How to Get to Slovenia?

Learn how to get to Slovenia by plane, car, or public transportation, and have an easier time planning your trip with our comprehensive guide.
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Are you planning a trip to Slovenia and wondering how to get there? Look no further!

Slovenia is conveniently located in the very center of Europe, making it easy to arrive from any direction. Whether you’re coming by air, land, or sea, there are plenty of options for getting to this small, yet mighty country.

Scenery in Kranjska Gora

With its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural history, and welcoming locals, Slovenia is the perfect destination for travelers looking to explore this part of Europe.

In this guide, we’ll cover all the ways you can get to Slovenia, so you can easily plan your trip.

Arriving by plane

Getting a flight to Slovenia is the best option to get here, especially if you’re not from one of the bordering countries.

Slovenia has 3 international airports (Ljubljana, Maribor, Portorož). 

Ljubljana (Jože Pučnik Airport) – the main airport in Slovenia 

It is located about 26 km north of the capital city. You can catch a taxi, an airport shuttle, rent a car, or opt for our transfer options, depending on your traveling itinerary. 

The Ljubljana airport is the best option when traveling to Slovenia, particularly for visiting places in the central, north, or north-western part of the country. 

Maribor (Edvard Rusjan Airport) – second international airport

It is located about 10 km south of Maribor, the second-largest city in Slovenia. Traveling to and from the airport is done by taxi or a pre-booked transfer. Maribor Airport is mainly used for seasonal and charter flights. 

Portorož Airport – smaller charters, business, and cargo flights

The Airport is located 6 km south of Portorož, and you can reach the following towns within an hour’s drive: Trieste (Italy), Koper, Postojna, Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Croatian towns on the Istrian Peninsula.

Alternative airports near Slovenia:

The most convenient airport outside Slovenia is Venice (Marco Polo and Treviso), with numerous international connections. Zagreb and Vienna are also great options, although the latter is a little farther away.

Other options: Pula, Klagenfurt, Graz, Trieste

Arriving by car

Arriving in Slovenia by car is a convenient and practical option, as the country has excellent connections to the rest of Europe via a network of highways. It’s easy to explore the whole country by car, as the distances are small and you can cover the entire country in just a few short drives.

In fact, Slovenia is the perfect destination for a road trip, as you’ll be able to take in all the stunning natural beauty and diverse cultural attractions the country has to offer.

It’s important to note that you’ll need to buy a motorway vignette to use the highways in Slovenia. These can be purchased at petrol stations, post offices, and kiosks — but the best way is to buy online. They are available for various lengths of time, ranging from a week to a year. Once you have your vignette, you’ll be able to enjoy smooth, hassle-free travels as you explore Slovenia by car.

Arriving by train

Taking a train to Slovenia is easy as it gets. There are good rail connections from neighboring and many other countries: Croatia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, etc. 

Slovenia is included in the Eurail Global Pass system. 

You can also travel by rail from nearby airports, like Trieste, Zagreb, or Vienna.

Arriving by bus

Traveling to Slovenia by bus from numerous European cities is quite straightforward. There are direct coach lines from as far as Sweden and Denmark, with most international coaches stopping in Ljubljana.

Foreign EU bus transport providers registered do not require special permits to travel across Slovenia, with FlixBus coaches and Nomago buses growing in popularity.

Do I need a VISA for Slovenia?

Citizens of the Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA) may enter Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport and do not require a visa or a residence permit.

Third-country nationals must acquire a visa or a residence permit from Slovenia’s diplomatic mission abroad.

* The list of countries that require a visa to Slovenia can be viewed on the official government website here.

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We took the 4-hour "City Bike Tour Ljubljana" with our guide, Andrej. Andrej was fabulous: filled with informative, historical, and humorous details. The ride allowed us to see many parts of Ljubljana in a short time, and Andrej tied it all together. The ride was not too difficult (we are seniors). The lunch stop was perfect (Slovenian charcuterie, plus a pour of local wine): enough to eat, water to drink, and a convenient WC. We recommend this tour (and Andrej) without reservation. We could not hope for a better experience.
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It was really wonderful experience! Luka our guide is professional and passionately guiding us to the beautiful Pokljuka! We are beginner, but thanks to him, we were able to complete the snowshoeing safely. We highly recommend this!
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This was a truly amazing experience! We really enjoyed our beautiful Seven Lakes Valley hike with an overnight stay at a mountain hut. The alpine scenery of mountains throughout the hike was simply stunning especially the crystal clear emerald lakes, which are absolutely breathtaking! The cosy mountain hut was a lifesaver after a long day’s hike, dinner was hearty and delicious, atmosphere was lively and the beds were warm and comfortable - overall a great experience! What made it all the more enjoyable was being in the safe hands of our brilliant guide, Klemen who was not only very experienced, professional and knowledgeable, but he was also extremely helpful and accommodating. He went out of his way to take care of our needs during the journey. From the start, he was very responsive and proactive in helping us arrange our itinerary in the best way possible to maximise our time there. We also did a private rock climbing session with him after the hike and it was awesome! We definitely enjoyed our time in Slovenia with him and highly recommend going with this company and a private guide like him if you are looking for a customised trip.
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While in Slovenia we really wanted to go cave kayaking. We had booked in weeks in advance, but when we arrived another company cancelled our trip as it was off season and they didn't have enough people interested in doing it. We rang around some other companies and kept hearing the same thing, until we contacted Slovenia Activities. They usually need a minimum of four people but said they would make an exception for us (there were two of us). They arranged transport and that's when we met our driver Peter. It was a long drive, nearly two hours, but didn't feel long at all! Peter was so chatty and funny that the time flew by. We were taken back by all the beautiful scenery so he offered multiple times to make a stop so we could get some photos, he also bought us some bottles of water. The actual trip is quite physically active so you need to be on reasonable shape as there are a lot of steep stairs in the cave. You start off going in a miners train, and then go to a to where you put some waterproof overalls on. If you have a shoe size over 38 then the overalls have a waterproof pocket at the front where you can keep your phone. The actually kayaking was fun, you are allowed to explore it on your own and at the end of that part you go down a mini waterfall! Then after that you explore the mine and end on a miners meal of a meat platter, some bread and some spreadable cheese. On the journey back Peter was a delight again, and let us stop at McDonalds to get some dinner.
David Angdi
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Had a great photo tour around Ljubljana with Nejc. He understands a lot about photography and also about the city and history of Slovenia. Visited a lot of photo spots in 4+ hours and he was also willing to share his knowledge around how to get great photos. He is also very friendly and reliable. Thank you so much Nejc and Slovenia Activities. Highly recommended!
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I had an excellent time on my tour! Anze was friendly, detailed, and patient on our caving Lake Bled adventure caving tour. It has inspired me to further explore caves in my own region.
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