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Train tickets from Bled to Zagreb, Croatia

I will be in Bled for 1.5 days in September before traveling on to Zagreb (where we'll be eventually renting a car). I would like to take the train from Bled to Zagreb to avoid returning the car in a different country (as well as having to pay for the car for additional days). I've found multiple schedules online for departures from Lesce-Bled station, arriving in Zagreb (looks to be about 5 daily according to DB BAHN and Slovenia Railways) but no options for buying tickets online. Is online/ advanced ticket purchase possible? Our pension seemed to think trying to buy international tickets the day of our trip it would be very difficult for us to get a seat.

I'm shuttling in from the airport in Ljubljana so won't have prior opportunity to buy tickets in person while in Slovenia (unless there's somewhere to buy train tickets at the airport?), and would like to avoid unnecessary trips out to the train station to get tickets on our only full day in Bled if at all possible.

Any help or advice on how to purchase reasonably priced tickets online would be great, or if you've had experiences buying international tickets out of the Lesce-Bled station in person, please share your experience.

Thanks!

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Early departures are the ends of a sleeper train and I see two direct afternoon trains. These don't require reservations and you will be boarding before any bulk of travelers boards at Ljubljana. If you take an afternoon departure, it should be easy enough to buy tickets at the station. If you go early and the ticket window is closed, then look for a conductor to buy the ticket as soon as you board.

They cannot be bought online from the national railways. Rail Europe does sell tickets for $55 in 2nd class, but that one has passed through a couple of different middle-men. Price to buy locally should be closer to $20.

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Thanks for the response Laura! On which site were you able to see whether the trains were direct or not? An afternoon train would work well, and I definitely would prefer not to have to switch trains if that's a possibility. Thanks again.