The Soča Valley runs the length of the Soča River, with the town of Most na Soči as its transportation hub. Lake Bled is only 44 miles (70 km) from the Valley’s hub. The fastest option to travel between the two is by train, which takes only about one hour.
If you prefer to travel by car (rental or private transfer), you have an option in which route to take. The first option sticks to rural, scenic roads and arrives in Most na Soči. The second route is best during the summer months and traverses Triglav National Park via Vršič Pass, arriving in Bovec—a small alpine town at the northern part of the Soča Valley. Both options take about 1.5-2 hours.
The regional bus is a slower but more budget-friendly alternative. Buses leave Lake Bled hourly and connect in Ljubljana. In total, this option takes about 3.5 hours to reach Most na Soči.
If you opt to rent a car and have more time to extend your trip, this 8-day tour explores the best of the area.
Duration: 1 hour
The train is the fastest way to travel between Lake Bled and the Soča Valley. Trains depart from Bled’s Jezero station on the west side of the lake. If you’re staying in Bled's town center, a 10-minute taxi or 30-minute scenic walk around the lake will get you to the station.
The route goes around the eastern side of Triglav National Park and becomes particularly scenic once it starts to follow the Bača River. Grab a seat on the left side for river views.
Once in Most na Soči, you can get further into the Soča Valley by local buses or transfers. Rental cars are also available in the town, and many tour companies use Most na Soči as a base.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
There are two main routes that take you from Lake Bled to the Soča Valley. If traveling in the summer months, you can use Vršič Pass to traverse Triglav National Park. Keep in mind that during heavy snowfall, the route can be closed.
You’ll leave Bled via highway E61 and connect to route 201 until the mountain town of Kranjska Gora. This is a great place to grab lunch, either in the town or as a picnic at Lake Jasna. From here, you’ll start your assent up Vršič Pass. There are many scenic pullouts and stopping points, including Ruska Kapelica (the Russian Church) and the traditional alpine village of Trenta. You’ll reach the other side of the park and the town of Bovec, which sits at the northern point of the Soča Valley.
The other option leaves Lake Bled from its western side and passes through many small villages along rural roads. You’ll start on route 209 and pass near Lake Bohinj, an excellent detour and spot for a picnic lunch. Here you’ll transition to route 909, which is a narrow and curvy local road. Even if you haven’t driven on these types of roads before, it has many pullouts to let drivers pass. Eventually you’ll transition to road 403 and follow the Bača River until Most na Soči.
Duration: 3.5 hours
The bus is the slowest option and requires a connection in Ljubljana. Buses depart from Bled frequently (every 30 minutes to one hour) and arrive in the capital city in just over one hour. From there, another 2.5 hours will get you the rest of the way to Most na Soči.