The famous emerald waters of the Soča River Valley are just 52 miles (84 km) from Ljubljana. The region’s transportation hub is the small city of Most na Soči, which is most conveniently reached by car (rental or private transfer). This is the fastest option to travel between the two and takes just under two hours.
Public transportation is another option, as both buses and trains serve Most na Soči. The regional bus takes 2.5 hours and departs Ljubljana about five times a day. The train requires one connection in the town of Jesenice, arriving in Most na Soči in 2.5-3 hours.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 2 hours
There aren’t any major highways that connect Ljubljana and the Soča Valley, so you’ll rely mostly on smaller, local routes. Route 8 leaves Ljubljana from the north and connects to road 210 towards the riverside town of Škofja Loka. This is a great place to grab coffee or lunch, and to see views of the neighboring valleys from its castle.
You’ll continue on 210 until the town of Sovodenj, where you’ll turn left onto to the smaller, local Jazne Road. This will take you to route 102 which goes all the way to Most na Soči. If traveling in the winter, you can stay on 210 and reach the small ski area in Cerkno (a 30-minute detour).
Once in Most na Soči, you can continue into the Soča Valley by continuing on route 102. The towns of Tolmin, Kobarid, and Bovec are all excellent places to enjoy this scenic region.
Duration: 2.5 hours
The bus is an excellent, budget-friendly alternative to driving. Regional buses depart Ljubljana about five times a day and arrive in Most na Soči in 2.5 hours. 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.
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Although it’s the slowest option, the train takes a very scenic route. From Ljubljana, you’ll head north and catch glimpses of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps to your right. You’ll connect once in the town of Jesenice, which is just north of Lake Bled. The train then turns south and goes around Triglav National Park, the home of the Julian Alps. The ride gets particularly picturesque once it starts to follow the Bača River. Grab a seat on the left side for river views.