Visas: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the US are among those not required for tourist stays of up to 90 days (or at all for EU nationals); some nationalities need a Schengen visa.
Local transportation: The center of Ljubljana is small enough to cover by foot. From the City Center it’s easy to walk to the main train station for day trips and getting out of the city.
Buses are clean and frequent, and most bus routes operate from 5am - 10.30pm. To ride the buses, you must first purchase an Urbana card at self-service stations ("Urbanomat) at the larger bus stops across the city, newsstands and tourist offices. Each ride costs €1.20, and you can top up credits from €1 to €50.
If you are planning on taking a taxi, it is cheaper to call for a taxi rather than hailing one off the streets.
Where to buy a SIM card: There are three cell networks in Slovenia: Telekom Slovenije, Si.mobil and Telemach mob. Telekom Slovenije is the biggest Telco in the country and has the widest coverage. izimobil is the most popular MVNO in the country and operates on the network of Telekom Slovenije. You can buy a sim card at any of the telco stores in the city centre.
Popular areas: Prešernov trg, Metelkova
As the Green Capital of Europe 2016, Ljubljana is considered one of Europe's greenest and most liveable capitals. Car traffic is restricted in the city centre, so you have all the time to stroll around and take in the sights. The old city, Baroque buildings and the castle are located on the east side of the Ljubljanica river, while the new city with modern commercial buildings lie to the west of the river.
Ljubljana has a youthful character and an active clubbing and cultural scene, thanks to the presence of the state's largest university. The city is also heavily influenced by nearby Italy.
Ljubljana is a budding location for digital nomads. Internet speed is fast, cost of living is also relatively low. There are plenty of cafes to work from, although not all are work-friendly. If you are keen to network with entrepreneurs, Poligon to Tobačna is an area concentrated with startups and entrepreneurs.
Ljubljana is one of the safest cities in Europe, but common sense is still necessary. Tivoli Park is generally very safe and a popular destination, but just as anywhere in the world it is recommended that you avoid visiting the park alone late at night.
During the summer in Ljubljana (June to August), there are many events and festivals about the history and culture of the city. It is also the peak tourist season, so expect prices to be higher. Spring is a great time to visit as the weather can be warm and the city isn't overly crowded with tourists.
Discover the beauty and culture of Ljubljana by bike on an afternoon city tour. Enjoy a 3-hour guided ride through Metelkova city, Tivoli Park and the Krakovo district. Cruise by stately landmarks such as the National Gallery and the Opera House, and view bustling public spaces like Central Market, Cobbler’s Bridge and French Revolution Square. Along the way, learn about the vibrant culture and history of Slovenia's treasured capital. Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.
Discover authentic Ljubljana on this immersive walking tour, led by a local. Strolling the charming streets of Slovenia’s capital is the best way to soak up its rich history and local culture. Follow your expert guide through lively squares, walk across the iconic Dragon Bridge, and hoof it up to Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views and an optional tour (additional cost). Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.