Although we rarely leave the city, never mind the country, one of the many joys of living in Ljubljana is how close the airport is. So there should be no stress or missed connections, nor spending more than the cost of your airline ticket to get there. Moreover, while we never feel quite the same checking-in online, if that’s something you enjoy then you can do that here 24 hours before your flight leaves, and right up to 60 minutes before take-off.
Ljubljana Airport has some good views of the mountains, with the best views to be had from the cafe upstairs. Photo: Wikimedia - Jeremy Segrott CC by 2.0
One warning, you might see the names Ljubljana Airport, Aerodrom Ljubljana, Jože Pučnik Airport, Letališče Brnik and Brnik Airport – they’re all the same place, about 25 km from the city centre, 30 minutes by car, and up to an hour for the bus. It’s the only international airport in Slovenia, and for some direct flights you may have to go as far as Klagenfurt, just over the border in Austria.
Here’s how to get to and from Ljubljana Airport.
Traveling to and from Ljubljana Airport by bus
4.10 euros, about an hour
The buses to and from the airport are run by Alpetour, so look for their logo. Buses to the airport (Letališče Brnik) leave from stop 28 at the main bus station (Avtobusna postaja Ljubljana, or Ljubljana AP), which is in front of the train station (Železniška postaja Ljubljana), and you can buy tickets from the driver or a counter inside. The service to the airport runs from 05:20 to 21:10, Monday to Friday, with all but the first bus leaving at 10 past the hour. On weekends the service runs from 06:10 to 19:10, with one every two hours starting from 09:10.
Heading towards the city, the buses run from 05:00 to 20:00 on weekdays, leaving every hour, while at weekends the schedule starts at 07:00, then the next bus is 10:00, followed by one every two hours until 20:00. If you want to check the schedule, then you can do that here.
Traveling to and from Ljubljana Airport by taxi
25 - 35 euros, about 30 minutes
Taxis can be found at the airport, near the train station, booked in advance or called on demand. We’ve only had one incident with the meter not being turned on, but it’s always worth checking when you're obviously not a local. Taxis can be booked here, while Airtrail Slovenia is a local taxi firm that at the time of writing is offering rides to anywhere in the city of Ljubljana for 28 euros and to Bled for 45. You can find the website here, or call +386-41-281-228.
Traveling to and from Ljubljana Airport by shuttle bus
From around 10 euros per person
Our own preference is for door-to-door transport in a shuttle bus, and while already cheap, this option is even more attractive if traveling in a group, as you can get a private driver and minibus with plenty of space that'll fit into your schedule, rather than by a more circuitous route that’ll see you picking up and dropping off other passengers. While there are regular departures, bookings can be made in advance and online, with dynamic pricing used so you can choose how long you’ll have to wait to be picked up or dropped off. In alphabetical order, the main companies are GoOpti, Nomago, Markun Shuttle, MNJtransfer and ZUP Prevozi. Such companies also offer transport to other locations within Slovenia, as well as into neighbouring countries.
Traveling to and from Ljubljana Airport by car
About 30 minutes
Renting a car at Ljubljana Airport
A fair number of car rental companies, including both international brands and local specialists, have desks at the airport from where you can rent a vehicle, with the prices varying depending on the model and time. Some of those can be found here.