Please sign in to post.

driving Vrsic Pass

How is it driving the Vrsic Pass in July and August - is it slow and backed up or fine to drive with space to park at sights along the way?

Posted by
883 posts

There was no traffic back up during our drive, and we were able to park. There was a local gentleman who was at the Russian Orthodox Chapel. He opened the chapel; explained its history to visitors and answered everyone's questions. Definitely a place to stop along the way! I would also recommend a stop at the Church of St. Joseph in Soca. Behind the church is a WWI cemetery, which will also be explained at the museum in Kobarid.

Posted by
399 posts

I would just add that if you plan to stop and see things along the way (and you should)
you have to be decisive and pull off/park if you think you want to stop. It's very hard to
turn around on the drive up or down the pass and you dont want to back traffic up or
do something that risks an accident.

Posted by
3 posts

Good to hear that it wasn't terribly crowded. I had read somewhere that it can be very slow in summer.
As for the last comment, that goes without saying not to turn around on a narrow and curvy mountain pass.

Posted by
77 posts

Near the pass itself last August it was extremely crowded. It was a challenge to find parking at 11am and we had to keep turning around after we passed the pass and backtrack multiple times which could be stressful to some drivers (you are in a mountain pass after all). Eventually we got a spot. This day was also a national holiday on a Tuesday (there were devastating historic floods in the country the week before so the government created an unexpected holiday), so the date of our visit was probably worse than normal. Outside of that, we had zero problems parking elsewhere (at the Russian Church, cemetery...).