Greetings. Planning to take the Adriatic tour in the Fall. We have post trip plans and will end up in Munich to fly home to USA. I was wondering if it would be easier and less costly to book a roundtrip in/out of Munich and take the train to Ljubljana. Any thoughts experts? Thanks in advance.
We were there last September and that is what we did: flew into Munich and back home from Vienna.
The train trip was scenic and very comfortable. I booked about 3 months in advance and got a Sparangebot price of €49,90 each.
Thank you Lola for the help. Did you get the Munich train from the airport? Was is pretty simple to navigate the rail station?
Also upon arrival in Ljub. Was there a city center stop? I see several stops on the DB trip planner. Again, thank you for your time and effort to share.
The main Ljubljana train station should be fairly obvious, the one with the most tracks, where many are getting off. There are a few tiny stations in Ljubljana but only one main train station. Here it is on a map, next to the bus station:
Ok great. DB train fare finder showed several stops, none of which I could discern were city center. Thanks again.
We went Munchen to Zagreb through Ljubljana. Comfortable train. We had a problem, as there was an equipment issue which required a train change in Villach. That gave us 3 hours to see Villach, which was about right.
Thanks for sharing Paul.
I can’t say it would be less costly, but it is almost certainly easier to fly into Ljubljana and home from Munich on an open jaw flight. My understanding from your post is that you would fly into MUC, take the s-bahn into town, and catch a train to Ljublijana. Even if you don’t have to wait long at the train station for the six hour trip to Ljublijana, you’re still looking at a minimum of eight hours. Of course, if your flight is late, your train plans go may out the window. Look for a flight into Ljubljana- likely with a connection through Frankfurt or London. The difference between open jaw and round trip fares is minimal, compared to the time involved and the cost of the train ticket. I did the Easter Europe tour, and took the train from Bled to Munich after the trip. It was a nice ride, but I wouldn’t want to do it upon arrival after an overseas flight.
We arrived in Munich in the evening, so I booked us a hotel near the station so we could easily catch the train to Ljubljana next morning. The station area is not the best, but our hotel, Schiller5, was very close,, and very nice- modern, with floor to ceiling windows and a balcony looking over the rooftops. We enjoyed a lovely light (and late) dinner at Giesel's Vinotek two blocks away.
The train I booked to Ljubljana was the direct ( no changes) train which departed shortly after noon. We had the morning to stroll the length of the pedestrian street, watch the famous Clock perform, and head to the Viktualienmarkt to buy food for the trip. Then back to board the train.
They split the train at Villach, with some cars going to Ljubljana (and on to Zagreb) and some going across Austria. Make sure you are in the correct car (Wagen)! Did I mention that the €49,90 we paid was for First Class tickets? Those include seat reservations, so it was easy to be in the right car.
There is only one "Ljubljana" stop on the direct train. Maybe others have additional stops in the suburbs. It was an easy and pleasant 10-minute walk from the station to our hotel right downtown, Hotel Slon.
It's a beautiful trip, especially the part between Salzburg and Villach. So much more relaxing than flying, and it takes hardly longer. No getting to and from airports, check-in times, luggage belts and all that. A well-spent afternoon.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and experience. Very much appreciatd. Looks like we will opt to fly into Ljubljana, arriving early. Extend our trip after the tour northward, and fly out of Munich.
We will arrive early to Lubljana, and hopefully will have the energy to day trip to Zagreb or another nearby town before our tour begins.
Any insight there?
You get to Ljubljana, and immediately want to go to Zagreb? I suppose you could do that - it's a 2-3 hour train trip. But it just depends on your days in Ljubljana. If you have 5 days, I'd consider a 2 day trip to Zagreb (which we are big fans of), but if you have less than 3 days in Ljubljana, I'd stay there. It's a very nice small town. You can tour the castle, visit the Ethnographic Museum, take a short river cruise, see the market.
There's an awful lot to see in Zagreb to try to squeeze it into a day-trip. I suppose if you have no interest in any of the museums (there are some very good ones), it would be workable.
Thank you for the information. We have decided to fly into LJUB and arrive early giving us the option of seeing Zagreb. Appreciate the insight.