The journey, Hungary’s Budapest to Ljubljana, Slovenia is a popular one! Here is a step by step guide on how to get there in the most efficient way.
Budapest to Ljubljana
Public Transport In Europe
Like many European connections, train* is the best way to travel between Hungary and Slovenia. Our train had a small café, was spacious and the journey was scenic. When researching the best routes and ways to travel in Europe I check four websites
*although I hear that in the Balkans, the bus is faster than the train. In the UK, train is definitely more expensive than buses.
Buying Train Tickets in Budapest
Train tickets can be bought at both Keleti (Budapest, Baross tér Tel: (+36-1) 413 – 4610) and Déli station (Budapest, Krisztina krt. 35-37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593) in Budapest. I discourage anyone from purchasing tickets online in Europe, they are always unnecessarily expensive but do try and buy before departure day. At time of writing the cost of a one-way ticket is 39 Euros for one seat (this not a seat in a cabin). The ticket was open between two dates, with no time restriction. The journey took around eight hours.
Budapest’s Southern Déli Train Station
Our train to Ljubljana departed from Déli. Déli can be reached by subway, buy a subway ticket and activate it by stamping it at the machine (fines can occur if caught without this). The station itself has an internal and national ticket box office, food stalls, and lockers.
Lockers in Budapest
A thing of the past in America post 9/11, large lockers are available to rent at Déli. Extremely useful for backpackers with a few hours to explore Hungary’s capital.
Border Control, Slovenia
You will need to show your passport to the Slovenian authorities who will approach you on the train (they were friendly!)
Welcome to Ljubljana
You are in for a treat, this small city is charming and beautiful! The central train station (Ljubljana zelezniska postaja) is situated in the middle of the city. Turn left at the bottom of the stairs to head to the city centre. The bus station (address: Trg OF) is very close for those making connections to the likes of beautiful Bled.
Bla Bla Car
An alternative option is to check out the Bla Bla Car website. This site connects drivers with travellers. Type in your location and designation, check the price, type of car, luggage restrictions etc. We found that the later you leave it, the more expensive Bla Bla Car journeys become. We’ve not used it yet but our friends over at The World Pursuit have used Bla Bla Car from Venice to Ljubljana and were happy to share their experience with us.
We were super tentative and were not reassured when our ride was forty-five minutes late. However, when they picked us up we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a friendly group of Ukrainians headed home from Italy. They shared their food and drink with us and were a total pleasure to be around, even if there was a bit of a language barrier. To top it all off, it cost us a fraction of what the bus or train would and it took significantly less time.
We’ve checked out Bla Bla Car for our next trip, Zagreb to Sarajevo, the bus is 25 euros per person and Bla Bla Car is 17 – 25 euro, however there are no drivers available on the date we want to leave.
(tips on what to do and essential travel information)
- Budapest for Big Kids: 4 Things to do in Pest
- Taste Hungary Tours – Recipe for Success
- Hello Hungary! Budapest Day Trips
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Over to you, any questions or updates?