By Rick Steves
Are rail passes a good value for Slovenia?
Since point-to-point train tickets are cheap in Slovenia, and because distances within the borders of this small country are so short, a rail pass isn't likely to save you much money. Even if Slovenia is part of a larger trip, think twice before adding Slovenia to a multi-country pass, as it costs only about $15 for a one-way ticket into Ljubljana from any border. This holds even though any multi-country pass that includes Slovenia also includes Croatia, since Croatian train service is pretty limited.
How do I see whether a rail pass makes sense for my trip in particular?
Train Fares: Slovenia & the Balkans
Map shows approximate costs, in $US, for one-way, second-class tickets. For first-class fares, add 50 percent.
Use this map to add up approximate pay-as-you-go fares for your itinerary, and compare that cost to the price of a rail pass for the number of days you expect to spend on the train. Dotted lines show ferry routes and dashed lines (Split–Dubrovnik) show bus routes, neither of which are covered by rail passes.
Also, follow the links below for:
• More tips for figuring out whether a pass makes sense for your trip
• The basics on choosing among rail passes
• More tips on how to save money by fine-tuning your rail pass
• Advice on deciding between first and second class
• Fare-estimate maps outside the Balkans
• Answers to frequently asked rail-pass questions
Choose one of the passes below to check prices and to buy your pass (orders are fulfilled by Rail Europe).
Do I need to make seat reservations on Slovenian trains?
For the most part, you can hop on nearly all Slovenian trains with just your rail pass in hand. Only overnight trains, and some international routes, require reservations (as indicated in online train schedules).
If a rail pass doesn't pencil out for your trip, see our general tips for buying point-to-point tickets.
Slovenia Rail Passes: Key Details
Single-country Slovenia Eurail Pass: Valid for one month, not two, after you've activated the pass (whereas multi-country Eurail-brand passes offer a two-month window of travel).