Driving in Ljubljana

When you are planning your Slovenia holidays, you probably won’t forget to include Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. When I go traveling in foreign cities, one of my biggest concerns is always the problem of transport ? how am I going to move from one part of the city to another? But, because Ljubljana is my home town I can give you some good tips to resolve this problem. I will concentrate on “private” means of transport; public transport will be described in other article.

Driving in Ljubljana by car

If you are type of person who likes to drive in cities (so you probably hate public transport), this is a good option for you.  It is also possible to use your car in Ljubljana. Because Ljubljana is not a big city, it isn?t very likely to fall into traffic jam (especially in summer time). Rush hour is usually from 7.30 to 8.30 AM and from 3.30 to 4.30 PM. But, even if you drive during rush hour it isn?t that horrible. It will take more time, but you will get everywhere (It?s not like in major cities, where traffic isn?t moving for an hour).

You can park in the city center ? there are two options. Cheaper one is to park on the streets in city center ? they cost 60 eurocents per hour, but parking time is limited for 2 hours (from 8.00AM to 6.00PM, before and after parking is free and time is not limited). If you park on the street don?t worry for your car ? Ljubljana isn?t like Rome – your car will probably be the same (without scratches, bumps etc.) when you come back. Second option is to park in park garages ? they are more expensive (up to 2.5?/h), but time isn?t limited.

Taxi transport in Ljubljana

Taxi services are well developed in Ljubljana. I only have one important suggestion for you ? do not stop taxi on the street, because they will most commonly charge you much more than if you call taxi service and then taxi picks you up. Look in tourist brochures or ask in hotels to get a specific phone number. Normal taxi prices are from 1?/km. It?s important to ask for the price before you start the ride.

Riding a bicycle or driving a scooter

It’s possible to rent a bike in Ljubljana for as little as 1?/day. Ljubljana has well organized bicycle trails network (in Ljubljana and also whole circle around Ljubljana). Attention: It’s not allowed to drive scooter on bicycle trails in Slovenia!

Walking in Ljubljana

If your hotel is located in the center of Ljubljana, the best way to enjoy the beauty of Ljubljana is by foot. City center isn’t big; you can walk from one part of the center to another in less than half an hour (easy walk). Even if you came in the center by car, bus, taxi or however, I suggest walk through the center  it’s the best and easiest way for sightseeing in Ljubljana. The best walk is from center of Ljubljana on Castle hill (also in center of Ljubljana), it takes around 20 minutes. But if you don’t want to walk, you can go on the Castle hill by funicular.

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