Slovenia is probably my favourite random find ever. It was nearly the end of July and we decided that we wanted to go on one last summer holiday before we reached Autumn , preferably at the end of August (my birthday!). Being flexible about where you’re going can sometimes be a massive benefit and my favourite trick of “London to everywhere” on Skyscanner usually results in a good bargain for flights but this time we weren’t so lucky.
The time of the year we wanted to go and the last minute factor probably didn’t help but I’ve never felt so confused or uninspired about where to go not helped by the fact we had already visited my favourite country Croatia already that year. I wanted nice weather but not just a beach holiday. Nice food and some sort of nightlife. The chance to relax but also explore. Somewhere I hadn’t been before but also relatively cheap. Not fussy at all right?
After lots of searching (nearly a week) the idea of Slovenia came up and the photos on the internet completely sold it to me. It looked amazing and I can’t believe I had never really read much about it as a holiday destination before. So with my heart set the next issue was getting cheap flights. The only place you can fly to directly from the UK in Slovenia is the capital Ljubljana, and the only two airlines that fly there are EasyJet and Wizz air, so flight wise things can be pretty limited and the return flights at that time were not cheap (nearly £300). As I have discovered many times in the past, booking one way flights and travelling to and from different locations can save so much money and this was also true in this case. Italy actually borders Slovenia and the city of Trieste is only an hour coach journey away from Koper in Slovenia. After a quick search on Skyscanner I was excited to see a really cheap Ryan Air flight from Stansted to Trieste on our chosen date for only £22 – barg! Slovenia (via Italy) here we come!
Below you can find the week travel itinerary we had for our Slovenia trip (please note I have added information in the Ljubljana and Bled section due to loving it so much and revisiting for a winter experience that same year ;)).
Day 1 – Fly from London to Trieste
You can fly directly with Ryan Air. There is an airport bus that goes into the centre from the airport (number 51) which is £3 and takes 55 minutes. The Air BnB’s were very reasonably priced and Trieste itself very beautiful, imagine a smaller Venice but we did just use it in this instance and a stop off before leaving for the bus the next morning.
Day 2 – Travel from Trieste to Piran
You can take the bus from the bus station in Trieste which goes directly to Piran (and also Koper on the way if you want to stop there but we didn’t have time). You can find the bus station times here.
I chose Piran as it stood out as the most popular coastal place on Slovenia’s tiny 29 mile long coastline. Read more about my two days and nights in Piran here >>
Day 4 – Travel from Piran to Lake Bled
Keeping to not spending much on this trip we decided to get the bus from Piran to Ljubljana then straight from Ljubljana to Bled on the train. In hindsight this was probably not worth saving the extra few ££s and took longer than it should. It might of even been better to stop off in Ljubljana here at this point as the weather was extremely hot and journey took over 5 hours but if there is anywhere that is worth it, it’s Bled.
Read more about my relaxing visits (summer and winter) to Lake Bled >>
Day 7 – Travel from Bled to Ljubljana
The journey from Bled to Ljubljana is only an hour by bus and runs hourly. It’s also worth knowing that you can get a bus directly from Bled to Ljubljana Airport so logistically you don’t need to go through the capital to fly home but we did so on this occasion. (Tip: Mamut a travel company based in Bled made all our travel plans easy after arriving in Bled http://www.slovenija.eu.com/)
Read more about a day and night in the Slovenian capital >>
Day 8 – Home time 😦 (The last day being spent planning our next trip to Slovenia over a few glasses of Slovenia wine …)