Kamnik—the base for the Kamink-Savinja Alps—is just 14 miles (22.5 km) from Ljubljana, meaning it’s quick and easy to see both in one trip. Getting between the two is most conveniently done by car—rental or private transfer. The drive is 30 minutes and cuts through the heart of Slovenia's plains, gifting you with many views of the northern mountain range.
Public transportation is another option, either by regional bus or train. Trains are a bit faster at 40 minutes, departing regularly throughout the day (about once every hour). Depending on departure time, buses range from 40 minutes to one hour. In the busy summer months, upwards of 40 buses leave daily. This gives you more flexibility for your trip. However, once the tourist season ends, there are only a few daily departures.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 30 minutes
Traveling by car—rental or private transfer—is the fastest and most convenient way to reach Kamnik from Ljubljana. The route is straightforward and flat, following roads 104 and 225 through Slovenia’s plains and eventually along the Kamnik Bistrica River. As you near Kamnik, you’ll enjoy views of the Alps. The Arboretum in Volčji Potok is a good place to stop and stretch your legs, especially in the spring when the tulips are in bloom.
Duration: 40 minutes
With hourly departures and a 40-minute journey time, the train is a good alternative to driving. If you’re visiting the region for its cycling, bikes are allowed on most trains (aside from midday departures).
Duration: 40 minutes - 1 hour
The regional bus is a decent, budget-friendly option, especially in the tourist season when you can choose from over 40 different departure times. Outside of the summer months, however, there are only a few daily buses that make the journey. The upside is that all off-season routes are only 40 minutes. Choose a seat on the left side of the bus for the best mountain and river views.