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.
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.
– 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.
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!
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!