If Vienna and Prague got married and had a baby, then this would certainly be LJUBLJANA (...but, with its Mediterranean flair, we might assume that an Italian lover was hiding in the bedroom...). Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, lies between Vienna and Venice, not far away from the Adriatic Sea. Its city region has always lain at the intersection of important transport routes leading from northern Europe to the Adriatic Sea and from western to eastern Europe and further on to the Balkans and the Near East. Road and rail connections have traditionally been good. Not far from the city is Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport, the country's main airport. Ljubljana (pop. 293,000) is one of the smallest European capitals. It’s never crowded – but also never boring. 50,000 university students give it its youthful appeal, and as an economic and cultural hub of Slovenia, it has a lot to offer to locals and visitors alike.
- An exciting mix of different cultural traditions
- One of Europe's top new culinary destinations
- A city with a green soul
- The perfect conference and congress city
- Unforgettable events and venues
Slovenia (and Ljubljana) was in 2014 proclaimed Lonely Planet‘s Best Place in Europe and one of Europe‘s most idyllic places to live by Forbes in 2008. Ljubljana is already one of Europe’s greenest and most livable cities, boasting a friendly café culture by day, and vibrant nightlife after the sun sets. Slovenia, which is as picture-perfect as Switzerland but much easier on the wallet.
Ljubljana is the European Green Capital 2016
Since Ljubljana is a very green city, with the main park touching the city centre, and Slovenians are in general very fond of nature, the outdoor space and recreation, a lot of possibilities for recharging batteries are available. Both Slovenia and Ljubljana are regarded as very safe destinations.
Visa requirements and letters of invitation
Slovenia entered the Schengen Agreement in 2007 and thus EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Slovenia, a passport or ID card is sufficient. Non-EU citizens are kindly advised to check the requirements at the website of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is recommended to begin the visa application procedure two months before the travel date. CD Congress Centre Ljubljana can handle the procedure of guarantee letters, requiring a one-week time frame and costing EUR 12 per document. Additional information on requesting a letter of guarantee for the visa process can be found in the document that you can download using this link.
ACCESS TO LJUBLJANA
Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport is located 26 kilometres to Ljubljana (20 minutes by road). W: https://www.fraport-slovenija.si/en/Main
Transfers to/from the airport
- Shuttle transfers: GoOpti, Nomago, MNJ Shuttle, Markun Shuttle, ZUP prevozi.
- Taxi: Taxi services are available in front of the airport building.
- Rent-a-car: consult the list of rent-a-car service providers at the airport.
Regular bus route
A regular bus route connects the Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport and the Ljubljana Central Bus Station (bus stop no. 28)
The distances to the other airports:
- Airport Graz, Austria: 187 km
- Airport Klagenfurt, Austria: 85 km
- Airport Zagreb, Croatia: 140 km
- Airport Trieste, Italy: 130 km
- Airport Venice, Italy: 230 km
- For transfers to Ljubljana consider shuttle transfers above.
Ljubljana is located at the crossroads of Slovenia's most important road routes. Motorway access from any of the neighbouring countries is very easy.
Road tax vignettes must be purchased for the use of Slovenian motorways, including the Ljubljana bypass. The roads where the vignette is required are marked by special vignette signs. Vignettes can be purchased at petrol stations located in the border areas of Slovenia's neighbouring countries, at petrol stations, post offices and most newspaper kiosks in Slovenia, and at branch offices of the Automobile Association of Slovenia (AMZS) and other automobile clubs.
The Ljubljana Railway Station is Slovenia's main railway station. It connects Ljubljana to Trieste, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Prague, Vienna, Graz, Budapest, Zagreb, and Belgrade. Railway is also a convenient means of transport within Slovenia, given that distances within the country are mainly short and travel costs low. W: https://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/
The Ljubljana Bus Station has regular services to all Slovenia's neighbouring countries and the most popular tourist destinations within the country. Bus tickets can be purchased at the counter of the Ljubljana Bus Station or online from the Ljubljana Bus Station website. European cities served by direct bus routes from Ljubljana: Trieste, Venice (Mestre, Marco Polo Airport), Florence, Milan, Klagenfurt, Vienna, Munich, Dortmund, Paris, Budapest, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Niš, Sofia. W: https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/
Green means of transportation are encouraged. For example, you could use a train to travel from Munich to Ljubljana (6 hours, approx. €30 one-way, €80 bed in a 3-bed compartment, 0.005 tonnes of CO2) instead of a plane (1 hour flight, 0.045 tonnes of CO2).
TRANSPORT IN LJUBLJANA
Those wishing to travel on Ljubljana city buses, operated by the Ljubljanski potniški promet (LPP) public utility company, should purchase the Urbana public transport card. The bus fare is paid via the Urbana stored-value card (card price €2.00 + bus fare). One bus fare equals €1.20. Changing buses within 90 minutes from purchase is free-of-charge. Ljubljana Tourist Card: Free-of-charge LPP bus fares during the entire period of the card’s validity (24, 48 or 72 hours).
BicikeLJ bicycle-sharing system
The BicikeLJ public bicycle system is available across the wider Ljubljana city centre. Bicycles can be hired practically for free.
In the summer and early autumn months (1 April - 31 October), bicycles can be hired in the Ljubljana Bike project, led by the Ljubljana Tourism.
In the centre of Ljubljana you can easily find a vacant taxi. Charges range between €0.80 and €1.50 for the starting fee and from €0.70 to €1.70 per kilometre. A taxi ride from Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport to Ljubljana costs from €20.00 to €45.00. Charges are lower when taxis are ordered by phone. In any case, it is advisable to enquire about the fare before the ride.
Slovenia: UTC +1, CET (Central European Time)
The climate of Slovenia is influenced by the Alps and the Mediterranean, except for its north-eastern part which is mostly continental. Ljubljana typically has cool and humid winters, while summers are warm and sunny thanks to Mediterranean air currents. The average low and high temperatures for June range from 12 to 23° C.
Foreign exchange, banking facilities
The Slovenian currency is the Euro (€). Most stores accept international credit and payment cards. There is also a wide network of ATMs where you can withdraw cash.
WiFree Ljubljana – city Wi-Fi network
WiFree Ljubljana offers 60 minutes of free Internet access in the direct city centre. The network can be accessed following a registration at www.wifreeljubljana.si.
Ljubljana Card: Free-of-charge 24-hour Internet access. The access to www.visitljubljana.com and other municipal websites is unrestricted.
Country code: +386 – Slovenia
Regional code: 01 – Ljubljana
Shopping in Ljubljana
The majority of shops in the city centre of Ljubljana are open between Monday and Friday from 8.00am to 7.00pm, Saturday from 8.00am to 1.00pm. The shopping centres at the city’s outskirts are open between Monday and Saturday from 8.00am to 9.00pm, Sunday from 8.00am to 3.00pm.
112 Emergency telephone number: fire and rescue, ambulance
1987 Traffic information – AMZS Road Assistance
Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre. W: https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/