This small European country is often overlooked when tourists are planning a holiday. The capital city of Ljubljana may be small in size but it oozes culture just waiting to be experienced. Although famous for hiking and skiing there's more to Slovenia holidays than the outdoors. A Slovenia holiday can offer something for all ages. For a city steeped in rich history Celje has a beautiful old town with many churches to explore. Alternatively if you prefer snow-capped mountains, visit the Julian Alps for first class skiing resorts.
Slovenia is easily accessible with flights to Slovenia from most major UK airports into the capital city Ljubljana. Like the majority of European countries, the budget airline easyJet offers direct flights, taking around two hours and 15 minutes - great if you fancy a short weekend break away. Once you arrive, one of the cheapest and easiest options to get to the city centre is using easyJet's bus service which runs frequently throughout the day. Cheaper still is the public bus which runs at ten minutes past the hour between 7.10 am and 8.10 pm - just remember to buy tickets beforehand as you may be charged extra if your purchase from a conductor on board. A word of warning, though - the buses are quite small so you may struggle to find lots of room for your luggage. Outside of the bus operating hours taxis are available after the baggage reclaim area of the airport. For a 25-35 minute journey to the city centre it costs around €45.
Although trains can be up to 30% cheaper than buses they don't always run to some of the smaller towns - including the ski resorts. In this case a bus will be the best option to get to your destination. On the other hand if you like the freedom a car can bring, there are plenty of car rental businesses. You may be able to find a good deal if you don't mind hiring a car that's a few years old.
If you book your hotel in Slovenia early you can get some great bargains so it's worth having a good look around online and comparing deals.
Save money on taxis by exploring Slovenia's cities by foot, many tourist attractions such as the old town in Celje can be best appreciated by walking. Not only will you experience the country at its fullest but you will save valuable money allowing you to do twice as much during your Slovenia holiday.
For a good value treat venture out into the countryside and keep a look out for Gostilna signs serving authentic Slovenian food at a bargain price. Be brave and sample the local delicacies. Ask the locals their favourite foods!
The most popular destination in the Julian Alps, named after Julius Ceasar, is the romantic town of Bled which is the perfect place to test out your snow skills! If you book in advance it's possible to take advantage of offers such as free ski equipment for children and two for one deals on ski passes.
Updated 5th March 2014
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