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Slovenia is also a great launching point for day trips to Trieste, Italy and the towns of Rovinj and Motovun in Croatia. You will need your passport to cross the Slovenia/Croatia border.
Most major transportation services are available, including trains, rental cars, tour groups, and drivers for hire.
The major international airport is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) in the capital. Slovenia’s national airline, Adria Airways, flies from most European capitals to Ljubljana. Klagenfurt Airport also has regular commercial air service. Other options include landing in Vienna, Austria; Zagreb, Croatia; or Trieste, Italy and driving into Slovenia.
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Slovenia railways provides some railroad service. Reservations can be made online, as well as a timetable search. See the Money-Saving Tips section below for an extensive list of train discounts.
For those driving by car, vignettes are required to be purchased to use Slovenian motorways.
Some intercity bus service is available.
Cruise ships dock at the Port of Koper.
As a member state of the European Union, many visitors to Slovenia, including from the United States, will not need a visa to enter for stays less than 90 days. For more information, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The currency is the Euro.
There are 100 Tourist Information Centres throughout the country with local “experts” who will provide free tips, advice, and assistance.
There is no need for a car in Ljubljana. Bus 28 goes to the train/bus station in Ljubljana center. Or reserve a GoOpti transfer from the airport to your hotel. www.goopti.com
From the train station, you can also rent a car for day trips.
The small town of Sevnica is the childhood home of US First Lady Melania Trump. Tours also point out where she attended high school in Ljubljana.
Slovenes love sports and the outdoors. Perhaps that’s why this small country has produced a number of world-class athletes, including LA Kings hockey star Anže Kopitar and World Cup skiing champion Tina Maže.
The emergency number (equivalent to 911 in the United States) is 113.
-Tourists riding the rails in Slovenia can save significant cash by using an array of train discounts, including for: weekends and public holidays; young adults under 26 years old; families; seniors; children; groups; and foreigners. In addition, European residents can purchase an InterRail One Country Pass for unlimited rail travel in Slovenia. For non-European residents, a Eurail Slovenia Pass is available for unlimited segments.
-The helpful Visit Ljubljana tourist office has free maps and suggestions for tours and other things to do. They’ll even teach you a few words of Slovenian. It’s centrally located between the Triple Bridge and the Mestni Trg.
-For those with mobility issues (or if you’re just tired of walking), bright green Kavalier golf carts offer free rides in the pedestrian center of Ljubljana. More information on accessible tourism in Slovenia.
-On Fridays during the summer, check out the Open Kitchen (Odprta Kuhna) near Plečnik’s market colonnade. Top restaurants offer street food versions of their most popular dishes.
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What did you do on your visit to Slovenia? Share your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section below!
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Who: 1,972,126 people
What: 7,827 sq miles
Where: European continent
Why: Walkable cities, fairytale landscapes, outdoor adventures
Source: The World FactBook