Travel green around Slovenia

Can you explore Slovenia (solely) by train? What kind of bike path coverage and EV charging infrastructure does Slovenia have? Do you even need your own car in Slovenia? We have answers to all of these questions. There are quite a few ways to travel green around Slovenia, and it is up to you to choose the one you prefer.

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Everyone get on a bike! It is as simple as that.

Ah, if only more people knew how many birds you can kill with one stone if you grab the handlebars of a bicycle instead of a steering wheel. The only pollution is your deep breath, there is hardly any noise, except for the bell ringing, you can park (nearly) anywhere, not to mention the positive effect of outdoor exercise on our body and mind. Slovenia is taking decisive steps to accommodate cyclists by building cycling infrastructure for both commuting and cycling holidays in the countryside. Many cycling routes are part of European long-distance connections. In short, Slovenia is becoming an increasingly popular cycling destination.

Slovenia through the eyes of professional cyclists

Discover why Slovenia is such a popular cycling destination and where top Slovenian cyclists, who are wowing crowds in the world’s biggest bicycle races, like to ride.

Cycling routes that will amaze you

Long-distance cycling routes around Slovenia are more than just connections between individual points. They tell stories, reveal the souls of the places you travel through and captivate you with breathtaking views. To award you for choosing to travel green.

Cycling experiences for everyone

Want to go on a bicycle ride around Slovenia? Here are a few ideas for all road cyclists and mountain bikers.

10 reasons why you should go cycling around Slovenia

Slovenia is a paradise for cyclists. Cycling is one of the most popular activities among Slovenians. The successes of Slovenian cyclists at top cycling races additionally boost the enthusiasm for cycling. The diverse landscape is the perfect venue for all kinds of cycling – road to mountain cycling, family cycling or long-distance challenges. Discover more reasons why it is worth visiting Slovenia by bike.

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10 reasons why you should go cycling around Slovenia

10 reasons why you should go cycling around Slovenia

Slovenia is a paradise for cyclists. Cycling is one of the most popular activities among Slovenians. The successes of Slovenian cyclists at top cycling races additionally boost the enthusiasm for cycling. The diverse landscape is the perfect venue for all kinds of cycling – road to mountain cycling, family cycling or long-distance challenges. Discover more reasons why it is worth visiting Slovenia by bike.

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Top road cycling tours

Top road cycling tours

The successes of Slovenian cyclists, especially Roglič and Pogačar, have caused a real boom in road cycling in Slovenia. Discover the most challenging climbs and the most beautiful routes you can ride by special bikes.

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Mountain cycling experiences

Mountain cycling experiences

The diverse Slovenian landscape offers excellent venue for mountain bikers. Get to know Slovenia by travelling the most beautiful touring cycling routes, which lead you to luxurious views, skill challenges and, above all, to indescribable pleasures in green nature - from the Alpine world to the sea.

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With e-bikes easily around the green Slovenia

With e-bikes easily around the green Slovenia

Slovenia is a dynamic land which is worth touring by bicycle. If, until recently, steep slopes were “reserved” for fitter cyclists, these have become more accessible with e-bikes. You can thus explore the most beautiful corners of Slovenia in a more comfortable and active way, which is also one of the greener methods of mobility.

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Explore towns by bike

Explore towns by bike

Choose the greenest way to explore Slovenian towns. Many towns have bicycle rental systems in place. You can also join guided bike tours offering a different urban life experience.

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Travelling by train is a special experience

You can travel around Slovenia aboard modern single- or double-decker electric trains. They are quieter, faster, more comfortable and equipped with AC and open-access Internet, adapted for people with reduced mobility and fitted with a passenger information system that can also be used by persons who are blind, partially sighted and hard of hearing. They have larger bicycle capacities – each train can fit up to 10 bicycles! A train and bicycle combination is a means of travel that brings together macro- and micro-mobility in an environmentally.

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Why are trains such a good choice?

If you are still unsure about train travel, perhaps you would be convinced by some interesting data that further emphasises the green role of rail transport.

77% of Slovenian trains run on electricity, and the entire rail transport system accounts for only 1 percent of Slovenia’s energy consumption in the transport sector.

With the same energy consumption, a train covers a distance 3.8 times longer than a truck.

The transportation of one tonne of cargo by rail generates approximately eight times less particulate emissions and 27 times less CO2 emissions per kilometre.

From Bohinj to the Soča Valley on a motorail train

You can take a special motorail train along the "Bohinj track", which connects two picturesque Alpine valleys in the Julian Alps. A ride on this train is a unique experience. As you travel from Bohinjska Bistrica to Most na Soči, you can enjoy the wild mountainous landscape of the Bača Valley from the comfort of your car and experience a ride through the longest Slovenian railway tunnel.

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Green accommodation close to railway stations

Are you looking for a green "roof over your head" in the vicinity of the railway station? Check to see the range of green accommodation reachable by foot if you take a train ride. And because Slovenia Green providers strive to leave a minimum impact on the environment, they will be particularly happy to welcome guests who arrive on foot or by bike.

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Park and Ride!

The Park and Ride (P+R) system is an efficient way to encourage sustainable mobility, promoting more high-quality and flexible passenger transport. The parking area on the outskirts of the city is the connection point where you can park your vehicle and take a city bus to the centre or use a bike rental service that usually operates close to parking areas. The system is increasingly being introduced in Slovenian towns and tourist destinations. Here are two examples of this sustainable means of transport.

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Instead of a car – use an app!

Did you know that on average a car is parked for 95% of its lifetime? There is a solution: the Avant2Go electric car-rental or car-sharing system has been operating in Slovenia since 2006. When you need an electric car, you simply use the app to make a reservation and collect it from the nearest parking spot. If one is not available there, it can be delivered to your door. The system currently covers the five biggest Slovenian cities (Ljubljana, Maribor, Kranj, Novo mesto and Murska Sobota) and the Ljubljana international airport.

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Charging stations for electric cars are everywhere

Travel distances in Slovenia are not large, even to the country’s most remote areas, and modern electric vehicles can reach them without needing to recharge. If you want to get to know Slovenia better, it is recommended to do shorter, 50- to 100-kilometer daily trips and climb a nearby hill, take a walk around a lake, or pamper yourself at a spa. You do not need to worry about getting stranded on the road with an empty battery. EV charging stations in Slovenia can be found nearly everywhere – at petrol stations, in city centres, at shopping centres, in parking garages and at accommodation providers that like to keep up with the times.

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Use the app to find a charging station

In order to find the nearest charging station, we recommend that you use PlugShare or Gremo na elektriko, an app by a Slovenian provider that, in addition to searching for a charging point, you can also use to pay for the power consumed.

The Pečjak family, pioneers in electric vehicles

Did you know that there is a family in Slovenia who have been driving on electricity since 2006 and even beat Tesla’s Roadster with their home-built car at a 2013 rally? The Pečjak family are certainly revolutionaries when it comes to electric vehicles. In 2014, Andrej and Jasna Pečjak took their modified Metron 7 car on a record 736-kilometer drive from Bled to Dubrovnik, the longest distance in the world covered by an electric car at the time. A year later, the pair made improvements to beat their record, driving 824 kilometres at an average speed of 72 km/h in Germany!

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Take the green way

In the country that became the first fully green destination in the world, it is all about the colour green. At every step, you can sense the sustainable efforts that have been made to preserve the natural and cultural heritage. Go green with us.

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A green story of Slovenia

Slovenia is a pioneer in the field of strategic sustainable tourism development on a national level. Over a hundred Slovenian destinations and tourism service providers have successfully obtained the Slovenia Green label, which reflects their sustainable approach and responsible behaviour towards the environment. Discover your favourite green corners and experiences and join us in creating a better future.

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A green story of Slovenia

A green story of Slovenia

Slovenia is a pioneer in the field of strategic sustainable tourism development on a national level. Over a hundred Slovenian destinations and tourism service providers have successfully obtained the Slovenia Green label, which reflects their sustainable approach and responsible behaviour towards the environment. Discover your favourite green corners and experiences and join us in creating a better future.

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How to visit Slovenia in a green way

How to visit Slovenia in a green way

We pride ourselves on our unspoilt nature and rich cultural heritage, which we actively protect for the generations to come. We encourage you to help us in achieving this. Follow the green guidelines for ensuring sustainable behaviour before, during, and after your visit to Slovenia, so as to have a positive impact on the natural environment and local communities.

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Slovenia’s green steps towards a sustainable future

Slovenia’s green steps towards a sustainable future

We are proud that Slovenia ranks among the most environmentally friendly countries in the world. By implementing a number of green projects, we are making sure that it stays that way. We prioritise sustainable approaches in various areas of development, such as energy, transport, waste management, water resources management, biodiversity and tourism development.

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Destinations led by green ideas

Destinations led by green ideas

The mosaic of Slovenia’s green story is made up of individual pieces that form a model of responsible preservation of natural and cultural heritage and attitude towards the environment. The most sustainably aspiring destinations bear the platinum and the golden Slovenia Green label. Destinations with a silver or bronze label are on a good way to follow the green path. 

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Responsible and comfortable – choose green accommodation

Responsible and comfortable – choose green accommodation

Hotels and tourist farms provide it. Camps, glamping resorts and spas provide it, too. And it is also provided by a range of other accommodation options that not only offer comfortable beds and food, but think more broadly about their place in the environment. With all the responsibility to future generations. Choose accommodation with the Slovenia Green Accommodation label and contribute a piece to the mosaic of sustainability.

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How to get to Slovenia?

You can get to Slovenia by means of a private mode of transport or various types of public transport. Read the useful information for travel to and around Slovenia.

To Slovenia by Car

A car allows the easiest way to travel around the country. For driving on motorways, it is mandatory for you to have a vignette.

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To Slovenia by Train

Around Slovenia by train!

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To Slovenia by Bus

Around Slovenia by bus!

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To Slovenia by Air

You can travel to Slovenia by air to the central Jože Pučnik International Airport or to any of the airports in the neighbouring countries.

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