Slovenia’s exceptionally diverse landscape, with its countless sites of natural beauty, both strikingly evident and more subtly concealed, make it an ideal choice for biking holidays. Every biker can find a route that suits. You can never be bored on a bike in Slovenia. The influence of the Mediterranean climate means that biking can be enjoyed almost throughout the entire year. The exception is the Alps, which are a wonderful attraction in the summer, when overheated bikers can cool off.
There are plenty of roads suitable for biking in Slovenia, with little traffic. If you take a road that has heavier traffic, it is better to ride closer to the kerb than in the middle of the lane. Helmets must be worn by children aged 14 and under, but they are a good idea for everybody. In Slovenia the majority of bikers wear helmets.
There are tracks and macadam roads across upland regions that are ideal for mountain biking, and in some places you can ride single forest trails designed specifically for biking. Biking is generally not allowed on forest trails and mountain trails that are footpaths.
Biking destinations and information points
Slovenia has developed its own standards for defining specific areas as biking destinations. This makes it easy to find the very best biking trails, wherever you are in the country. For useful help there are 35 bikers’ information points where you can get maps, and detailed information about trails and transport options between individual biking destinations.
Take a look at the booklet Timetables in the Alps, containing an overview of Slovenian railroad, bus, local transport companies timetables and bicycle rentals in areas of Slovenian Alps and a part of Austrian Carinthia.
Dedicated accommodation for bikers is available in Slovenia. Biker-friendly hotels, hostels and tourist farms are given one of five ratings. There are also campsites that offer services for bikers.
Taking bikes on the train
Although distances in Slovenia are relatively small for bikers, you can opt to take another means of transport for certain sections of your route. Travelling by a train on which you can take your bike is particularly practical.
With a guide
When biking around Slovenia you can hire a guide to show you the best routes.
Because biking is a very popular pastime in Slovenia, there are a number of recreational biking events, while major international competitions are also hosted in the country.