Warm and sunny weather, lush green landscapes and Mediterranean character are what make Ljubljana one of Europe’s lesser-known gems. The city is served by one nearby airport which offers connecting flights to major cities like Amsterdam and Paris as well as less-visited cities like Sarajevo and Skopje. Travellers can also switch to coach or train to explore Europe after flying into Ljubljana.
Previously known as Brnik Airport, Ljubljana Joe Pučnik Airport (LJU) is situated around 15 miles from the Slovenian capital – a 30-minute journey on a private bus (with public buses also available). One of Ljubljana Airport’s highlights is its range of bars and restaurants, with outdoor seating during summer. The terminal also features ATMs, shops, two lounges, free WiFi and children’s play areas.
Ljubljana Airport is served by over a dozen airlines, but only three fly direct from the UK: easyJet, Wizz Air and Adria. The main difference between these airlines is their departure airport choices. easyJet flights depart from London Stansted and London Gatwick, Wizz Air flights depart from London Luton and Adria flights depart from London and Manchester. Airlines with connecting flights from other UK airports include Lufthansa, Air France and LOT.
When it comes to speed and convenience, nothing beats travelling to Ljubljana by plane. As with most international journeys from the UK, flying to Ljubljana is the quickest way to get there. Depending on whether passengers depart from London or Manchester, the total journey time is around two to two and a half hours. Direct flights are available all year round, so travel dates are always flexible. Since Ljubljana is the main hub for Adria Airways, plane travel also offers great connection opportunities to 30 European cities.
When visiting a lesser-known city like Ljubljana, travellers shouldn’t just stick to traditional tourist hotspots. Ljubljana has numerous interesting things to see and do that are off the beaten path. Metelkova City, for example, is a nightlife area with unique street art and a fascinating history as an army base and artists’ squat. Another great place to head is the weekly Odprta Kuhna (Open Kitchen) food market, where travellers can taste local cuisine from over 50 different chefs each week. Since Ljubljana is small, cycling is a great way to get around – and bike rental costs just one euro for a week.