Set in the scenic Logar Valley, Logarska dolina is just 39 miles (63 km) north of Ljubljana. Because Logarska dolina is quite rural, the best way to travel between the two is by car—rental or private transfer. Your 1.5-hour drive is the fastest and most convenient option, following scenic country roads around the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Plan a stop in Velika Planina ("Big Meadow")—one of the most picturesque walking areas in Slovenia, included in this 8-day itinerary.
The regional bus is another option, although not as convenient as driving. The bus from Ljubljana takes you through the city of Celje, where you'll connect to an alpine route to Logarska dolina. From here, departures are limited to Saturdays-only through the summer months. This option takes 3-4 hours depending on the route.
Trains are not a viable option, as they are either too lengthy or leave too late to connect to the alpine bus in Celje. If you prefer public transportation, it’s best to just stick to the bus.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1.5 hours
As the fastest and most convenient option, the best way to reach Logarska dolina from Ljubljana is by rental car or private transfer. Both can be booked right in the city center, although there are additional companies that leave from the airport. Keep in mind that private transfers are more limited outside the summer season.
The fastest route leaves Ljubljana via roads 104/225 towards Kamnik. From here, the route becomes very scenic, following roads 414/924 around the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Many opt to visit Velika Planina, a large alpine meadow with 360° views and traditional architecture, along the way. There are many day hikes in this area, as well as excellent spots for a picnic lunch.
At the town of Luče, you’ll take road 428 north towards Austria and follow the Savinja River up and around the mountains. After the small village of Solčava—where you can stop for lunch at one of the farm-stays, or fuel up on gas/groceries—look for a small road to your left. You can't miss it; there are plenty of signs directing you to Logarska dolina and the Logar Valley.
Duration: 3-4 hours
Unfortunately, there are no direct bus routes through the Alps. If you opt for the bus, you’ll circumvent the southern part of the mountains and connect in the city of Celje instead. Regular departures make the journey from Ljubljana in about two hours. However, you can book a faster bus via the train station. There are a few “train” departures that operate as a bus and arrive in Celje in just one hour. This is helpful if you prefer an early arrival.
Once in Celje, you can grab an alpine bus to Logarska dolina. Keep in mind that the alpine route is only seasonal, operating just on Saturdays during the summer months. There are only two departures a day, one early in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. Both take two hours to reach the Logar Valley.
Note that there are two bus stops in this area. If you depart at Logarska dolina Slap, you’ll be further into the valley with better access to hiking trails. On the other hand, the Logarska dolina Sestre stop is at the junction with road 428.