Ljubljana by night
Ljubljana at night

Towns

  1. Ljubljana
  2. Bled
  3. Piran
  4. Koper
  5. Kranjska Gora
  6. Maribor
  7. Ptuj
  8. Kamnik
  9. Kobarid
  10. Bovec
  11. Novo mesto
Goriska Brda
Goriska Brda

Regions

  1. Alps
  2. Karst
  3. Coast
  4. Styria
  5. Goriška Brda
  6. Vipava Valley
  7. Lower Carniola
Lake Bled
Lake Bled

Top Natural Landmarks

  1. Lake Bled
  2. Lake Bohinj
  3. Vintgar Gorge
  4. SoÄŤa River
  5. Logar Valley
  6. Velika Planina
  7. Postojna Cave
  8. Triglav National Park
  9. Ĺ kocjan Caves
  10. Ljubljana Marshes
Predjama castle, the biggest cave castle in the world
Predjama Castle

Castles

  1. Bled Castle
  2. Ljubljana Castle
  3. Predjama (cave) Castle
Lipizzaner Horses
Lipizzaner Horses

Cultural Attractions

  1. Bled Island & the Church of the Assumption of Mary
  2. Mercury Mine Idrija
  3. SeÄŤovlje Salt Pans
  4. Kobarid Museum
  5. National Gallery
  6. Natural History Museum
  7. Church of the Holy Trinity in Hrastovlje
  8. Lipizzaner horses
  9. Partizan Hospital Franja

Language

The official language is Slovenian, however, most people in Slovenia, especially the younger generation, are fluent in English, and some even speak several foreign languages, which means communicating is easy and straightforward.

Time & National Holidays

Central European Time GMT + 1, in summer GMT + 2.

Here’s a list of work-free days which may affect working hours for shops, restaurants, museums, banks, transportation, etc:

1 and 2 January

8 February

12 April

23 April

27 April

1 and 2 May

25 June

15 August

31 October

1 November

25 December

26 December

New Year’s Day

Prešeren Day, the Slovenian Cultural Holiday

Easter

Easter Monday

Day of Uprising against Occupation

May Day Holiday

Statehood Day

Assumption Day

Reformation Day

All Saints Day

Christmas

Independence and Unity Day

Units of measurement

Slovenia uses the metric system (metres, kilometres, grams, kilograms…) and temperature is expressed in degrees Celsius.

Money & Budget

Money does not only make the world go round; it helps you go around the world. 

Slovenia’s currency is the EURO (€)

One euro is divided into 100 cents. 

There are seven types of euro notes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. 

In practice, you may have trouble changing notes larger than €50 in smaller shops, so having some smaller bills on you is recommended.

Where can I exchange my money?

Money exchange services are located all over Slovenia:

* Most banks take a 1% commission, while tourist offices, travel agencies and exchange bureaus usually charge around 3%. For current exchange rates click here.

ATMs – where to find them and how to use them?

Slovenia has an advanced banking system, which means cash machines (ATMs) are located in every town, many villages, near popular tourist destinations, and larger shopping centres. 

Always choose to be charged in the local currency.

If an ATM gives you the option of being charged in your home currency, decline it. The local bank is charging you at a hidden and likely unfair rate. Getting charged in the local currency will save you money on every transaction.

You can use this handy ATM map to locate the nearest cash machine or check with larger national and regional banks. 

What should I know about using my debit cards in Slovenia?

Most major credit cards will be accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, etc.). 

However, certain shops and tourist farms as well as mountain huts do not accept credit cards, so it is always a good idea to carry some cash with you. 

How much cash should I carry around with me?

There is no need to carry a lot of notes and change, but do make sure to have at least 100 euros (per person) with you just in case. Sometimes ATMs don’t work or run out of money, or the place you’re going to doesn’t accept credit cards or its credit card terminal fails. 

How much will I spend in Slovenia?

It depends how much you are planning on splashing out, but the daily budget lingers at around 70 euros per person. 

For a more comprehensive spending budget click here. 

Do I have to pay tourist tax in Slovenia? 

Yes. Individual municipalities can charge up to 2.5 euros per person per day, the rate is defined by each municipality separately. Make sure to check with your guide, travel agency, or inquire at a tourist information centre regarding the rates. 

Do I have to tip in Slovenia?

You don’t have to, but leaving a 10-15% tip in restaurants or pubs for good service will be greeted with a smile. Gratuity in hotels is nice and rounding up the fare in taxis is common. In Slovenia, tipping is therefore not obligatory, but it’s a most welcome practice. 

Can or should I haggle in Slovenia?

Not really. Haggling or bargaining the price is not at a common practice in Slovenia and can even be taken as an insult. The exception being local markets, but even there, let the seller initiate the haggling. 

Can I use travellers’ cheques in Slovenia?

Travellers cheques typically come with poor exchange rates and it’s very difficult to cash them. Most shops and restaurants in Europe won’t even accept them. We do not recommend you take them with you. 

Health & Safety

COVID-19 travel restrictions 

The latest information on the current situation, travel requirements and restrictions due to COVID-19 can be found on the government’s offical website.

Is Slovenia safe?

Slovenia is very safe. 

The Global Peace Index ranks Slovenia the 8th safest country on Earth. 

This means criminal activities of any kind are at a very low level, and tourists can feel safe strolling the streets. However, common sense should always be applied. 

LGBTQ:

Slovenia has strict anti-discrimination laws that protect the LGBTQ community. Prejudice is not common, but you should keep in mind that the rural parts of Slovenia are still somewhat conservative. But overall, Slovenian society is LGBTQ friendly.

Women solo travellers:

Gender equality is an issue that is being approached most diligently on every level of society, and tourism is no exception. Women can feel safe travelling around Slovenia alone. 

Children:

Slovenia has strict policies regarding child wellbeing and safety. Most facilities and institutions that you will encounter have child-friendly services. 

Are there any dangerous animals in Slovenia?

Slovenia’s scenic countryside is home to a few venomous snakes, the brown bear, the lynx and wolves roaming around, but you would have to be extremely unlucky to encounter any of them. 

The most dangerous animal comes in a much smaller form: the TICK. This miniature creature carries nasty diseases, such as Lyme disease, Borrelia or meningoencephalitis. If you’re planning on spending a great deal of time in nature, vaccination is recommended, or at least apply tick repellent. It’s also good to check yourself for ticks after spending the day outside. 

What to do in an emergency?

The main emergency number is 112. 

112 Emergency Call Centre will dispatch first responders (emergency medical assistance, fire department, veterinary assistance, mountain rescue, the police and other units). Users with disabilities can use WAP 112 and SMS 112 to contact the emergency services.

Police: 113 – emergencies, 080 12 00 – anonymous police phone line 

Roadside assistance and towing: 1987 AMZS  

Tourist helpline: 080 1900 – tourists and tourism workers can report their comments, complaints, criticism and suggestions at this toll-free number 24 hour a day.

Hospitals & Pharmacies 

Excellent medical care is provided throughout Slovenia. Every city has health centres and clinics in small towns. 

Pharmacies are in the plenty and are fully stocked.  

Should I get travel insurance for Slovenia?

Citizens of European Union Member States can travel to Slovenia with the European Health Insurance Card. It can be obtained by the citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The card gives you access to public health services (doctors, pharmacies). 

If you do have to pay for health services in Slovenia, you will be reimbursed after your return to your homeland. With the European Health Insurance Card, you get all the necessary medical care, yet the card does not cover health services from private providers. 

Third-country citizens are advised to take out international travel insurance before travelling to Slovenia. Additional health insurance is advisable for everyone. 

We recommend you check with your travel agency for further details. 

Can I swim in the waters of Slovenia?

Slovenia has been blessed with some of the most pristine waters in the world. Many rivers, lakes and the sea can be enjoyed by swimmers. But do make sure to follow safety regulations and signs, especially in protected natural parks and reserves. 

Is it safe to drink water from the tap?

Yes, the water in Slovenia is drinkable. 

Phones & Internet

In terms of telecommunication and internet coverage, Slovenia is a very advanced country. Free wireless networks are available everywhere (except in the mountains or out in the wild, where the signal may disappear altogether). 

You shouldn’t have issues connecting to the internet or using your phone in any way.

Country calling code +386

International call prefix: 00

Trunk prefix: 0

*For more information regarding rates, we recommend you contact your local provider. 

Do I need a power plug adapter?

Slovenia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz, which require plug types C and F. 

Whether or not you need to bring an adapter, simply check this handy website. 

How & What To Pack For Your Slovenia Holidays

Making a checklist of what to pack is not always the easiest task before heading out on your travels. It can be quite tricky. Remember, the better you pack, the more fun you will have on your holiday.

To help you with your packing, we have assembled a list of tips you can use when going on your next holiday to Slovenia.

Pack Light

Travelling light is always the best way to travel. Both physically and with less hassle. Plus, they won’t charge you for those extra pounds/kilograms at the airport. Why slalom through the crowds at the terminal or train station like a cumbersome lost elephant, when you could be slipping through like an agile cat.

Check the size & weight of your luggage

Most airlines allow you to check one bag and one carryon bag. Normally, a maximum weight limit is around 50 lb (22.67 kg) per checked bag as well as a size restriction.

The most common maximum size for a bag is usually around 62 linear inches (157.5 cm). A common size bag that you can check through at an airport: 27" x 21" x 14" (68.6 x 53.3 x 35.5 cm). Always check the exact bag measurements and other restrictions with your airline.

Like planes, our ground transfers also limited capacity, especially if there are more guests arriving. The restrictions are therefore mostly limited to one big bag and one carryon bag.

Carryon bag

Electronics and personal items should go in your carryon bag. It is also wise to pack a day’s change of clothes in your carryon, just in case there are any complications with your luggage at the airport.

It makes sense to pack your carryon in a backpack, which you will later need on your hiking or sightseeing trips in Slovenia.

Big travel bag

If you have an inconspicuous-looking suitcase or bag, we recommend you to tie a handkerchief or something similar to it, so that you can quickly spot it at the luggage claim and not confuse it with someone else’s.

What To Pack

The easiest way to pack is by considering your day-to-day itinerary. Think of what you will be wearing every day. Take into account the type of holiday, time of year, weather forecast, location in Slovenia (Alps, city, sea), and thus determine what clothes you will be wearing on your trip accordingly. In addition, always pack a few extra layers, because you never know.

If you are ever in doubt, you can always consult with us. We are happy to advise. A few days prior to your holidays, we can also supply more specific advice regarding the weather forecast.

And if you happen to forget something vital, do not worry; you can always buy anything in Slovenia. Our shops are sufficiently stocked. 

As a country with a very diverse continental climate, it is important to know when to visit Slovenia. Weather can change quite rapidly, depending on the region and season. Although the distances from the Mediterranean to the mountainous areas are short, this does not necessarily correlate with what kind of weather you can expect. It is therefore very important to know where you will be travelling to when picking the best time to visit Slovenia. (link na when to visit subpage)

Packaging According To Activity

No matter what type of holidays you are venturing on, if you intend to be outdoors a lot, it is wise to dress comfortably and in accordance with the weather forecast.

Always pack some sports clothes, a pair of comfortable shoes, and plan a layering system – the easiest way to pack your clothes according to your activities itinerary and the weather.

Water-based activities

Even if you’re not heading to the coast, it’s worth taking a swimsuit and towel with you.

Slovenia’s Alpine worldhas plenty of pristine lakes and rivers where summertime swimming comes highly recommended.

You will also need a swimsuit and towel for activities such as canyoning, rafting, kayaking, etc. If you opt for wearing open footwear in the summer, various sports sandals with a slightly better grip are much better than flip-flops.

Hiking & walking

What exactly to pack for a hiking holiday largely depends on the time of year, the weather forecast, and how demanding your chosen hiking adventure is.

However, some general guidelines always apply:

Synthetics and wool are the way to go. Synthetics are more airy and wick away moisture as well as dry quickly, while wool is more odour resistant and keeps you nice and warm if you get wet.

Avoid cotton, as it makes you sweat quickly and does not dry for a long time, as a result it makes you cold and smelly.

Hikers in Slovenia

Layering system: Base layer (wool or synthetics), over one or two insulating layers and over a layer that protects you from the elements (wind, rain, snow).

No matter when and where you travel, it always makes sense to have all three. Even mid-summer, a light jacket can be most welcome in the mountains, particularly in the morning or evening.

Change socks regularly. A fresh pair for each day or even a spare.

Comfortable shoes with a good grip, and an additional pair of sneakers or something similar to let your feet rest while you’re not hiking.

Throw something comfortable and casual in there to wear at dinner time.

Cycling clothes

It very much depends on the type of cycling and location. Yet there are few tips that apply to any cycling holiday:

Padded trousers significantly affect your level of comfort, especially when engaging in several consecutive days of cycling.

Despite the fact that we always provide a helmet, people usually feel better on their own, which they are used to.

If you have them, take your own cycling shoes, and let us know what type of pedals to provide. Or bring your own pedals.

The layering system is the same as described for hiking above.

For mountain biking, the hiking layering system, which also includes the last layers for protection against wind and possible rain, with gloves and earmuffs, is your safest bet.

Road cyclists, in principle, have a more complex system, but feel free to consult us before departure.

Common items you always need 

Sun protection (cream, sunglasses, headgear)

Toiletries and personal items: passport and/or other valid travel documents, emergency contact information (e.g. credit card company, bank, and your physician’s phone number), any prescription drugs you take on a regular basis, a camera, an alarm clock, cell phone.

In Slovenia we use 220-V outlets, so make sure to pack an adapter if needed.

The currency is in EUR. Most places accept credit cards, but remote places (mountain huts, some tourist farms, etc.) do not, so bring cash.

Phone reception is of good quality in Slovenia (LTE mostly). Again, the mountains can be a different story.

Appropriate health insurance is vital. Also check any specific according to activities.

What to pack in different seasons?

Spring

With an omnipresent chance of chillier and rainy days, always remember to pack some warmer waterproof clothing and good quality walking shoes. Especially if you plan on visiting the mountainous region.   

Summer

The summer’s rising temperatures allow for T-shirts and shorts, particularly in July and August, but remember to pack a lightweight umbrella and some long-sleeved clothes as well. And remember, the Alpine region has a completely different set of rules. Even in summer, weather conditions in the mountains tend to change in a blink of an eye, so a wind stopper jacket, a few warmer layers and waterproof hiking shoes are obligatory. Plus, don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen!   

Autumn

With every passing day, especially from October onwards, temperatures in autumn decrease significantly, so you will need to pack much warmer clothes. While September still allows for T-shirts and light sweaters, the wetter and cooler months that follow call for jumpers and waterproof coats.

Winter 

Needless to say, the temperatures are cold to freezing in Slovenia in winter, so packing your warmest winter coat is certainly a given. Hats, gloves, scarves and waterproof shoes/boots with good grip are also a very useful addition to your traveller’s wardrobe.   

For a clearer understanding of the weather and climate in Slovenia by time of year and location, feel free to check this handy weather atlas.

SPORTS & ACTIVITIES

Blessed with such natural splendour, it is not surprising that Slovenia is an extremely sporty nation. Possibilities for outdoor recreation are limitless, and our holiday packages include a wide variety of active and adventure holidays where you can experience that side of Slovenia to the fullest.

Thanks to its hilly and mountainous landscape, Slovenia is a hiker’s paradise. Walking holidays take you to the most picturesque parts of the country, including the unspoilt nature of Triglav National Park in Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Breathe in the fresh air, meet other travellers and discover the hidden gems of numerous awe-inspiring valleys, plateaus and pastures up in the highlands.

A faster and unique way of discovering Slovenia is by bike. Our exciting cycling holidays include easy family-style trips to adrenaline rides for professionals, all accompanied by exceptional views and a range of interesting locations.

The enormous network of pristine rivers and lakes offers a rich selection of water sports. From white-water rafting down the Soča and Sava Rivers, to kayaking in the capital or SUP holidays on the magical lakes Bled and Bohinj or the Adriatic Sea, the diversity of water sports is indeed amazing. For fishing enthusiasts, Slovenia’s rivers and lakes present a perfect opportunity to enjoy the wilderness while reeling in some amazing fish.

Slovenia also has an amazing subterranean world. The famous Postojna Cave is a true marvel of nature, as are other less known underground locations where you can go caving. Another fantastic experience to be had in the grand outdoors is canyoning. Steep gorges off the beaten path with emerald pools and hidden passages are waiting to be explored.

Back aboveground, adrenaline junkies can test their skills at numerous adventure parks with ziplining, climbing and jumping, all performed in the most breath-taking surroundings. There are even exciting yet safe activities such as bear watching, where you can come face-to-face with Slovenia’s gorgeous wildlife.

In wintertime, the mountains of Slovenia are transformed into a snowy wonderland. Uncrowded ski resorts set in the most amazing locations guarantee the best skiing for all levels and ages. Ski touring, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in fairy-tale surroundings promise unforgettable adventures, while après skiing activities in towns like Bled, Kranjska Gora and even the capital Ljubljana will keep you entertained throughout your winter holiday.

*You can find even more activity options at our trusted partner SLOVENIA ACTIVITIES.

GASTRONOMY

Whether you’re an avid foodie or not, Slovenia is undoubtedly one of the tastiest countries you’ll ever visit. It might not be as famous for its culinary specialties as Italy or France, but Slovenians place enormous emphasis on eating well and it shows. There are hundreds of local dishes which will satisfy even the most sophisticated palates. Restaurants, open markets and tourist farms are a huge part of Slovenian culture and offer exquisite delights. And nothing goes better with a scrumptious meal than the most prized beverage in Slovenia – wine. It’s a national hobby that produces some of the highest quality wines in the world. Wine tastings in Ljubljana and Bled will introduce you to the very best products Slovenian winemakers have in store.

Food restrictions:

Slovenian restaurants are modern culinary venues that follow all the necessary guidelines. Most menus offer excellent vegetarian and vegan options and warn guests of any coeliac restrictions. However, certain tourist farms and rural restaurants do not always offer vegan food, so do make sure to inquire before booking or ask your local guide. 

Located on the crossroads of Europe, where West meets East and both meet South, Slovenia’s diversity also resonates very strongly with its population of just over 2 million and can be felt on every step. 

Influenced by an exceptionally long list of cultures stretching back to prehistoric times, Slovenia is steeped in tradition, with practically every village adding its unique character to the mosaic of the country’s enviable cultural heritage. 

When you’re not exploring the wild outdoors, your Slovenian holiday should definitely include visiting the country’s numerous castles, churches, monasteries, museums, galleries and other places of culture that preserve so well our past, celebrate our present and envision our future.

PEOPLE 

Slovenes or Slovenians, are a friendly, hospitable bunch of subalpine Slavs with a gene pool as diverse as their natural and cultural heritage. Slovenians are a humble and hospitable yet very driven, hard-working tribe with a great love for life, a sense of humour, and the unreserved willingness to lend a helping hand. 

They are a very sporty nation, which is evident from the multitude of outdoor activities performed and an unbelievably long list of sports achievements in both winter and summer disciplines. Besides a bunch of incredible athletes, Slovenia has also produced hundreds of famous scientists, inventors, artists, architects, authors, chefs and other prominent citizens. 

Not bad for a country of two million, right?

TOWNS & VILLAGES

Slovenia doesn’t have huge metropolises. In fact, the capital city of Ljubljana is the biggest, with a population of only 280,000. However, every town is very unique and definitely worth a stroll around. 

The blend of various types of architecture, from baroque to modern, give Slovenia’s towns soul and character. Villages dotting the countryside are as colourful as their surroundings. 

Most places around Slovenia greet you with a healthy mixture of traditional and modernity. Riversides and streets are lined with lovely cafes and restaurants. Town centres have plenty of modern shops, marketplaces, and offer services of every kind.

In terms of geography and climate, Slovenia is among the most diverse places on the planet. Covering an area of only 20,273 km², this pocket-sized country is divided into four main regions: the mountains stretching over its north and northwest, broad wooded lowlands and plains to the southeast and east, and the sunlit Karst to the southwest. 

The landscape is a colourful fusion of rolling hills, snow-covered mountains, hidden gorges, pristine lakes, waterfalls and rivers, lush forests, fascinating caves... the list goes on. 

These amazing attributes make Slovenia’s countryside perfect for outdoor activities of every kind.

National Parks & Protected Areas

Slovenia has numerous protected areas, which include: One national park, several natural parks, hundreds of natural monuments, and NATURA 2000 areas. 

“Special Protected Areas” cover approximately 32% of Slovenia’s territory.

TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK – find out everything you need to know about Slovenia’s one-and-only and extremely popular national park. 

Climate & geography

Slovenia is one of the smallest yet topographically most diverse countries in Europe. The country consists of four major geographic landscapes: the Alps, the karstic Dinaric Alps, the Pannonian and Danubian lowlands and hills, and the Mediterranean coast.

Slovenia is a textbook example of a country with a prevailing four-season climate.  

The mountainous parts (north and northwest) are home to a strict Alpine climate, characterised by cold winters and warm summers. Weather wise, these areas are generally quite unpredictable throughout the year. 

Slovenia’s coastline is dominated by a sub-Mediterranean climate with more steady, warmer weather, which brings mild winters and hot summers, comparable to those of sunny Croatia. However, we shouldn’t underestimate the powerful bora (burja) wind that tends to sweep across the Karst region all-year-round. 

Central, north- and south-eastern Slovenia have a typical continental climate with chilly winters, relatively warm yet wet springs and autumns, and hot summers.  

The fascinating thing is that you can experience quite dramatic shifts in weather, depending on the region and regardless of the season.  

When should I visit Slovenia? 

Knowing what the best time of year to visit Slovenia means to you and your itinerary is crucial. Let’s take a closer look at how understanding the seasons in Slovenia can help you decide on when to visit. 

Spring (March to May)

In terms of weather, the codename for spring in Slovenia is “unpredictability”. Although certain activities like sightseeing, hiking (and even occasionally skiing) are doable in early spring, rainfall, windy spells and cooler days reign over most of the country until mid-April. 

Late spring, on the other hand, is much drier and warmer and is a superb time to start exploring Slovenia’s natural and cultural highlights. It’s when everything is in bloom and hitting the hiking trails or venturing on cycling expeditions in the grand outdoors becomes a must. Water sports, such as rafting, kayaking and canyoning, are also very attractive on Slovenia’s lush watercourses this time of year.

Springtime offers excellent conditions for holidays in Slovenia. Uncrowdedness, vacant and more affordable accommodations, combined with warmer weather means the time is ripe to visit Slovenia before the onset of the summery high season. 

Summer (June until August)

With warm to scorching weather and blue skies invading every corner of the country, summer is when the high peak tourist season in Slovenia is officially open. Besides the occasional summer storm (particularly in August) and the odd shower here and there, the weather is definitely our ally.  

This translates to every aforementioned activity plus tons more becoming available. Popular destinations, like Lake Bled, Kranjska Gora, Ljubljana, Piran, Koper, Triglav National Park, Bovec, etc. become flooded with eager holidaymakers. 

The good news is, even during this busy season and Slovenia’s small size, the masses are still manageable and the natural environment is big enough for you to enjoy your stay without feeling overwhelmed, as is common in other, larger European countries. 

End of June and early July also happen to be the perfect time to ascend Slovenia’s highest and iconic mountain – Mount Triglav.   

For greater mobility and a flexible itinerary during summer, travelling around Slovenia in a campervan is certainly an option worth exploring, as is venturing across our southern border for an organised holiday in the Balkans.   

Autumn (September to November)

Like spring, autumn is a wonderful alternative to summer’s high season. In early autumn, days are still warm enough for outdoor excursions. As this calmer season progresses, Slovenia’s countryside portrays remarkably beautiful colours. Therefore, the fun list of things to do in Slovenia still stands strong.

Experiencing the diversity and richness of Slovenia is super fun in autumn, with amazing cultural holiday options, while city breaks offer a chance to explore our country’s charming urban areas and their colourful surroundings.

Autumn in Slovenia also presents visitors with numerous opportunities to indulge in our tasty gastronomy and spoil themselves silly with the finer things in life on exclusive luxury holidays.

Although autumn is considered the wettest time of year and November ushering in cold temperatures, for many this season represents the most optimal time for a visit.

Winter (December to February)

In winter, Slovenia is gorgeous. The Alpine region is transformed into a winter wonderland straight out of a story book. Ljubljana, Europe’s cutest capital, becomes a Christmas fairy-tale, adorned with the most magical decorations. Every bigger town sets up a Christmas market, and despite the cold, there’s always plenty of things to do in Slovenia during this festive time.

The mountainous areas are very cold during winter, but that’s exactly how we like them. There are scores of winter activities for everyone to enjoy and an incredibly lush selection of ski resorts offer amazing winter holidays.

Even other outdoor activities are possible during winter, like fishing or going on certain guided hiking trips. For the bravest and physically fit, the possibility of climbing Triglav or scaling its mighty North Face still exists during winter. And it’s breath-taking!

The coastal parts of Slovenia are very appealing in wintertime, as they exhibit the same Christmassy spirit, but with much milder temperatures.

The final winter verdict is: Everyone who visits Slovenia during this season will undoubtedly fall in love with the place instantaneously.

BY PLANE

Slovenia has 3 international airports (Ljubljana, Maribor, PortoroĹľ). 

Ljubljana (Jože Pučnik Airport) – main airport in Slovenia 

It is located about 26 km north of the capital city. You can catch a taxi, an airport shuttle, rent a car, or opt for our transfer options, depending on your travelling itinerary. 

The Ljubljana airport is the best option when travelling to Slovenia, particularly for visiting places in the central, north or north-western part of the country. 

Maribor (Edvard Rusjan Airport) – second international airport

It is located about 10 km south of Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia. 

Travelling to and from the airport is done by taxi or a pre-booked transfer. 

Maribor airport is mainly used for seasonal and charter flights. 

Portorož Airport – smaller charters, business and cargo flights

The Airport in Portoroz is located 6 km south of Portorož, and you can reach the following towns within an hour’s drive: Trieste (Italy), Koper, Postojna, Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Croatian towns on the Istrian Peninsula.

Alternative airports near Slovenia:

Zagreb, Pula, Klagenfurt, Graz, Trieste, Venice, Vienna  

Ljubljana airport surrounded by mountains
Brnik airport with mountains in the background

BY BUS

You can travel to Slovenia by bus from numerous European cities.

There are direct coach lines from as far as Sweden and Denmark. 

Most international coaches stop in Ljubljana. 

Foreign EU bus transport providers registered do not require special permits to travel across Slovenia. FlixBus coaches and Nomago buses are growing in popularity. 

BY TRAIN

Taking a train to Slovenia is easy as it gets. There are good rail connections from neighbouring and many other countries: Croatia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, etc. 

Slovenia is included in the Eurail Global Pass system. 

You can also travel by rail from the nearby airports, like Trieste, Zagreb or Vienna.

BY CAR, BIKE, MOTORBIKE, ON FOOT

You can visit Slovenia by virtually any ground means you want. 

If you’re travelling by car or motorbike, the road connectivity via regional roads and motorways is very straightforward. 

If you’re heading into Slovenia by bike or even on foot, there are plenty of smaller border crossings connected by local roads that will take you to wherever it is you’re going to. 

BY BOAT/FERRY

You can catch a direct ferry from Italy or sail in from Croatia. 

Slovenia has 4 small ports/marinas which you can use when travelling by boat. 

When sailing to Slovenia, always check availability and other requirements. 

There are also many cruises that stop in the port main Slovenian port, Koper and the neighbouring Trieste or Venice.

Do I need a VISA for Slovenia?

Citizens of the Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA) may enter Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport and do not require a visa or a residence permit.

Third country nationals must acquire a visa or a residence permit from Slovenia’s diplomatic mission abroad.

* The list of countries that require a visa to Slovenia can be viewed on the official government website here. 

How do I get around Slovenia? 

Slovenia is a very small country, which translates to short transfer times. Roads and railway connections are good, so travelling around Slovenia is a piece of cake. The country is very small and driving conditions are excellent. 

The easiest means is of course by car, but local public transport (bus, train) is well-organized, accessible, affordable, and will certainly take you to where you want to be. If you’re vacationing in Slovenia and would like to explore the country day-by-day, Day Trips are the ultimate way of seeing all the main sights and offer extremely reliable transfer options.

Driving in Slovenia

CAR / MOTORBIKE

The roads in Slovenia are well-maintained and up to EU standards. 

Traffic is commonly quite light, except on major motorways during the high seasons (July, August). 

You can rent a car in any bigger Slovenian town (Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Koper, etc.). 

Driving times between places are short. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from one part of the country to another. 

Petrol stations are frequent and repair services are responsive.  

There are more than 240 charging stations for electric vehicles all around Slovenia.

Emergency numbers: 112 (ambulance, fire department), 113 (police)

Roadside assistance: 1987

*And remember: we drive on the right in Slovenia. 🙂

CAMPERVAN 

All the top destinations provide suitable campervanning facilities. 

The best and most practical way to travel around Slovenia by campervan is to book a campervan holiday. 

TRAIN

Most popular destinations in Slovenia are connected by railway.

However, rain transfer can be quite slow when travelling around Slovenia, as we do not have speed trains and rides usually include many local stops. 

BIKE

Cycling around Slovenia is fantastic. 

Low traffic and good quality local roads are very suitable for cyclists. 

If you would like to explore Slovenia by bike, we highly recommend booking a special cycling holiday. 

*Reduce the carbon footprint!*

The most sustainable means of travel are rail, electric car, and bicycle.  

Where do I stay in Slovenia?

The accommodation situation in Slovenia is excellent, so finding a nice place to stay in Slovenia is easy. There are plenty of accessible, comfortable hotels and hostels in both urban and rural areas, equipped with all the modern facilities. 

Camping and its luxurious variant glamping are excellent for those who want to spend their holiday in Slovenia’s wonderful natural environment. 

Located in idyllic countryside locations, many tourist farms offer lodgings as well as tasty local cuisine. For those who like to venture high in the mountains, mountain huts serve as unique overnight stays with surreal panorama. 

There are also plenty of private options in the form of Airbnb and Booking. 

Useful Information & Tips:

Are accommodations in Slovenia child-friendly?

Yes, most places are very well equipped to accommodate youngsters and babies. 

Are accommodations wheelchair accessible? 

Although many places are wheelchair accessible, certain places might not be. 

We advise to always check in advance before booking. 

Can I bring my pet along? 

It depends on the accommodation. Most outdoor campsites and some hotels and private accommodations allow pets (dogs, cats, etc.), but most hostels and luxury lodgings do not. 

The best thing to do is check before booking. 

Can I get married in Slovenia?

Absolutely. 

In fact, we highly recommend it.

Slovenia is an exceptionally romantic destination, so getting married or proposing to your soulmate here is unquestionably a very attractive option.

Slovenia is home to one of the most idyllic wedding locations in the world: Lake Bled.

Check it out! 

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