When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Ljubljana?
Summer is the most popular time to visit Ljubljana, when the warm weather brings the city’s riverside bars come alive. In July the city hosts the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, the oldest of its kind in Europe. Spring and early autumn are also good times to visit the Slovenian capital and airfares are likely to be cheaper than during the peak tourist season.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Ljubljana?
For the best deals on return flights, it’s best to book your Ljubljana flights around three months in advance. With Netflights.com, if you aren’t committed to specific dates, the flexible dates search feature can help you find the cheapest day of the week to fly to Ljubljana. If your heart is set on a summer holiday, your best plan is to keep an eye out for cheap last-minute flights.
Flying to Ljubljana Airport LJU
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) is located 26 kilometres north of the city centre. It handles more than one million passengers each year and connects the Slovenian capital to a wide range of European and international destinations. LJU is also the hub airport for Adria Airways, the national airline of Slovenia.
You can find flights to Ljubljana from many UK airports, including London Gatwick Airport (from which EasyJet offers a single weekly direct flight) and London Heathrow Airport, Newcastle Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Cardiff Airport. Air France, Austrian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, SN Brussels Airlines, Swiss and Turkish Airlines all operate indirect Ljubljana flights from the UK. The stopovers are usually in major European cities such as Amsterdam, Istanbul, Vienna, Zurich and Paris.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Ljubljana Airport (LJU) is a single-terminal airport. The terminal building has three levels, with arrivals and baggage reclaim both located on the ground floor. Check-in desks for departures and baggage reclaim are all on the ground floor too, while boarding takes place from the second floor. The airport offers a range of facilities and amenities for travellers, including a post office, shops, currency exchange and a business lounge. Most of the food and drinks shops are located in the departures area. The top floor of the terminal has an observation deck and café with a terrace and there’s even a soft play area for little travellers, too.
Getting to the City from Ljubljana Airport LJU
It’s easy to reach the city centre from Ljubljana Airport by public transport, taxi or by car. Bus number 28 runs between the airport and Ljubljana bus station every hour between 5am and 8pm Mondays to Fridays and approximately every two hours between 7am and 8pm on weekends and public holidays. It leaves from the bus stop opposite the terminal. Taxis can be found outside the terminal building and there are also several shuttle services available from the airport. If you prefer to rent a car, you’ll find car hire companies available in the arrivals hall.
Why Visit Ljubljana?
With its mix of architectural styles, plentiful parks and green spaces and atmospheric Old Town, Ljubljana is a small but intriguing destination. It’s very easily explored on foot or by bike thanks to its pedestrianised city centre, or even by paddle boarding on the Ljubljanica River. It attracts many British tourists visiting for a weekend break, or on the way to Slovenia’s resorts, including the popular Lake Bled.
From the hilltop Ljubljana Castle you can enjoy spectacular views of the city, of which large parts are characterised by the work of architects Jože Plečnik and Ivan Vurnik. These architects’ early modernist creations from the period between the two world wars include the Cobbler’s Bridge and the National and University Library. Prešernov Trg is home to more architectural gems, including the coral-pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. From there you can explore the city’s Central Market, where you’ll find a wide range of Slovenian foods, or head towards the riverside bars, which are particularly lively in summertime, for drinks and platters of meat and cheese.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British nationals can travel to Slovenia without a visa and your passport need only be valid for the duration of your stay. The local currency is the euro and though ATMs and currency exchange bureaux are readily available, you may like to exchange some currency in advance if you plan to travel from the airport by taxi or by public transport.