Venice or Trieste to Lake Bled for 23...

There's a cunning, cheap and scenic way to travel from Venice or Trieste to Lake Bled in northern Slovenia, via the border town of Gorizia, where Italian and Slovenian railway stations are just a few kilometres apart.  It requires no pre-planning or reservation, it cannot sell out, just turn up and go.  It's cheap, safe and comfortable, and avoids long journeys in cramped buses.

Venice or Trieste ► Lake Bled

Lake Bled Trieste or Venice

Route map..

Venice to Lake Bled train route map


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Route map:  Venice Santa Lucia-Nova Gorica - Lake Bled.  (Green = scenic routes). 

Reproduced from the European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

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The trains & journey...

Boarding Italian regional train from Venice to Gorizia   Seats on Italian regional train from Venice to Gorizia

The Italian regional train from Venice Santa Lucia to Gorizia Centrale.  Cheap, easy, no reservation needed...

Bled Jezero station

Bled Jezero station, easy to reach from Venice or Trieste via Gorizia.  Photo courtesy of Steve Mason.

View over Lake Bled

View over Lake Bled near Bled Jezero station.  Photo courtesy of Steve Mason.

In Bled...

Bled Jezero is a local station right next to the lake, 2.5km from Bled Castle, 3.5km from the centre of Bled old town. 

Lesce-Bled is the station on the mainline between Ljubljana, Salzburg & Munich, 3.7km from the centre of old Bled, 5.8km from Bled Castle. 

You can travel from Bled Jezero to Ljubljana in 1h40 with a change of train at Jessenice, or from Lesce-Bled to Ljubljana by direct train in 55 minutes.  Several daily trains link Lesce-Bled with Salzburg, Munich & Zagreb too.  Just use to find train times.

For train travel from Lesce Bled to Salzburg, Munich, Zagreb, Belgrade and so on see the trains from Ljubljana page.

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