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How To Travel To Slovenia

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By bus

The Ljubljana Bus Station (Avtobusna Postaja Ljubljana) offers a summary of international and airport bus services. Phone number: 090 93 42 30 (inland only)

On weekdays, connections between Trieste, Italy, and neighboring Koper and Piran are common. There is also a bus that runs daily between Trieste and Ljubljana. Furthermore, while the trip is readily walked, services between Gorizia (Italy) and its twin town of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) run at least hourly throughout the day. This provides an excellent link between the Italian and Slovene railway networks, as well as an alternate entrance point from Trieste’s Ronchi Airport or the city of Venice.

By plane

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s main international airport and the hub of national airline Adria Airways, which flies to many European cities and provides links to Southeast Europe. The cheapest methods to get into the city, however, are to take wizzAir’s (or easyJet’s) daily trip from London.

There are a few more alternatives to consider. Ryanair also operates flights from Dublin to Pula, Croatia, which is located over the border. Another handy entrance, particularly to western Slovenia, is via Italy’s Trieste airport, which is just an hour’s drive from Ljubljana via the superhighway. Klagenfurt, Austria, is another possibility. Although more distant, the Italian airports at Venice and Treviso (known as ‘Venice Treviso’) provide alternative entrance options to Slovenia as well as excellent day excursions to/from Slovenia. It should be noted that train links between Slovenia and Italy are very weak.

By train

Slovenia is well-connected by rail to Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. The most common routes link Vienna or Villach in Austria (the trip through the Julian Alps is beautiful in good weather), Budapest in Hungary, and Zagreb in Croatia. All lines go to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.

The sole surviving cross-border service has been reduced by Italian Railways. To get around this weak link, take a train to Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and then walk or take a bus to Gorizia (Italy), where there are regular trains to Trieste, Udine, Venice, and farther beyond. For excursions to Trieste, it may be more convenient to take a train to Seana and then a cab (approximately 10km, €10) or a connecting bus (3 times a day, weekdays only, €1) to Trieste.

The national railway company is Solvenia Railways. There are many foreign routes available, and special discounts are available for certain locations, so you should consider educating yourself about this ahead of time. There are certain locations with contingency tickets, which means they may sell out quickly but are generally much cheaper, such as the Ljubljana-Prague line (cooperation between S and Czech railroads), which costs €58 for a roundtrip ticket (compared to a regular price of €200). For return journeys from Slovenia, “City Star” tickets, which are open-dated but often require a weekend stay, are frequently the cheapest option. Also, keep in mind that the Euro26 young card entitles you to a discount on most international lines (of course the discount does not stack up if you already have a special deal). The same card is also valid for all domestic lines, with a 30% discount.

Trains on foreign lines vary greatly in terms of quality and comfort. The unspoken norm is that anything going north from Ljubljana is of high quality. On most trains, there are eateries and clean, contemporary restrooms. The same cannot be assured on lines going south (such as Belgrade, Sofia, Skopje, or Thessaloniki), therefore when taking the train to or from Ljubljana from the Balkans, bring a supply of food and drinks with you (water (and coffee) is provided in every sleeping compartment). However, the fast services that operate to Zagreb (often from Munich, Germany) are of extremely good quality – but the price reflects this.

By car

Slovenia has a well-developed highway network [www] that connects it to neighboring nations. Before utilizing motorways or expressways in Slovenia, all vehicles with a permitted weight of up to 3.5 tons must purchase a vignette (road fee). The vignette for passenger cars costs €15.00 per week, €30.00 per month, or €95.00 per year. This costs €7.50 per week, €25.00 for six months, and €47.50 for a year for motorcycles. http://www. Using a highway without a vignette will result in a €300+ fine. Vignettes are offered at the border, and border officials are meant to give you a pamphlet encouraging you to purchase one, although they don’t always do so. There are also signs urging you to purchase, but they are exclusively in Slovene.

When arriving from northern neighbor Austria, a separate vignette is required to utilize the Austrian motorway network.

From Austria

  • Vienna → Graz → Šentilj → Maribor
  • Villach → Karavanke Tunnel → Jesenice
  • Villach → Wurzenpass → Podkoren → Kranjska Gora
  • Klagenfurt → Loiblpass → Ljubelj → Kranj

From Italy

  • Venice → Trieste → Koper
  • Venice → Gorizia → Nova Gorica
  • Tarvisio → Rateče → Kranjska Gora → Jesenice

By boat

  • There is a quick boat that runs between Venice and Izola on an inconsistent schedule, mostly during the summer season. The trip takes three hours.
  • Venezialines operates one rapid boat between Venice and Piran each week.
  • During the summer, Trieste Lines operates a rapid craft service between Trieste (Italy), Piran (Slovenia), Pore (Croatia), and Rovinj (Croatia). The part of the trip between Piran and Trieste lasts 30 minutes, which is about the same as driving the same distance.

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