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Travel to Slovenia

Flying to Slovenia

The national airline, Adria Airways (www.adria-airways.com), operates direct flights from the UK many other European destinations to Ljubljana. Other airlines offering direct flights from the UK include easyJet (www.easyjet.com) and Wizz (www.wizzair.com).

Flight times

If you are visiting one of Slovenia’s coastal towns, Trieste in Italy is closer than Ljubljana; if you are going to the east of the country, flying to Zagreb (Croatia) might be a better option.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours; New York - 10 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).

Departure tax

None.

Travelling to Slovenia by Rail

Connections and through trains are available from principal eastern and western European cities. International destinations with direct services include Belgrade, Vienna and Zagreb.

Some international trains have couchette coaches as well as bar and dining cars. Contact Slovenske Eleznica (tel: +386 1 291 3332; www.slo-zeleznice.si) for more information.

Rail passes

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 29 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Reductions are available for travellers under 26. Children under 12 are free when travelling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Voyages-sncf.com (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK; www.voyages-sncf.com).

Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 28 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months, three months, five days in 10 days, 10 days in two months or 15 days in two months. The Global Pass allows travel across all participating countries. The Select Pass is valid in four bordering countries. The Regional Pass lets you travel in two bordering countries. The One Country Pass offers travel in one of 27 countries.

Adult passes are valid for first-class travel, while youth passes (under 26) are valid for second-class travel. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult using an Adult Pass. The passes cannot be sold to EU citizens or residents. Available from Eurail (www.eurail.com).

Driving to Slovenia

Motorways link Ljubljana with major cities in neighbouring countries, including Trieste and Venice in Italy, Rijeka and Zagreb in Croatia, Budapest in Hungary, and Villach and Graz in Austria.

Driving note

For motorway driving you must display a weekly, monthly or yearly vignette (road tax sticker) in the windscreen. You can buy these at petrol stations as you approach the border or in shops at the border crossing. Winter tyres (or snow chains and at least 4mm tread depth) are required from 15 November to 15 March. Dipped headlights are required at all times.

Getting to Slovenia by boat

Visitors arriving on private vessels can choose from marinas at Izola, Koper, Piran and Portoroz.

Ferry operators

In the summer season (April to October) there is a weekly ferry service between Piran and Venice (www.commodore-cruises.hr/en). The journey takes about 3 hours.

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