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Few city breaks can compare to those offered by the canal-crossed capital of Slovenia. Ljubljana may be petite but that’s part of its charm. After a short flight you’ll find it a pleasure to discover this cosmopolitan city’s delightful gardens, elegant bridges, baroque grandeur and surprisingly hip nightlife.
With a climate not unlike that back home in the UK, flight prices to Ljubljana nonetheless don’t dip in winter, thanks to the Alpine ski resorts in easy reach of the capital.
This means that it’s the spring and autumn months where demand is at its lowest and the best bargain flights can be found.
Here’s a top tip for cheap flights to Ljubljana. Slovenia occupies a tiny slice of the Adriatic coast, neighbouring with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Why not look for a flight to Trieste and hop across the border for the short drive to the capital – you may find your flight tickets significantly reduced.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Ljubljana are:
Flights to Ljubljana will arrive at Jože Pučnik Airport. Situated 16 miles to the north of the city, the journey to the heart of the capital can be made by shuttle service, bus, taxi or renting a car from the airport.
Airlines offering direct flights to Ljubljana from the UK include:
Walking is a pleasure in this petite capital that is very much designed to cater for pedestrians but Ljubljana is also well-served by a comprehensive bus network. Purchasing an Urbana Payment Card will reduce the cost of your travel if you are using buses regularly.
The free Kavalir is another option: this electric car holds up to five people and can be stopped anywhere in the city centre.
In the centre of the city Ljubljana Castle is a striking medieval fortress surrounded by winding streets lined with Venetian-style architecture.
There are hundreds of cultural festivals taking place in Ljubljana throughout the year. The Ljubljana Summer Festival sees a glut of concerts in the city's streets and theatres.
The city is located where Slovenia's two main motorways meet: main roads heading southwest link Ljubljana with Trieste and Venice, Graz and Vienna are to the north, Zagreb is a short drive east, while Klagenfurt and Salzburg are within reach in the northwest.