Set in Slovenia’s scenic Soča River Valley, Kobarid is just 97 miles (156 km) northwest of Ljubljana. If you’re looking for speed and convenience, traveling between the two is best done by rental car or private transfer. The journey takes about two hours, dipping south into Slovenia’s coveted wine region, Goriska Brda—this 7-day itinerary extends the route through some of the country’s other highlights.
The regional bus offers a slightly longer option, with one departure each day in the afternoon. No trains service the route directly, but a 20-minute taxi or transfer will get you to nearby Most na Soči. From there, you have several departures from which to choose, with the shortest running at about 2.5 hours.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 2 hours
The quickest and most convenient way to reach Ljubljana from Kobarid is by rental car or private transfer. Because rental cars cannot be booked in Kobarid, it’s best to have yours prior to arriving. However, a 20-minute taxi or transfer will get you to Most na Soči where you can book a car if needed.
The route is very scenic, taking you through Slovenia’s Soča River Valley and Goriska Brda wine region via Roads 102 and 103. The Tolmin Gorges make for a great little day hike, while Šmartno—a cultural heritage monument—is an excellent town for a lunch-break.
Eventually, you’ll take highway H4 before connecting to E61 all the way to Ljubljana. You’ll pass by both Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, two of Slovenia’s top highlights.
Duration: 3 hours
A less convenient option is the regional bus, which only offers one direct departure each day. The 3-hour route leaves Kobarid at 1:41 pm and arrives in Ljubljana at 4:35 pm. It mostly sticks to Road 102 through the hilly countryside of Slovenia, following the Idrijca River. Grab a seat on the right side of the bus for scenic riverside views.
By Train (+Transfer or Taxi)
Duration: 3 hours
Kobarid doesn’t have a train station, but nearby Most na Soči—20 minutes by taxi or transfer—does. From Most na Soči, several trains leave for Ljubljana throughout the day. Although journey times can be long—ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 hours—departures before noon offer the shortest rides. Note that the route requires a quick connection in Jesenice.