Your Eurail Slovenia Pass is your key to a true rail travel adventure. Discover the splendid architecture, mountain vistas and the lovely Adriatic coast of Slovenia. If you want to explore this fascinating and beautiful country by rail, there are plenty of Eurail passes to choose from. The convenience and efficiency of train travel will make it well worth your while.
Slovenia by train
Train types in Slovenia
The national railway company of Slovenia is called SŽ (Slovenian Railways - Slovenske železnice).
How to get there
The capital city of Ljubljana is easy reachable by direct trains from Austria (Vienna), Germany (Munich), Switzerland (Zurich), Croatia (Zagreb), Hungary (Budapest) and Serbia (Belgrade).
Slovenian Railways, Slovenske Zeleznice or SZ, operate the following types of trains:
InterCitySlovenija (ICS). These quality trains run 9 times a day between Maribor and Ljubljana. Reservation is compulsory.
InterCity trains (IC). These are quality trains that cover long distances on national and international routes.
Green trains (ZV). These are quality motor trains that have comfortable, air-conditioned cars. They have shorter travel times, fewer stops and offer restaurant service.
Local and regional trains that cover shorter distances throughout the country.
EuroCity trains (EC). These are high-quality international trains that have modern, comfortable and air-conditioned cars. They offer some additional services such as a restaurant car and telephone facilities. They require reservation.
International trains (MV). These are quality trains that offer fast and reliable connections from Slovenia to other countries.
Examples of nice scenic train routes in Slovenia:
Ljubljana – Celje
Ljubljana – Jesenice – Nova Gorica
Airport city connection
From the International Airport you can take a bus to Ljubljana railway station. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Eurail passes are not valid on this connection.
Eurail aid office
For help with Eurail in Slovenia, you can go to the international ticket office at:
Ljubljana Railway Station
Mon-Fri: 08.00 - 20.00
Sat, Sun and holidays: closed
See Eurail aid offices for details and more aid offices in Europe.
Places to visit in Slovenia
Bled Castle and Vintgar Gorge
Take a pletna (a special boat only known in this region) to the only real island in Slovenia. In this picturesque little town, you’ll see Bled Castle emerging from the rocks overlooking quaint and charming Bled Island and the sparkling Lake Bled. Next, take a guided trail tour on the narrow bridges above Vintgar Gorge, which ends in a stunning waterfall. The trail also leads to breathtaking views of the area.
There is a bus service from Ljubljana to Bled, or you can take the train to Bled-Lesce station, and then a bus into Bled center.
Luminous and lively Ljubljana
The capital city of Ljubljana is the political and cultural heart of Slovenia. You’ll find unmistakable evidence of its rich history. It’s also a vibrant, modern city that’s home to theaters, museums, galleries (such as the National Art Gallery) and one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world. A remarkable 10,000 cultural events take place here every year, including nearly a dozen international festivals. When you visit, don’t miss the 15th century Ljubljana castle.
The National Art Gallery (Narodna Galerija) is less than 10 minutes from station Ljubljana Tivoli. Of course, Tivoli Park is also accessible from this stop.
Škocjan Caves Regional Park
Located on the main karst plateau in the southwest of Slovenia, these vast caves with their underground halls and gorges boast unique natural beauty and cultural heritage, they’re also the world’s largest underground wetlands. In fact, most visitors to Škocjan rarely see the village itself, as they’re immediately drawn to the treasures and discoveries of the caves. Try to do both when you visit.
Take the train to the nearby town of Divaca, and then pick up a taxi or bus to the park.
The beauty and bounty of Lake Bohinij
Outdoor enthusiasts won’t know where to begin in this natural wonderland and heavenly playground. Hiking, climbing and white-water rafting in the summer, gives way to unbelievable skiing in the winter, as the lake is surrounded by imposing slopes. Most visitors come for the spectacular Savica Waterfall, a 250-foot (75 m) drop for the river Sava. If weather allows, swimming and boating are also encouraged.
Take the train to the town of Ribcev Laz, and then get a cab to the lake.
The creepy-cool town of Predjama
A few miles from Postojna, you can visit the centuries-old Predjama Castle (Predjamski grad), perched high atop a 400 foot cliff. Nestled deep into the limestone, the castle seems to emerge directly from the caves underneath. See the living quarters and dungeon. Then take in the views from the observation post on the rocky cliff and legendary Erazem’s Tunnel. Some believe the castle is haunted. You be the judge.
The castle is best reachable by car. From Predjama center, it’s just a few minutes’ drive by taxi.
The limestone wonders of Postojna
In the chilly corridors of the Postojna Caves (Postojnska Jama), you’ll discover over 12 miles of passages, nearly 80 different species of cave animals and galleries bursting with stalagmites and stalactites. Hop on a cave train and uncover a dazzling natural world, and learn centuries of history, too. Check out graffiti from the 13th century and the soot-covered stalactites that show where the Germans hid their fuel supplies during the war.
During high season, there are buses from Postojna train station to the caves. Otherwise, a taxi is your best bet.
Events in Slovenia
Ljubljana Jazz Festival
The program for Ljubljana’s jazz event includes both local and international talent and the music style ranges from traditional through to Latin American jazz.
The jazz festival is held at venues across the center of the city which are within walking distance of the train station.
Lake Bohinj, already beautiful in daylight, lights up with fireworks, floating candles and of course bonfires. A celebration of the Feast of the Assumption, the fires light up the entire area.
Bohinj can be reached by train. Lake Bohinj is located 6 km out of Bohinj city and can be reached by bus.
Benefits in Slovenia
Free bus travel
With a Eurail pass valid in Slovenia, you get free travel on the following bus route:
Divača – Škocjan Caves
Hotel and resort services
Eurail pass holders also get discounts on swimming pools, aqua parks, and saunas at various hotels and wellness spas.
More about Slovenia
Population: 2 million
Dialing code: +386