About Slovenia's bits - not essential to your holiday, but nice to know

Slovenia: how it all fits together

We really put this page in because of the number of times we have been asked some basic questions about how the country works. Of course, it could well be buried with the 'Frequently Asked (and we get so bored with answering) Questions', but perhaps this stuff deserves a little better.

Roads

Since The Split in 1991/2, a huge program of major works has been planned and implemented across the country. The largest and most important motorways have now been completed, cutting journey times drastically (for instance, Ljubljana-Bled from one hour to 35 minutes; Ljubljana-Trieste, from two hours to one-and-a-bit; Ljubljana-Zagreb, three hours to half that). The motorways are very 'drivable', and appear to glide quite gracefully through the countryside, rather than hack through it. They do usually only consist of two lanes, which can snarl them up a bit during August due to the swarm of Germans, Dutch and Belgians and their caravans. Having said that, most of the year the roads are refreshingly clear of heavy traffic.

Major roads are mostly very well kept (rather better than you'll find in much of Europe), while minor ones only usually present any kind of challenge in their incline, rather than their condition. Sometimes, however, you will find that minor roads in more rural areas become a bit more like dirt tracks: that's because they are. Just drive a bit slower than usual.

Trains

What lines there are serve local communities, albeit sparingly. It is possible to get a train from Ljubljana to Maribor or Zagreb, but that's about it. There is the excellent Bohinj steam railway, of course, which we'll be promoting next year.

Pubic Transport

OK for localised travel and determined back-packers, otherwise, hire a car.

Power

The whole country is electrificated, much of the power being hydro. Gas is pumped in from Russia - while we're still nice to them.

Water

The water supply in Slovenia is just about as good as it can be: most of it comes from mountain rivers and springs, and most of what you get from the tap is better than most bottled water (which, in my humble opinion, should be banned in all civilised countries).

Ljubljana

Worth a section of it's own, as the program of works implemented by the mayor has transformed the city over the last couple of years. What had been a pleasant-but-tatty little-mittle European city is now turning into one of the most beautiful cities in the region. Yay for the mayor (to be clear: this is not a political endorsement).

There's an eco in here...


Although we're a greenish business, and the Slovenian tourist board keeps banging on about greenishness, there is actually only one way to get around Slovenia... if you want to experience the best of it, that is.

Hire a car.

The public transport system simply does not get into the places we want to get you to, and its limited range and scope is the main reason why most visitors who take the advice of said tourist board end up in Bled or Piran.

And we don't want that to happen to you.

All that we promote in Slovenia supports sustainable everything else, so until the government initiates a campaign to provide cleaner modes of transport for visitors, you will need to hire a car.