Slovenia is known for its sustainability focus. And it is the only country in the world with love in its name. How could we not be excited to explore this pocket-rocket of a country? While we only visited for 8 days (as Paul had to leave Schengen Visa area at the beginning of June), we could have stayed much longer (and we will definitely return).
Our daily expenses in Slovenia were USD57.06 / EUR51.03 per person per day – well over our budget of USD50.00. We stayed three nights in Ljubljana, one night in Bled, two nights in Bovec and two nights in Kobarid – a total of eight.
- The costs are based upon a couple travelling together.
- We did not travel as part of an organised tour group but as independent travellers.
- Not considered is the entry or exit transport into/out of the country.
- We are digital nomads so base ourselves in accommodation that has good Wi-Fi.
- Included in the overall daily costs (for the period of time we are in the country) are:
- Our mail scanning and forwarding service
- Mobile phone plan
- Travel insurance.
Where We Travelled
We found accommodation to be more costly in Slovenia than in other European countries we have visited recently, especially in Bled. Partially, this is due to the tourist tax charged, which varies from city to city/town to town, and which our hosts collected in cash when they sighted our passports.
We sourced the majority of our accommodation through Booking.com rather than Airbnb. With only one or two nights in one place, Airbnb tended to be more expensive, thanks to its service fee and the cleaning fee that some properties charge.
|Accommodation Name||Location (including alternative options)||Type||Cost Per Night (including Tourist Tax)||Tourist Tax (per person per night)|
|Sunny and cozy apartment in Ljubljana||Ljubljana||Apartment with own bathroom and kitchen||EUR44.40||EUR3.13|
|Back Hostel||Bled||Bunk bed in dormitory (for four), shared bathroom and kitchen||EUR29.66||EUR3.13|
|Apartmaji Pri Ticelnu||Bovec||(Studio) Apartment with own bathroom and kitchen||EUR46.00||EUR2.00|
|Apartma Zotler||Kobarid||(Studio) Apartment with own bathroom and kitchen||EUR49.00||EUR2.00|
From/to the airport
While about 25km north of the capital, Ljubljana airport (IATA Code: LJU) has good bus connections to both the capital and the surrounding towns and villages. The ticket to Ljubljana was EUR3.60 per adult one way. You buy the ticket from the driver. Note: the bus from/to the airport is not part of the public transport system of the city of Ljubljana. More on that below.
Ljubljana has only one mode of public transport: buses. Trams and trolley buses were phased out in 1958 and 1971, respectively. To use Ljubljana’s buses, you first need to purchase an Urbana Card, a rechargeable plastic card (as drivers do not carry cash).
The card can be purchased for a one-time fee of EUR2.00 from various outlets, including newsagents and tobacconists, selected petrol stations and post offices, the main Bus Station and the Tourist Information Centres in Ljubljana. Some bus stops apparently also have ticket machines but we didn’t come across any.
If you have the choice buy your card from a Tourist Information Centre (and keep the receipt), as this is the only place that takes your card back at the end of your visit and returns the EUR2.00 fee. Before you buy the Urbana Card, calculate the amount you think you’ll need over the time you’re there, as you won’t get any money stored on it back when you leave Ljubljana. You can always recharge it as needed (at the same outlets).
The good thing: One Urbana Card can be used between multiple people. Just tell the bus driver before you tap it on the card reader upon entering the bus. One journey costs EUR1.30, but you are allowed to change buses within 90 minutes at no additional charge. Another great thing: you can also use the card to rent a bike from the public bike sharing stations and to pay for the cable-car to Ljubljana Castle.
For our journey around Western Slovenia, we decided to rent a car for five days, as it was the most efficient way to visit Triglav National Park and the Soča Valley. While we prefer to use public transport, when we travelled at the beginning of June, there weren’t any buses (yet) to the Soča Valley via Vršič Pass (the road is closed over winter).
Groceries and Dining
Our grocery expenses were lower than in some of the other European countries we visited recently. We were eating out a bit more (you’ll know why when you read our food journey guide on Slovenia) but also because having our own car meant we could buy more in bulk.
Our cheapest meal cost us EUR12.00 at Orient Express in Ljubljana (two mains, a shared salad and a shared drink). The most expensive dining bill came to EUR33.27 at Hiša Polonka in Kobarid (two mains, a shared dessert and two drinks). Both restaurants are excellent options if you like to try traditional Slovenian food.
Paid activities were all entrance fees: Vintgar Gorge (EUR10 per person), Kluže Fortress near Bovec (EUR3 per person) and the Tolmin Gorge (EUR6 per person).
Travel Costs Summary Table
|Country: Slovenia||EUR per person per day|
|Total per person per day||EUR51.03|
Other Cost Summaries and Budgets
Other websites have calculated the costs as shown in the table below. We are unsure whether their data includes entry/exit cost. However, it is good to compare our actual versus their data.
|Name||Daily Amount Per Person||Travel Style|
|Budget Your Trip||EUR75.00||Mid-range|
|Never Ending Footsteps||EUR84.34||Mid-range|
|Our Escape Clause||EUR48.04||Mid-range|