacker Job Board

There’s no city quite like Budapest. A heady mix of modern Western vitality and Soviet decay, and all built around the stunning Danube River and imposing Gellert Hill, Budapest is as interesting, beautiful and diverse a destination as any city in Europe. But the Budapest proposition is particularly attractive to the solo traveller. The main reason is the nightlife. Budapest is home to the ruin bar, where a drinking establishment is slapped into whatever building happens to be available, be it an old office, factory, housing estate or garage.

Centred on the city’s Jewish Quarter, ruin bars tend to open at sunset and become busiest just before sunrise. They offer solo travellers endless opportunities to meet people and make friends, and every hostel worth its salt will offer a regular group night out. There are other reasons for a solo traveller to choose Budapest – popular activities like baths, hikes and sightseeing expeditions all lend themselves to groups – but if you’re a fan of after hours fun in particular, the capital of Hungary is the place to be.


This product was recommended by Daria Bachmann from The Discovery Nut

Switzerland is the best place to travel solo travel in Europe because it is safe, easy to get around by train and offers many cultural attractions and stunning mountain views.


This product was recommended by Anzhela Vonarkh from TheWordPoint

I suggest Rostock – a port city in the North of Germany. It has everything to offer for a solo traveler – ancient architecture, narrow streets, cozy cafes, botanical gardens, and sand beaches. A 15-minute ride will take you to the seaside resort of Warnemünde and make you feel the atmosphere of a port city. Ship horn, the cry of seagulls and the ambient sound of waves of the Baltic Sea crashing onto the shore will help you to relax and won’t make you feel lonely.

Algarve, Portugal

This product was recommended by Samantha Wragg from Coco Travels

The Algarve is great for solo travel if you fancy some sunshine. From beautiful beaches to relax on and exploring sea caves to hiking, cycling and bird watching in the Ria Formosa National Park, there is plenty to see and do here. It’s also really cheap to eat and drink, you can get a meal from around 7 euros and a pint for 2 in some places! Check out the island of Armona, just off Olhao for the closest I’ve seen to paradise in Europe.


This product was recommended by Tabby Farrar from Further

Barcelona has it all – great beaches, historic buildings, unique hopping experiences and plenty of art and culture to experience. There are some fantastic hostels and affordable hostals (something between a hostel and a hotel) where you can meet other solo travellers from around the world, the public transport system is extensive and very easy to navigate, and the food is excellent whether you’re vegan, veggie or a meat-eater. Because Barcelona does see a lot of tourists each year, it’s not difficult to get by if you don’t speak fluent Spanish – menus and guidebooks are often available in numerous other languages.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This product was recommended by Geninna Ariton from Trendhim

No, there aren’t any vampires in Romania. And yes, while not all cities speak decent enough English (trust me, I’m Asian and it’s really hard), Cluj-Napoca is one of the most beautiful cities, not to mention the safest, to visit in Romania. Aside from being the unofficial capital of the Transylvanian region, the city has a mix of gothic architecture, modern hotels and malls, museums, churches, castles, parks, camping and trekking sites, and everything in between. The very famous Turda Salt Mine is also near.

Salzburg Austria

This product was recommended by Mathew Peter from Ownage Fashion

Salzburg is a city divided by Salzach River, with Altstadt on the left bank, opposite Neustadt on the right. The birthplace of famous composer Mozart in the Altstadt now preserved as a museum with his childhood instruments on display.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

This product was recommended by Sabina Sirco from Balkans

Every year the number of international travellers, who choose to come to Bosnia for their summer vacation, is rising. But, still, there are many travellers who aren’t sure that Bosnia is safe country to travel to. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a safe country to travel to for solo and group trips. And has so much to offer. Bosnia and Herzegovina is an incredibly beautiful country, and still a hidden gem of Europe. This means there are many non-touristy places in Bosnia. People in Bosnia are super friendly, and majority of the population up to 40 is speaking English language fairly well. From vibrant streets of the Old town of Sarajevo and Mostar, to white river rafting on Una, Neretva or Tara, and hiking Via Dinarica long-distance trail, there is so much to do and see in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Vienna, Austria

This product was recommended by Reuben Yonatan from GetVoIP

It is perfect for solo travelers because of the security. In 2019, it was ranked as one of the most secure cities in a personal safety ranking study. Dubbed the city of music, you will enjoy the music, the culture and the scenery.


This product was recommended by Margarita from Margventure

One of the most interesting places to visit, with a lot of cultural and artistic interest, beautiful colors, as well as being a very sensitive city with the environment and bike-friendly. It is a fairly safe city to travel alone as long as you do not stroll through the Red Light District late at night when people may be drunk.

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