Dominated by soaring mountain peaks, home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and boasting a breathtakingly beautiful capital city, Slovenia is a country that has something for everyone. This tiny Central European state packs quite a punch despite its size, offering travellers everything from sunny Adriatic beaches to picturesque forested mountain valleys and sparkling lakeshores. And with cheap flights to Slovenia from the UK now readily available, it’s the perfect time to experience the country’s riches for yourself.
Cheap flights to Slovenia are available all year round – but prices are at their lowest in winter, which is a fantastic time to visit the capital, Ljubljana. Christmas in the city is a sight to behold, with a festive market taking over the historic centre and free events like concerts and fireworks displays scheduled throughout the magical month-long period. Sun-seekers should book early to avoid higher prices in summer, when the country’s coastal villages come alive with tourists. The months from June to September also bring the Festival Ljubljana, with its programme of music and dance events – an ideal opportunity to embrace the culture of the Slovenian capital.
From Britain, the most convenient Slovenian city to fly to is Ljubljana. The only direct route to the Slovenian capital is operated by easyJet; the low-cost carrier jets off from both London Stansted and Gatwick on a regular basis and flights take just over two hours. AirFrance and KLM both operate flights between Edinburgh and Ljubljana, with one stop along the way and an average journey time of at least seven hours. One-stop routes are also available from Manchester courtesy of Brussels Airlines and Air France.
Ljubljana’s centre is located around 17 miles from the arrivals terminal. A variety of bus companies operate from the airport; the cheapest option is public bus no. 28, which costs around €4.10. This bus takes around 45 minutes to reach the city’s bus station and departs hourly on weekdays, but is less frequent at weekends. You can also pre-book a seat on a minibus with a shuttle provider for around €10. Taxis are also available for around €40, though if you pre-book with a private company you can get them for less, and independent travellers can also rent a car at the airport.
Once you’ve arrived in Slovenia, there’s no better way to discover what makes the country so special than by taking to the streets of its picturesque capital. A boat tour of the Ljubljanica river showcases the city’s stunning Baroque architecture, while the National Museum of Slovenia is a must for those who want to learn about the country’s fascinating history. Afterwards, sample local wine and idrijski zlikrofi, or Slovenian dumplings, in one of the city’s restaurants before taking the funicular railway from the Old Town to Ljubljana Castle for stunning panoramas of the surrounding countryside.
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