16 Must-Do Day Trips from Ljubljana For Your Slovenia Adventure

Planning a trip to Slovenia’s beautiful capital city? Book yourself an extra couple of days to tackle some of the unforgettable day trips from Ljubljana. With the city’s central location, the Slovenian capital is the perfect hub for exploring the pint-size country’s diverse landscapes, historic towns, and natural wonders. From idyllic alpine lakes like Lake Bled to beautiful coastal cities like Piran, explore all of Slovenia’s highlights with a short drive away from Ljubljana with this complete guide for travelers!

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Lake Bled

Recommended for nature lovers

75 minutes

If you’ve only got time to tackle one Ljubljana day trip, make it Lake Bled. Slovenia is one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural destinations. And if you ever needed proof, Lake Bled is a surefire way to convince you. You’ve probably seen images of Lake Bled. And maybe you’ve never even realized it.

There’s hardly a more stunning slice of nature in Europe than Lake Bled. (And that says a lot because it’s not as if beautiful European scenery is rare.)

Rowers on Lake Bled
Couple rowing to Bled Island

There are a ton of amazing things to see & do in Bled. But of all the reasons to visit, none is simpler than being amazed while walking around the lake, staring into the crystalline waters among the snow-capped Julien Alps. 

This 2-kilometre circuit is an easy trek, letting you experience Lake Bled, and its ever-changing hues from every angle.

Got a little energy to spare? Power up to Bled Castle to dazzle at one of the most epic views in all of Europe. On your visit to Bled Castle, there’s a museum you can peruse. Or, far more interesting for most travelers, head to the wine cellar where you can bottle and cork your own bottle of Slovenian wine to go.

Want to save major time? Join in on the small-group private Half-Day Lake Bled Tour! The tour includes round-trip transportation and hotel pick-up in Ljubljana. Also included is a pletna (row-boat) ride to Bled Island to visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary (entrance fee not included) and a trek up to Bled Castle.

How to get there

By public transportation, the easiest way of getting to Lake Bled from Ljubljana is by bus. Buses leave Ljubljana hourly (on the hour) for a 75-minute ride. From Bled to Ljubljana, buses depart hourly on the half-hour. Tickets cost €6.30 each away.


Recommended introduction to the Istrian Coast

2 hours

Of all the towns on Slovenia’s Istrian Coast cracking this list, nearly everyone’s favorite is Piran. And who could blame travelers for loving it? The peninsular Venetian port town—and one of Europe’s best hidden gems—has pleased visitors for centuries with its winding alleyways and sweeping sea views. Finally, it’s your turn!

Panorama of Old Town Piran

Start your exploration at Tartinijev trg, the town’s main square named after violinist Giuseppe Tartini. If you think his name sounds a little less than Slovenian, you’re not wrong.

Between the 13th and 18th centuries, the charming town of Piran rocked out in the Venetian Republic. Even as recently as the intra-war period, Piran (Pirano in Italian) was part of Italy. This Italian influence is immediately noticeable as you amble through the medieval streets decked out with Venetian architecture. I wouldn’t at all blame you for forgetting you’re in Slovenia!

From Tartinijev trg, push through the wonderfully claustrophobic ulica IX. Korpusa on route to Piran’s city walls for some sweeping views over the Gulf of Trieste.

From here, you may want to unwind with a relaxing walk along the sea. Otherwise, spin off towards the Church of St. George (Cerkev sv. Jurija) on Adamičeva ulica for panoramic vistas over Piran.

Ascend the Church of St. George bell tower for even bigger views. Slip back down to the town and get lost in Piran’s medieval streets before enjoying a seaside meal along Prešernovo nabrežje.

Want to save time and combine Piran with other coastal cities? Hop on the small-group private Piran and Portoroz Half-Day Tour! Both morning and afternoon tours leave from central Ljubljana.

How to get there

The quickest route from Ljubljana to Piran via public transport is by bus rather than train. There are five buses a day for about €12. The journey lasts about 2 to 2.5 hours each way.

Returning to Ljubljana, there’s a 16:15 departure or, if you want to stay longer, a 3-hour bus ride leaving at 19:00. You can check the full bus schedules here.

Lake Bohinj

Recommended for a less-busy alpine lake experience

1 hour and 30 minutes

Any country would be blessed to have one lake as beautiful as Lake Bled. Slovenia couldn’t settle there. Nestled in the Julian Alps, just 26 kilometers southwest of Bled, Lake Bohinj doubles down on beauty of the aqua variety.

Lake Bohinj is bigger than Bled yet far less crowded. Instead of pushing against an ever-growing tourist horde, at Lake Bohinj, serenity might be within your reach outside of high season.

Autumn at Lake Bohinj

How you tackle all the best things to do at Lake Bohinj depends on whether you want to take to the water or the outlying areas. (And what season of the year you choose to visit Slovenia.)

For casual wanderers with a little energy to burn, a walk around Lake Bohinj is a good start. It’s a 12-kilometer circuit that will take you the better part of an afternoon.

Those less inclined to walk the circuit can take in Lake Bohinj from, well, the lake! From Ribčev Laz, the main lakeside town, two scenic boats, Bohinj and Zlatorog, zip you across Lake Bohinj.

The return ticket for the boat ride will set you back €14. Excursions depart about every 40 minutes from 9:30 until 18:10 from May until October. Check updated price and timetables here.

Want to be more efficient with your visit to Lake Bohinj? Hop onto the Alpine Region Tour! The tour provides private transportation from your hotel in central Ljubljana and visits Bled, Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj, and Skofja Loka.

How to get there

With public transportation, the easiest way to get from Ljubljana to Bohinj is by bus. Buses depart regularly from the Avtobusna Postaja every hour, on the hour, from 6 am until 8 pm. The bus ride should take a little less than two hours. Even better is to rent a car. The drive should be about 1.5 hours.

Vintgar Gorge

Recommended for hikers

1 hour

For over a century, Vintgar Gorge has awed visitors. All it takes is one look, and you’ll see why. The incredible Vintgar Gorge is 3.5 kilometers outside of Bled and is one of the coolest places to go hiking in Slovenia. The gorge submits yet another reason why Slovenia might be Europe’s most beautiful natural destination.

Spend your time here strolling along rocky paths, through the galleries, and over wooden bridges set along the Radovna River.

Vintgar Gorge

The path extends through the entire 1.6-kilometer stretch. It leads to the apex of Vintgar Gorge, the stunning Šum Waterfall. From here, the trail rises eastward towards St. Catherine’s Church, where you can steal some of the area’s most impressive vistas. Continue south from St. Catherine’s Church to Bled through Zasip to make it a round trip.

Want to save time and pack your day with action? Book yourself onto the awesome Alpine Region Tour! The tour includes private transportation to Bled from Ljubljana and time in Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj, and Skofja Loka with a private guide.

How to get there

Using public transportation alone to get to Vintgar Gorge can be a little tricky. First, find your way to Bled (check out the Lake Bled section above for more details). There’s one bus that leaves from Bled to Vintgar Gorge, departing at 10 am. The bus returns to Bled at 12:30.

The other option is to walk to the gorge from Bled. From town, follow Prešernova cesta north, hanging a right on Partizanska cesta about a kilometer later. Follow Partizanska cesta to the y-junction, where you will swing left on Cesta v Vintgar. This road will lead you to Podhom, where you’ll see signposts to guide you to the entrance of Vintgar Gorge.

If you want to carve out your own itinerary, renting a car in Ljubljana is another convenient option. Driving in Slovenia isn’t overly difficult, and compared to bordering countries like Austria and Italy, it’s a fairly cost-effective option.

Škofja Loka

Recommended as Slovenia’s most well-preserved medieval town

34 minutes

For a town as incredible as Škofja Loka, it’s amazing how few travelers speak of it. If you’re visiting Ljubljana on an epic Slovenia itinerary, don’t leave without visiting this beautiful historic town. It’s about as easy as Slovenia day trips come, and it might be the most breathtaking half-day outing you’ll find anywhere in Central Europe.

Capuchin Bridge Skofja Loka

Škofja Loka takes honor as the most well-preserved medieval town in Slovenia. Start exploring the old town from Town Square (Mestni trg), Škofja Loka’s switchboard. Simply getting lost on Škofja Loka’s ancient cobblestoned streets is the easiest way to dig into the town.

Keep on the lookout for Capuchin Bridge (Stone Bridge) at the northern end of the old town. It’s the most famous landmark in Škofja Loka and worth snapping a photo or two.

After exploring the old town by foot, head up the winding path to Loka Castle. Built by the bishops of Freising (Škofja Loka is Slovene for Bishop’s Meadow), Loka Castle is no longer a place of royalty but hosts the Loka Museum. The exhibitions at Loka Museum focus on the history of the castle and of the region. For history buffs, it’s well worth the visit.

Want to take in several of these at once? Get the most out of your Slovenia experience with the Alpine Region Day Trip from Ljubljana! The guided tour is a real time-saver, covering Bled, Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj, and Škofja Loka.

How to get there

From Ljubljana, Škofja Loka is the quickest single-day excursion you’ll find. To get to Škofja Loka only takes about 34 minutes by bus for the low price of €2-€4.

Buses depart over 30 times a day on weekdays and, oddly enough, 12 times a day on the weekend. It’s slightly quicker to get to Škofja Loka by train, but the train station’s inconvenient location, a 30-minute walk from the old town, makes the bus the more attractive option.

Škocjan Caves

Recommended for its UNESCO-listed biodiversity

45 minutes

To paraphrase Ron Burgundy: Škocjan Caves is kind of a big deal. No other excursion from Ljubljana is as important as this incredible geological attraction. And it’s not just because I think you’d love it.

Skocjan Caves

The UNESCO-listed Škocjan Caves is a superstar among geo- and bio-nerds. It’s not just a popular spot in Slovenia but famous worldwide for its unique biodiversity and being home to the world’s largest underground canyon.

The eleven-cave network at Škocjan stretches over six kilometers and dips over 0.2 kilometers from ground level. Throughout the caves, dodge stalactites and stalagmites as you pass by limestone pools, fauna, and flora.

Join the 1.5-hour English-language cave tour (€16-€24) to gain a better understanding of the importance and history of Škocjan Caves.

Want to avoid hassles and save time? Visit several Ljubljana day-tripping destinations in one fell swoop on the Slovenian Coast and Karst Region Tour! Includes a trip to Škocjan Caves along with Predjama Castle, Lipica, and Piran.

How to get there

By public transportation, getting to Škocjan Caves should take slightly less than two hours each way. It’s not the most convenient route.

First, you’ll need to get a train to Divača. From Divača station, it’s a 3-kilometer walk on a well-marked walking path to the caves. Check train schedulesto Divača on Slovenske železnice.

Even better is to rent a car and drive yourself. The trip should take about 45 minutes to an hour.


Recommended as Slovenia’s oldest city

2 hours and 18 minutes

To say Ptuj had a rough history is an understatement. Settlers first converged upon Ptuj in the Stone Age, making the small city the oldest—and one of the most historically important—in Slovenia.


Not much is left of Ptuj’s ancient history. Nonetheless, the city charms you with its red-roofed medieval center and natural surroundings.

Aim to begin your day trip to Ptuj at Slovenski trg, where you’ll be face-to-face with the beautiful Town Tower and Orpheus Monument. Wander around old town Ptuj on foot before heading up to Ptuj Castle to breathe in an epic panorama of the city.

Scoot back down to town and relax after a long day of sightseeing with a wine tasting at the Ptuj Wine Cellar (advanced reservation required).

Want to supercharge your day’s sightseeing? Combine Ptuj with a trip to Maribor and a Slovenian wine region on the Maribor, Ptuj and Jeruzalem Tour! Ptuj is the real highlight, but wine lovers will relish a chance to enjoy Slovenian wine, relaxing among rolling hills dotted with vineyards!

How to get there

To get to Ptuj from Ljubljana, the easiest option is by train. The train times vary greatly, so be sure to check the schedules before booking your ticket.

For day trippers, the 8:05 train is the quickest, clocking in at a total travel time of 2 hours and 18 minutes. Check schedules and prices on Slovenske železnice.


Recommended for wine lovers

1 hour and 40 minutes

Coming from the charming capital, it’s hard to get super psyched for Slovenia’s second-biggest city, Maribor. But even if it doesn’t impress as quickly as the capital, Maribor makes for a decent outing if you want to see another side of Slovenia.


Like in most old European cities, you’ll probably spend most of your time in Maribor in and around the delightful Old Town. The main square, Glavni trg, is classic Central Europe, throwing off an unmistakable Austrian vibe. It makes sense, considering Maribor is closer to Graz than to Ljubljana!

Peer around Old Town, hitting up famous sights like the Plague Memorial (Kužno znamenje) and Town Hall (Mestna hiša Rotovž) on Glavni trg, Maribor Castle, and the simply-named Cathedral (Stolnica) on Slomškov Square (Slomškov trg).

One must-see in Maribor for wine lovers is the Old Vine, certified as the oldest surviving vine in the world. You’ll find it across the Old Bridge (Stari Most) in Lent, Maribor’s oldest area. The vine itself is a little anti-climactic, but wine lovers will rejoice in the chance to taste fine Slovenian wines at the Old Vine House.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Maribor at the end of September, eat, drink, and be merry at the annual Old Vine Festival, a celebration of the wine harvest. It’s the highlight of Maribor’s tourist season and the biggest festival of its kind in Slovenia.

Craving a chance to save time and pack more into your day? Visit Maribor, Ptuj, and the Slovenian wine region with the Maribor, Ptuj and Jeruzalem Day Trip!

How to get there

Either the train or bus will be fine to get to Maribor. Not all trains or buses are equally convenient, though.

The most suitable options for day trippers are the 8:05 train (1 hour and 50 minutes) and the 8:20 bus (1 hour and 40 minutes). Fast direct trains return to Ljubljana from Maribor every 2 hours until 19:48. The last bus leaves Maribor for Ljubljana at 17:05. You can check train schedules here and bus schedules here.


Recommended for exploring an old Venetian city

2 hours

It’s unlikely Koper will capture your heart as quickly as its coastal peer Piran. But not far beneath the surface of Slovenia’s biggest port is a charming old Venetian city that beckons you to explore.


Kick off your one day in Koper at Titov trg (Tito Square), the central square of Koper’s Old City. On it, you’ll find the unmissable Praetorian Palace. This Venetian architectural masterpiece dates back to the 15th century. Pop into the Praetorian Palace for a free tour to learn about the history of Koper.

After visiting the Cathedral of the Assumption and snagging a high-up city view in the Campanile (bell tower), head south on cobblestoned Čevljarska ulica to explore Koper’s Old City by foot.

Don’t leave Koper without chowing down on some yummy Istrian food in a traditional tavern.

Want to make the most out of your trip to Koper? Join in on the Slovenian Coast & Karst Tour! The tour visits several top destinations, including the lovely towns of Koper and Piran and the salt pans at Sečovlje Salina Nature Park.

How to get there

Buses are generally the quickest way to travel between Ljubljana and Koper. The travel time for most routes is about 2 hours. There’s a daily bus at 7:40 (2 hours and 3 minutes) and 10:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes), and buses at 8:15 (2 hours and 8 minutes) every weekday.

The train at 9:42, taking just over 2 hours, is another good alternative.


Recommended for a quick introduction to Italy

53 minutes

Venice is slightly out of reach for all but the most dedicated of day trippers. Should you absolutely need to breathe a little Italian into your life, Trieste is your ticket. Sure, Trieste doesn’t ooze the charm of Italy’s tourism behemoth across the bay. But don’t let that stop you from getting to know this compact Istrian coastal city.

Grand Canal in Trieste

The influence of Latin, Germanic, and Slavic cultures is immediately noticeable. Start your Trieste adventure by wandering about Città Vecchia (Old Town), a medieval maze of cobblestoned alleyways. Scope out some of Trieste’s most impressive sites in and around Old Town, including San Giusto Cathedral, San Giusto Castle, and the Roman Theatre.

Walking from Old Town towards the sea, you find yourself in Trieste’s Austrian Quarter. Built during the Austro-Hungarian reign, the Austrian Quarter reflects the incredible architecture of the times, incorporating Art Nouveau, Neoclassical, and Baroque styles in grand fashion.

Look no further than Piazza Unità (Unity Square), Europe’s largest seaside square, where the only clue you’ll find to convince you aren’t in landlocked Austria is the pier. (And maybe the vast number of Italian-speakers!)

One of Trieste’s most iconic sites, Canal Grande, lies a couple blocks northeast along the seaside from Piazza Unità.

After snapping a few obligatory photos of the canal alongside a bronzed and dapper James Joyce, head back into town to spend the rest of the day church- and palace-hopping.

Rewind with a coffee and a strudel at Caffè San Marco, a historic café that evokes fin-de-siècle Vienna.

How to get there

Since the train to Trieste (Trst in Slovene) is far too long, your only real option for public transportation is by bus.

There are several daily buses from Ljubljana to Trieste. The most convenient options for day trippers are the daily 7:10 and 7:50 departures, taking just over an hour and a half. Returning from Trieste, the last fast bus departs at 17:45. Verify departure times here.


Recommended for exploring an alluring medieval town

40 minutes

Backdropped by the Kamnik–Savinja Alps, Kranj is something straight out of a fairytale. Smack-dab between Ljubljana to the southeast and Bled to the northwest, many travelers pass by Kranj, but only a few drop in. Here’s your opportunity to see this incredibly alluring Slovenian city with little distraction.


To kick off your Kranj itinerary, deposit yourself into the historic Old Town. Adjust your bearings at Glavni trg, the expansive main square that stretches through the center of Old Town.

On the square itself stands a few of Kranj’s most recognizable landmarks, including St. Kancijan Church (Cerkev Sv. Kancijana) and Town Hall (Mestna hiša). Art fans should pop their heads into the Town Hall to gaze upon the sculpture, archeology, and ethnography exhibits.

Before you leave Glavni trg, if you can, don’t miss the Tunnels of Kranj. These abandoned underground passages have lurked below the surface of the old town since before the Second World War. The longest tunnel, a 1.3-kilometre air raid shelter built under Old Town by German occupiers, is the most interesting of the bunch.

Tours of the tunnels, at the time of writing, depart on Tuesdays and Fridays at 17.00 and on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.00.

How to get there

Buses from Ljubljana to Kranj depart about every 15 minutes from 5:15 am onward. The journey usually takes less than 40 minutes.

Trains depart a little less frequently but travel slightly faster than buses.


Recommended for its beautiful views

40  minutes

Coming from beautiful Ljubljana, less than an hour down the road, sleepy little Kamnik may not surprise or shock you. It’s not as if beautiful medieval old towns are a rarity in Slovenia. Somehow, Kamnik is special, though. Perhaps not only for the town itself but for what lies beyond.


Let’s not get ahead of ourselves: what lies within isn’t so bad either.

Start your exploring Kamnik by walking along Šutna, the heart of the medieval Old Town (Staro mesto). The remarkably well-preserved buildings on Šutna will put a smile on your face as you wander to the far reaches of Old Town to Glavni trg, the main square of Kamnik.

Along the way, you’ll glimpse Mali Grad (Small Castle). There’s not much to see at the castle itself, but the views of Kamnik from the hilltop are worth the small strain.

Breathe in the views at Mali Grad before heading across Kamniška Bistrica for a hike up to Stari Grad (Old Castle). Like Mali Grad, Stari Grad’s star attraction is the view. Peer north for epic vistas of the Kamnik Alps and south towards the capital.

If you’ve got some extra time to burn in Kamnik, try to arrange a visit to Velika Planina, a mountain plateau bedecked with traditional Slovenian villages. From Kamnik, you’ll need to find your way to Kamniška Bistrica Gornji Grad, where a cable car to whisk you away to Velika Planina awaits.

Want to explore Kamnik and its surroundings in more depth? Hop onto the Kamnik and Velika Planina Small-Group Tour! Besides Kamnik, the tour visits Velika Planina as well as the Mali and Veliki Predaselj gorges.

How to get there

To get to Kamnik, trains are the quickest option. Trains depart approximately hourly, starting at 9:15 am. The journey takes about 40 minutes.

If you want to start your day earlier, buses begin leaving at 5:00. The ride is only slightly longer, with most buses taking about 50 minutes to an hour.

Postojna Cave

Recommended to visit Europe’s most famous caves

45 minutes

If Škojcan Caves is for the science geeks, Postojna Cave is for the rest of us. No other cave system in Europe gets more visitors, and it’s not surprising: Postojna Cave is pretty spectacular!

Postojna Cave

Over 20 kilometers of karst cave spreads underground at Postojna. And they’ll transport you into a mysterious world like none you’ve ever seen.

Begin your Postojna adventure puttering along the cave’s electric railway. First built in the late 19th century, the railway will take you toward the hall of the Great Mountain.

Experienced guides will walk you the rest of the way through Postojna Cave. Tours are available in 15 languages. On a tour, you’ll be dazzled by grand geological formations that evoke images of the otherworldly.

The guided tour lasts about 1.5 hours. Be sure to dress warmly; the caves sit at a chilly 8-10°C all year round. You’ll always want to wear shoes with good grips to avoid slips.

Want to visit both Postojna and Predjama Castle in one day? It’s no problem with the Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave Tour! This small-group half-day tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Ljubljana.

How to get there

There are several buses a day from Ljubljana to Postojna. The journey times range between 45 minutes to 1 hour and 12 minutes. For launching a day trip, the 7:40 or 8:15 options, clocking in at about 45 minutes, are the most convenient options.

Predjama Castle

Recommended to see one of Europe’s most unique castles

1 hour

Even if you’re already “castled-out” on your Eurotrip, I promise this will be different. Carved dramatically into the side of a cliff, Predjama Castle, is one of Europe’s finest. All it takes is one glance from the outside to know that Predjama Castle meant business. It’s even stocked with its own “Robin Hood” story.

Predjama Castle

Building started back in the early 13th century, but the castle’s most famous inhabitant didn’t pop in until a couple of centuries later. After killing a high-ranking official in Vienna, Erazem Lueger, a rebellious 15th-century knight and robber baron, fled here to escape his fate.

Even with the Austrians out for his head and the castle under constant siege, Erazem continued to cause mischief. He used the area as a base to attack Habsburg estates and kill the Austrian emperor’s kinsmen.

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No one could figure out how Erazem did it until they snuck a closer peek at the castle. Besides the interesting castle interior, including living quarters, a dungeon, and a chapel, a mysterious cave system lurks below. Visiting the caves is only possible from May to September as it’s a hibernation ground for bats during the winter months.

Want to understand how Erazem pulled off his hijinks? Brave out Erazem’s Tunnel, a narrow passageway that leads sneakily from the castle into the valley. You’ll need some minor climbing skills and a high tolerance for tight spaces to escape like Erazem.

How to get there

It’s a little more difficult to reach Predjama Castle from Ljubljana with public transportation. First, get yourself to Postojna via bus (check the section above for more info).

From Postojna, it’s a 10-kilometre ride to Predjama Castle. During high season, there’s a free shuttle bus for those who’ve purchased the joint Predjama/Postojna pass. Otherwise, you’ll have to snag a taxi. It’ll set you back approximately €12 each way.

A far easier way to get here is to join a private tour like the Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave Tour or drive in your own car (45 minutes to an hour).


Recommended for an introduction to Croatia

2 hours and 9 minutes

With the Croatian coast priming visitors not so far away, Zagreb doesn’t feature on as many itineraries as it should. The unassuming capital of Croatia is a worthy city-break destination in its own right, with classic Central European grace and a bustling city center to prove its point.

Trg bana Jelačića in Zagreb

Although it’s usually done the other way around, spending one day in Zagreb is the most exciting urban outing in our list.

Begin your journey in Gornji Grad (Upper Town), the medieval center of Zagreb. Architecture fans should keep on the lookout for St. Mark’s Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary (Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije), the tallest building in Zagreb.

The museum scene in Zagreb is one of Central Europe’s finest, especially if you’re into art. Muzej Mimara (Mimara Museum) and Arheološki Muzej (Archaeological Museum) are among Zagreb’s coolest attractions for a casual visit.

Most Zagreb museums are closed on Mondays, so plan accordingly if you want to pop in.

How to get there

Either the train or bus can get you to Zagreb. Both options take about the same time (about 2h20m to 2h30m) and offer early morning departures.

For buses, the most convenient for day trippers will be the 7:10, 8:25 or 9:00 departures. The only two early morning fast trains between Ljubljana and Zagreb depart at 6:20 and 8:25. (TIP: Don’t take the 9:30 slow train to Zagreb unless you want to turn your journey into an overnight trip!)


Recommended for a taste of one of Italy’s most iconic destinations

2 hours 35 minutes

It may be surprising to see the Italian tourism giant of Venice so far down on this list. There’s quite an easy explanation here: Unless you can’t squeeze in more time, you need more than one day in Venice to get the full Venetian experience.

By public transportation, it’s next to impossible to visit Venice from Ljubljana in a day. The quickest bus route clocks in at about 4 hours, so you’ll need to rent a car to do it or join an organized tour like this Day Trip to Venice from Ljubljana to make it realistic.

Grand Canal in Venice

However you decide to get to Venice, start your journey with a boat ride towards St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). There’s plenty to do & see in the square. Do some people- (and pigeon-) watching and admire world-famous sites like Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) and Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale).

From Piazza San Marco, it’s less than ten minutes by foot to one of the other top things to see in Venice, Rialto Bridge. If you manage to arrive in the morning, don’t miss a chance to check out Rialto Fish Market. It’s the last traditional market still operating on Venice Island.

Since you’ll be crunched for time, the smartest way to spend the rest of your day in Venice is to simply wander the streets rather than trying to jam in all the top attractions.

Be sure to carve out some time to check out one of Venice’s many bacari (traditional wine bars) to eat some cichetti, small appetizers similar in concept to Spanish tapas.

How to get there

Although there are plenty of public transportation options between Venice and Slovenia’s capital, none of them are particularly suitable for day-trippers. The only reasonable way to travel between the cities in one day is to either rent a car or take an organized tour. The drive between the cities is about 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Remember: Central Venice is car-free—and Italian drivers are indeed often as wild as their stereotype portrays! The easiest option is the Day Trip to Venice from Ljubljana. The tour includes round-trip transportation.

Ryan O'Rourke

Ryan O'Rourke is a Canadian traveller, food & drink aficionado, and the founder & editor of Treksplorer. With over 20 years of extensive travel experience, Ryan has journeyed through over 50 countries, uncovering hidden gems and sharing firsthand, unsponsored insights on what to see & do and where to eat, drink & stay. Backed by his travel experience and in-depth research, Ryan’s travel advice and writing has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post and Matador Network. You can connect with Ryan on Twitter/X at @rtorourke.

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