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Flying to Ljubljana

Direct flights to Ljubljana from the UK are available with easyJet (www.easyjet.com) and Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com). Prices are steady year-round, but the cheapest seats are always those sold a few months in advance. There are no direct flights from the USA; the quickest routes involve a stop in Paris, Brussels, Warsaw or Frankfurt.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours; New York - 10 hours 20 minutes (including stopover); Los Angeles - 14 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 10 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Sydney - 26 hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

Ljubljana has an efficient and modern road network. Increasingly the city is also connected to other destinations within Slovenia by a rapidly expanding network of modern motorways.

The minimum driving age in Slovenia is 18. For some car hire companies, the minimum age for car hire is 21. A valid national driving licence and minimum third-party insurance are required for renting a car in Ljubljana. If you're travelling from outside the EU, you may require an International Driving Permit.

Speed limits in Slovenia are 110-130kph (68-81mph) on motorways, 90kph (56mph) on non-urban roads and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas, sometimes reduced to 30kph (19mph). You must carry a warning triangle, fire extinguisher, reflective vest, first-aid kit and replacement bulbs in your car. You must also have your headlights on day and night.

You must buy road tax vignettes to use Slovenian motorways, including the Ljubljana bypass; they're sold at petrol stations, post offices and kiosks.

The main motoring organisation in Slovenia is AMZS (tel: 1987, in Slovenia only or +386 1530 5353; www.amzs.si).

Emergency breakdown services

AMZS (tel: 1987, in Slovenia only or +386 1530 5353; www.amzs.si).

Routes

The A1 handily cuts into Ljubljana from both the southwest and the northeast, while the A2 comes into Ljubljana from the north and also the southeast. Ljubljana is well connected by motorway to other European cities. The E70 serves Zagreb in Croatia, the E57/E59 goes to Graz in Austria and the E61/E71 runs to Trieste in Italy.

Coaches

The main bus station, Trg Osvobodilne fronte 4, is centrally located by the main railway station in the centre of Ljubljana.

Services run to all major Slovenian towns and cities, run by operators such as Nomago (tel: +386 4317 700; www.nomago.si) and Arriva (090 74 11 (within Slovenia), +386 4201 3110; www.arriva.si), as well as outside the country with operators such as DRD (tel: +386 5122 4222; www.drd.si) and Cazmatrans (www.cazmatrans.hr).

Time to city

From Maribor - 1 hour 30 minutes; Zagreb - 1 hour 50 minutes; Trieste - 1 hour 15 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Slovenia’s railways offer regular services between the country’s main cities and abroad. Trains depart from the centrally located Ljubljana Railway Station and Trg Osvobodilne fronte.

Operators

The national railway company in Slovenia is Slovenske Železnice (tel: +386 1291 3332; www.slo-zeleznice.si). It offers domestic services to major Slovenian towns including Maribor and Celje as well as international connections to Zagreb, Vienna, Villach (Austria) and Belgrade.

Journey times

From Maribor - 2 hours 25 minutes; Celje - 1 hour 20 minutes; Vienna - 6 hours; Villach - 1 hour 40 minutes; Zagreb - 2 hours 25 minutes; Belgrade - 9 hours.

Transfer

Ljubljana railway station is about a 10-minute walk from the river and the city centre.

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Hotel Cubo

Perhaps the sleekest hotel in Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo resides on one of the main thoroughfares leading to the city centre. The property claims to be “in the heart of the cultural, scientific and political Slovenia”. While there’s a definite air of sophistication about the place, the staff are friendly and unpretentious. There are 26 spacious rooms, with the furnishings and style boasting modernist touches.

Hotel Park

Offering affordable accommodation just on the edge of the city centre, this refurbished hotel might not win any awards for its tower block design, but it has clean, functional rooms with a touch of style. Free Wi-Fi in the 200 bedrooms and lobby comes in handy. Rooms are not large, but there are family rooms and junior suites for those seeking more space.

Hotel Emonec

The location of this bed and breakfast could not be any better, as this budget hotel is tucked just off the lively Prešeren Square in the city centre. The rooms are basic, but perfectly clean and comfortable. Little extras include bike hire, notebook hire, free Wi-Fi access and the slightly surreal massage chair, the latter available for 15-minute intervals.

Slamič

Much more than the ‘bed and breakfast’ it markets itself as, this cosy abode is housed above one of the city’s most famous cafés. Guests can enjoy excellent breakfasts there, as it’s part of the same business. Rooms are calm and comfortable, sporting creams and browns for a tasteful ambience. This is a good option for those looking for a conveniently located, cheap hotel in Ljubljana.

Grand Hotel Union Executive

Housed in a stunning art nouveau building dating back to 1905, this is the most attractive hotel in Ljubljana and the choice of movers and shakers, as well as visiting celebs. The building itself is a gem, but the quietly luxurious rooms boast views of other ornate art nouveau architecture and peek toward the castle. The hotel also offers an excellent restaurant and café.

City Hotel

This three-star property is centrally located with views of the capital’s castle. Transformed by a massive renovation programme a few years ago, City Hotel has extra rooms, restaurants and conference facilities. Neat features include free bikes and free internet access, while the staff are also happy to book local tours. The on-site restaurant offers good-value lunches and dinners, as well as tasty breakfast spreads.