Hello, I am struggling with finding information on trains and buses for getting around Slovenia and whether this is really a viable option. There are 3-4 of us traveling together for 4 days in Slovenia in September. We plan on visiting Ljubljana, Lake Bled and possibly Lake Bohinj, would like to go across the Vrsic Pass and possibly see the Skojcan Caves and maybe a coastal town (recommendation?) . We can drop the coast and Skojcan Caves if it is too much.
Is it possible to travel to these places by train or bus without it being an extremely long trip due to transfers, wait time, etc? I checked the Slovene Railway site and it appears that there are limited routes. Is there a website for buses and are they dependable? I have traveled through many countries using public transportation which is generally cheaper than renting a car, plus, after a busy day it is nice to relax and let someone else drive.
Is the best option renting a car and making a loop? Is this too much driving in only 4 days? We don't want to be in the car most of the time but out and exploring. Would day trips from Ljubljana be better and possible?
I have checked Booking.com, Airbnb, and Expedia and it appears lodging is less expensive and more selection in Ljubljana than Bled or Bohinj. Can you recommend how to find less expensive lodging for 3 o-4 people? Many prices are well over $100 per night for 2 people which is more than I expected from comments about how affordable Slovenia is. But I am retired and traveling on a budget.