Amazing Things to do Ljubljana – What To See in the Capital of Slovenia

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Ljubljana Ultimate Guide – Top Things to do Ljubljana

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The capital of Slovenia has so much to offer that we are not sure where to start. Maybe with telling you the it has the most unique Old Town that we have seen in Europe (with Tallinn as a runner-up)? Or maybe that it is so small that you can easily see all the important tourist attractions in just few hours? One way or another, it is a place worth visiting! Keep reading to discover the most amazing things to do Ljubljana.

We don’t know anyone who won’t be charmed by this city. Ljubljana is like a perfect combination of Slovenia, Croatia & Italy, with the bridges and canals like those in Venice. There is something magical about this place. We could spent hours walking around the Old Town, eating gelato and simply relaxing.

Did you know that Ljubljana is called The Green Capital of Europe? No wonder why- it is one of the most peaceful cities we have ever been to.

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The canals are on the top of the list of things to do Ljubljana.

Best things to do in Ljubljana Slovenia:

Ljubljana activities #1

Ljubljana Castle

The castle is definitely one of the best places to visit in Ljubljana. It is visible from any places in the city. The good news even though it is located on the hill, everyone can go there!

There’s a funicular railway that will get you directly to the top of it. The return ticket costs 4 euro.

Skip the line and book a guided tour to Ljubljana castle online here.

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You can take the funicular ride up to get to the castle, one of the best places to visit in Ljubljana.

You can also take a short hike up the hill. The way is beautiful! You will walk surrounded by the unspoilt Slovenian nature.

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Ljubljana travel blog: The castle.

The castle itself is nice but not spectacular. What we liked the most is the view from the hill! If the weather is good, you can see the amazing Julian Alps that are located over 100 kilometres away. How awesome is that?

Check out a day trip to Julian Alps from Ljubljana

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Looking for some day trip Ljubljana inspirations? Visit Julian Alps.

Things to see in Ljubljana #2

Metelkova street

Even though we have visited over 20 European capitals, we have never seen anything like Metelkova street.

It is called the City in The City, the independent area that doesn’t belong to anyone. It is full of street arts, graffitis, weird sculpts and people of all the subcultures.

The rule of Metelkova is simple:

You can be whoever you want, dress and look the way you want to, and we still won’t judge you.

So it may be quite shocking to visit this place for the first time: you will see people riding the weird, double bicycles, having green hair, wearing clothes that you won’t find in any stores. You will see shoes hanging on the wires and hear 8 different kind of musics, including Jazz, Psychobilly, Rock, Punk rock, Heavy metal Techno and more. (It is NOT loud at Metelkova! The music is played inside the buildings). Metelkova is definitely the best place to experience Ljubljana nightlife.

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Ljubljana nightlife is best to experience on Metelkova street.

Metelkova has a very interesting history– in the past this place belonged to the Yugoslavian army. When this big country divided into smaller areas, the government of newly formed Slovenia didn’t know what to do with this place.

People started squatting there. They also organised nice events and Metelkova slowly became the cultural centre of Ljubljana. The government tried to do something with this but after protests of Slovenian people, it gave up.

In the heart of Metelkova, there is one of the coolest hostel in the world- Celica. We’ve been lucky enough to stayed there. Keep on reading to find out what it’s like to live behind the bars!

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Metelkova street is one of the best places to go in Ljubljana at night.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Even though Metelkova is considered as an independent area, it is NOT TRUE that everything is allowed there. It is not a good idea to do drugs there. If you want to smoke weed in Ljubljana or break any other law, don’t do that at Metelkova. Don’t do that at all.

We saw many undercover policemen who were walking around this street, especially at night. They stopped us once to check our IDs. If you don’t want to get in troubles while traveling abroad, think twice before doing anything illegal.

It is TRUE though that it is a very safe place. We’ve been staying at Metelkova for almost a week and we haven’t seen any fights or crimes. Even when we were walking there after the midnight, we felt very safe. That’s why it’s a great place to go to experience Ljubljana nightlife.

Looking for more fun things to do in Ljubljana at night? Book Pub Crawl Ljubljana tour!

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Weird sculpture on Metelkova street is one of the things to see Ljubljana.

Ljubljana sightseeing #3

Triple Bridge

One of the best things to do in Ljubljana is walking through the Triple Bridge. They connect the Old Town with the new part of the city and are located close to the Prešeren Square.

Three Bridges are the landmark of Ljubljana. In 2012, they were even an official logo of Google, when everyone was celebrating 140th birthday anniversary of its architect, Jože Plečnik.

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The Tripple Bridge is on the top of the list of Ljubljana things to see.

Ljubljana travel blog #4

Cathedral of St. Nicholas

Ljubljana Cathedral is the most important church in the city. It was built in 18th century and has the beautiful doors made of bronze.

Even though Cathedral of St. Nicholas looks amazing from the outside, we enjoyed its interiors even more. The baroque decorations are breathtaking and mysterious. There are no tickets to the church, the admission is free of charge.

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If your time in Slovenia is limited and you wonder what to do in Ljubljana in one day, go to the Cathedral.

Ljubljana what to see #5

Prešeren Square & Franciscan church

Prešeren Square is our favourite spot at the Old Town of Ljubljana. Its name originates from the statue of France Prešeren (Slovene poet) that is standing in the centre of the square.

The tall, reddish Franciscan Church of the Annunciation is another landmark of this place. In our subjective opinion, it is the most beautiful sacral building in Ljubljana. This baroque church stole our hearts and we kept coming back there almost everyday throughout our stay.

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The pink church is where the free walking tour Ljubljana starts. See more here.

Best things to do in Ljubljana #6

Zoo

Zoo in Ljubljana is a great alternative to any Ljubljana walking tour. Even though it is not big, we really liked it.

If you are traveling to Ljubljana with kids, zoo is one of the top places you should go to. Visiting places where animals are kept in the cages is always controversial… All we can say is that animals at Ljubljana’s zoo have great conditions of living and they are taken good care of.

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Go to the zoo if you are visiting Ljubljana with kids.

Ljubljana sights #7

Ljubljana Museum of Illusion

Visiting Ljubljana Museum of Illusion is a perfect alternative for those of you who are not interested in the history. If walking around the Old Town is too boring for you then, you will enjoy this place. It’s also a great museum for families traveling to Ljubljana with children.

We have mixed feeling about the Ljubljana Museum of Illusion. We had fun there but on the other hand we were quite disappointed. The admission (8 euro) is quite high comparing to other places like this. We thought we would spend there at least few hours. It turned out that the museum is very small and we saw everything in 50 minutes or so.

Maybe we are just spoiled by different countries. In Thailand we have visited a similar place, Art in Paradise. It was huge and the exhibitions were more interesting.

To sum up- Ljubljana Museum of Illusion may not be the world class but it is definitely nice enough for the small country of Slovenia. Going there is one of the fun things to do in Ljubljana in winter, when it’s too cold to spend the entire day outdoor.

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If you are in Ljubljana with children, visit Museum of illusion.

Ljubljana things to do #8

Mestni Trg & Town Hall

TIP: There is a Telemach store located in front of the Town Hall. You can buy there Slovenia SIM card to have an unlimited access to the Internet in your phone!

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Town Square is one of the places to visit Ljubljana.

Town Square (Mestni Trg) is one of the oldest places in Ljubljana. It was the centre of the town in the Middle Ages. The original buildings that were standing there we destroyed by the Earthquake in 16th century.

They were replaced by the new ones later on. The most famous of them all, Town Hall, was renovated in 18th. It is a beautiful example of baroque architectural style.

The thing we liked the most at Mestni Trg is the Robba Fountain. Three men with jugs symbolise the main rivers of Slovenia: Ljubljanica, Krka and Sava.

Town Hall is the starting point of most of the Ljubljana walking tours.

Pick the best Ljubljana walking tour here:

Best places to eat in Ljubljana #9

Cankarjevo Nabrezje

If you wonder where to eat in Ljubljana, there is no better place. Along the Ljubljanica river, there are many restaurants and cafes. This area is always full of people. Some of them are sitting at the canals, some at the beer gardens.

Cankarjevo Nabrezje it’s where you can find the best food in Ljubljana. Even if you are not hungry, it is worth to go there and take a relaxing walk along the river.

CLICK here to book best Ljubljana food tour.

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The best Ljubljana food can be eaten at Cankarjevo Nabrezje.

Ljubljana attractions #10

Slovenska Filharmonija & Kongresni trg

Kongresni trg (Congress Square) is one of the most peaceful areas of Ljubljana’s Old Town. There are two main reasons why it is worth to go there. The first is to see the beautiful building of Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

The second is to take some awesome photos of the castle. We love photography and it was one of the most interesting spots that we have found in the Old Town of Ljubljana!

Slovenska Filharmonija & Kongresni trg Ljubljana Ultimate Guide

Where to stay in Ljubljana?

Best places to stay in Ljubljana for trendsetters & budget travellers:

Hostel Celica

Hostel Celica is the most interesting place that we have ever stayed in. It has awesome location: in the former prison at Metelkova street (city inside the city, we are writing about it above).

The rooms are actually the cells, so you can truly experience how it is to live behind the bars. You don’t have to be afraid though- you can unlock it whenever you want.

Every room has a separate doors, so you don’t need to worry about the privacy. Celica is called the 5 star hostel because it literally has all the facilities you need: free and fast WiFi, clean shared bathroom, good breakfast, perfect location and awesome staff.

Check out the latest hotel prices for Hostel Celica—> click here.

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Where to stay Ljubljana? Nice hotel for everyone:

Hotel Meksiko***

This is a perfect place to stay for everyone. The rooms at Meksiko are stylish and have beautiful design. Hotel is situated 10 minutes walking from the Old Town.

There are many restaurants and shops around Meksiko, so the location is just perfect. The breakfast is delicious, you can see it on the video below.

What we loved the most about Meksiko is that it has all the facilities that we needed. The WiFi was fast and stable, so we could work online and talk with our family on Skype without loosing signal. The room was really cozy and the bed was super comfy.

We love hotels like this! Our stay was flawless.

Check out the latest hotel prices for Hotel Meksiko—> click here.

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Best places to stay in Ljubljana luxury travellers:

Grand Hotel Union****

Grand Union is one of the most famous hotels in Slovenia. It is 111 years old and has the best location in Ljubljana: in the heart of Old Town, right behind the Franciscan church and Prešeren Square. If you are looking for Ljubljana hotel with pool, it’s your place to go.

Even though it is a four star hotel, we think it deserves 5 stars. Why?

First of all- because of the location. Secondly, because of the amazing interiors. Last but not least… the breakfast! It was honestly the best that we had during our 3 weeks stay in Slovenia. Gluten-free bread, milk without lactose, fresh vegetable & fruit smoothies will satisfy even the most demanding tourists.

If you are looking for the best breakfast Ljubljana, go to Grand Hotel Union! Even if you are not staying at this hotel, go there to start your day with some delicious food.

The hotel is one of the biggest in Ljubljana but it won’t take away your privacy. Even though is is located in the heart of Old Town, it is very quiet in the room at night.

The WiFi at Grand Union is really fast, there is a parking, swimming pool and wellness area available for the guests. We absolutely loved this hotel!

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Grand is the best Ljubljana hotel with pool.

Check out the latest hotel prices for Grand Hotel Union—> click here.

If you don’t want to stay in any hostel or hotel, check out Airbnb Ljubljana (click to get $36 off of your first booking). You will definitely feel like home when staying at one of the apartments Ljubljana. Having the kitchen where you can cook and more than just one room is a great idea, especially if you are traveling in a group.

Find your best apartment Ljubljana here.

How to get around?

Walking

If you are staying in the city center, you can easily walk to all the important places in Ljubljana.

Ljubljana Bikes

This eco-friendly option is great, especially in the summer. Ljubljana Bikes (BicikeLJ) are really cheap. The registration costs just 1 euro. The first hour of biking is free. There are more than 50 bike stations in Ljubljana, all located 300-500 meters from each other.

You can register in the BicikeLJ system here. The credit card is required, as they need 350 euro of deposit in case you don’t return the bike. More about Ljubljana Bike here.

Interested in joining Ljubljana Bike Tour? Book it online here.

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If you are traveling on a budget, rent a bike Ljubljana.

Ljubljana Taxi

Unfortunately, there is no Ljubljana Uber. If you want travel by a taxi, you just need to use the local providers. The full info about Ljubljana taxi can be found here.

Car rent Ljubljana

We are based in Poland, that’s why we came to Slovenia by our own car. If you will be arriving back a plane, the most convenient option is to rent car Ljubljana.

Search for the lowest car hire in Ljubljana here.

Ljubljana public transport

The main Ljubljana bus station and Ljubljana train station are located next to each other (Trg Osvobodilne fronte Square). You can get there to everywhere in the city, or travel somewhere else (to Piran, Vienna, Trieste, Bled, Zagreb, Budapest or even Venice).

If you decide to use Ljubljana public transport to get around the city, you will be probably traveling by bus, as there is no subway in Slovenia.

It’s very easy to use bus Ljubljana. All you need to do is get a Urbana Card (for 2 euro) and top it up with up to 50 euro. This Ljubljana card can be purchased in many places in the city, including Tourist Information Centers, post offices, kiosks, hotels, and more. Urbana Card works just like the Navigo Pass in Paris or Oyster Card in London.

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The best way to travel around the capital of Slovenia is by bike Ljubljana or by public transport.

Tips

CountrySlovenia, European Union
Ljubljana currencyEuro
Ljubljana best time to visitApril-October
Ljubljana Taxi AppTaxi Metro
Cheap car rental LjubljanaRent Cars
Money exchange LjubljanaAt the airport or in the city center. Use Multicurrency Card to reduce the fees.

What to buy in Ljubljana?

1. Handmade goods:

2. Food:

  • Burek
  • Seed Oil
  • Chocolate (Berryshka)
  • Wine
  • Ljubljana craft beer (Vizir)
  • Honey
Vizir beer crafted
Looking for best Ljubljana souvenirs? Buy food or handmade goods.

How many days in Ljubljana?

The optimum is 2 days in Ljubljana. You can see everything in just one day but you may get really tired.

What’s the best time to visit Slovenia?

The country is great to visit all year round. The weather is good from April to October, so that would be the best time to visit Ljubljana.

There are many things to do in Ljubljana in summer, that involves walking, biking, and spending a time outdoor.

What are the things to do in Ljubljana when its raining?

Go for a day trip to the neighboring cities or countries (more about best day trips from Ljubljana further in this post).

If you want to stay in the city, go to the museum. Here you will find a list of best museums in Ljubljana.

If you are traveling in a group, go to the Escape Room Ljubljana. It’s so much fun there! You will be locked in the room and have just one hour to escape. In order to find a key, you will need to solve many riddles.

Last but not least- when the weather is not good, you can always do some shopping! Buy souvenirs, clothes or food. Here you can find an interesting Ljubljana shopping guide.

What to eat in Ljubljana?

Burek

It’s popular in many countries of Europe. This fast food Ljubljana can be found in many places in the city. Burek is a pastry filled with minced meat, cheese, or vegetables.

Gelato

Ice cream in Ljubljana is one of the best we have ever eaten! It’s probably because Ljubljana is located so close to Italy.

Bar Fetiche is our favorite place to eat gelato in Ljubljana.

More about the best food in Slovenia here.

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Bar Fetiche is one of the best places to eat Ljubljana.

Best tours in Ljubljana

Just like in Venice, it’s impossible to take Ljubljana bus tour. Most of the important tourist attractions can’t be reached by any vehicle. Maybe there will be a Ljubljana sightseeing bus in the future but for now, here are the best tours in the capital of Slovenia:

  1. Castle & City Walking tour

The capital of Slovenia in a nutshell. You will visit all the Ljubljana top sights in just 2 hours, and pay less than $20.

Book Ljubljana City Tour here.

2. Ljubljana beer tour

Try 6 Ljubljana craft beer, play games, have fun, and listen to the beer-related stories. Everything in one place, no need to do any pub crawling.

Book Ljubljana beer tour here.

3. River cruise / Ljubljana boat tour

While in Ljubljana, you need to cruise along the Ljubljanica river! The best option is to combine it with the walking tour. After 1,5h of sightseeing, relax on a boat and enjoy the beautiful view of the city.

Book Ljubljana boat tour here.

4. Ljubljana wine tour

You will be surprised how delicious Slovenian wine is. Not only you will have a chance to try it during the Ljubljana wine tour, but you will get to know the history of the region as well.

Book Ljubljana wine tour online here.

Check out more recommended Ljubljana excursions:

Best day trips from Ljubljana

Slovenia is a really small country. Ljubljana is located in the very center of it. You can easily travel to anywhere in Slovenia in less than 2,5h. There are many places to visit near Ljubljana that you can reach by car or public transport. You can even travel abroad to Italy, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, and Slovakia.

In this post you will find all the full list places in Slovenia, where you can travel from Ljubljana.

Day trips from Ljubljana to other places in Slovenia:

Piran

Head to Piran fo a taste of coastal Slovenia on your day trip from Ljubljana. Once ruled by the Venetian Republic, the town is known for its pretty piazzas and picturesque harbour. After climbing the tower of St George’s church, head to the cafes in Piran’s central Tartini Square. Relax here for a while before exploring the narrow cobbled streets that take you to the sea front. On a clear day you can see Italy across the Bay of Trieste.

Want to go to Piran by yourself? Book Ljubljana Piran bus online here.

Want to join a guided tour to Piran from Ljubljana? Book it online here.

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Piran is one of the best idea for a day trip Ljubljana. Text contributed by Katy Clarke from Untold Morsels Blog

Maribor

Slovenia is quite a small country and therefore it is very easy to go from A to B. Maribor, Slovenia’s second biggest city is only 1,5 hour from Ljubljana and perfect for a day trip. Maribor is a very cute city and you can visit it in 1 to 2 hours. It has very nice coffees and restaurant. Don’t miss Casino, a coffee house on Glavni Trg is Maribor’s central square with traditional Yougoslav furniture. It is absolutely beautiful. Around the corner go to see the view from down the bridge and don’t miss the oldest grape in the world in front of the old wine house! If you go in winter, you might want to spend the morning skiing in the Balkans too! Maribor is 20 minutes away by bus from the city center to the ski slopes of Pohorje! Don’t miss the opportunity!

Book your day trip to Maribor online here.

If you want to travel by yourself check out Ljubljana to Maribor train timetables here or book your bus ticket online.

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Maribor is a perfect idea for a day trip from Ljubljana. Text contributed by Amandine Hach from Les Berlinettes Blog.

Bled

Bled is one of the most Instagrammable places in Slovenia. The beautiful lake and the Alps, make it a perfect place to relax.

Bled is located less than an hour driving from Ljubljana. You can easily get there either by car or by bus Bled to Ljubljana.

If you want to get the most of your visit to Bled, join a guided tour.
You can book it online here.

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Day trip to Bled from Ljubljana is a great idea.

See more recommended trips here:

Day trips from Ljubljana to Croatia:

Ljubljana to Zagreb 

Zagreb is one of the best Ljubljana day trips. The capital of Croatia, Zagreb offers tourists so many things to do from a historical and cultural standpoint. There are many cafes in Zagreb that you can enjoy coffee or lunch at and many world-class restaurants that travelers will love checking out. Zagreb tends to be a little forgotten about when it comes to traveling in Croatia and I definitely think that people who want to see a different side of the country should venture to this beautiful and enjoyable city that is situated inland and that is a great day trip from Ljubljana.
The best way to get from Ljubljana to Zagreb is either by car or by public transport. Zagreb Ljubljana bus is operating on a daily basis. The travel time is about 2,5h, and the cost less than 10 euro per person.
Book you ticket for Ljubljana Zagreb bus online here.
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Zagreb is one of the best day tours from Ljubljana that you can take. Photo + text contributed by Megan Starr.

Ljubljana to Split

The only way to visit Split on a day trip from Ljubljana is by driving your own car (blablacar, taxi and the like), since by Slovenia bus (via Zagreb or Brioni Pula) or by Slovenia train (via Zagreb), it takes way too long for a day trip.
In any case, the effort will not be in vain. Split is the main city of the Dalmatian region in Croatia and has a prominent port on the Adriatic Sea. Its most representative monument is the Diocletian’s Palace. But in the historic center of Split there are not only Roman remains, as we also find medieval buildings such as the City Hall dating from the fifteenth century, beautiful squares like the Republic’s, beaches like Bacvice, a perfect promenade by the sea – aka. Riva – and wonderful Gothic and Renaissance palaces.
In 1979 Unesco declared the ancient city of Split, with its medieval streets, Roman remains and palaces, a World Heritage Site. And since then, it has been attracting tourists, who normally include it within their Croatia itinerary between the capital Zagreb and the parks of Plitvice and Krka; and before the southern part where to enjoy jewels like Dubrovnik and Korcula Island.
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Looking for things to do around Ljubljana? Go to Split. Text contributed by Inma Gregorio from A World To Travel blog

Ljubljana to Rijeka

Rijeka is located at the north of Croatia and has been an important harbor city since the Renaissance. The city was part of the Habsburg empire and the influence can be still experienced. It’s as if you were taking a stroll through Salzburg or Vienna, just with the difference that the weather is pleasantly warm, dry and you can feel the sea breeze in your face. The city is a great base to travel to all the different islands.
The best way to get there from Ljubljana is via car. You can hire car Ljubljana and take the drive down, the highways are good and traffic is normally not an issue (except maybe during peak summer season).
You can also take Ljubljana Rijeka bus for about 7 euro one way. The trip lasts about 2,5h.
Book your Rijeka Ljubljana bus here.
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Text contributed by Helene from Masala Herb Blog

Day trips from Ljubljana to Hungary:

Lubljana to Budapest

If you want to make a day trip to the capital of Hungary, you need to travel by your own car or leave at night by Ljubljana to Budapest bus. The journey will take 6 hours one way, so in order to make it doable, start traveling at 2-4 am.

There is no point in taking Ljubljana to Budapest train, as it leaves only once a day, and the traveling time is almost 9 hours.

Budapest is one of our favorite cities in the world. It has a fairy tale castle, and a beautiful old town. Read more about the capital of Hungary in our Budapest guide.

Book  Ljubljana to Budapest bus ticket online here.

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Day trip from Ljubljana to Budapest is doable but you need to start traveling early in the morning.

Day trips from Ljubljana to Slovakia:

Ljubljana to Bratislava

Bratislava is located about 4 hours from Ljubljana, and you can easily get there via the highway/autobahn that goes through Austria via Graz. You could also drive through Hungary, but it’s a slightly longer route, so it’s recommended to drive via Austria to Bratislava.
Bratislava is not one of the most famous capitals in Europe, but it’s still beautiful, especially the old town and the castle. It’s also a city where you don’t have to spend several days to see the most of it. The majority of sightseeing spots are located within walking distance from the central station and the old town.
Some spots that shouldn’t be missed besides the castle are Michael’s Tower, Devin Castle, St Martin’s Cathedral and the blue church.
If you don’t have a car, you can use public transport to travel from Ljubljana to Bratislava and then back from Bratislava to Ljubljana. You’d need 2 days though, as traveling one way takes about 8 hours.

Book your bus ticket from Bratislava to Ljubljana and / or back here.

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Photo + text contributed by Alexander from Destinavo

Day trips from Ljubljana to Italy:

Ljubljana to Venice

One of the most unique cities in the world, Venice, is located just 3 hours driving from Ljubljana.
You can either get there by car or by public transport. If that’s your preferred way of transport, buy online your bus tickets for Venice to Ljubljana bus and back.
It’s so much better to join the guided, fully organized tour to Venice from Ljubljana though! We’ve been traveling the world since 2013, and Venice is the only city we got lost… many times. It’s really difficult to see everything there in just one day, if you don’t have a guide.
Save yourself the hassle and book your guided tour to Venice here.
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Venice to Ljubljana tour is one of the best day trips you can take while in Slovenia.

Ljubljana to Trieste 

Europe is really small! From the capital of Slovenia, you can get to the coastal city of Trieste in Italy in just 1,5h!

If you want to see the Adriatic Sea, it’s one of the best places to go.

Save your time and book Trieste to Ljubljana bus online here.

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If you want to see the Adriatic Sea, travel from Ljubljana to Trieste.

Day trips from Ljubljana to Austria:

Ljubljana to Vienna

Located 4 hours driving (or 5 hour bus ride) from Ljubljana, the capital of Austria is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
It’s worth to spend in Vienna more than just one day but if your time in Europe is limited, go there even for just a few hours.
Buy your Ljubljana to Vienna bus ticket online here.
Buy your Vienna to Ljubljana train ticket online here.
Vienna Parliment
Looking for best Ljubljana tours for one day? Go to Vienna.

Ljubljana to Graz

Graz may not be the most obvious choice for a day trip from Ljubljana, however, this historic town is just a scenic 2 hours drive from the Slovenian capital and a beautiful place to visit.
Known as Vienna’s little sister, the UNESCO inscribed town of Graz is full of quaint streets, incredible architecture and historic landmarks. The best part of Graz is that it’s easy to explore in a day on foot. Be sure to make the hike to the top of the Schloßberg, the hilltop park in the centre of Graz for panoramic views across this beautiful UNESCO town.
Book bus from Graz to Ljubljana and / or back here.
Book train from Graz to Ljubljana and / or back here.
Graz castle
Photo + text contributed by Elaine from Show Them The Globe blog

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4 COMMENTS

  1. You mention Ljubljana zoo, but not Tivoli Park within which it is situated?
    The park is massive, with way-marked walks, jogging trails gardens and fountains and even an outdoor library.
    After a couple of days of monuments, castles, churches and galleries, it’s a fantastic place to unwind and relax 🙂
    Good article, thank you.

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