Seaside Piran is just 89 miles (143 km) from the Kamnik Alps, one of the best hiking destinations in Slovenia. The fastest and most convenient way to make the journey is by car—rental or private transfer—which takes about two hours.

Public transportation (bus or a train/transfer combination) is a slower alternative. Bus departures vary by season with more options during the busy summer months. With a required connection in Ljubljana, you’ll arrive in Kamnik in about 2.5 hours.

Despite no direct route, taking the train is also an option. There is no train station in Piran, but a 30-minute transfer will get you to nearby Koper. From there, three daily departures leave for Kamnik with at least one connection in Ljubljana. This option takes about 3.5-4.5 hours.

Learn more about hiking in the Kamnik Alps in this article. If you’re interested in extending your road trip, this 4-day itinerary makes slight detours to Slovenia’s famed caves and scenic Lake Bled.

By Rental Car or Private Transfer

Duration: 2 hours

The most convenient and fastest way to reach Kamnik from Piran is by rental car or private transfer. And thanks to Slovenia’s modern highway network, you’ll find the journey stress-free with a major roadway leading you almost the entire route. From Piran, you’ll leave the coastline via road 111 and expressways H6/H5. Near Koper, another port city with a scenic old town, you’ll switch to highway A1 and eventually to E61.

This route takes you through Slovenia’s Karst Region and by two of its most famous caves: Skocjan Cave and Postojna Cave. Both are worth a visit, as is Predjama Castle.

After Ljubljana, you’ll leave E61 and join a smaller road called Kamniška cesta. Along the way, the quaint riverside town of Škofja Loka is worth the detour.

By Bus

Duration: 2.5 hours

Although less convenient than driving, Slovenia’s extensive network of regional buses is reliable and budget-friendly. Timetables vary depending on the season, with more departures during the busy summer months. This option requires two buses: first, Piran to Ljubljana in a little less than two hours, then a 40-minute connection to Kamnik.

By Train/Transfer

Duration: 3.5 - 4.5 hours

There is no train station in Piran, but three direct trains run daily from nearby Koper—a 30-minute transfer away. Depending on departure, routes run from 3.5-4.5 hours, requiring at least one connection in Ljubljana (with one route requiring an additional connection in Divača).


Map of How to Get from Piran to Kamnik
Map of How to Get from Piran to Kamnik