Slovenia (SZ)

Country info: Slovenia (Slovenija)

Rail companies: SZ (Slovenske Zeleznice)

Slovenian Rail Network Map 

Currency: Euro

Train travel in Slovenia: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other info


National Train service:

Train types in Slovenia: Passenger, Regional, InterCity, InterCity Slovenija, International & EuroCity/EuroNight


Slovenian Railways (SZ) train tickets validity period (domestic journeys): one-way tickets for journeys <200 km are valid for one day, while with journeys >201 km validity period is two days; return tickets are valid for one day (routes <100 km) or for fifteen days (routes >101 km)


 Discounts, special offers & ways to save money for passengers traveling in Slovenia (SZ):

  1. Simplest & easiest money saving option for travels by train in Slovenia is choice of the right train. For instance let's take popular journey from Ljubljana to Maribor, on this route passengers can travel paying three different fares for their ticket: a) fancy InterCitySlovenia (ICS) train; b) InterCity/International/EuroCity trains or c) regional/passenger trains. When choosing ICS trains passenger will have to pay 16,14 euro (and the entire journey will take a bit less than 2 hours), with IC/MV/EC train (reach Maribor in 2:15-2:35) potential passenger pays 11,36 euro and finally while with RG/LP trains (2:30-2:45 travel time) only 9,56 euro. Thus if you are not in a hurry, why not to save some money by using slightly slower, but much cheaper train?
  2. Passengers planning to travel from Ljubljana to Celje, Pragersko, Maribor or vice versa, can take advantage from special promo offer by SZ - ICS Special - tickets (2nd class) for morning (dep. 5:45am, ICS 12) & evening departures (dep. 20:12, ICS 26) or afternoon from Maribor (dep. 12:45, ICS 17) sold for only 5 euro (incl. seat reservation) no matter what is the final destination station. ICS Special tickets are limited in number per each departure and must be purchased at least one day in advance, exchange/refund/upgrade to 1st class or stopovers are not possible.
  3. SZ offers 30% discount for passengers making a return journey on Saturdays, Sundays or public holiday in either 1st or 2nd class carriages on all domestic train services. Tickets bought under offer conditions are valid usual 15 days period
  4. SZ offers various group (>6 passengers) discounts: 20% discount for first or second class ticket on all trains in Slovenia, except ICS trains; 30% discount on particular days for first and second class on certain ICS trains.
  5. For passengers planning to visit couple destinations it is advisable to purchase one through ticket (instead of more expensive combination of two separate ones). The trick is really simple and totally legit - Slovenian Railways allow one stopover during the validity period of the ticket, so passenger can actually purchase one through ticket from destination A to destination C via B, but de-facto make two journeys (first A to B and then B to C) on different trains and even days. It is very convenient in case you want to make a stopover somewhere along the planned route.


International Train Service:

a) Regular discounts

b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

 Ticket offers with limited number of tickets per each departure (purchase in advance required):

Ticket offers with unlimited number of tickets per each departure:

c) CityStars

Slovenia to Italy by train? How? One of the most common questions about international rail travel to/from Slovenia is the question about possibility to travel to & from Italy. Since the time when everyday EuroNight train Budapest-Zagreb-Ljubljana-Venice was canceled it became a bit difficult to travel easily between Slovenia and Italy using rail transport, however there are still number of ways how passengers can travel cheaply from Ljubljana (or any other place in Slovenia) to Venice (and any other destination in Italy):



How to Buy Train Tickets in Slovenia:

Slovenian Railways launched Web Ticketing page - (however it does not seem to be very useful at the moment, so let's hope it will be improved and passengers would be able to purchased the entire range of SZ tickets online)



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