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Tourist train/funicular to Castle Hill
At one time the tourist train was the only way to get up to Ljubljana Castle without having to work up a sweat, now there is a funicular that makes the trip in just a few minutes.
The tourist train is a 15 minute taped narrated ride that leaves Preseren Square every hour on the hour from 9am-9pm between May-September (October-April 10am-7pm on good weather days)and at 20 minutes after the hour on the way back down from Castle Hill. The cost is 3E for a round trip, 2E for children.
The funicular was 2E round trip, 1.50E if you decide to walk back down, the ride only takes a couple of minutes and I think they go up every 10-15 minutes. You can find the funicular near Krekov Trg.
Flying from London
We flew back to London on Easy Jet, one of the no frills inexpensive airlines that operates in Europe. Compared to the Ryan Air nightmare on the way from London to Venice, it was a dream, OK that might be overstating it but the flight was on time, we actually landed where we were supposed to, the baggage limit is 20 kg (5 kg more than Ryan Air), no limit on hand luggage within reason.
But it's still no frills, 7.50E per checked bag (15E if you don't prepay online), all drinks and snacks are extra cost, 7.50E for priority boarding. Even with one checked bag each, it was still only 45E ($60US) per person one way, I booked in January for our trip in May. Flights arrive at Stansted, you can book the Stansted Express at a 10% discount on their website.
Ljubljana's airport is VERY small, one terminal, a couple of snack shops and one duty free store so if you're looking to have a snack for the plane or buy souvenirs do it before you leave Ljubjlana. EasyJet checks in 2 hours before the flight and the desk closes 30 minutes before departure and I think they are pretty strict on that. 90 minutes should be more than enough time to check in, clear customs and walk to the gate.
From the airport
The bus service from the airport to the city only operates at certain parts of the day and is not a service that runs very often. A taxi ride is about $20 US so plan to take a taxi unless you get to town at the right time.
The 'Airdrome; is 35 long KM from Ljubljana. I understand that the bus leaves on the hour before 6pm, but every 2-3 hours after this time and on weekends.
We took the far easier option, got a lift from the owner of the appartment.
Small place, very few shops, and next to nothing once you go through the security check.
Nice views as you come in though, in the foot of the alps.
Easyjet from Stansted, under 2 hours flight time.
Funicular to ljubljana Castle
The funicular takes you from the old town to the Castle.Drive takes about a minute.The diffrence in height beetween 2 platforms are 70 meters.
Return ticket cost 2 Euro, one way 1,5 Euro.
The funicular operates from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The entrance is from Krekov trg square - Central market.
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Getting to Ljubljana
Flew into Ljubljana from Zurich (Switzerland) via Adria Airways (code-shared with Swiss International Airlines).
I believe 2 budget airlines, Easyjet from London Stansted and Wizzair from London Luton and Brussels-Charleroi, fly into Ljubljana. (circa Oct 2006)
For Singaporeans, there is no direct flight. You'll have to make your way to Europe first.
NATIONAL AIRLINE OF SLOVENIA
The National airline of Slovenia is Adria Airways. It flies to a number of European cities and is affiliated to German airline, Lufthansa, and thus is part of the Star Alliance group. Unfortunately, it does not have e-ticketing and does not send physical tickets to Singapore.
My experience with them:
..."About 2 hours+ journey. Both sector uses the Bombardier Regional Jet CRJ200. Small plane but the 2-3 crews on both sectors were friendly and the service efficient. Seats were comfortable and the planes in good clean conditions. Light meals were served - generally a roll here or a pie there plus drinks. The inflight magazine is surprisingly rich with information on Slovenian culture and way of life and is one of the best I have read. You board the planes on the tarmac via buses from the gates though and not through connecting bridges"...
Located at Brnik, Ljubljana Airport is in fact, nearer to the nearest town of Kranj than Ljubljana itself as it is 27km from Ljubljana. Very small compact airport. Hardly looking the part as the "National" airport of Slovenia. Clearing customs is breezy and efficient though, and everybody speaks English. There aren't a lot of shops inside Departure (2 I think, plus a section selling drinks) and certainly no currency exchange booth. Don't come here expecting fantastic shopping while you wait. There were no connecting bridges so everyone board the planes on the tarmac via buses from the gates. Lots of construction going at the moment with plans to expand the airport.Related to:
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Ljubljana's airport is the smallest capital city airport I've seen. When you walk off the plane and into the terminal building you go straight up to passport control and then 10 yards further on is the luggage reclaim and then you're out! One point to note is that there is no money exchange desk. Instead there is a machine where you can manually feed in notes and receive the local currency but it wasn't working whilst I and other passengers were there. Don't fret as everywhere in Ljubljana takes euros so bring some along with you.
The easiest way to reach Ljubljana by air from the UK is to take an easyjet flight from London Stansted. It only takes around 2hrs and is, of course, very cheap.
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Ljubljana Airport Brnik - Aerodrom Ljubljana
Ljubljana Airport Brnik is around 27 kms away from Ljubljana city center and is Slovenia's only international airport with scheduled services. Several well-known european carriers like Air France and Malev serve this airport as well some low-cost carriers like Easyjet and Wizz. The largest airline is Slovenian airline Adria Airways which serves a small network of european cities.
The airport has the basic facilities like ATM, bank, car rentals, a small shop and restaurants. I am told that there is an ATM in the arrival hall, but I really did not found it while the one in the adjacent departure hall was very easy to find. A viewing platform is open almost during the whole day (on the left hand side of the terminal building). A historical aircraft (Douglas DC-6B) is displayed at this airport, just behind a parking building in front of the terminal and some slovenian-made sailplanes can be seen in the departure hall.
To get from the airport to the city: The most expensive way is by taxi, then there are private buses and also public busers. A private bus company works together with Easyjet ensuirng that one of their buses is waiting for passengers upon arrival of their flights. Sometimes, these get even so full that you have to stand. The buses take around 30-35 minutes to Ljubljana city center.
The public buses are a little cheaper than that, but they take almost an hour from the airport to the city center. It is bus line number 28 runs every hour.
For information about flights to Ljubljana, please check out my transportation tip about low-cost flying to Ljubljana. To learn more about the historical aircraft at the airport, check out my "off the beaten path" tips.Related to:
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Low-Cost flying to Ljubljana
The longer the distance from your start point to Ljubljana, the more likely it is that you should consider low-cost flying. Easyjet offers daily flights from London/Stansted and Berlin/Schoenefeld to Ljubljana for cheap prices, if booked in advance. I payed 54 Pounds for Stansted-Ljubljana-Stansted in April 2006 and I could even had it for a lower price if I had chosen other days.
Sometimes you may consider also flying to Trieste (Italy) with Ryanair and continuing your journey with buses or trains. I haven't tried out that way, but it is also a popular way to get to Ljubljana.
To find out how to get from Ljubljana Airport Brnik to Ljubljana, please check out my transportation tip about the airport.Related to:
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Taxis in Ljubljana are pretty good value, as long as you don't get one from outside the train station, where they cost about twice as much. Calling a cab is the best way to get a good price, and you can phone them on any of ten numbers from 9700 to 9709. Picking up cabs in the street is easy, but can be risky as the prices seem to vary wildly. Ljubljana isn't a rip-off city by any means, but I have paid nearly double for the same journey when taking a taxi from the center, even at the same time of day. Generally the taxi drivers are pretty fair, and if they have been overcharging me it isn't by so much that I would notice, and only the matter of a few euros.
Taxi is not a cheap transportation in Ljubljana at all! If you order one then you get a small dicount, and also please note that taxi companies have different fares, some are more expensive than the others. A 15 minute ride can cost you from 6 o 12 euro (which would be much more than it should be!). So before going to a taxi ask them how much it would cost you and then decide if you really want to get in. If they say it will be 5 euro and then gets more, a driver might stop a taxi meter before getting to your destination. So try to negotiate on approximate fare before getting in.
Ljubljana is a small city, so getting to know it on a bike is a great idea. You can rent it at the Railway station, Prešeren's Square, Nazorjeva street and Bavarski Dvor (at bar Cezar).
Taking a boat through Ljubljanica river can be a nice experience, you can choose between short trips or the whole day trips. I think you get lounch also, but I am not sure. It can cost you around 4 or 5 euro and up to 83 euro, but I am not sure exactly.
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Cheapish airport taxi - city centre service
From the Airport to Ljubljana centre and back the way......
An 8 seater mini bus took us back for SIT1500 (about UK?4.50) each, the driver handed out business cards on the bus on the way in - you just call him and arrange apick up time, they then send a bus to suit. Simple !
(PS A taxi driver offered to take us to the airport for 8000 Tolarjev while we waited)
Finally found that business card I had lost ! Print this out !Related to:
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How To Get There?
info at: Slovenijaturist, Slovenska 58, Ljubljana (311-851).
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info at: Adria Airways, Gosposvetska 313, Ljubljana (313-312).
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