by BUS, Ljubljana
Hi. If you will be using Ljubljana's public transport than make sure to buy urbana card. It is a magnetic card which you can refill on the automats that are near every important station in the city. This machines will accept coins, notes and even credit cards. You can buy the card in the main bus station on Slovenska cesta in Ljubljana.
Important: There has been an update of the price list. One trip now costs you 1.2 eur and yiu can traven for 90 minutes in one direction (you can switch buses within fhat timeframe too). Fine for not paying for a trip is 40eur. More info here: Ljubljana bus map
Hope this helps.
Much to my surprise I learned that there are no fast or direct trains from Trieste to Ljubljana. The ones that do run take about 5 hours. However, the bus station in Trieste is right next to the train station and there are buses (infrequent) that make the trip in about 2.5 hours. Fare is about 12 EUR. We found the bus to be very comfortable and clean. I guess most people traveling between these cities do so by car, but the bus is a nice alternative. I think the reason it takes so long is that there are frequent stops and we even stopped once for the driver to have a quick lunch. Nice time to stretch your legs, get a coffee, etc.
Local buses in Ljubljana are relatively efficient, but in order to use them you have to know some facts. It is much cheaper to buy tokens for bus (sold at newspaper shops, about 0.8 EUR, 190 SIT) than to pay at bus (1.2 EUR, 300 SIT - you have to have EXACT SUM - 300 SIT!!!). You always have to enter the bus at the front door and insert token (or exact sum of money) into the box near the driver (or you can show daily/weekly/monthly ticket to the driver). The driver is the one that lets you enter the bus!
Price for the bus is actually very high because everytime you enter the bus, you have to pay. Therefore if you use bus frequently, then you should consider buying daily/weekly/monthly ticket.
Where to buy daily (weekly/monthly) ticket? Here:
Trdinova 3 (near Slovenska ulica, in vicinity of railway/bus stations).
You have to tell exact date for daily ticket!
Here is plan of Ljubljana bus lines:
Caution: while buses are frequent during the day (until 10 or 11 pm), there are only few night lines!
Ljubljana had a tram until the early 60's, when the almighty socialistic powers decided it was time for something more modern, and introduced trolleybuses. The trolleybuses are long gone now, but the name is still in use for the buses that operate the LPP, Ljubljana's urban transport system. There are 21 lines, numbered 1-22, with the 4 not running, who knows why. You can get a map of the network at their website but I doubt that you will have to use the bus a lot, because the centre is a short walk down Miklosiceva ulica from the bus/train stations, and the centre really isn't that big...
A token costs 170SIT and you can buy it at most kiosks around the city. If you don't have one, when you enter a bus, you have to have exactly 230SIT prepared and stuff it into the box, where the tokens are put. Daily and weekly passes are an option as well, I guess.
While international connections are relatively cheap and easy by train, many destinations within Slovenia (including the Airport and Lake Bled) are only reachable by bus. Ljubljana's bus station is located only about 100 meters from the train station, making connections between the two quite easy. Inside the bus station, there are ticket counters where you can buy your bus tickets quickly and easily. While it's also possible to buy tickets from the driver, it's probably a good idea just to go to the ticket window. The person at the window can also tell you which lane your bus will depart from.
For a ride on the public transport buses within the city you will need either a token or coins.
Tokens - a single token is called a "žeton" (it's pronounced almost exactly as the French word "jeton", where the term originated) - are approximately 20 (euro)cents cheaper than the fare in cash (which is 1 euro, at the time of this writing).
You can buy a token at most newspaper stands and newspaper/tobacco counters in department stores (such as NA-MA, in the centre of the town). The problem, of course, is that you cannot buy them outside the working hours of those selling points.
You can only enter the bus through the front door, where it says VSTOP (= entrance), where you'll find the collecting box for the fare.
And conversely, you may NOT step out through that front door, but through any of the (usually two) back doors (where it says IZSTOP, i.e. exit), although handicapped people - or anyone in an emergency, obviously - may be let out through the same door where they came in.
(Buses are USUALLY clean enough "to eat off the floor", as my grandmother - and many other people's grandmothers, I am sure - would say. ;))
IMPORTANT: If your lodging is not within walking distance from the city centre, for example, be aware that public buses practically stop running before midnight - and certain lines much sooner than that. Yes: even - or especially! - during weekends.
So, if you find yourself stranded in the town centre after midnight, and all the buses have reverted to their pumpkin selves, the best thing to do would be to take a taxi - especially considering the fact that it should be a relatively short ride, regardless of where (within the city) you are staying.
I didn't travelled much by bus in Ljubljana. The main sights there are not far from the old core. I think Ljubljana is well served by buses.
Once you enter the bus you have to put the exact fare into a box in front of the driver. You are not given any ticket. You can also pay with the so called "zetoni". These are small coins sold at most newspapers kiosks or at the post offices. If you pay your fare with zetoni. you can save quite a lot of money.
Bus drivers in Ljubljana usually do want to help when they see a lost tourist. Altough their English is rarly good enough they will try their best.
It will cost you 1 euro if you pay on a bus for one ride, no matter how far you are going. You have to have an exact fare and they will not give you your change back if you don't. You can also get a token for 0,80 at news stands.
Do your math and decide if it's better for you to buy a daily pass for 4 euro, or a weekly pass for 15 euro.
Too see the time table please check www.jh-lj.si/index.php?p=4&k=802
The Ljubljana airport website suggested an hourly local bus service to the city centre, or a 'private bus' service. I was too late to book the Easyjet transfer (a minibus?) so expected to have to wait for the local bus. But lo! On exiting the airport there was a coach, with Easyjet and Whizzair logos, and a nice man who took us to Ljubljana for 5 euros each. Which I thought was very reasonable (and a lot cheaper than a taxi, which can cost 30 or so, depending). The coach stopped outside the railway station, and there is a timetable posted on the bus shelter; seems it's an Adria Airways/Easyjet service.
On my second visit the big coach which took me into the city turned into a rather smart minibus for my return (on a Sunday), so presumably they vary what transport they provide according to how many people they think will want it (no booking seems to be required).
Anyway, it's a pleasant and convenient way to get to/from the airport for a reasonable price. Worth using.
The journey by bus to Ljubljana airport takes about 45mins and costs 4.10 Euros. You can buy tickets from either the office or onboard the bus which leaves at 10 past the hour every hour from station 28 which is on the train station pavement.
To get to the airport from central Ljubljana, we used a private shuttle bus that leaves 9 times a day from just outside the bus station, look for the Adria Airways sign on a bus shelter. You do not have to use Adria Airways to use the shuttle. The departure times are listed on the attached website, I reserved in advance but they never checked to see if anyone had a reservation. Our 7 passenger shuttle bus was full at 10 minutes before the departure time and left for the airport early, I'm not sure if they have more than one but I would recommend getting there a bit in advance.
Cost was 5E per person including luggage. The journey takes 30 minutes with no stops besides the airport.
Other options are the public bus which is slightly cheaper and takes 47 minutes, arranging for pickup at your hotel by private shuttle for 8E or taxi which currently runs about 35E, details can be seen on this website.
Ljubljana Brnik Airport: Located about 30 km north of the Slovenian capital, Brnik is the country's only international gateway. Surrounded by forest and with the nearby Karavanke Alps in full view, take-off and landing can be an extraordinary experience.
Getting there: By bus: There is regular public service from the main bus/train station hourly, Mon-Fri at 10 minutes past the hour, except for the first bus, which departs at 5:20. Last bus is at 20:10. Abbreviated service Sat/Sun/holidays. One way for about 900 SIT (3.75 euro), 45 minute journey. From the airport: On the hour beginning at 5:00, with last bus departing at 20:00. There is also another bus with less frequent service that corresponds with EasyJet flights. One way 5 euro.
For complete regularly updated bus schedules, look here:
There is an airport transfer shuttle service which for just 8 euro, will pick you up anywhere in greater Ljubljana, and deliver you to the airport. Call +386-(0)41-362-079 the day before to reserve. If you're in a rush, a taxi will run about 7000 SIT (30 euro).
Note I: There is no public email/internet terminal, but wireless access is available, for a fee of course.
Note II: There's a restaurant and cafe in the general area of the terminal, and another one outside. Not terribly overpriced. A couple newsstands, gift shops and a post office as well. There are smoking areas inside the airport.
Note III: There is another cafe past security, along with a pair of gift shops, one a larger duty-free, and a smoking lounge. The duty-free has a surprisingly good selection of local wines at surprisingly reasonable prices.
For a small airport, Brnik can be busy at certain times of the day. While the two-hour prior to flight time arrival to the airport isn't absolutely necessary, be prepared for a brief wait at security at certain times.
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If you stay longer than a month in Ljubljana and are going to travel frequently it is best to get a monthly card and if you are a student registered in Ljubljana (ex. Erasmus) then you get it cheaper. If you are just there for a visit buy zetons in the newspaper stands. They are generally a whole lot cheaper than buying a trip in the bus. I will not describe prices due to the Euro coming up and the constant changes and raises. But one payment last one trip.
Ljubljana's bus station is located right outside the train stations main entrance and in fact the buses line-up under their relevant number right in front of it. At the bus station you can find a couple of counters to be tickets from English speaking attendants, a money exchange counter, telephones, internet access and a small shop. One of the best things I found was a screen (outside, at the opposite end to the tran station) which you can use to check bus times and prices and, of course, can be used anytime of the day.
I took buses to/from Bled (1470 SIT each way), Skofja Loka (710 SIT) and back from Kranj (830 SIT) and they were very comfortable with good leg room and a/c.
There is a bus that goes between the airport and main bus station in Ljubljana (well just to the west of it) which takes about 30mins. The bus left about 10mins or so after I got on at the airport and it cost 1,200SIT or EUR 5. The times are:
From Ljubljana to the airport:
6.30, 11.00, 12.45, 14.10, 16.30, 20.00 and 22.15.
From airport to Ljubljana:
8.00, 12.10, 13.30, 15.00, 17.30, 18.30, 21.30, 23.00 and 24.00.