Ljubljana's Dragon Bridge

The Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana.  Ljubljana is a wonderful city to visit, easy to reach from the UK by train without flying...

UK to Ljubljana by train from €98...

It's easy, comfortable, affordable and safe to travel from the UK to Ljubljana by train, leaving in the morning and arriving the following afternoon with an overnight stop in Munich.  This page will explain the routes, train times, fares and how to buy tickets.

Train times, fares & information...

  London to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

  London to Koper

  Useful country information - currency, dial code, etc

  Hotels in Ljubljana & Slovenia

On other pages...

  Trains from Slovenia to other European cities

  Trains to Slovenia from other European cities

  Venice & Trieste to/from Ljubljana by train

  Venice & Trieste to/from Lake Bled by train

  General information about European train travel

  Starting your journey from other UK towns & cities

  Taking your bike    Taking a dog    Luggage

  Holidays to Slovenia & Croatia by train not plane

Route map:  UK to Slovenia by train

Route map:  London to Ljubljana & Lake Bled by train

Useful country information

Train operators:

SZ (Slovenske Zeleznice) www.slo-zeleznice.siEurostar times & fares   All-Europe train times



Beginner's guide to European railpasses    Buy a rail pass online

Time zone:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).

Dialling code:



£1 = approx 1.11 euros  Check current exchange rates

Tourist information:

www.slovenia.info also see www.sloveniaforyou.com   Recommended guidebooks


Find a hotel in Ljubljana or Slovenia


UK citizens do not need a visa to visit Slovenia.

Page last updated:

14 May 2019. Train times valid 9 Dec 2018 to 14 Dec 2019.

London to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

  Option 1, London-Paris by Eurostar, Paris-Munich by TGV, overnight stop in Munich, Munich-Ljubljana by day train - the all-daytime option.

  Option 2, London-Paris by Eurostar, Paris-Venice by sleeper train, day in Venice, late afternoon train to Trieste then Ljubljana.

  Option 3, London-Paris by Eurostar, Paris-Zurich by TGV-Lyria, Zurich-Ljubljana by direct sleeper train.

Option 1, London to Lake Bled & Ljubljana via Munich...

Travel from London to Munich by train on day 1, stay overnight in a comfortable hotel, then take a lovely scenic ride from Munich across the mountains of Austria and into rural Slovenia next day.  It can cost as little as €98, plus the cost of your chosen hotel...

London ► Lake Bled & Ljubljana

Ljubljana & Lake Bled  ► London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

Custom-made travel & hotel arrangements...

What's the journey like?

London to Paris by Eurostar:  See the Eurostar guide....

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320 first class seats

A Eurostar e320 about to leave London St Pancras...


Standard Premier/Business Premier seats. Larger photo.

Paris to Munich by TGV Duplex:  See the TGV Duplex video guide...

Sit back with a glass of red and enjoy the ride - book an upper deck seat for the best views.  The train is equipped with power sockets for laptops & mobiles at all seats in both classes, and a cafe-bar serves drinks, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  The train soon leaves the Paris suburbs behind and speeds across a vast wide open plateau of woods & farmland at up to 200mph, past picturesque French villages of the Champagne region.  An hour or two later, the train leaves the high-speed line and slowly meanders through pretty wooded hills, the countryside eventually flattening out towards Strasbourg.  On leaving Strasbourg, look out for Strasbourg cathedral on the left with its famously missing second tower.  Minutes afterwards you rumble across the river Rhine into Germany, before heading on to Stuttgart & Munich.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est

TGV Duplex at Paris Est. These impressive 200 mph double-deck trains link Paris with Nice, Marseille, Munich, Barcelona & Switzerland...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.


2nd class seats on the upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360º photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.  360º photo.


A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Munich to Ljubljana by train...

This is actually two trains, a smart modern Austrian railjet train with restaurant car from Munich to Villach on the Austrian/Slovenian border, then a comfortable air-conditioned Slovenian & Croatian train from Villach to Ljubljana and Zagreb.  The scenery along this route is superb, taking you from the Bavaria through the Austrian Alps, into Slovenia and along the Sava river to Croatia.  Sit back with a glass of red, catch up on your reading and enjoy the views...

A railjet train about to leave Munich Hbf

A railjet about to leave Munich Hbf...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

Railjet is Austrian Railways premier train...  More photos & information about Railjet trains


Economy class on railjet, in open saloons with large windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...


Business class...


The restaurant...

Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana   Lesce-Bled railway station

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, wonderful...


Lesce-Bled station in Slovenia, reached not long after crossing the Slovenian border.  The train follows the pretty river Sava...

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade   2nd class seats on the Munich-Ljubljana-Belgrade EuroCity train

The EuroCity train Sava from Villach to Ljubljana & Zagreb.  This is a Slovenian air-conditioned coach...


Comfortable seats:  Some 2nd class seats are also arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Option 2, London to Ljubljana or Lake Bled using the Paris-Venice sleeper...

You can also travel from London to Ljubljana via Paris & Venice.

Option 3, London to Ljubljana using the Zurich-Ljubljana sleeper...

You can also travel from London to Ljubljana via Paris & Zurich.

London ► Lake Bled & Ljubljana

Ljubljana & Lake Bled ► London

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Zurich-Zagreb sleeping-car:  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car from  Zurich to Zagreb has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  It's identical to the Zagreb-Munich sleeper, see the Croatian sleeper video See larger sleeper photo.

Visiting Ljubljana...

Ljubljana is a wonderful city to visit, you'll find tourist information at www.visitljubljana.si.  The station is just a few minutes walk from all the central hotels and you can easily walk between all the sights and places of interest.  See the Dragon Bridge, the Franciscan church, the triple bridge, and of course take the funicular railway up to the castle.  The Best Western Premier Hotel Slon and City Hotel are both good choices.  Try the traditional Slovenian dishes served in the Sokol restaurant just to the left of the town hall, one of Ljubljana's best-know eateries.  Map of Ljubljana.

Ljubljana railway station   Ljubljana's Dragon Bridge   Castle watchtower

You arrive at Ljubljana railway station, only a few minutes walk from the city centre and all its hotels.


The famous Dragon Bridge, guarded by four dragons...


Ljubljana Castle watchtower...

Ljubljana castle   Ljubljana main square & town hall

Take the funicular railway up to the castle and climb the watchtower for spectacular views over the city to the ring of mountains beyond.


The old town main square, town hall & cathedral.  The excellent Sokol restaurant is in the background.

London to Koper

London Koper

Koper ► London

Fares & how to buy tickets

Buy tickets and check fares from London to Ljubljana as shown above.  then simply buy a Ljubljana to Koper ticket at the station when you reach Ljubljana.

Regional train from Ljubljana to Koper   Inside these Slovenian regional trains

...The train to Koper, at Ljubljana.  Most trains to Koper are modern, air-conditioned regional trains like this.


Inside, these modern regional trains have comfortable seats, air-conditioning and information displays...

Ljubljana - Trieste & Venice

There's a clever way to travel between Venice, Trieste & Ljubljana that's frequent, cheap, historically interesting and very scenic, and with two Slovenian trains a day now extended one stop across the border into Italy, it's easier than ever.  For details, see the Venice to Ljubljana page.

Lake Bled - Trieste & Venice

There's also a cunning, cheap and scenic way to travel from Venice or Trieste to Lake Bled in northern Slovenia, via Gorizia and Nova Gorica, where Italian and Slovenian railway stations are just a few kilometres apart.  For details, see this page...

Recommended guidebooks

You should take a good guidebook.  I think that the Lonely Planets and the Rough Guides are easily the best for the independent traveller.  Both guides have plenty of background historical and cultural information, plus lots of practical information.  You won't regret buying one of these guides..!

Click the images to buy at Amazon...

My own book, an essential handbook for train travel to Europe based on this website called "The Man in Seat 61", was published in June 2008, and is available from Amazon.co.uk with shipping worldwide.

Rough Guide Slovenia - click to buy at Amazon   Lonely Planet Slovenia - click to buy at Amazon   Lonely Planet Eastern Europe - buy online at Amazon


European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team set up a private venture and resumed publication of the famous European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at either www.stanfords.co.uk or www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Buy it online for £14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses £2.80) at www.stanfords.co.uk/Continents/Europe-A-Travellers-Railway-Map_9789077899090.htm or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from www.treinreiswinkel.nl.

Hotels in Ljubljana & Slovenia


Favourite hotel search & price comparison: hotelscombined.com

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It's been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I recommend it to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel for less.

Favourite hotel booking site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

Holidays to Slovenia & Croatia by train


020 3327 0761 (UK)

1-888-829-4775 (USA)

1-855-882-2910 (Canada)

1300 971 526 (Aus)

0800 000 554 (NZ)

Railbookers for custom-made holidays & breaks to Slovenia by train...

Railbookers can custom-make a flight-free holiday to Ljubljana & Zagreb, or indeed a train-based tour of Eastern Europe, with train travel, transfers & hotels all arranged for you, for however long you like, leaving on any date you like.  If you tell them what you want, they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels and sort it all out for you.  They get a lot of repeat business and a lot of recommendation by word of mouth!

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.co.uk

  US call free 1-888-829-4775, see website.

  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, see website.

  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, see website

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.

Travel insurance & health card



Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without proper travel insurance from a reliable insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash & belongings (up to a limit), and trip cancellation.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year - I have an annual policy myself.  However, don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from ww.nhs.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

Get a VPN for safe browsing when you travel.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use them myself.


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