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. For instance, it costs only about $15 for a one-way ticket into Ljubljana from any border.
How do I see whether a rail pass makes sense for my trip in particular?
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. 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 Slovenia
• Answers to frequently asked rail-pass questions
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.