Southwestern SLOVENIA TRAIN TRAVEL Update
|Passenger Service from Ljubljana to Koper and Rijeka Disrupted Through Late MayLines Affected:~ Ljubljana to Koper
(Adriatic port city, gateway to Slovenian Riviera)~ Ljubljana to Rijeka, Croatia
(one gateway to Croatia’s Istrian peninsula and northern Adriatic islands)
The massive ice storm that ravaged portions of western Slovenia in mid-February hit power and railway networks particularly hard, with damages estimated to reach beyond €120 million, or US$166 million
. Of that, a €34 million price tag has been put on damages to the national rail system.
Most severely affected was the line between the town of Borovnica,
about 30 kilometers southwest of the capital Ljubljana, and Pivka,
another 50km further south. This section serves both Slovenia’s port city of Koper,
the gateway to Slovenia’s Adriatic Riviera and the end of the western line, and Ilirska Bistrica
to the south, the border crossing on the line that serves Rijeka, Croatia,
a gateway to Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and the northern Adriatic islands.
Minister for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning Samo Omerzel confirmed that repairs will take from three to four months to complete, thus disrupting passenger travel through at least late May,
but in all likelihood even later.
- Ljubljana Train Station
https://www.google.si/maps/place/Ljubljanafirstname.lastname@example.org,14.512937,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xb70e14ca55ef4397 Buses remain the only public transport option, whether through regularly-scheduled routes serviced by bus companies or the temporary service set up by the national railroad. Rail tickets purchased in advance will be honored. Visit the Help Desk/Info Center at the main train station for assistance. Bear in mind that this disruption also affects travelers planning to visit the UNESCO-listed Postojna Caves as the Postojna station is currently inaccessible from Ljubljana. It is possible however to continue onwards towards Koper from Postojna. Typical bus fares (one-way): Ljubljana to Koper €11-12. Ljubljana to Postojna €6 Ljubljana Ilirska Bistrica – €10 one-way. No direct buses, book through the rail system. Ljubljana Bus Station https://www.google.si/maps/place/Avtobusna+Postaja+Ljubljanaemail@example.com,14.5095897,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x5ad0f41d48c050a0 Bicyclists: For the time being, the substitute buses that service the railroad cannot accommodate bicycles and are not wheelchair accessible. Additionally, most bus companies cannot transport bikes, but some can and will. “If it fits underneath, we’ll take it” seems to be the general, if unwritten, rule. Unfortunately there is no easy way to determine which ones do. To find out here is your best option: Consult the schedule
on the Ljubljana Bus Station website -- http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/eng/
-- and note the departure times you are interested in
- Call the bus station information line
–- dial 1991 from inside Slovenia, 05:00-22:30 M-F, 05:00-22:00 Sat, 05:30-22:30 Sun -– from where you will be directed to the bus company servicing your route. They’ll then tell you if bike transport is possible.
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