Take the 2-minute tour ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

My Italian part of my trip is almost over; currently enjoying Trieste.

I have been using the train around Italy but when I checked the Trenitalia website to see if a train left from Trieste to Ljubljana it says it does not know of any trains?

This does not make sense, surely there must be a train service from Italy to Slovenia?

http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=ad1ce14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD

If not does anyone know the best way to get from Trieste to Ljubljana?

share|improve this question
2  
There probably was a direct train service when both cities were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but two world wars and friction over the frontier since then means a roundabout journey. –  user8175 Aug 30 '13 at 12:58

6 Answers 6

up vote 7 down vote accepted

I was not able to find train connection but on the pages of the central bus station in Ljubljana you can find buses that go to Trieste (local name in Slovenian: Trst). This is much shorter trip than taking detours and taxis as suggested by Paola. Here is a sample:

Date    18.7.2012
Departure   Trst
Arrival LJUBLJANA AVTOBUSNA POSTAJA

Departure   Arrival Duration    km  
14:00       16:15   2:15        106 
18:20       20:20   2:00        80  
share|improve this answer
    
This seems the best way and means I am in no rush in the morning to catch a train! Thanks –  loosebruce Jul 18 '12 at 15:08
    
Thank you for the interesting information about buses. I supposed there would be such an option but, as I couldn't find it, I was stuck with the poor train connection which however could take loosebruce to Ljubljana. –  Paola Jul 18 '12 at 17:25

Strange as it may seem because of the limited distance, the journey between Trieste and Ljubljana is rather tortuous and complicated, but there surely is a connection between Italy and Slovenia.

As you can find in this link, you go to Gorizia by train, then you need to catch a bus or a taxi to reach Nova Gorica in Slovenia, from where you will catch another train to Jesenice and finally to Ljubljana.

A different itinerary will take you to Gorizia by train and then to Nova Gorica by bus or taxi, then you take another train to Sezana, hence change to Divaca and finally to Ljubljana. This way you have to catch a series of means of transport, but the whole journey should last only 5 hours.

I suppose that you could travel faster if you chose to travel by coach, but I couldn't find reliable information about this.

EDIT : I'm sorry, but the correct page disappears whenever I try to link it. It is however to be found on www.reiseauskunft.bahn.de, then fill in the details of your request.

share|improve this answer

There is a railways (in fact even several) between Italy and Slovenia, but they only carry freight at the moment. The main reason is that Trenitalia is not an easy company to cooperate with, and the Slovenian railways don't have the money to go on their own (like for example the German and Austrian railways have done) I have travelled from Ljubljana to Trieste when cross border trains were still running, but this was a few years ago.

Currently the options to get from Trieste to Ljubljana are: - Direct bus. - Bus to Sezana and train from there. - Tram (it's quite an interesting tram actually) to Vila Oppicina. Taxi to Sezana from there. Then train.

www.bahn.de will give you info for trains from Sezana to Ljubljana.
www.autostazionetrieste.it has info about buses.

You can also go via Gorizia (and walk from the one station to the other) but that's a bit roundabout.

Update: Since the last timetable change there is again a train from Vila Opicina (above Trieste) to Ljubljana. So the trip now involves using the tram,bus or a taxi to get to Vila Opicina, where you can now board the train again. Lets hope this improves in the future.

share|improve this answer

The official Swiss Train Company, called SBB, has a lot of connections from Triente to Ljubljana. However, you have to change the train twice, and it is a rather long journey. On the other hand there are frequent connections. Typically, you have to change in Udine, Italy and Villach, Austria which is a ridiculous detour. The fastest connection includes a bus connection (90 minutes between Udine and Villach, but there is also a train available, e.g. connection number 3, that takes a little bit longer). After the timetable, I also included a Google Maps picture so that you can see the huge detour ;)

Unfortunately, I can't get an immediate price quote. You have to either call them, or use the online form to enter your personal details and then you will get a price quote in a few hours.

enter image description here

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
3  
The Swiss Railways actually have zero connections between Italy and Slovenia. Their trip planner however will show trains from most European companies and this is what you are seeing... –  Krist van Besien Jan 6 at 12:17

If you really want to travel by train but still want to travel less than a day, then take a bus from Trieste bus station to Sezana and then a train from Sezana to Ljubljana. The train station in Sezana is right close to the bus station.

The alternative, and a longer option, is to take a bus to Koper (about 20km), and then a train from there to Ljubljana.

share|improve this answer

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

Surprisingly enough, there is indeed no railway between Italy and Slovenia.

One can see that on the map of European railways provided by Interrail that even though the Italian and Slovene railways are very close to each other, they do not connect.

While I do not have a definitive reason, it might be because this is a former border of Yugoslavia. An article on Wikipedia on Italy-Yugoslavia relations shows they were quite animated.

On the map, we can see that the cities of Gorizia, in Italy and Nova Gorica in Slovenia are pretty close, as well as Trieste is close to Sezana and Koper. One can find on wikitravel a suggestion for a bus between Nova Gorica and Gorizia, a 10 minutes ride.

By the way, I am also surprised no one looked at a map when trying to answer this question.

share|improve this answer

protected by Mark Mayo Jan 5 at 13:03

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.