Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a beautiful small city situated on the river Ljubljanica that flows between the city centre and the castle hill above. Its river banks are filled with great restaurants, and chic bars popular with visitors and locals alike. The town boasts the most relaxing atmosphere of all European capitals and offers endless cultural events and excellent quality of life. Ljubljana is a relatively small place, so soon you may feel like taking a day trip.
Some say it is the cutest capital in Europe. Some compare it to Prague, others to Paris, third to Venice, then again some may say it is incomparible to any of the mentioned. Ljubljana is unique. It stores 5000 years of history, some of it in traces and some of it in the most luxurious and confident manner. Imagine a colourful baroque with medieval base escorted with Roman remains and followed by eternal Art Nouveau and Plecnik`s masterpieces. That`s Ljubljana that awaits to be discovered.
BY AIR: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is the main airport of the country. It is located 30 km from the centre of Ljubljana and has good connections with other European cities. Different options of public transport take you from the airport to Ljubljana in around half an hour. Public transport from the airport to Ljubljana:
Public bus no.28 operates between Ljubljana bus station and Ljubljana airport.
The ticket for the bus from the Airport to Ljubljana can be bought in the bus. The Journey takes 45 minutes and the last stop is the Central Bus Station in Ljubljana. Check the exact information about the departures from »letališče Brnik« at the web page: http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/.
Because of the proximity of some Airports (Venice, Trieste – Italy, Zagreb – Croatia, Graz and Klagenfurt – Austria) to Slovenia students arrive also by low cost airlines, flying to these airports.
BY TRAIN: Ljubljana has good railway connections with all large European cities. The railway station is located in the centre of Ljubljana. Organisations in your own country may offer discounts to students and other under age 26. Train travel within Slovenia is convenient and inexpensive. For more information please see: http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/passengers/slovenia
BY BUS: The bus is one possible means of reaching Ljubljana. Organisations in your own country may offer discounts to students and other under age 26. For more information see: http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/.
BUS – CITY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
City buses have electronic payment system based on no-contact smart card called Urbana. Urbana cards are electronic ticket carriers. URBANA value card (yellow) is without a name of the holder and is transferable. You can buy and top it up with credit up to 50 EUR (at Urbanomat top-up stations; the lowest amount of credit is 1 EUR) or with transferable monthly and yearly tickets.
URBANA time card (green) is issued with the name of the holder and it is not transferable. You can top it up with a selected monthly ticket and/or with credit up to 50€.
Both types of cards are valid on all Ljubljana city bus routes. The credit does not lapse. The payment must be made at the beginning of the ride by touching with your card at one of the green readers (validators) on the bus. One fare will cost you 1,20€ including 90 min ride within all the City Public Transport bus routes. However, you should validate your card (touch the reader with the card Urbana) every time you enter the bus. In order to pay for two or more passengers, please tell the bus driver – before validation at the driver’s reader (validator) – that you wish to buy more than one ticket and how many would you like to buy. The passengers you paid for should during the ride stay near you.
From Mai, 11th, 2009 Urbana is the only payment system used on Ljubljana city buses. For local passengers a mobile phone payment system called Moneta is also in place.
TICKETS: All tickets are carried on Urbana cards. Value ticket: single fare paid from pre-paid credit on Urbana card that enables free transfers within 90 minutes. Personalised monthly tickets: valid for an unlimited number of rides on all routes from the 1st day of the month until the 5th day of the following month. No photo necessary. A range of monthly tickets is available, some of them at subsidised prices. For more information please enquire at LPP Information Centre.
For more information please see: http://www.jhl.si/en/single-city-card-urbana
BY BIKE: BICIKELJ – CITY BIKE USE
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, Bicikelj system enables you to travel freely by day or night. Whether you use the system regularly or just occasionally, you can make an unlimited number of trips over the period of your subscription. Bicikelj system stations consist of a main terminal and individual stands to which the bikes are attached (https://aboen-ljubljana.cyclocity.fr/All-Stations/Station-Map). Located in busy residential and shopping areas and near public transport, the stations are a simple and quick way to get around for a quick errand, the daily commute to work or getting to your favourite leisure activities. Whether starting a journey, ending a journey, or bridging the gap between two forms of transport, Bicikelj system encourages intermodality and eco-friendly choices. Simplicity itself to use: it takes only a few minutes to hire or return a bike.