For months, I looked for easy ways to get from Trieste to Ljubljana. I searched message boards, read heaps of blog posts until I just got sick of it and decided I’d wait until I got on the ground there to figure out the easiest way to get from Italy to Slovenia. All of the information I was reading was sending me in dizzying circles and frustrations.
According to the great Google and search results, it is pretty much not easy to get to Slovenia from Italy. There are no direct trains, and while the Slovenian Tourist Board does state that one can get to Slovenia via plane, train, bus and automobile, there are no details or links directing would-be bookers onward.
In fact, the closest thing to directions on getting to Slovenia from Italy was a post I found about overland travel from Trieste to Ljubljana. Except, said directions fell into my “super pain in the ass while carrying luggage” category.
So, after 30 minutes of reading posts from my bed in Trieste, I decided to just walk the 100 meters to the bus station, since, clearly, a train would require multiple stops and annoyances.
Based on the research I had done, I could take a bus from Trieste to the border town of Sezana, then hope another bus to Ljubljana.
Fine. Easy enough, right?
But, it gets even easier.
What you don’t see in any posts (at least that I came across) is that you can get directly from Trieste to Ljubljana in one bus ride for not too much money. When I went to purchase my ticket to the Sezana, I asked the woman behind the counter if I could then catch a bus easily to Slovenia’s capital. She looked at me strangely.
“Why not just go from here to Ljubljana?”
I felt like a travel dummy.
Right. A direct route. My google searches didn’t show me that.
So, if you want to go direct from Trieste to Ljubljana, you don’t need to take a tram to a cab to a bus to a train to another train. Or even take a bus to a bus. Simply get on at Trieste, get off at Ljubljana. Easy.
Another option to head from Italy to Slovenia is using Go Opti. This is a shuttle service that scoops people up at both the Milan and Venice airports and delivers them directly to the Ljubljana bus station. I used this service on my return from Ljubljana to Venice. For only 25 Euros, I was picked up at the station and dropped off directly in front of departures in Venice. The service sends an e-mail the day before with pick-up and drop-off times and promises to get people to their destination in a three-hour window. No messy transfers, no nothing.
Sure, I ended up getting to the airport more than an hour before I needed to be there, but it was a quick and easy option, and far less hassle than having to figure out different routes to get me in and out of Italy and Slovenia. Had I known about GoOpti when I landed in Milan, I would have gladly skipped the train to Trieste and overnight there (and the huge chunk of money it cost on the train) for a far quicker drive to Ljubljana.
If you really want to fly, you certainly can fly in to Ljubljana. However, according to everyone I spoke with in Ljubljana, the cost to get into Slovenia via flight is far more expensive than flying into one of the neighboring countries airports (think Venice).
Have you traveled from Italy to Slovenia? How did you get there?
This post is part of the D Travels Europe (and Israel) series. Stay up-to-date on all of my adventures by following along on Twitter (#dtravelseurope), Instagram,Trover, G+ and Facebook. And, for a look at the health and wellness side of European travel, be sure to follow along at The Comfort Zone Project and on TCZP’s Facebook.