Set on the edge of Triglav National Park, Bohinj is just 47 miles (76 km) from Kobarid in the Soča River Valley. The two are separated by curvy roads that take you through the hilly Slovenian countryside. Making the journey by car, either rental or private transfer, is the most convenient and scenic option, taking just under two hours to complete.
Although not direct, the train is a great alternative if you’re unsure about twisty, rural roads. Bohinjska Bistrica is the nearest travel hub to Bohinj, 10 minutes away by regional bus or taxi. With several departures throughout the day, you’ll find yourself in the city of Most na Soči in about 30 minutes. From there, a 20-minute taxi or private transfer will get you to Kobarid.
A slower and less convenient option is the regional bus. There is no direct route, so at least one connection is required. In the summer months, you can connect in Bled and continue north through Triglav National Park, arriving in Kobarid in about four hours. Outside of the tourist season, you’ll connect in Nomenj and Most na Soči, or in Ljubljana. These options take 3-5 hours.
If you’re interested in extending your trip through the park, consider this 8-day itinerary.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 2 hours
The most convenient way to reach Kobarid from Bohinj is by rental car or private transfer. The fastest route leaves Lake Bohinj via roads 209/909, twisting its way through the southern foothills of the Julian Alps. You’ll keep on road 403 to the west towards Most na Soči and continue on road 102 along the Soča River.
In any season, this drive is very scenic with many stopping points for a picnic or a short day hike. The Grahovo area along the Bača River is quite picturesque with a few hiking trails to stretch your legs. If you’re looking for a spot for lunch, this drive is popular with agrotourism and many farms offer home-cooked meals to passerby.
Duration: 1 hour
Although there are no direct routes, the regional train is a great alternative if you’re a bit skittish of curvy, country roads. The route takes about 30 minutes and runs regularly from Bohinjska Bistrica—10 minutes from Lake Bohinj—to Most na Soči. From there, a 20-minute taxi or private transfer will get you to Kobarid.
The train takes a similar route as driving, so you can still enjoy the views of the foothills. It follows road 403 through the valley, crossing the Bača River several times.
Duration: 3-5 hours
Despite being close in distance, there is no direct link between Bohinj and Kobarid via the regional bus. Rather, the route requires at least one stop. In the summer months, you can first connect in Bled before heading northwest and through Triglav National Park. This is a very scenic option as the bus follows Vršič Pass, with incredible views of the Julian Alps.
If you’re traveling off-season, you’ll need to connect in either Ljubljana before heading back west towards the Soča River Valley, or in both Nomenj and Most na Soči. These options take 3-5 hours depending on the route. Despite the lengthy time, you’ll still enjoy the scenery as you drive through the valley separating Lake Bohinj from Lake Bled, and then past the Kamnik–Savinja Alps as you make your way towards Ljubljana. Grab a seat on the left side of the bus to get the best glimpses of the mountains.