Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. You will be surprised by a fascinating variety of landscapes time and time again on no more than 20,000 square kilometres. Slovenia, the second most forested country in Europe, is a land of greenery, which offers great opportunities for activity holidays, and it is perfect for a summer holiday, a winter break or a weekend away. Its neighbours are Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, Austria to the North and Croatia to the South and Southeast.
Art and culture have a special place in Slovenia’s history, as in many respects they helped to compensate Slovenes for their lack of national, political and governmental institutions. It is thus understandable that even today Slovenes have a very intense relationship with their national culture. To a great extent, pride in the national culture still represents a compensation for the old lack of national sovereignty. Slovenia is probably the only country in the world which has a national holiday devoted to culture.
Slovenia has a population of two million. The inhabitants of Slovenia are regarded as hard-working, diligent and proud people. The most important values for the just over two million inhabitants include family, health and honesty. Their toil and persistence has allowed many Slovenes to achieve at the global level. Something of major importance for the Slovenian national consciousness and sense of belonging is the Slovenian language, or slovenščina. This is the official language of the country, while in areas inhabited by members of the Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities, Italian and Hungarian are also official languages.
Ljubljana is a city by the river. Besides having everything that all the other modern capitals have, Ljubljana has succeeded in maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a small city. It is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique city dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. During winter, its dreamy central European character prevails, and during summer its relaxed Mediterranean feel. Due to its geographical position, Ljubljana is a perfect base for exploring the many faces and beauties of Slovenia. This picturesque and very vibrant city is full of sights worth seeing. Dobrodošli /Welcome!
Ljubljana is an important railroad junction and can be reached by trains from all major European cities. Travel costs are low, and almost the entire fleet of trains operated by the national railway company Slovenske železnice was modernised a few years ago. For more information, visit http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/passengers/slovenia. The railway station is within walking distance from the city centre.
Arriving to Ljubljana by car is easy. You can reach Slovenia via one of the border crossings with Italy, Austria, Hungary or Croatia. Listed below are distances to some nearby cities:
For more information, visit https://www.amzs.si/en.
We recommend you to travel by low cost Flixbus. For more information, visit https://global.flixbus.com/
Ljubljana is easily accessible from different destinations. The country's main “Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport” is located 26 kilometres from the city, 25 minutes away by car. Slovenia’s national carrier Adria Airways, a regional partner of Star Alliance, offers regular flights to several major European cities (Amsterdam, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Istanbul, London, Munich, Paris, Prague, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich and others). Different carriers including Adria Airways, Air France, EasyJet, Turkish Airlines, Finnair, Wizzair, Translavia offer regular flights to Slovenia. For more information, visit https://www.fraport-slovenija.si/en/Main/.
How to get from the airport to the city:
You may also find it convenient to use one of the neighbouring airports such as:
From there you can get to Ljubljana with GoOpti buses and shuttles an award-winning Demand Responsive Transport service offering a reliable and comfortable service 24/7.
Another provider is NOMAGO.
Walking from the city center: If you decide to walk from your hotel to the Institute, it will take you approx. 20 minutes. Ask at the hotel reception for directions or check our website for visitors.
By city bus: If you take the bus the fee €1,30 can only be paid with the Urbana Card (http://www.jhl.si/en/single-city-card-urbana), which can be bought for €2 at many locations including various tobacconists and news-stands, tourist offices, or at the central bus station. Credit can be added at these same locations or at green ticket vending machines (Urbanomat) scattered around town. The fee includes unlimited number of bus changes within a 90 minutes period. For group transport one card is sufficient, just inform the driver in advance how many persons you are paying for. Please note that Urbana is the only paying system and there is no possibility to buy a ticket on the bus.
From the city centre, we recommend you to take bus no. 1 (direction Mestni log) because it stops in front of the side entrance to the Jožef Stefan Institute on Jadranska street. Another option is to take bus no. 6 (direction Dolgi most) that stops on Tržaška street, which is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Institute.
By taxi: taxi fare cost from the city centre is about 5€.