24 hours in Ljubljana with the Ljubljana Card

If you like canal cities with friendly locals, compelling architecture, and a laidback vibe, you’ll fall in love with Slovenia’s capital like we did. Ljubljana, pronounced lyoo-BLYAH-nah, is the perfect marriage of historical heritage and modern living. With the Ljubljana Card, you can make the most of your time with only 24 hours in Ljubljana.

Read more: Where to stay in Ljubljana

Itinerary – 24 hours in Ljubljana


– Morning –

Self-guided bike tour around the city

Visit the information booth (by the Triple Bridge) to pick up a Ljubljana Card and digital guide, then walk towards the castle funicular where you can rent a bike. Both are complimentary with the card for up to 4 hours. With the digital guide you will learn about the city’s history and attractions- pretty much everything you need to know about Ljubljana.

Guided City Tour

If you prefer a guided tour, a regular city tour is also included in your Ljubljana Card. Meet in front of the Town Hall where a guide will show you around the historical city centre and hit up Ljubljana’s major attractions. You’ll also have an opportunity to try traditional Slovene dishes as part of a brief tasting session.

Note: Tours are available daily at 11AM from October – March and at 10AM from April to September. Allow 2 hours.

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– Afternoon –

Museums and Galleries

Cardholders get free access to numerous museums and galleries, such as the National Gallery and Museum of Modern Art. Simply hand your Ljubljana Card to the ticketing representative to be swiped upon entering an establishment.

Ljubljana Castle

Whether you toured the city on your own or with a guide, you’ll end up at Ljubljana Castle. Take the funicular up the hill and explore this 900 year-old beauty. Climb the Outlook Tower which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas.


– Evening –

Ljubljana River Cruise

See the city from a different perspective as you cruise down the Ljubljanica River. Boats depart from the Ribji trg pier every day at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM, 5PM, 6PM, 7PM, and 8PM from April to September.

Tip: Allow 1 hour for the cruise. Arrive early to get front row seats for the best views!

Read more: Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave – Unmissable spots in Slovenia

Museum of Illusions

End your day at the Museum of Illusions; this is the only attraction that is open until late (9am-10pm). With over 40 exhibits, optical illusions, holograms, and interactive installations, both kids and adults will have a ton of fun. We almost missed our dinner reservation because we wanted to finish all the puzzles!

24 hours in Ljubljana with the Ljubljana Card

What the Ljubljana Card includes:

  • Unlimited free travel on city buses
  • Free WiFi in the city
  • Ljubljana city tour
  • Digital guide for self-sightseeing
  • Free bike rental for up to 4 hours
  • Ljubljana Castle and funicular
  • Ljubljana Zoo
  • Volčji Potok Arboretum
  • Over 15 museums and galleries
  • Union Experience – brewery tour

Where can I purchase it?

Online, hotels, or at one of the Tourist Information Centres.

What are my options and how much does it cost?

You can choose from 3 options: 24, 48, or 72 hours at €23.00, €30.00 and €35.00 respectively. Validity period starts from the moment when the card is first used.

Tip: Save 10% when you purchase online in advance.

For more information on the Ljubljana Card and to purchase in advance, please visit their official website.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to the Slovenian Tourist Board and Ljubljana Tourism for hosting us in Ljubljana. All opinions and experiences are honest and our own- we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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  1. August 9, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I just discovered your post about Slovenia, a country I visited several times. I’d like to go back there, and your post just reminded me! Thanks.

  2. September 28, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Your photogtaphy is stunning, so soft and beautiful. Ljubljana looks like a wonderful walking city, and I always love cities on water, there is nothing better than going round and round or up and down in a water bus to get the best views of any city!

  3. September 30, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    I was just reading about Ljubljana and the dragon bridge at the foot of the castle. I had all kinds of images running through my mind what a dragon bridge would look like. I love your pictures and thank you for showing me the dragon bridge of my dreams. It lived up to my hopes and expectations.

  4. October 2, 2017 / 12:15 am

    Wow! You packed a lot into 24 hours, but the sights look spectacular. I think I’d especially like the cruise and the museum of illusions. But I guess that’s the beauty of the card: you don’t have to limit yourself at all!

  5. October 2, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I’d love to visit Slovenia! Your trip sounds amazing, can’t beat good food and castles! I tend to pack a lot into a day too and would love the option of an all-access card to hit as many museums as possible, like in Florence 🙂

    • October 3, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      yes! gotta make the most outta our time!

  6. October 3, 2017 / 3:32 am

    This is such a great guide! I love exploring a city by bike and the river cruise sounds like a relaxing way to enjoy the evening. Glad to know all the things the Ljubljana card can be used for!

  7. October 3, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Seems like Ljubljana Card is the way to tour the city! Guided tour, free wifi, and free bike rental??? You got my attention! And that river cruise looks especially relaxing and romantic!

    • October 3, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      sans the rowdy kids that kept running around and screaming haha!

  8. October 4, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I haven’t heard of Ljubljana until today! And I love the city card idea there’s so much to do in the city with just one card. The river cruise looks like a definite must try too.

  9. October 19, 2017 / 2:59 am

    I’ve heard such wonderful things about Ljubljana and the city card looks like a wonderful and easy way to see the city!

  10. November 18, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I’m visiting Ljubljana very soon. I didn’t know it was such a picturesque city. The Ljubjana card looks to have so many benefits. I’ll definitely get this!

    • November 28, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      grab some fresh fruits at the market when you go!

  11. Julianne
    November 27, 2017 / 5:12 am

    GREAT advice about the Ljubljana card — will definitely pick one up when I visit Slovenia (fingers crossed for 2018). Love the photo of you and the Museum of Illusions! That spot reminds me of a museum I like in NYC. I’m always down for river cruises, and will definitely add that to my list. 🙂

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