Are you planning your 5-day Slovenia itinerary? Then read on as I share my tips on creating an epic itinerary with some fantastic places to visit in 5 days in Slovenia plus many travel tips for an epic trip to this beautiful country.

Slovenia –  a dazzling treasure tucked away in Eastern Europe that is still underrated despite its beauty! This mesmerizing country will leave you absolutely enchanted!

This picturesque country impresses with its stunning landscapes, including the Julian Alps and the pristine shores of the Adriatic Sea. Ljubljana, the capital, is a vibrant city with historic architecture and a vibrant cultural scene – smaller towns and villages are equally beautiful.

See the best of Slovenia in 5 days, with this itinerary – you´ll find many travel tips incl. tips for how to get around, the best time to visit, the best places to visit, and more. So, let´s start with the info.


So, let´s dive into how to get around Slovenia,

How to Get Around Slovenia

Whether you prefer a scenic road trip or exploring with public transportation and guided tours, this charming little country has something for everyone. So, I personally road-tripped Slovenia but I will also try to shed some light on using public transportation for a 5-day itinerary.


Embarking on a road trip through Slovenia is a truly pleasant experience! With well-maintained and less congested roads, you’ll smoothly explore the picturesque landscape.

However, do prepare for some adventurous twists and turns while navigating the scenic mountain routes. Fear not – by taking it slow, even the captivating Vršič Pass is entirely manageable, yet be aware that it is a mountain pass with narrow and windy roads.

Road trip Slovenia


When driving in Slovenia, consider the following tips:

  • Traffic Regulations: Adhere to local traffic rules and regulations. Follow speed limits, seat belt requirements, and other traffic laws.
  • Road Conditions: Roads are generally well-maintained, but be cautious on narrow and winding mountain roads. Winter may bring snow and ice, especially in elevated areas.
  • Vignette: Purchase a vignette for highway travel. It’s a toll sticker required for using certain motorways. You can buy it at gas stations, post offices, and online.
  • Parking: Use designated parking areas to avoid fines. In city centers, park in designated zones and pay at the automated machines. Have some coins with you for that.
  • Alcohol Limit: The legal blood alcohol limit is low, so do not drink and drive. Random police checks are common.
  • Wildlife: Watch out for wildlife, especially in forested and rural areas. Deer and other animals may cross roads unexpectedly.
  • Documentation: Carry your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance documents at all times.
  • Emergency Services: Dial 112 for emergency services. Roadside assistance services are available, and SOS phones are located on highways.
  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially in mountainous regions. Check the weather forecast and road conditions before traveling.
  • Daytime Running Lights: Keep your headlights on at all times, even during the day, as it’s a legal requirement.


Slovenia is not only for road trip lovers. You can also travel within Slovenia by public transportation. Your wallet will thank you, as Slovenia’s affordability is a breath of fresh air compared to pricier neighbors like Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland.

I only hopped on a bus once but found out that all the must-see places are easily accessible by bus or train. Chatting with fellow travelers, they too were absolutely pleased with their journeys!

  • Trains: Slovenia’s railway network connects major cities and towns. It’s a scenic way to travel and provides easy access to attractions. Popular routes include Ljubljana to Bled and Ljubljana to the coastal town of Piran.
  • Buses: Bus services cover both urban and rural areas, making it convenient for tourists to explore the country. Inter-city buses connect major destinations, while local buses serve towns and rural regions.
  • Ljubljana’s City Transport: Ljubljana, the capital, has an extensive bus network, and the city center is pedestrian-friendly. The funicular to Ljubljana Castle offers a unique transportation experience.
  • Taxis: Taxis are available in cities and tourist areas. They are generally safe, and it’s advisable to use licensed taxi services. Ride-sharing apps may also be available.
  • Car Rentals: Renting a car is a popular option for exploring Slovenia, especially if you want to visit more remote areas or enjoy the flexibility of your own schedule.
  • Cycling: Many cities and towns are bike-friendly, with bike-sharing programs available. Cycling is a great way to explore the scenic countryside and urban areas.
  • Boats: In coastal areas, boat services may be available for traveling between towns or exploring the coastline.
  • Slovenia Card: The Slovenia Card offers unlimited travel on buses and trains, as well as free admission to numerous attractions. It’s a cost-effective option for tourists planning to use public transportation extensively.
  • Language: English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, and transportation information is often available in English.
  • Timeliness: Public transportation in Slovenia is known for its punctuality, making it reliable for tourists who want to explore the country efficiently.

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Best Time to Visit

Slovenia is amazing any time of year – but especially during the warmer months! Just make sure to avoid July and August, when it can get a bit crowded with tourists. You’ll also want to book ahead for accommodations if possible as hotel prices are known to go up then.

I explored Slovenia during the bustling summer season. While I truly enjoyed my Slovenia trip, I’d recommend considering late spring or early fall when planning a Slovenia itinerary.

Not only will you enjoy fewer crowds and more budget-friendly accommodations, but the whole experience will turn out to be much more delightful, even if the weather can be a bit whimsical!

While winter is a popular time as well, you might miss out on some outdoor activities like hiking. But don’t worry – there’s always the option to enjoy some thrilling winter sports instead!

More Tips For Your Slovenia Itinerary

Imagine my astonishment when I discovered that the warm-hearted Slovenians were among the friendliest folks in all of Europe! Plus, they often speak English quite well. So, rest assured, if you ever run into any hiccups during your visit, there’ll be plenty of amicable locals ready and willing to give you a hand!

Marvel at its picturesque landscapes and charming towns that rival the beauty of Austria and Switzerland, all without breaking the bank. Say hello to a mid-budget adventure you won’t forget!

With its low crime rate and safe driving conditions, you can effortlessly explore this charming country worry-free. Just remember to use your common sense, and you’ll have an unforgettable (solo) adventure!


Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Slovenia! I have amazing plans for your 5 days in Slovenia. This is what your Slovenia itinerary will look like – you´ll find more info on all the places.

  • Ljubljana – 1 day
  • Piran – 1 day
  • Bovec – 2 days
  • Lake Bled – 1 day

DAY 1 – Ljubljana

Take a journey back in time and explore the vibrant city of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital and largest city. Ljubljana is gorgeous – I fell in love with this capital, but there are so many places to visit in Slovenia, that I suggest only spending half a day or one day in Ljubljana.

Stroll through its cobblestone streets, passing by baroque palaces, gothic churches, and towering castles. Visit the iconic Triple Bridge, savor delicious eats from one of many restaurants in the old city center, or take a river cruise on the Ljubljanica River.

Ljubjana in Slovenia

View from SkyTower in Ljublijana

Visit the city’s bustling open-air markets and shop for souvenirs or try one of the local specialties. Or, take a break from sightseeing and relax in one of the lush parks that adorn this charming city. Ljubljana is also home to numerous museums, galleries, and interesting historical sites – making


  • City Center
  • Dragon Bridge
  • Triple Bridge
  • Cankarjevo Nabrežje
  • Ljubljana Castle
  • Sky Tower
  • Preseren Square
  • Butcher´s Bridge
  • Cathedral of St. Nicholas
  • River Cruise

Discover a charming and relaxed capital that feels like a picturesque, inviting big town. There are plenty of delightful attractions, yet not so many that you’ll feel overwhelmed.

Exploring your destination is a breeze, as walking or using public transport lets you easily access most spots – no car required!

DAY 2 – Piran

Distance from Ljubljana to Piran= 120 kilometers (75 miles), about 90 minutes by car and 2 hours by public transportation

Get ready to fall in love with Piran, an absolutely charming and stunning coastal town that’ll sweep you off your feet! Just remember, it can be a bit bustling during peak season, but it’s totally worth the visit.

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View of Piran from above

Piran is one of the most beautiful towns in Slovenia, boasting pastel-colored buildings, cobblestone streets, and a stunning coastline that provides breathtaking views. Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront promenade as you admire the Mediterranean-style architecture.

Visit some of Piran’s churches to witness their Baroque and Renaissance styles or visit one of the many cultural sites.

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Streets of Piran Arzo Travels

Take a look at the iconic Tartini Square and explore the vibrant markets that offer delicious eats and unique souvenirs. With its spectacular beaches and plenty of attractions, Piran is a must-see destination in Slovenia!

Nestled on the stunning Adria coastline, this charming spot beautifully blends the best of Italian and Croatian influences, creating a truly enchanting experience for travelers. 

  • City walls (they are very short though)
  • Climb on top of the Bell Tower
  • Beach 
  • Moon Bay (hike)

Find out more about Piran here.

DAY 3-4: Bovec and Soca River

Distance from Piran to Bovec = 170 kilometers (105 miles), about 2,5 hours by car (you can get there faster by crossing the Italian border, but I suggest taking the slower route and staying in Slovenia). It takes about 5 hours by public transportation. Though it is quite a long ride, it is scenic and you might still love it despite the long bus ride.

Next, take a break from city life and enjoy some time in nature! The Soca River Valley is the perfect place for outdoor activities like rafting or canyoning, so don’t miss out! A short drive away lies Bovec, a magical Alpine town situated at the bottom of Kanin mountain.

Stunning places in Slovenia

Triglav national park in Slovenia

5 days in Slovenia itinerary

Trek through lush forests, try some paragliding, or explore the underground caves and waterfalls. Enjoy incredible skiing throughout the winter months and treat yourself to local cuisine in one of many cozy restaurants after a day of adventure! Whether you’re looking for an active holiday or a relaxing adventure, Bovec is the perfect destination.

Discover the enchanting beauty of Triglav National Park, spanning a vast 880 square kilometers of awe-inspiring landscapes. Unearth the captivating sights and activities nestled within one of the most breathtaking areas you’ll ever set foot in!

You wouldn’t believe it, but I just experienced a piece of Switzerland right here in the Julian Alps! The striking resemblance in beauty truly took me by surprise. Switzerland lovers take note – you might just find a new favorite spot! 

The breathtaking beauty of the Soca River made it my favorite place in all of Slovenia! It’s the perfect time to embark on thrilling hikes, uncover hidden gems, and immerse yourself in awe-inspiring views that’ll leave you speechless.

I must say, I can’t wait to return and immerse myself in this awe-inspiring experience for at least another week – truly mesmerizing!

Things to do in Bovec

  • Velika Korita (speechless)
  • Wildwater Rafting
  • Hiking (Soca Trail)
  • Source of the Soča River (wear proper hiking shoes)
  • Check out the wild water rafting tours on Soca River (it really was a highlight for me, though I am normally not that much into adventurous activities).

For a five-day Slovenia itinerary, two days in this beautiful part would be ideal – but if you’re lucky enough to stay for longer, extend your trip with an extra day and make the most out of it!

Race from Bovec to the mesmerizing beauty of Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. Trust me, you won’t want to miss a moment of this whirlwind adventure!

DAY 5 – Lake Bled

Distance from Bovec to Lake Bled= 90 kilometers (55 miles), about 90 minutes by car and 2,5 hours by public transportation

The ultimate highlight of my Slovenian tour was undoubtedly Lake Bled. This remarkable lake with its crystal-clear waters and majestic views is a sight to behold! From the iconic castle perched atop a cliff, to the island in the middle of the lake, you’ll be sure to capture some incredible shots for your Instagram feed!

Lake Bled with its castle a must se in 7 days

Lake bled in 5 days

Located in the northwest corner of Slovenia, Lake Bled is a glacial lake that sits at an elevation of 564 meters above sea level and covers an area of 2.12 square kilometers. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, making it one of the most picturesque locations in all of Slovenia!

The iconic Church of the Assumption of Mary sits atop a cliff overlooking the lake and its small island, adding to its enchanting beauty. With fantastic hiking trails, swimming spots, and nearby towns, Lake Bled is an unforgettable experience that you won’t soon forget!

Although it’s a wildly popular (and crowded) destination, don’t worry about being let down – it’s simply spectacular. Just remember, as you bask in its beauty, that warmer days, Sundays, and bank holidays tend to draw quite the crowd!

As you stroll leisurely around the lake, marvel at the breathtaking views from various angles, all within just a few hours.

Take a short journey to Lake Bled and make your Slovenia itinerary complete! It’s close to Lublijana, so don’t miss out on the opportunity for an incredible experience.

Things to do around Lake Bled

  • Bled Castle
  • Swim 
  • Row a boat
  • SUP 
  • Ring the Wishing Bell
  • Ride a Polenta (traditional gondola)
  • Hike 

Lake Bled is close to Lublijana and it takes only about 30 minutes to get back to Slovenia´s capital.


Slovenia is a gem of a country, brimming with hidden beauty and stunning sights. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Bohinj to the majestic castle atop Lake Bled, 5 days in Slovenia promises an unforgettable journey full of adventure and exploration.

Whether you plan to stay for just 5 days or extend your trip beyond that, Slovenia won’t fail to captivate you with its stunning landscapes, lush forests, and charming towns. So what are you waiting for? Give yourself the gift of a Slovenian adventure and make your travel dreams come true today with this 5-day Slovenia itinerary.



Safe Travels, Arzo

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