Ljubljana, Slovenia: A Perfect Weekend – Budget Travel Guide

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is one of the most popular destinations for a weekend trip. Whether it be 48 hours or 72 hours, this blog post will show you how to spend a weekend in Ljubljana.

Ljubljana is a stunning city located in the beautiful country Slovenia. A perfect destination for any type of traveller. 

Whilst I’m a budget backpacker, I’m going to cater this blog post to all types of travellers looking to spend a weekend in Ljubljana.

I’ve visited Ljubljana numerous times over the past few years. Which means I have some travel tips to share with you guys!

For a more comprehensive look at Ljubljana Slovenia then be sure to check out my Slovenia Travel Guide PDF”. 

Ljubljana, Slovenia – Weekend Travel Guide

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Where to stay


Where I stayed in Ljubljana – Hostel Celica, Tresor Hostel and Hostel Vrba.

If any of you also read my ‘The best hostels in Europe’ blog post, then you will know I personally recommend Hostel Celica for a truly unique experience. 

Whilst I have stayed in two other hostels in Ljubljana, Hostel Celica is by far the stand out option. The price is slightly more costly at approx €15-20 per night, however, how often do you get the chance to stay in a prison-themed hostel? 

I have a few other recommendations for accommodations based on my other experiences…

Hostel 2 – Tresor Hostel.

Hostel 3 –  Hostel Vrba.

Both of these hostels are decent enough. However, when comparing them to Hostel Celica there is no contest. I will say Tresor Hostel has an excellent location compared to the other two and Hostel Vrba is incredibly spacious in the rooms which is always a positive. 

Are you planning a trip to Ljubljana?

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Airbnb 1 – Red Velvet Haven. 4.93 stars out of 5 with 333 reviews. Superhost. Entire studio. £41 per/night. 2 beds. Up to 3 guests. Good central location.

Airbnb 2 – Cosy Studio in City Centre. 4.85 stars out of 5 with 39 reviews. Superhost. Entire studio. £61 per/night. 1 bed. Up to 2 guests. Good central location.

Airbnb 3 – Riverview apartment. 4.93 stars out of 5 with 226 reviews. Airbnb Plus. Superhost. £132 per/night. 1 bed. Up to 2 guests. Excellent location. Luxury.


Hotel 1 – B&B Valentino Deluxe room

This hotel is a 3-star hotel in an excellent central location. It boasts an impressive 9.7/10 rating from 87 reviews online. It is also available on Airbnb. Use the link below to get free Airbnb credit.

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Things to do

Key highlights

Take a day trip to Lake Bled – The now very famous Lake Bled is a must-see when you’re in Slovenia. If you get the opportunity to take a day trip there you won’t regret it. It takes just 40 minutes by bus or just short of an hour by train. A return trip will cost no more than €15.

Explore Ljubljana Castle – Not only is the Ljubljana Castle a fascinating castle to explore, but it also offers some of the best views of the city. Not the best, more on that in a moment. It is definitely worth a visit. Most of the grounds are free to explore too!

Skyscraper viewpoint – There is literally a building called Ljubljana Skyscraper. Why? It’s the tallest building in the city centre. You can go in for free and take the lift (or stairs) to the top floor where there is a cafe offering a rooftop terrace with 360° views of the city.

Food & Drink 


  • There are numerous bakeries and cafes open from early in Ljubljana. They all offer similar breakfast options at very reasonable prices.
  • Mlinar bakeries are my personal preference. 
  • There are numerous McDonalds is Ljubljana too that serve breakfast… and coffee. I love McDonald’s coffee. 
  • I personally shopped at the Mercator supermarket in the town centre. Buying a loaf of bread and peanut butter sorts me out for a week.


  • Again, my go-to option is to pick some food from the Mercator supermarket. If you can find accommodation that offers cooking facilities then you are all set for every meal of the day. Particularly handy if you’re travelling on a budget.
  • There are plenty of bakeries, cafes and restaurants that open around lunchtime that offer both traditional Slovenian dishes and international food.
  • There is an awesome Pancake van that is usually located in the pinned location on google maps below.


  • Supermarket, again. Budget backpacker lifestyle.
  • Tokyo Piknik is the standout choice for restaurants in Ljubljana. However, I also enjoyed Fast food Adja & Fany and Mary (yeah, that’s a real restaurant name).

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Travel tips


Ljubljana Castle Visit – free.

Ljubljana Skyscraper – free.

Mini pancakes from the pancake van  – €2

A pint of Lasko beer – €2.50

Slice of pizza in a bakery – €1.50

Meal at Tokyo Piknik – €7-9

Bus from Ljubljana to Bled – €7 one way

House of illusions Museum – €9

Coffee in a cafe – €2

Train to Bled – €5 one way

Boat cruise along the river – Approx €10

Pro tip – there are Mercator and Spar supermarkets in the city centre! Buy all your food and drinks from there if your accommodation has cooking facilities. 

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I’ll keep this brief. 

Slovenia is in the top 10 safest countries in the world.

Slovenia is in the top 5 countries for the lowest crime rate.

The only danger you will face is falling in the river.

Travel Guide FAQ’s

is Ljubljana worth visiting?

Ljubljana is one of the most unique capital cities in Europe as it still has relatively low tourism rates. However, Ljubljana is definitely worth visiting as it has a lot to offer for travellers. One of the best things about Ljubljana is the size of the city, it is very small in comparison to other European capital cities, making it very easy to explore as a tourist. The locals are very welcoming to tourists and will go out of there way to ensure you enjoy your time in Ljubljana.

Is Ljubljana safe for tourists?

Ljubljana is one of the safest cities, not just in Europe but worldwide. Slovenia is in the top 10 safest countries in the world along with being in the top 5 countries for the lowest crime rates. Ljubljana is incredibly safe for tourists.

How many days do you need in Ljubljana?

You need 3 days in Ljubljana to explore the main tourist sites. I would advise a longer stay in the capital city of Slovenia if you plan on making a day trip or two to the popular destination of Lake Bled. However, if you intend on travelling around Slovenia then limit your time in Ljubljana to two days as Slovenia has a lot else to offer.

is Slovenia expensive?

Slovenia is cheap in comparison to its nearby countries of Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Slovenia is one of the cheaper countries in Europe, particularly in comparison to western Europe.

Just like that you’ve spent a weekend in Ljubljana. For an in-depth look at how to spend a weekend in Ljubljana then check out my “Slovenia Travel Guide PDF” that’s now on sale in my shop.

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Hey! I’m Aaron Jarvis. I’m a budget backpacker and online content creator. 

For the past 3 years, I have slowly been backpacking around the world and sharing my adventures on YouTube and more recently on my blog.

I’ve created a number of well-received travel guide videos on YouTube and have now converted them into popular PDF Travel Guides right here on my website!

If you’re considering purchasing a travel guide why not check out this video that takes a look at the contents in detail!

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