LJUBLJANA GETTING AROUND
GETTING AROUND IN LJUBLJANA
It is very easy to get around in Ljubljana. As the city center is relatively small, you can simply walk it or rent a bike. Don`t search for subway, because of its size Ljubljana has never had it. To get to other parts of Ljubljana you should use public transport like city bus system or a taxi. Please see more tips on getting around in Ljubljana below.
AROUND LJUBLJANA BY BIKE
Getting around Ljubljana by Bycicle
Ljubljana has a total of approximately 300 kilometers of well-maintained cycling routes. In 2017 it took a high 8th place on the list of the 20 most bicycle-friendly cities in the world “Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Cities Index”.
It is a bike-friendly city and of just the right size to see it by bike as it is relatively flat and compact enough to quickly get around the most beautiful corners by turning the pedals.
Green suburbs and the outskirts have a lot to offer and
It is also possible to cycle in the pedestrian zone in the city centre, whereby cyclists must give priority to pedestrians and must not endanger them by driving.
The town has a lot of respect for bikers and offers a good infrastructure of bike paths.
AROUND LJUBLJANA ON FOOT
Ljubljana on Foot
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright
Walking is a quick, reliable and healthy way to get around Ljubljana.
Namely, most of the tourist attractions and cultural monuments are located in the old historic city centre next to the river.
What makes walking in Ljubljana even more pleasant and safe is that Ljubljana has the largest pedestrian zone in Europe. Since 2007 the old town has been closed for motorized vehicles.
Outside the pedestrian zone, the same rules apply as elsewhere in the city. Follow the traffic rules and cross the road only at pedestrian crossings when the traffic lights turn green.
Even more can be seen on foot than you might imagine, also some attractions outside the historic city center, such as the Botanical Garden, Tivoli Park, the autonomous zone of Metelkova or the house of the great architect Joze Plecnik.
You can walk alone or you can also join us for the walking tour of historic Ljubljana.
AROUND LJUBLJANA BY BUS
How to use Ljubljana City Buses
Public transport Ljubljana
There are 61 bus lines that connect all parts of the city and also suburbs. To find Ljubljana bus schedule and to plan your travel it is best to use Google Maps.
Ljubljana public transport tickets
Please note that it is not possible to pay the driver in cash. To travel with Ljubljana city buses you will need an Urbana Card (find information about Urbana Card usage just below this article).
One journey costs 1.30 € and allows you to change as many busses as you need in a time of 90 minutes after the first validation without additional charge. It is free of charge for children up to 6 years of age.
When you enter a bus, make sure you approach your Urbana Card to the validation scanner (there are two on each bus, usually at the front door). When you hear a beep sound and see a green tick, a transaction is done.
You can use your Urbana card to pay for multiple passengers’ fares. Tell the bus driver how many passengers you want to pay for, without counting yourself.
Ljubljana city buses run mostly until midnight or 1 am, depending on a line. They start operating at 4-5 am again.
Urbana Card Ljubljana
Where to buy Urbana Card in Ljubljana?
You can get Urbana Card for a one-time fee of 2€ on so-called Urbanomats (photo on the right) and also at news-stands, in tobacco shops, at petrol stations, tourist offices and post offices.
When bought, load it with an amount of credit you may need and »Voila!«, you’re ready to take your first bus ride.
To replace your physical Urbana card, you can download the Urbana App from Google Play and load credit. When you board a bus, your phone must be unlocked and the NFC function enabled. Place your phone’s NFC antenna against the validating machine on the bus.
Although a bus driver may not check your Urbana card validity, we recommend not to try your luck. There are ticket inspectors that can enter your bus at any station on the way.
How to use your Urbana Card for Park & Ride service? Please read about that here.
LJUBLJANA TRAIN STATION
Ljubljana Railway Station
The Ljubljana central train station (in Slovenian: Zelezniska postaja) is situated in the middle of the city, some 10 minutes walk to the old town.
To get to the old town from the railway station or vice versa, take Miklosiceva street as it connects them directly.
Ljubljana train station departures
There are eight platforms on the main train station of Ljubljana.
Find them behind the entrance building that houses ticket offices and some cafés and shops.
Ljubljana train tickets
Hint: If possible, buy your ticket at the train station before entering the train, as it is usually more expensive if you buy it from the conductor (+ 5,00 €).
No matter the distance and destination there is an extra cost of 1,5 € if you are travelling by bike, for electric bike 3 €.
Information about Ljubljana train timetable and delays are published on the website of Slovenian Railways.
LJUBLJANA BUS STATION
The main bus station of Ljubljana is located in front of the main train station building. From here bus lines connect Ljubljana to all parts of Slovenia.
It hosts ticket and information offices, a tobacco shop and a small café with some croissants.
Ljubljana bus ticket
You can buy your bus ticket at the bus station or directly from the driver on the bus. Both options are ok.
Ljubljana bus schedule
Check their website to learn about timetables, departures, arrivals and international bus transfers.
GETTING A TAXI IN LJUBLJANA
There are several companies in Ljubljana that provide taxi services. So how to know which one is high quality, fair and not too expensive? You can’t, if you are a foreigner. That’s why we’re here to help you.
Ljubljana’s taxis are generally clean, safe and reliable, and cab drivers normally speak English well enough to understand and converse.
Nevertheless, there are things you should pay attention to and be careful about when hiring a taxi. As not all the taxi drivers are fair and square and as the different taxi companies in Ljubljana have different rates for their service.
Does Uber work in Slovenia? It doesn’t. Do not search for Uber service as the company has not hit the Slovenian market yet.
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LJUBLJANA BY BOAT
Getting around by Boat
Boats are not in the function of transport from point A to point B, but allow river sightseeing of Ljubljana.
Rides usually last for about 30 – 45 minutes and they take you through the city
Boats depart from different points in Ljubljana city
There are also guided walking tours that include a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River.
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FAQ – GETTING AROUND LJUBLJANA
How to get from Ljubljana to lake Bled?
– The most comfortable way to get from Ljubljana to lake Bled or from lake Bled to Ljubljana is to order a private transfer. No waiting, reliable, fast and safe. You can order your transfer by filling out this form.
– The cheapest way is to take a bus from Ljubljana to Bled.
– Train from Ljubljana to Bled: Taking a train demands changing train in Jesenice and walking about two kilometers from the end station to the town of Bled after that. Buses run every full hour and train about six times a day. Check Ljubljana to Bled bus times on the official Ljubljana Bus Station website. Schedules of train connections between Ljubljana and Bled are available at the official Train Station website.
– You can take a day trip from Ljubljana, organized by tour operators.
How to get from Ljubljana to Venice?
The most comfortable way to get from Ljubljana to Venice or from Venice to Ljubljana is to order a private transfer. No waiting, reliable, fast and safe. You can order your transfer by filling out this form.
Flixbus connects Ljubljana and Venice more than 10 times a day. The ride lasts about 4 hours.
- Train from Maribor to Ljubljana
There are trains from Maribor to Ljubljana running almost every half an hour. The ride takes from 2h to 2,5h.
- Budapest to Ljubljana train
There are two trains every day between Budapest and Ljubljana.