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Ljubljana


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City of Delights. A vibrant city full of surprises, Ljubljana has all the advantages of a modern capital, combined with small town friendliness.

Ljubljana enjoys a central position, making it the ideal base for exploring the rest of Slovenia. A crossroads, you can see Central Europe in the city's architecture, language, and half of its cuisine and the Mediterranean and Balkans in its traditions and the other half of its delicacies. You can see this in the city's café culture. People are often surprised by how westernized and advanced Slovenia is. It's more in a class with its Austrian neighbors than its Eastern European counterparts.

Ljubljana is packed with natural beauty. There are also cultural sights that bear witness to the city's dynamic history. There is a diverse range of restaurants to satisfy culinary desires too. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by its neighbors in all directions. Wine lovers will find Slovenia to be a hidden gem. One of the best ways to get to know Ljubljana and Slovenian cuisine at the same time is on a food tour. You can enjoy dishes from the whole country while walking around the center. Ljubljana is very tourist friendly. The Old Town has an ever-expanding pedestrian zone. One great way to see Ljubljana is by bike. You can take advantage of the numerous bike lanes across the city. Also, don't miss the castle that looms above Ljubljana, with its interesting museum and incredible views.

What we love about Ljubljana

Jared

Travel Advisor

You wouldn't know Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia by its quaint streets, canals, and friendly locals, but this town does not fail to disappoint. With its top-rated restaurants, busy nightlife, and beautifully lit streets, I would definitely recommend spending a few days in Ljubljana to take in everything the capital has to offer.

Antonia

Adriatic Team Leader

Real beauty, Ljubljana is one of the smallest and greenest of Europe's capital. It is recognized for its environmental conscience; it is clean, safe, and friendly. Although compact enough to walk your way around, Ljubljana is a bicycle-friendly city so you can enjoy it both ways. Explore its impeccable historic old town and completely opposite, artistic Metelkova street, check out what's hiding behind a dragon - the most recognizable symbol of Ljubljana, climb up Ljubljana Castle, have a coffee in one of the cafes next to Ljubljanica river and don't forget to spare some time for chilling in Tivoli park.

Josipa

Dubrovnik City Host & Adriatic Destination Expert

Ljubljana is the smallest charming capital that I ever visited. Situated by the Ljubljanica river, the city center is particularly beautiful. There are several cafes spread around the river and the coffee experience is really unique. A small market is a must-visit place if you wish to feel the spirit of the locals. I enjoyed beautiful views from Ljubljana castle overlooking the entire city. Ljubljana is definitely one of the towns that I would like to come back to.

Where to stay in Ljubljana

Central Ljubljana is very compact, and all the accommodation choices we offer are located within it. The possibilities range from friendly small B&Bs, to design and boutique 4- and 5-star hotels. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Modern Design Hotel
This centrally located hotel offers luxury and convenience in the Old Town. Expect a modern design and excellent service all worth the higher price.
Modern Design Hotel
A perfectly located 4-star hotel in the center of Ljubljana. Modern amenities combined with a tradition of more than 460 years of hospitality.
Large Modern Hotel
A great choice for a comfortable stay in the heart of the city.

Things to do in Ljubljana

The must-see sights of the city itself are all located in the Old Town, and the castle that towers over the city is a great place to start. Stretch your legs and walk up the path that zig zags up the hill or take it easy and use the funicular. Situated in the center of the country, Ljubljana is the ideal base for striking out and seeing more of the country. If you're planning on renting a car, then most out-of-city destinations are easy day trips on your own, but if you prefer the support of a local guide (particularly in the case of the wine tour!) we've got you covered. The most popular day trip from Ljubljana, even for locals, is to Lake Bled, but you could also head to the Venetian-era seaside town of Piran if you're not also visiting the Croatian coast during your trip. When we send you your customized itinerary, you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package.
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Farm Life Slovenia Small Group Tour
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Ljubljana Food Tasting Small Group Tour
Traditional Slovenian Evening Group Dinner
Ljubljana Private Walking Tour
Bled, Vintgar Gorge and Bohinj Private Day Trip
Bled and Vintgar Gorge Private Day Trip
Sparkling Wines of Family Istenič and Otočec Castle Private Tour
Private Truffle Hunt and Wine Tasting in Istria
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Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Private Tour

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

  4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Ljubljana vacation packages, based on 42 reviews
Review by Jeanne & Michael

Jeanne & Michael

JayWay Travel planned a first class but affordable trip to places we chose to go and worked out all the logistics for us. We felt we were in good hands at all times.

JayWay Travel planned a first class but affordable trip to places we chose to go and worked out all the logistics for us. We felt we were in good hands at all times.

Year : 2021
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia, Romania
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Zagreb, Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia, Romania
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Zagreb, Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Julia & Kirk

Julia & Kirk

Colorado

The details of planning the trip were greatly handled by JayWay Travel. And the guides are fabulous making for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.

The details of planning the trip were greatly handled by JayWay Travel. And the guides are fabulous making for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.

Year : 2021
Visited : Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia
Itinerary : Kotor, Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia
Itinerary : Kotor, Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Ronald & Valeri

Ronald & Valeri

Ohio

We have already been recommending JayWay Travel to friends. JayWay Travel is a first class providing concierge service and phenomenal on ground attention. We would use them again without hesitation

We have already been recommending JayWay Travel to friends. JayWay Travel is a first class providing concierge service and phenomenal on ground attention. We would use them again without hesitation

Year : 2021
Visited : Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro
Itinerary : Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Kotor, Dubrovnik
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro
Itinerary : Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Kotor, Dubrovnik
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Ljubljana

How can I get around Ljubljana?

Ljubljana is a small city and unless you need to visit somewhere outside of the city centre, you can manage easily without using public transport. Watch out for cyclists, even on the sidewalks and the pathway along by the river.

If you need to take a cab, always check the rate before you get in. Radio car companies usually have better rates. We provide our guests with a list of useful numbers as part of our destination info pack.

If you want to take a local bus in the city, buy an Urbana Card. You can get it at machines located at bus stops, as well as tourist information centers, kiosks, newsstands, some gas stations, post offices, and shopping centers, and anywhere else with the Urbana logo. An Urbana Card can be loaded with credit. A journey within the city center (zone one) costs €1.30, and a ticket is is valid for 90 minutes. Tickets cannot be bought from drivers.

If you have difficulty walking, you can also ride the city's free Kavalir electric vehicles. Akin to large golf carts, these vehicles cover the major landmarks of the city's pedestrian zone, can carry up to five passengers, and can be flagged down and boarded, due to their low speeds.

What are typical opening hours in Ljubljana?

Normal shop opening hours in the city are from 7-9 am to 7-9 8 pm Monday to Friday and until 1-3 pm on Saturdays, although some small specialist shops such as boutiques and book stores may close for lunch. Sundays sees most shops close all day except for grocery stores. The other exceptions are the many open-air produce and flea markets which take place from very early in the morning until around 2 pm, and major shopping centers, which open from 9 am to 1 pm Sundays. Museums open between 8 am and 10 am and close around 6 pm. Most museums are closed on Mondays and public holidays.

What are Ljubljana's prices like?
A proper meal with a drink costs between $21 and $26 per person. Tickets for museums vary between $7 and $9 per person.
How long should I stay in Ljubljana?
We recommend spending 2-3 nights in the Slovenian capital.
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