Traveling in Slovenia

Enwombed by the Alps and the Adriatic Sea lies the Republic of Slovenia dubbed the green heart of Europe. Blanketed by 60% forest filled with the largest population of Brown Bears in Europe and lakes created by fairies. Traveling in Slovenia might just surprise you in more ways than one.

Slovenia lies in the Balkans, located in Southeastern Europe. The country is one of the rare hidden gems of the continent and offers activities that delight visitors year long.

Spend the winter skiing in Slovenia, spring is great for exploring the magnificent lakes (Lake Bled being the most well-known) while summer are best enjoyed at the Slovenian Riviera with a glass of Slovenian wine and a good book.

Autumn might just be the best season to visit, as the vegetation carpeting the mountains in Slovenia turns into a dazzling array of autumnal tones. These very mountains are excellent for outdoor activities and easy to reach from the capital Ljubljana.

Slovenians are extraordinarily hospitable, have a close bond with nature – sustainability & the use of local ingredients are core pillars of the Slovenian lifestyle & cuisine – and have a strong love for beekeeping.

Transportation in Slovenia

Car rental in Slovenia: To rent a car in Slovenia you require an international driver’s permit (for travelers outside of the EU) and minimum 2 years of experience. Purchase a vignette ($9 for 7 days; $35 for 6 months) at gas stations or even the post office.

Keep your lights on during the day (mandatory) and double-check if/when you need snow tires.

Trains in Slovenia: The trains in Slovenia are operated by Slovenian Railways. Slovenian trains are cheap, clean, punctual and offer very scenic views while crossing Slovenia. Tickets can be purchased online, at the train station or directly on the train (for a small surcharge).
EU citizens might consider purchasing the InterRail Country Pass for Slovenia

Busses in Slovenia: Traveling around Slovenia by bus is another great option. The Slovenian bus network has excellent coverage with comfortable coaches. Purchase your ticket at the bus station or directly on the bus (bring cash). Timetables can be consulted online.

in Ljubljana

Tips for travel in Slovenia

Additional bits of information that are useful when planning your trip to Slovenia:

  • Is tapwater drinkable? Yes
  • Tipping in Slovenia: Appreciated (not mandatory)
  • Is Slovenia safe? Yes, be aware of pickpockets
  • Is wild camping in Slovenia legal? No. Overview official camp sites
  • Can I see bears in Slovenia? Yes, Brown Bears

Places to visit in Slovenia

Lake Bled Slovenia

GUIDE TO LAKE BLED

Daytrips from Ljubljana

DAYTRIPS FROM LJUBLJANA

vegetarian dishes slovenia

VEGETARIAN SLOVENIAN DISHES

European Monuments

INSPO:
EUROPEAN LANDMARKS

Key facts about Slovenia

Capital

Ljubljana

Main Languages

Slovenian

Population

2.1 million

Currency

Euro (€)

Main religion

Catholic

Time Zone

UTC+1/ UTC+2

Plugs types

C, E

Driving

Right side of the road

Emergency Number

112

 Practical information for visiting Slovenia

HOW TO GET THERE

Fly: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU)

Train: There are direct trains from Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

ACCOMODATIONS

Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.

BUDGET

Average Daily Budget: $80
Meals $21 a person; hotel accomodations $60- $95; activities & transport $20

WHEN TO GO

That depends on your chosen activity

Skiing in Slovenia
: December – March
Hiking: June – October
Visiting cities & beaches: June – August

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Depending on the country of origin visitors can stay for up to 90 days; costs depending on the country of origin

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

Trips to Lake Bled or Lake Bohinj, Hiking Vitgar Gorge, Slovenian Wine tasting and so much more!

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