Car Rental in Ljubljana
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Why rent a car in Ljubljana?
Ljubljana is a charming place to visit. One of the up-and-coming travel destinations of Europe, it attracts more and more visitors not only with affordable prices, but mainly its picturesque architecture, fun atmosphere, and proximity to stunning nature. From Ljubljana, most destinations in Slovenia can be reached in two hours or less by car, and you can even visit one of its neighboring countries, Italy, Croatia, Austria, or Hungary.
One-Way Car Rentals in Ljubljana
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Ljubljana and drop off in another city include:
- From Ljubljana to Trieste - 43 offers from US$ 42.83 per day
- From Ljubljana to Dubrovnik - 57 offers from US$ 61.91 per day
- From Ljubljana to Venice - 43 offers from US$ 61.29 per day
- From Ljubljana to Split - 41 offers from US$ 57.39 per day
- From Ljubljana to Maribor - 10 offers from US$ 43.76 per day
Top ways to enter Ljubljana
- Ljubljana Airport: Also known as Jože Pučnik, it is the only international airport in Slovenia. Constantly growing, it served nearly two million travelers in 2018. The airport is located about 26km (16 miles) north of Ljubljana’s city center and can be reached in 20-30 minutes depending on the traffic.
- Venice Airport: Also known as Marco Polo Airport, Venice Airport is by far the largest in Northeast Italy and the fourth-largest in the country. Located 230km (142 miles) southwest of Ljubljana, the airport can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
- Treviso Airport: Another small airport near Slovenian border, Treviso Airport is a huge base for Ryanair and is also served by three other airlines. The airport is 230km (142 miles) southwest of Ljubljana, and the distance between the two can be traveled in around 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- Zagreb Airport: The busiest in Croatia, Zagreb Airport served more than 3.5 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a hub for Croatian Airlines and Trade Air and is served by around 20 other companies. About 150km (93 miles) southeast of Ljubljana, the airport can be reached in less than two hours.
- Vienna Airport: Not only the largest in Austria, but among the 20 largest in Europe, Vienna Airport is served by many airlines, including some low-cost carriers. About 380km (236 miles) northeast of Ljubljana, the airport can be reached in under four hours.
- Important: All of the mentioned airports except Ljubljana Airport are located in one of Slovenia’s neighboring countries. To travel from them to Ljubljana, you’ll have to cross an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. Another option is to take public transportation from the airport to Ljubljana and pick up a rental car upon arriving in Slovenia’s capital. If you’re flying to Zagreb, check to see if you need a Schengen Visa to later enter Slovenia. Unlike Slovenia (and Italy, Hungary, and Austria), Croatia is not a member of the Schengen Area.
Useful city facts
Although not on the coast, Ljubljana has an oceanic climate with humid subtropical influences. The average temperature is 21°C (70°F) in July, the warmest month, and 0°C (32°F) in January. Precipitation increases from June to October; the driest months are January and February. Snowfall is quite common in Ljubljana from December to February.
With nearly 300,000 inhabitants, Ljubljana is not only Slovenia’s capital, but also by far the largest city in the country. Another 240,000 people live in the city’s larger metropolitan area, which means that nearly every third inhabitant of Slovenia lives in or around the capital city.
Top destinations and activities
- Ljubljana Castle. First built in the 11th century and made up of a large number of buildings and structures, the Ljubljana Castle complex is one of the best-known landmarks of the city. Highlights include the Archers’ Tower, the Castle Prison, and the Tower of St. Georg, as well as the impressive panoramic views of the rest of the city.
- Dragon Bridge. Known as Zmajski Most in Slovenian, the famous bridge is guarded by four dragons representing the one that can be seen in the city’s coat of arms. The bridge was built in 1901 when most of Slovenia was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has now become a beloved tourist landmark. The bridge is located near the city’s Open Market, another place that’s definitely worth a visit.
- The National Museum of Slovenia - Prešernova. Both the largest and the oldest in Slovenia, this impressive museum will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2021. Focusing on the long and diverse history of the country, it has artefacts from the Stone Age and Roman times, as well as a number of exhibitions focusing on the more recent past of the country. Located in an impressive Neo-Renaissance building, the museum is near the Slovenian Parliament and a host of other city landmarks.
Traffic and parking tips
- Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 110km/h (68 mph) on dual carriageways, and 50km/h (31 mph) in populated and built-up areas.
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide license ban, or even imprisonment.
- All vehicles must drive with headlights on at all times, even if the weather is sunny.
- Parking spaces in Ljubljana are indicated with colors. Yellow parking spaces are reserved and not available, blue spaces can be used for parking for a short while up to 15 minutes, and white spaces can be used for free unless there is a traffic sign that indicated that you need to pay for it at the nearby parking machine or booth.
- There are a number of large paid car parks in or near Ljubljana’s city center. It can be a good idea to park your car there and explore the city’s landmarks on foot because the amount of white (available) parking spaces is very limited in the city center.
- Ljubljana, and Slovenia in general, experiences quite a lot of snow every winter, especially in the mountains. Using snow tires is obligatory in such weather. Ask your rental car provider in advance about the availability of snow tires and the price of this service if visiting Ljubljana in winter.
- Proof of insurance and the car’s registration need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- Using a mobile phone is prohibited while driving a car.
- When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
- The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.
- There are many toll roads in Slovenia and a mandatory e-vignette system is in place. Tolls are collected automatically via the e-vignette, an electronic sticker.
- The e-vignette service is prepaid. The e-vignettes are available for three different time periods - weekly, monthly, and yearly.
- Most rental cars will be equipped with an e-vignette. Many car rental providers will charge an additional service fee for this. Ask your rental car provider in advance about this service.
- An additional toll fee is required to drive through the Karavanke Tunnel that connects Slovenia and Austria.
- Learn more about toll roads in Slovenia on the official Slovenian toll road website. See the map of Slovenian toll road websites here.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Bled. Located in the Upper Carniola Region and with just 8,000 permanent inhabitants, Bled is one of the smallest cities to ever be included in the Lonely Planet’s TOP 200 Cities of the World. Located on a scenic lake and with impressive mountains in the background, Bled has a wealth of natural and man-made landmarks from the Island Church and Bled Castle to Iglica Waterfall and Babji Zob caves. Located just 54km (33 miles) northwest of Ljubljana, Bled can be reached in 40-50 minutes.
- Postojna Caves. A karst cave system near the town of the same name, Postojna Caves is an impressive place to explore. More than 24km (15 miles) long, the caves have underground walking paths, an aquarium, a cave train and even a concert hall that can accommodate 10,000 people. After visiting the caves, it’s also worth checking out the nearby Predjama Castle. Postojna is 52km (32 miles) southwest of Ljubljana and can be reached in about 50 minutes by car.
- Koper and Izola. An old town of Venetian squares and medieval churches, Koper is a great place to explore. Travelers also love its proximity to Slovenia’s short, but beautiful Adriatic Sea coast. While in the area, it’s also worth visiting the nearby Izola, a beach town that’s smaller, but just as picturesque. Located near the border with Italy, Koper is about 106km (66 miles) southwest of Ljubljana and can be reached in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Most popular rental types and cars
The most popular rental car in Ljubljana is the Renault Clio, followed by the Opel Corsa and the Fiat Panda. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.
- Triglav National Park. Named after the park’s most famous landmark, the three-headed mountain, Triglav National Park is a stunning place to explore. Highlights of the visit include the Vintgar Gorge, the Pokljuka Ravine, Lake Bohinj, as well as many beautiful waterfalls. There are many hiking trails as well as mountain huts for spending the night. Part of the Julian Alps, the national park is located near Bled in the far northwestern corner of the country, about 60km (37 miles) from the capital.
- Trieste. Although not as famous as Rome, Milan, or its next-door neighbor Venice, Trieste is a treasure of a city. Now located in Italy, but for a long time a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it is famous for its Austrian Quarter, unique architecture, and many art galleries. Other highlights include the city’s unique cuisine; a mix of Venetian, Austrian, and Slavic influences,; as well as Molo Audace, the Adriatic Sea promenade. Located just 93km (57.7 miles) southwest of Ljubljana, Trieste can be reached in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Since you’ll have to cross the international border, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.
- Croatia. Famous for the beautiful beaches in the nearby Istria Peninsula and further along the coast, beautiful coastal cities like Split and Dubrovnik, vast national parks, and Zagreb, the charming capital city in the center of the country, Croatia is one of the hottest travel destinations in Europe. If you’re in Slovenia, it would be a shame not to pop over the border to experience it for yourself, especially since Zagreb is only 145km (90 miles) and can be reached in less than two hours. Meanwhile, Pula, a large Istrian city on the coast, is 200km (124 miles) south and takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to drive to. Ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit crossing the border; also check to see if you need a visa to visit Croatia (unlike Slovenia, it is not part of the Schengen Area).
Car Rental Prices in Ljubljana
- Station wagons - from $34 per day
- Large cars - from $47 per day
- Medium cars - from $23 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $69 per day
- Premium cars - from $71 per day
- Small cars - from $14 per day
- SUVs - from $38 per day
How can I save money on my rental car?
Follow these simple tips to land a good rental car deal in the capital of Slovenia:
- Compare the rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Ljubljana is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 44% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 69% cheaper than renting a car in December. Come visit Ljubljana in early springtime!
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|SIXT||Renault Clio||5||1||Small cars|
|SIXT||VW Up!||3||Small cars|
|Alamo||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Alamo||Hyundai i20||4||2||Small cars|
|SIXT||Opel Corsa||5||1||Small cars|
|SIXT||Audi Q2 Aut.||5||2||SUVs|
|NUCarrentals||VW Polo||5||1||Small cars|
|Flizzr||VW Up||2||1||Small cars|
|Flizzr||Opel Astra||5||2||Medium cars|