Is the weather still OK in early November (little chance of ice on roads, snow, and raining most days)? I plan to travel to the capitol (4 nights) and then rent a car and drive to Bled (2 nights) and Piran (2 nights). Sound good? How are car rentals there? thanks, R.M.
Wikipedia tells me that you can expect, on average, 14 rainy days in the month of November. I suggest checking actual day-by-day historical temperatures for recent Novembers on wunderground.com. Choose History > Monthly.
I've been to Slovenia a few times (to Ljubljana four times), in April, May, and September. I've had some rain on every visit but also some nice weather. In November, I'd expect rain for sure, but maybe not every day. Maybe, on the upside, you'll still see some fall color in early November. Ice and snow? I'm sure it's possible, perhaps not likely yet in early November.
It's possible you won't have ice or snow in Ljubljana but maybe there will be some in the mountains up toward Bled. I think driving to Bled on the fast highway is probably OK in that weather. If possible, weather-permitting, I highly recommend a detour driving to Bled via the town of Skofja Loka (not through the mountains). The town is lovely and worth a stop. From there, you could either head back to the highway to Bled...or if the weather isn't yet cold, drive up through the mountains via Jamnik and Kropa on to Bled. I've done this drive a few times - amazingly scenic and beautiful, and if I could get there late October or early November, it must be stunningly beautiful with some fall color.
Car rental is easy in Slovenia (in addition to your home driver's license, you will need an International Driving Permit - IDP - available from AAA in the US for about $20 USD). Last year, I rented from Avantcar. A few years ago, I rented from Sixt. I'd rent from either one again. Avantcar has an office right in town, and there was an option to return it at their office near Piran (in Kopor or Portoroz, forget which), though I wound up returning it back in Ljubljana. Sixt's car office in Ljubljana is up at the train station - but the town is small, and train station isn't that far from the center of town. I walked to both offices. I did return the Sixt car in Portoroz (local bus easy on to Piran).
Thanks I really appreciate it Andrew. r. m.