How to get from Ljubljana to Lake Bled

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Tom Smith blog writter
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Ivana Bole
Published: 06/09/2021
Updated: 10/10/2021

If Slovenia is the “Crossroads of Europe,” then its gorgeous capital Ljubljana is the meeting point of this subalpine country.

The city has been blessed with an extremely favourable location. It’s situated in the lower part of the Ljubljana Basin where all the main connections leading to every part of the country meet.   

This makes travelling to any major tourist attraction from the capital easy, including one of our most Iconic landmarks – Lake Bled.

Lake Bled in spring

By road and rail  

TRAIN

The most traditional and longest way of getting from Ljubljana to Lake Bled is by train. You hop on board at Ljubljana’s main train station, conveniently located right in the centre of town. The journey takes roughly 1.5 hours and ends at the Bled Lesce station, which is just over 3.5 km outside Bled, a short taxi ride to the town of Bled and its famous lake.

BUS

Another direct connection from Ljubljana to Lake Bled is by bus. The bus ride takes just over an hour and a one-way ticket will set you back about six euros. You can catch the bus at various bus stops around Ljubljana, including Tivoli Park, and the coach also stops at Slovenia’s main international airport in Brnik.

Ljubljana airport surrounded by mountains
Brnik airport with mountains in the background

TAXI or RENT-A-CAR

Another Ljubljana to Lake Bled travel option is to go by taxi. You’ll be enjoying the lakeside views in just under an hour, depending on the traffic. But do make sure to negotiate the price beforehand. If it costs more sixty or seventy euros, you’re probably getting ripped off.  

Then there’s car rental. Ljubljana has several rent-a-car companies, so finding a suitable one shouldn’t be a problem. It’ll give you more flexibility in organizing your trip.

CARPOOLING or HITCHHIKING   

Carpooling is not the most reliable option. That said, the Ljubljana to Lake Bled route is a popular one, so if you check out the official website, you might get lucky and will give you a lift.

If you’re a young enthusiastic traveler on a budget, hitchhiking from Ljubljana to Lake Bled is also a legit option. But please make sure to do it responsibly by choosing a safe spot.

However, the best way to make the most of your Ljubljana to Lake Bled adventure is by opting for one of our Day Trips and Transfer options.  

Peričnik Waterfall photo opportunity
Day Trip

Day Trips & Private Transfers

Nothing beats diversifying and/or extending your journey from Ljubljana to Lake Bled.

Besides arranging private Shuttles and Taxis from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, which are ridiculously affordable and speedy, we also recommend choosing a day trip to Bled that allows you to enjoy the perks of this world-famous Alpine jewel.

Once you fall in love with Slovenia’s incredible Julian Alps, you should definitely check out Lake Bled’s larger counterpart, Lake Bohinj. To do that in a hassle-free way, reserve a day trip for sightseeing around both lakes.

Lake Bohinj

Is your holiday based in Ljubljana, but you’ve heard enough about the magnificent Postojna Cave and the mysterious Predjama Castle to want to go there as well? Then why not include these must-see destinations in a day-long trip from Ljubljana to Lake Bled!

For the thrill-seeking traveller, canyoning is undoubtedly an experience worth including in your itinerary when based in Ljubljana. You can head to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj on an adventurous day trip that takes you deep into the heart of the alpine wilderness.

The Alpine world is beyond stunning. It’s probably among the most photogenic places in Slovenia. If you’re and avid photographer, why not expand your Ljubljana to Lake Bled trip into a photo tour of the legendary lake and its surrounding area?

Slovenia Photo trip - Emerald River Soča
Slovenia Photo trip - Emerald River Soča

At the end of the day, it’s all about your experience of Slovenia. Travel exactly the way you want and see the sights that inspire you most. Create your own Ljubljana to Lake Bled excursion and let local experts tailor your day trip according to your wishes.

Besides listing every possible option to help you decide how to get from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, we hope we’ve also succeeded in presenting you with a few extra reasons why and sparked your interest in some cool additional day trips.

Safe travels!

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About the author
Tom Smith blog writter
Ivana Bole
A passionate ambassador of Slovenia, who loves the outdoors, culture and travel. Her insatious curiosity equips her with all sorts of trivia and she loves to share local legends and stories. She is always willing to go the extra mile to make your trip to Slovenia a really special one.

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