Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. You will be surprised by a fascinating variety of landscapes time and time again on no more than 20,000 square kilometres. Slovenia, the second most forested country in Europe, is a land of greenery, which offers great opportunities for activity holidays, and it is perfect for a summer holiday, a winter break or a weekend away. Its neighbours are Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, Austria to the North and Croatia to the South and Southeast.
Art and culture have a special place in Slovenia’s history, as in many respects they helped to compensate Slovenes for their lack of national, political and governmental institutions. It is thus understandable that even today Slovenes have a very intense relationship with their national culture. To a great extent, pride in the national culture still represents a compensation for the old lack of national sovereignty. Slovenia is probably the only country in the world which has a national holiday devoted to culture.
Slovenia has a population of two million. The inhabitants of Slovenia are regarded as hard-working, diligent and proud people. The most important values for the just over two million inhabitants include family, health and honesty. Their toil and persistence has allowed many Slovenes to achieve at the global level. Something of major importance for the Slovenian national consciousness and sense of belonging is the Slovenian language, or slovenščina. This is the official language of the country, while in areas inhabited by members of the Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities, Italian and Hungarian are also official languages.
Ljubljana is a city by the river. Besides having everything that all the other modern capitals have, Ljubljana has succeeded in maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a small city. It is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique city dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. During winter, its dreamy central European character prevails, and during summer its relaxed Mediterranean feel. Due to its geographical position, Ljubljana is a perfect base for exploring the many faces and beauties of Slovenia. This picturesque and very vibrant city is full of sights worth seeing. Dobrodošli /Welcome!
How to get to Ljubljana
Ljubljana is an important railroad junction and can be reached by trains from all major European cities.
Travel costs are low, and almost the entire fleet of trains operated by the national railway company Slovenske železnice was modernised a few years ago. For more information, visit http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/passengers/slovenia. The railway station is within walking distance of the city centre.
Arriving to Ljubljana by car is easy. You can reach Slovenia via one of the border crossings with Italy, Austria, Hungary or Croatia. Listed below are distances to some nearby cities:
- Trieste (Italy) – 95 km
- Venice (Italy) – 242 km
- Klagenfurt (Austria) – 83 km
- Vienna (Austria) – 380 km
- Munich (Germany) – 408 km
For more information, visit http://www.amzs.si/en/default.aspx.
Ljubljana is easily accessible from different destinations. The country’s main “Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport” is located 26 kilometres from the city, 25 minutes away by car. Slovenia’s national carrier Adria Airways, a regional partner of Star Alliance, offers regular flights to most major European cities (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris, Vienna, Zurich…) Numerous carriers offer regular flights to Slovenia including Adria Airways, Air France, Swiss, EasyJet, Turkish Airlines, Finnair, Wizzair, Montenegro Airlines. For more information, visit http://www.lju-airport.si/.
How to get from the airport to the city:
– Shuttle: the price for one way is 9 € per person. The list of providers can be found here http://www.lju-airport.si/en/passengers-and-visitors/getting-here/shuttle/. The shuttle service is also provided by most of the hotels from the city centre.
– Bus from/to the airport costs 4,1 € per person (one way). The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. The bus station is located in the city centre within walking distance to both recommended hotels. The timetable is available here: http://www.lju-airport.si/en/passengers-and-visitors/getting-here/.
– Taxi: Taxi service costs approximately 30–40 € for a car for one way. We advise you to ask for the price before entering the car since airport taxis can have higher rates. You can also book a taxi in advance https://www.mnj.si/en/transfer-request/