How to Travel Slovenia like a Pro

Ever over-packed and ended up paying a mint for excess luggage?

Or miscalculated the exchange rate which resulted in paying 10x the amount for a taxi?

This article will answer all your unanswered questions and ensure these nightmares don’t become a reality when you’re travelling around Slovenia.

Biking in Soča valley
Biking in Soča valley | Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik / Source:

Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll, or an adrenaline filled adventure, Slovenia may just be for you.

If you’ve already looked into the dazzling country of Slovenia, you will know that there is plenty to keep you occupied.

Underground biking in Peca / Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik / Source:

Slovenia has an exciting list of extraordinary activities you can do such as hiking, climbing, canyoning, rafting and zip-lining, yet it can be exhausting trying to plan in all your activities.

Kidney lake in Triglav Lakes Valley
Kidney lake in Triglav Lakes Valley / Photo: Aleš Zdešar / Source:

To help you decide how to spend your time in Slovenia, here are 5 MUST DO activities:

Saffrons on Velika planina, Kamnik Alps | Photo: Aleš Česen


While in Slovenia, why not try some of their traditional cuisine?

Slovenian food is influenced by not only the country’s 24 diverse regions, but is also influenced by its
neighbouring culture’s cuisine, such as Austrian, German and Italian.

Štruklji larded with cracknels | Photo: Dean Dubokovič / Source:

Here are 4 tasty dishes you have to try while in Slovenia:

  • Žlikrofi – Traditional Slovenian dumplings, made from dough with a potato filling.
  • Štruklji – Traditional štruklji are made with filo pastry and have a sweet or savoury filling of your choice.
  • Potica – Traditional Slovenian nut bread with more than 70 fillings to choose from.
  • Frtalja – A Slovenian dish made from eggs and fresh herbs.

Instead of us posting a list of places to eat, check out Trip Advisor’s best restaurants, note down a handful that tickle your taste buds, and then plan accordingly.

Getting Around

Car Hire

If you are brave enough to drive in a foreign country, the beauty of car hire is you can get from A to B on your own accord, making travelling between destinations a more pleasurable experience.

With standard prices for a 5-seated vehicle starting from 25 Euros per day, this also makes car hire the cheapest way of comfortable travelling around Slovenia, especially if you’re travelling in a group.

However, fuel will also need to be taken into consideration on top of the initial hire price. Nevertheless, taking into consideration the public transport system, this would be the best affordable way to get around in Slovenia if you want to explore different places.

There are various car hire comparison websites you can check out to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

By Bus

In Slovenia, you can get to most of your designated locations by bus and if you have more flexibility it isn’t as scary as you think.

Local buses can be pretty cheap (a one way ticket from Ljubljana to Bled – 1 hour journey – is around 8 Euros). The main downside is the lack of departure frequency and many stops on the way. If you are not a backpacker on a budget trip, we advice you to look for other options.

You can check out other routes and pre-book your tickets via the local transport website.

By Train

Scenic ride with museum train in Solkan
Scenic ride with museum train in Solkan | Photo: Mirko Bijuklič / Source:

Much like local buses, Slovenian trains are modern, comfortable and cheap yet usually time consuming and limited with options where to travel.

In comparison to travelling by bus, a train from Ljubljana to Žirovnica (located just next to Bled) will
cost around 5 Euros one way or 7 Euros for a tourist weekend ticket.

Alternatively, Slovenia is one of the thirty countries included in the Interrail Pass, so if you’re
planning an extensive trip around Europe then this may be a great option.

Packing For Your Trip

The weather in Slovenia varies from season to season. The hottest month is July, with temperatures
averaging at 25°C but the hottest part of the day can easily exceed well above 32°C (90°F). The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of -2°C.

We’ve created the list below to help you pack appropriately for the Slovenian weather.

Choose what you bring with you or just buy it in Slovenia. | Photo: Julia Wesely / Source:


Rock climbing in the cool | Photo: Jošt Gantar / Source:

In the summer, temperatures can vary between 18-24°C, however the evenings can be much cooler.

  • Sturdy broken in trail shoes, boots, or trainers, and comfortable clothing (plus spare
    clothing, a light rain jacket and a rucksack) for hiking.
  • Jeans and T-Shirts/camisoles
  • A Sundress, shorts or lighter weight trousers (for the peak of summer)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking around (there are loads of cobbled streets)
  • A light jacket or cover up for the evening
  • Sun cream
  • A hat or cap
  • Insect repellent

It’s a good idea to seek advice from your adventure tour operator on what to bring if your trip involves outdoor adventure activities such as canyoning and climbing.


Skiing on Krvavec before sunset | Photo: Iztok Medja, RTC Krvavec. d.d. / Source:

Diving deep into the winter, temperatures in Slovenia can easily drop below freezing. Regardless of the arctic weather, many Slovenian attractions are just as enjoyable in these glacial months.

  • Long sleeve shirts or jumpers (layer up)
  • A thick insulated coat
  • Winter hat, scarf and gloves
  • Thermal under layers
  • Rubber-soled boots
  • Thick socks
  • Jeans or thick trousers

Again, seek advice from your tour operate on appropriate clothing for your activity. And whatever time of year you’re planning your visit to Slovenia, do not forget your camera!

Kayaking the underground river | Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik, Podzemlje Pece, d.o.o.
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