Crime in Bilbao, Spain

Crime rates in Bilbao, Spain

Level of crime
56.55 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
73.69 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
51.09 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
55.81 Moderate
Worries car stolen
43.51 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
49.89 Moderate
Worries attacked
55.13 Moderate
Worries being insulted
50.57 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
36.44 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
55.26 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
56.92 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
52.97 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
52.40 Moderate

Safety in Bilbao, Spain

Safety walking alone during daylight
56.31 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
37.19 Low

Contributors: 188

Last update: March 2023

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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10 Comments so far
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2022:
It's Mikel again;

If you are planning on visiting Bilbao, you may want to think that again. Im not speaking about crime now.

If what you are willing to do is getting to know the basque culture or just relax and get to know new places, I strongly suggest you go to San Sebastian or nearby. It is a much smaller town, with incredible beaches and basque culture has not died as much there as it has in Bilbao. You could then go visit other small towns in the coast from there, or either go inside and visit some towns and do some hiking around the mountains there. Basque culture and language is significantly better conserved in these smaller towns.

It's just my opinion. You haven't got that much things to do in Bilbao except from visiting Guggenheim.
Mikel on Mar 09, 2022:
So I am a young boy (20 years) from Donostia/San Sebastian now studying in Bilbao. I see that lot's of people have had trouble with crime in here, let my write what I think.

My experience so far has been good, but it has obviously somehting to do with my nationality. It is a common sense thing in here to avoid some neighbourhoods, the dangerous ones (San Francisco for example) you can sense when the environment is dangerous and you are not in a safe place.

There is a big problem concerning criminal immigrants in Spain. It has nothing to do with racism but with laws. Most of them come here being young, and as crime (robbery) is not punished hardly, it becomes a way of life for them. That's why they are mostly under 30. Avoid them specially at night or in crowded places.

I have been going out at night almost every week and had no worries about safety, except from some pickpocketers at night, which we could identify and easily avoid.

To sum up, your biggest problem being tourists, which can usually be detected by criminals, will be robbery, which can be easily avoided: if someone looks dangerous or strange just avoid them. Now, if something happens to you, have no doubt in calling the police, even though they sometimes act stupid, corruption is not a common thing and they will try to help you.

Sorry for not providing any information in racial/sexual problems, I've had none of them.
Arrezteguieta on Feb 01, 2022:
It is truly sad to see what my Bilbao has turned into in just a decade. Nowadays it is practically a lawless land and the wors thing is that NOBODY seems to care, any sign of concern by the common citizen is frowned upon under the banner of "racism/fascism/xenophobia/etc". I wish I could go back to our better times.
Jeff ( London) on Sep 30, 2021:
We didn't expect this city to be so dangerous. Today at the train station at 5:00 p.m. they stabbed a 20-year-old young man and killed him. Very unsafe city.
Anonymous on Sep 14, 2021:
Idk but unfortunately due to the bad control of immigration in this region, crime is growing up so fast and it's insane. Be careful in the streets, and use common sense when you're going outside because there's a lot of robbery going on. Frequently, those who rob are young teenagers.
Eneko on Nov 16, 2019:
Tonight in Uribitarte (Bilbao) two young people have sexually abused a woman and robbed her.
Elena on Oct 24, 2019:
Bilbao is currently a city without law. Last week, a 12-year-old girl was beaten in broad daylight in a central plaza to steal her mobile phone. Today a man was shot with a firearm and killed in a street dispute during the day.
Aitor on Aug 22, 2019:
The other day 5 Maghreb raped a girl in a park and this week of holidays 10 robberies with violence.
Ryan on Jul 15, 2019:
When we were going to the hotel in downtown Bilbao, my wife was thrown out of her purse even though they couldn’t steal it.
Neill on May 06, 2019:
What is going on? This isn't the Bilbao I remember living in in 1999. I lived there for 5 months and was always safe.