LJUBLJANA WELCOMES YOU

Ljubljana at a glance

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, a country of 20,000 sq km with a population of 2,070,000. Slovenia gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 and it was quickly recognised by the international community as a sovereign state. Slovenia has since then established itself as a developing economy with active international relations. It became a member of the European Union and NATO in 2004 and, in 2007, adopted the Euro as its national currency. Slovenia is in the Schengen zone and has successfully hosted the Presidency to the EU in 2008.

The history of the earliest population on the territory of Ljubljana goes back 6,000 years. Emona – a Roman colony dating from 14 A.D. is considered as the foundation milestone for today’s city. The years 2014 / 2015 are therefore dedicated to celebrating 2000 years of Emona. Medieval Ljubljana developed under the shelter of Castle Hill, spreading alongside the banks of the Ljubljanica River in the area which we call the Old Town today.

The historic growth of Ljubljana can be traced through the still preserved elements of medieval, Baroque, Art Noveau and modern architecture. The ultimate touch was bestowed on his native city by Jože Plečnik, who signed unique architectural projects and landmarks, and reshaped the urban tissue of Ljubljana by connecting all these styles. Ljubljana, the nation’s cultural, urban and university centre is the biggest city of Slovenia and lies in its very heart.

Safety: Both Slovenia and Ljubljana are regarded as very safe destinations. The general level of security is high, as stated in surveys conducted by official institutions / government agencies in the international sphere. There are also many other sources that would confirm this statement – from travel guides, to articles in the international media, and – nowadays, the increasingly important social media platforms (traveller’s reviews, forums, blogs, etc.). Check NUMBEO for relevant information.

Health services are also regarded to be of a very good standard in case any medical assistance would be required. Ljubljana has a renowned University Medical Centre and fluent communication with doctors and other staff in English is a common standard.

Useful information (Time, Currency, Language ...)

Time

  • Central European with one hour forward in summer (GMT + 1).

Currency

  • Euro
  • Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country.
  • Automatic cash dispensers (ATMs) are easily found both in Ljubljana and around Slovenia.

Language

  • Slovenian; many locals speak English and / or German and Italian.

Electricity

  • 220 V

Tap water is of excellent quality.

Telephone dialling codes:

  • Country code: +386
  • Ljubljana city code: (0)
  • International calls from Slovenia: 00+country+city codes

Emergency numbers

  • Police: 113
  • Fire Brigade: 112
  • Ambulance & First Aid: 112
  • Medical assistance: 232 30 60 (5.00-20.00)
  • AMZS, Slovenian Automobile Club: Info 530 53 00
  • Road emergency and towing service: 1987

Ljubljana – European Green Capital

In June 2014, Ljubljana received the prestigious title of European Green Capital 2016. Among the five finalists contending for the title, Ljubljana, with its sustainable development strategy document ‘Vision 2025’, was the one that the jury in Copenhagen found the most impressive.

The European Green Capital jury, chaired by the European Commission, pointed out in its report that the last 10 to 15 years have seen dramatic changes in traffic levels in the Slovenian capital: »From being a city which was previously dominated by car transport the focus is now on public transport and on pedestrian and cycling networks.«.

Ljubljana has changed its traffic regime and limited motorized traffic in favour of environmentally friendlier alternatives. The city’s extremely popular BicikeLJ bicycle hire network, which consists of 30 docking stations and 300 bicycles, has recorded 2,300,000 rentals within slightly more than three years.

As set out in the ‘Vision 2025’ document, by the year 2020 Ljubljana will achieve a modal split of one-third of public transport, one-third of walking and cycling, and only one-third of private motor vehicle transport.

Ljubljana’s green outfit can be summarised by saying: wherever you stand in the city, you can always see (at least) a tree. But this is just a fragment of the full picture that embodies a growing environmental awareness of the local residents as well as the endeavours of the city authorities.

In addition to turning most of the Old Town into a pedestrian zone the Municipality has applied a recycling policy with regards to the separation of solid waste and over 95 percent of the sewage system is conveyed to a recently built waste-water recycling plant. The landfill gas is used as a renewable, green energy source, mainly for the production of electricity. The growing size of the pedestrian zones and the introduction of low emission buses in the public transport are other important elements aimed at improving the quality of life in Ljubljana now and in the future.

The conference venue is investing in and implementing new, green solutions. Equally so, the recent renovations and refurbishments in the proposed city hotels contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of these facilities and their guests, respectively. Last, but not least, conference organisers and service providers are increasingly applying the ecological and CSR aspect of running meetings. Local produce for the catering, recyclable badges, use of public transport when possible, tap water instead of bottled are some of the examples of practical measures contributing towards sustainability.

 

FIND THE WAY

Arriving to Ljubljana

By airplane

All flights to and from Ljubljana are operated through the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport, which is located at 25 km from the city centre. The current non-stop connections comprise around 200 weekly scheduled flights to 26, mostly European destinations. Distances from the neighbouring airports to Ljubljana by road:

  • Graz Airport, Austria: 187 km
  • Klagenfurt Airport, Austria: 85 km
  • Zagreb Airport, Croatia: 140 km
  • Rijeka Airport, Croatia: 145 km
  • Trieste Airport, Italy: 130 km
  • Venice Airport, Italy: 230 km

Any location in Ljubljana is easy accessible from Ljubljana Airport and all international neighbouring airports with GoOpti buses and shuttles. GoOpti is award-winning Demand Responsive Transport service that operates direct and comfortable service 24/7 between Ljubljana and all neighbouring international airports, as well as the Ljubljana Airport. GoOpti – Airport Transfers

Low-cost shuttle transfer

By train

Modern comfortable trains serve the capital as well as almost every important tourist destination in Slovenia. There are good connections to neighbouring countries as direct train services connect Ljubljana / Slovenia with Austria, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, etc. Railway travel is convenient and inexpensive. Information on international timetables is available from this website of the Slovenian Railways, www.slo-zeleznice.si

By car

Slovenia’s road network has been modernised over the past decade as to provide an efficient road system, improve road safety, and ensure wider European integration. The construction of the motorway cross is nearly completed and the access from the border crossings with Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary towards Ljubljana is swift. Motorways are complemented by a good network of main roads and regional roads. Distances:

  • Amsterdam 1,230 km
  • Belgrade 540 km
  • Berlin 995 km
  • Brussels 1,180 km
  • Budapest 570 km
  • Frankfurt 800 km
  • London 1,490 km
  • Madrid 2,040 km
  • Milan 500 km
  • Moscow 2,290 km
  • Munich 400 km
  • Paris 1,250 km
  • Prague 650 km
  • Rome 750 km
  • Stockholm 2,080 km
  • Venice 245 km
  • Vienna 375 km
  • Zagreb 135 km
  • Zürich 710 km

Moving around the city

The public city bus network makes it easy to travel within the city. The city lines connecting all districts, which run according to regular schedules throughout the day, are complemented by suburban buses, which link Ljubljana to its close surroundings. A smart card, Urbana, has to be purchased before use of public transport. It is also convenient to travel by
bus to reach other localities around the country: www.lpp.si, www.ap-ljubljana.si

Ljubljana also has a well-organised taxi service, which is not exceedingly expensive. There are fixed spots in the city where taxis are stationed, or they can be ordered by telephone.

A self-service bike system BicikeLJ is also available with bicycle self-renting stations located approximately 300 – 500 meters apart – you can subscribe here: www.bicikelj.si

Visa information

EU citizens do not need to possess a visa, simply travelling on either a passport or ID card. Non-EU citizens are kindly advised to check the requirements at the website of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.mzz.gov.si/en

Slovenia has in 2007 entered the Schengen Agreement. Those already possessing a Schengen Visa can enter Slovenia if the visa is still valid for a sufficient period of time and if it was issued for Schengen states (Slovenia included).

Slovenia doesn’t have embassies in all countries. In some cases embassies of other Schengen states represent Slovenia in visa procedures. If there is neither a Slovenian embassy nor a representative embassy of a specific country, the visa applicant must visit the nearest Slovenian embassy.

It is recommended to begin the visa application procedure two months before the travel date, as while the procedure usually lasts a few days, it can take longer due to the need for documentation verification. Business visa applications must be accompanied by a letter of guarantee.

Our PCO, GO.MICE can handle the procedure of guarantee letters, requiring a one week time and costing 12 EUR per document. Anyone interested in this service please contact registration office via  registration@go-mice.eu.

WHERE TO STAY

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PRE AND POST CONFERENCE EXCURSIONS

Ljubljana and Slovenia provide an exciting array of discovery options that range from historical & cultural to natural sights, rounded up by a lot of sports and wellness activities. Due to its central location in the country, many attractions are close at hand – at a maximum of two hours ‘drive from the capital. Even Venice or Salzburg are not too far, at 240 and 275 km respectively from Ljubljana.

“Despite its breathtaking natural beauty, the central European nation of Slovenia remains off the radar for many travellers. Yet in an area less than a tenth the size of the United Kingdom you can find towering mountains, picture-perfect lakes, vast caves, elegant cities and fast-running rivers.” describes the country touristic guide Lonely Planet. Check out its 6 reasons to visit Slovenia.

ONE DAY TOURS

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