11 of the Best Tours to Ljubljana from Zagreb 2024

Thinking about the Best Tours to Ljubljana from Zagreb? I’ve compiled all the top tour options for you!

Are you thinking about taking a tour from Zagreb to Ljubljana but feeling unsure about which one to choose?

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a beautiful city full of interesting sights, from its lovely river to the historic castle overlooking the city. With so many tour options available, it can be tough to decide which one will give you the best experience.

Whether you’re looking for a quick day trip to see the main attractions or a more in-depth tour that explores hidden gems, there’s a tour for you. We’re here to help you find the perfect tour from Zagreb to Ljubljana that fits what you’re looking for in your adventure.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can make your trip from Zagreb to Ljubljana unforgettable, exploring everything this stunning city has to offer. Get ready for a journey that will show you the beauty and history of Ljubljana!

My Top 3 Picks: Best Tours to Ljubljana from Zagreb

#1 Top Pick
View of lake of Bled in Slovenia

Ljubljana and Bled Lake

  • 10.5 hours
  • Small group
  • Pick up & drop off
#2 Pick
Ljubljana -Slovenia: Aerial view of the central part of Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle and Lake Bled

  • 11 hours
  • Max of 8 travellers
  • Pick up & drop off
#3 Pick
Predjama Castle in Slovenia, Europe. Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. It is located in the village of Predjama. Drone

Grand SLOVENIA

  • 10 – 12 hours
  • Private tours
  • Pick up & drop off

11 of the Best Tours to Ljubljana from Zagreb in 2024

View of lake of Bled in Slovenia

1. Ljubljana and Bled Lake – small group – day tour from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 10 hours and 30 minutes | ✅ Book it!

Experience the best of both worlds in Slovenia with this full-day tour of Ljubljana and Bled from Croatia. With private transportation from Zagreb included you’ll have the opportunity to see the historical centre of Ljubljana, the iconic Triple Bridge over the Ljubljanica River, Bled Castle, and the picturesque Lake Bled.

For the rest of the tour, a professional guide will accompany you on your tour of both cities, and you’ll have some free time to explore independently. After your tour, you’ll get dropped off back at your Zagreb hotel

Patrik was an excellent tour guide. He was filled with knowledge and his English was excellent. So helpful and engaging, Patrik ensured we had a genuine and meaningful experience. A highlight was definitely being rowed out into Lake Bled by a 1960’s a Slovenian Olympic Rower. And of course the views were incredible.” – Simone_Z

Your Zagreb to Llubjana tour starts with a hotel pickup. Then, you’ll go on a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Slovenia’s capital.

Upon reaching the old city centre of Ljubljana, you will witness its distinctive architectural blend, featuring elements of Baroque, Art Nouveau, and the 20th-century architectural marvels designed by Joze Plecnik.

During this part of the tour, you’ll delve into local history, discover the reasons behind the Triple Bridge’s trinity, discover local food markets, and even hear tales about Napoleon’s presence in the city.

Next, proceed to the stunning Alpine haven of Bled, climb to the ancient castle atop a cliff overlooking the lake, and savour the stunning vistas from the castle’s terraces. A highlight of this tour to Bled is the obligatory boat ride on a ‘Pletna,’ a traditional craft crafted by locals. 

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 8:30 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 10 hours and 30 minutes
  • Includes: Driver/guide, Local guide, professional guide, Pickup and drop-off from selected Hotels only in Zagreb, Transport by air-conditioned minivan (8+1), infant and booster seats available FOC, Fuel surcharge, Landing and facility fees

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Ljubljana -Slovenia: Aerial view of the central part of Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Castle

2. Ljubljana with Funicular, Castle and Lake Bled from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 11 hours | ✅ Book it!

For this tour, you will head on a small-group excursion from Zagreb to explore two iconic attractions in Slovenia: Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Begin with a guided stroll through the historic heart of Slovenia’s capital city, followed by a captivating visit to Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views.

Afterwards, venture into the Julian Alps to witness the medieval castle perched by Lake Bled and its picturesque island church. This private tour covers all activities and provides convenient round-trip transportation from centrally-located Zagreb hotels.

Both parts of the trip were wonderful and made more lively by our tour guide, Maya. She was very knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor. She went with with what we wanted to do and also gave us a lot of tips about Zagreb.” – Anirudh_K

This tour lets you explore two of Slovenia’s finest attractions in just a day, perfect for those staying in Zagreb for a short time. Your Zagreb to Ljubljana day trip includes hotel pickup and a maximum of just 8 people joining your group. 

Your first stop is at Ljubljana, where you’ll explore diverse architectural styles, delve into its rich history, and admire the whimsical dragon-adorned bridge. Enjoy a thrilling funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views, accompanied by an expert guide who will share captivating stories and hidden gems. 

Then, you’ll have free time before you head to Bled, where you can visit a majestic 11th-century castle 130 meters above the glacial lake. Take mesmerising views of the Julian Alps, the Church of the Assumption of Mary, and the pristine natural surroundings from this vantage point.

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 8:00 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Includes: Transport by air-conditioned vehicle, Walking Tour of Ljubljana with a guide, Funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle, Bled Castle admission ticket, Licensed tour guide, Hotel pick-up and drop-off (selected hotels only)

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Predjama Castle in Slovenia, Europe. Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. It is located in the village of Predjama. Drone

3. Grand SLOVENIA: Ljubljana + Lake Bled + Postojna Cave – Day Tour

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 10 to 12 hours | ✅ Book it!

See some of Slovenia’s best destinations and experience what it offers in this day tour from Zagreb. On this tour, you’ll visit Postojna Cave, Lake Bled, Bled Island, Bled Castle, and Ljubljana. 

One of the advantages of this tour is that you’ll have a private guide, allowing you to explore each destination at your own pace and preference. You’ll also travel in a private vehicle with a small group of 8 people.

Milan was a great driver. He was filled with fun stories and a very interesting to talk with. The cave was AMAZING!!! Bring a sweater or jacket; it gets cold inside. Lake Bled was gorgeous and Ljubljana was a cute town. I just wish I could have gone on the boat. My main reason for choosing a private tour was to be able to take my time and spend more at the lake. Not so. That was a bummer, but overall it was well worth it!” – Katherine_P

The first stop on this excursion is at Postojna Cave, where you have 2 hours to explore the mesmerising cave. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll and have lunch at Lake Bled. 

Next, hop on a Pletna boat to reach and explore Bled Island. You will then have the option to visit Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) and spend an hour there. 

Finally, the tour wraps up with a visit to Ljubljana Old Town, where you will go on a walking tour of this historic city centre. Throughout the tour, your private guide will tell you about the history and extra information about the places you’ll visit, making the tour more worthwhile. 

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 7:30 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
  • Includes: All taxes, fees and handling charges, Local professional driver/guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Transport by private air-conditioned car or minivan

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Cityscape view on Ljubljanica river canal in Ljubljana old town. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and famous european tourist destination.

4. Private Ljubljana and Postojna Cave Full-day Tour from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 10 hours | ✅ Book it!

Set out on a day trip from Zagreb to uncover the treasures of both Ljubljana, the capital city, and the renowned Postojna Cave. This tour offers an intimate and personalised experience, limiting the group to 15 participants.

Your adventure will take you through northern Croatia and into Slovenia, allowing you to witness the enchanting cave and explore the Slovenian capital. This tour provides the convenience of hotel pickup and round-trip transportation.

Good communication from the provider to arrange everything and even reminded us to buy the tickets for the cave and castle, messaged day before reminding us to bring passports etc. Lots of flexibility on their end – we were stuck in traffic for over an hour and had to get our tickets changed. Anton (Toni) helped us with this and did not rush us. We got to see everything which was great. Toni was also very personable, knowledgeable and great company on the long drive. The cave and castle are really interesting. Unique for sure. We didn’t spend too much time in Ljubljana, felt as though there wasn’t too much to do.” – Tripadvisor Reviewer

Your 10-hour private tour starts with a hotel pickup at Zagreb. You will have a scenic ride through Northern Croatia and across the Slovenian border. 

Visit the 800-year-old Predjama Castle, a one-of-a-kind architecture among the world’s most spectacular castles. Next, venture underground for an immersive experience at Postojna Cave. 

Then head to Ljubljana’s Old Town, a city rich in history and culture; walk around town and explore at your leisure. Visit cultural landmarks, stroll the picturesque Ljubljanica River or savour local cuisine.

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 9:00 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Includes: Driver, Tour escort/ host, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Private tour

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Lake Bled and Bled Island with the ancient Church of the Mother of God on the Lake (Cerkev Matere bozje na jezeru), XVII century. Bled town, Gorenjska, Triglav National Park, Alps, Slovenia, Europe.

5. The Best of Slovenia, Bled lake, Postojna cave and Ljubljana

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 10 hours | ✅ Book it!

Embark on a captivating full-day tour from Zagreb that leads you across the border to explore the finest attractions of Slovenia. Travel comfortably in a private vehicle and benefit from the undivided attention of your guide throughout the day.

Your adventure includes stops at the lake resort of Bled, Postojna Cave’s underground wonders, and Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. You will get picked up and dropped off at your hotel for convenience. 

Amazing day. 2hr drive from Zagreb wasn’t boring as the scenery beautiful. Our guide was talkative and funny. Bled Castle and the lake are magical. You must try the cream cake while at the castle. Yummy. Lovely Bee products and quality souvenir. Ljubljana was picture perfect. Bridges, gardens, greenery, chocolate and schnapps shops. You must try. The buildings are so colourful. Postjonya caves. WOW. OMG! Incredible train journey into the cave then walking around for an hour then train to the surface. Unbelievable. It was a big day but very satisfying. A must do.” – Sian_G

If you’re looking to tour outside of Zagreb, try this private excursion that takes you through a scenic journey across the border of Slovenia. This is a private tour, so you decide how long you spend on each attraction you’ll visit.

The first stop is at Postojna Cave, where you will have a guided tour of the natural wonder. Then, spend time at Lake Bled admiring the picturesque panorama, taking advantage of the picture-perfect scenery!

After all that, you will head to Ljubljana to have lunch and spend the rest of your time exploring and having a walking tour of the old town. Only your group participates during the tour, which is perfect for couples and families. 

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 7:30 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Includes: Bottled water, Driver/guide Hotel pickup and drop-off, Private tour

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Predjama castle, Slovenia. Scenic view of Predjama castle near Postojna cave mouth. Anciend architecture builded in the rock. Old medieval fortress at sunny summer day

6. From Zagreb: POSTOJNA caves + LJUBLJANA Fully PRIVATE Day Tour

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 8 to 12 hours | ✅ Book it!

Discover some of Slovenia’s highlight tourist destinations all within a day. Included in this tour is private transport and a professional guide.

You will head to see Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, and the highlights of Slovenia’s beautiful capital—Ljubljana. This tour also allows you to avoid the hassle of travelling with large groups.

This tour was amazing!! We had all the time we wanted to explore everything! Our driver was very good, very flexible with our schedule and very helpful. With this tour you can see all the main attractions of Slovenia in one day. Lake bled, predjama castle,the caves and ljubljana !! We surely reccomend this tour !!” – Kostakis_I

You can get picked up at your hotel or meet at King Tomislav Square to start your exciting journey. Your first destination is a castle from the 15th century, the 123-metre-high Predjama Castle.

After an hour of admiring the historical castle, you will head to the picturesque Ljubljana Old Town. There, learn about the fascinating history of Ljubljana as you walk through its walkable town. 

Before heading back to Zagreb, you’ll visit Postojna Cave. You have one and a half hours as you embark on a guided walking tour, witnessing and learning about the cave

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): Your chosen time at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hours
  • Includes: All taxes, fees and handling charges; Fully Private tour, Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Local professional driver/guide, Transport by private air-conditioned car or minivan

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Amazing evening view with lake and church on the small island.Great travel and touristic location, lake Bled with small island and Karavanke mountains in background at sunset, Slovenia, Europe

7. Private Tour: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Day Trip from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 8 hours | ✅ Book it!

See the walkable city of Ljubljana and witness the picturesque Lake Bled on this 8-hour day tour. Enjoy private transportation and the company of your tour guide. 

You will be visiting Ljubljana at Lake Bled during your tour. Feel free to ask your guide questions about the attractions. Your guide will also enlighten you with informative narratives throughout the tour. 

Great tour! We spent a few hours at Lake Bled, which gave us time to enjoy a boat ride to the island and back. Ella recommended the Cream Cake after that and she was right! Then to Ljubljana, a quaint city. Really liked the main square, though a popup rain shower (that never showed up on weather app) shortened our time in town. Ella shared so much great info about the region and our driver (can’t spell his name) was great too. We highly recommend this trip.” – Cheryl_A

Take advantage of Ljubljana’s walkable city as you stroll through the streets learning history and immersing in the local culture. Take your time to enjoy the city’s serenity, and remember to take pictures along the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River!

After a refreshing stroll through one of Europe’s most livable cities, you’ll head to Lake Bled. You can board a boat to an island and walk on the scenic trails there. 

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 9:00 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Includes: Professional driver/tour leader, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by air-conditioned minivan/car

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View of Congress Square and the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity in the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia

8. Best of SLOVENIA – Bled + Postojna + Ljubljana – Day Tour from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 12 hours | ✅ Book it!

Experience the beauty of Slovenia on this Zagreb to Lake Bled day trip, visiting other destinations throughout the day. Explore captivating destinations like Ljubljana, Bled, Postojna Cave, and beyond.

Enjoy the freedom to linger at each location according to your interests, ensuring a personalised adventure. This tour provides convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Zagreb, guaranteeing a hassle-free experience.

This was the perfect day trip from Zagreb! Tanja was a great host and was super knowledgeable about everything. It was timed perfectly and we were given enough time to do everything we wanted. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone visiting Croatia who wants to see the best of Slovenia. Thank you for a great day!” – Cecilia_R

This tour offers a well-rounded experience, combining natural wonders, cultural exploration, and historical significance, all during a 12-hour trip. Because this is a private tour, you can also explore at your own pace. 

Witness Postojna Cave’s railway, built 140 years ago and explore the vast karst corridors and galleries. Then, visit Bled Island aboard a traditional boat. 

Relax in the healing climate at Bled and take in its picturesque scenery. End the tour at Ljubljana Old Town, where you can walk around the nature-filled capital of Slovenia. 

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 7:30 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Includes: Air-conditioned vehicle, Parking Fees, Bottled water, Bottled water Free Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Church of Assumption in Lake Bled, Slovenia with blue sky and clouds in the autumn

9. Ljubljana with Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle – small group – tour from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 11 to 12 hours | ✅ Book it!

Visit Slovenia from Zagreb on this 12-hour tour. You’ll be visiting Ljubljana, Postojna Caves, and Predjama Castle for a whole day.

Throughout Ljubljana with Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle tour, a knowledgeable guide will escort you. Also, your group is limited to a maximum of 8 participants, ensuring you have an intimate and comfortable journey. 

It was just amazing ! I wasn’t expecting this breathtaking view of Bled with the lake, the church on the island, the castle on the Cliff and the mountains in the background. Our guide Dino was cool and gave us a lot of information about Slovenia. I highly recommend !”- Achraf_K

Zagreb is relatively close to Slovenia; you can use it on this tour. Await pickup at your Zagreb accommodation in the morning and board your comfortable vehicle for the day. 

You will then embark on a scenic journey to cross the border and head to Ljubljana. Upon arriving in the capital city of Slovenia, you can go on a refreshing walk around the city. 

After exploring Ljubljana, you will head to Postojna Cave to board an electric train and tour the spectacular cave. After your cave excursion, you will go to the Predjama Castle to admire and take photos of the 800-year-old castle.

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 8:30 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 11 to 12 hours
  • Includes: Pickup and drop-off from Central Hotels in Zagreb, Transport with a comfortable sedan car or passenger van, Official English-speaking tour guide (other languages on request), Road tolls and parking, All taxes and VAT

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Ljubljana green riverfront promenade walkway summer view, capital of Slovenia

10. Full-Day Ljubljana and Bled Small-Group Tour from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 10 hours | ✅ Book it!

Experience the highlights of Slovenia with a full-day tour departing from Zagreb, offering a schedule that grants ample free time for independent exploration. You will also be visiting Ljubljana Castle, the iconic Dragon Bridge, and the Ljubljanica waterfront in Ljubljana.

This tour to Ljubljana and Bled features a limited group of just 15 participants and promises a comprehensive exploration of the Slovenian capital on a self-guided tour. Hotel pickup and round-trip transportation are included in this tour package.

We really enjoyed this tour, Ljubljana and bled are both great places to visit. We enjoyed walking around the town of Ljubljana and visiting the castle. In Bled we visited the castle and had a piece of the famous Bled cream cake. We went the the church on the little island on lake Bled. Our driver/guide was great. We would highly recommend this tour.” – Joan_T

Among the other tours, this is one of the best choices if you’re looking for a Lake Bled day trip from Zagreb. During the tour, you’ll also visit Ljubljana and Bled Castle within a day, making it an ideal choice for first-time visitors to Slovenia or those with limited time.

Your first area to explore is at Ljubljana. This city is one of the most livable cities in Europe and features walkable streets that are great for walking tours. 

After your city tour, it’s time for you to visit Lake Bled and embark on outdoor activities like boat rides, cycling around the lake, or even swimming. After your lake excursion, you will head to Bled Castle to witness the lake from a different perspective, allowing you to take stunning pictures!

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 9:00 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Includes: Transport in air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/escort, Hotel pickup and drop-off, guided tour of Ljubljana in season (01.06-30.10), 3 hours in Ljubljana and 3 hours at Lake Bled

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LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA -  Preeren Square, the central square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia with Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and statue of Poet France Preeren.

11. Slovenia’s highlights: Bled lake and Ljubljana Full-Day Private Tour from Zagreb

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 | ⏳ LENGTH: 8 hours | ✅ Book it!

Ljubljana is known for its preserved architecture and green spaces; experience the old city in this 8-hour Zagreb to Ljubljana tour. Also included in the tour is a visit to Lake Bled. 

Take photos in the picture-perfect sceneries and learn about their history as you go. You will be transported back to your hotel at the end of the tour. 

Slovenia was a proud, charming and beautiful city. Lake Bled was beautiful. The hike to the castle requires some level of fitness and appropriate shoes. It’s quite a steep climb on makeshift paths of dirt and gravel. Suggest to be dropped off at the top by car and make the walk down. Which will give you more time at the top, rather than 10 minutes as there is an entry fee.” – Maria_G

Unlike other tours, this one gives you more time at each destination. You will depart at 8:30 AM from Zagreb and proceed on a journey to your first stop, Ljubljana. 

Upon arriving at Ljubljana, you will be greeted with its rejuvenating green spaces all around the city and a car-free city centre, best for strolling around. Enjoy the fresh air in the city and relax at the leafy banks along the Ljubljanica River. 

After spending time at the capital, you have 4 hours at your next destination, Lake Bled. You can embark on outdoor activities around the serene and peaceful lake there. 

Important details 

  • Start Time (and location): 8:30 AM at your chosen pickup point
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Includes: Air-conditioned vehicle, Private transportation, Hotel pick up and drop off, Tour manager

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FAQs About zagreb to slovenia day trip

The journey from Zagreb to Ljubljana usually takes about 2 to 2.5 hours by bus or car, depending on traffic. Most day tours from Zagreb to Ljubljana are designed to last a full day, typically around 8 to 10 hours, including travel time and sightseeing in Ljubljana.

Tours from Zagreb to Ljubljana often include visits to key attractions like Ljubljana Castle, which offers stunning views of the city, the Triple Bridge, Dragon Bridge, and the Central Market. Some tours might also include a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River or a stroll through the old town to see its beautiful architecture and cafes.

Yes, since you’re crossing from Croatia into Slovenia, both of which are in the European Union but also part of the Schengen Area, you’ll need to bring your passport for border control checks. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your date of travel.

Dragon Bridge, symbol of the city of Ljubljana at evening, Slovenia

Final Thoughts: tours from zagreb to slovenia

As we wrap up our guide to the best tours from Zagreb to Ljubljana, remember, this journey is more than just a trip between two cities. It’s an opportunity to explore the rich history, stunning landscapes, and unique culture that Ljubljana has to offer.

Whether you’re visiting the majestic Ljubljana Castle, walking across the iconic Triple Bridge, or enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the city’s cafes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Choosing the right tour can make all the difference in your experience. Consider what you want to see and do, and don’t hesitate to ask for more details on what each tour includes. With the right plan, you’re set for an unforgettable adventure.

So, pack your bags, bring your curiosity, and get ready for an exciting journey from Zagreb to Ljubljana. The beauty of Ljubljana awaits to unfold before your eyes, promising memories that will last a lifetime. Safe travels, and enjoy every moment of your exploration!

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