After more than seven years, we can finally hop on the train again all the way to Trieste and beyond. The three-hour ride may seem long compared to a car that takes half the time, but this particular journey is more than just about the destination, it’s about the journey itself.
The route runs through one of the most picturesque regions in Slovenia, the Karst region. The blue train designated for this line has large panoramic windows, so travellers will have a good view when passing a myriad of karst phenomena such as sinkholes, collapse valleys and chasms. The train stops at three main stations before reaching Trieste: Postojna, Divača, and Sežana, and 14 smaller stations so you have plenty of time to enjoy the sights along the way.
The train will run twice a day every day and has space for 30 bikes should anyone fancy exploring majestic cycling routes around Trieste. For those searching for a fun day trip, they will have to rise early, since the morning train leaves Ljubljana at 5.57am. But it gets to Trieste just before 9 leaving a whole day ahead to make the most of the Italian experience. The last train back to Ljubljana is at 19.09 and for those staying overnight, the first train back is at 9.01.
The train also extends its journey at least once a day from Trieste to the Trieste airport (Ronchi) and to Udine (Udine). The tickets are cheap, too, with one way costing EUR 8, plus another EUR 5 for a bike. Tickets to the airport are EUR 11,6 one way, while to Udine it costs EUR 15.