Goriška Brda is just 39 miles (63 km) from the small town of Lokev. The fastest way to complete the journey is by car—rental or private transfer—which takes only about 45 minutes. The drive is very scenic, transitioning from rolling vineyards to rocky hills as you enter the Karst Region. If you have time to add a few more stops to your trip, you might be interested in this 5-day itinerary that includes the coast and the Julian Alps.
Although there are no direct routes, public transportation—either regional bus or train—is another option. Both leave from Nova Gorica—Goriška Brda’s transport hub—and require at least one connection. The bus takes about two hours, whereas the train takes 1-1.5 hours.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 45 minutes
Making the journey by car—rental or private transfer—is the most convenient and fastest option. The drive is quick and straightforward, starting along expressway H4 where you’ll see many scenic wineries to the west. The small town of Ajdovščina is a good stopping point for lunch or coffee.
At the town of Razdrto, you’ll connect to highway E61. Both Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle are nearby and worth the slight detour. Once you pass Divača, you’ll see signs leading you to Škocjan Caves, an impressive UNESCO site. Eventually, you’ll transition to road 205 which takes you all the way to Lokev.
Duration: 2 hours
Although less convenient than driving, Slovenia’s regional buses are a budget-friendly option. You’ll leave Goriška Brda via its transportation hub, Nova Gorica. Note that there are just a few departures per day, all of which require at least one connection in the towns of Sežana and/or Divača.
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
The train is a bit faster than the bus and offers more flexibility with about six daily departures. Similar to the bus, you’ll leave from Nova Gorica and connect in Sežana. The train isn’t direct, though, taking you as far as Divača. From here, a 5-minute taxi will get you to Lokev.