Slovenia - General Information
Slovenia (Republika Slovenija)
National railway system
National Railway Operator
Slovenske Železnice (SŽ). This is essentially the former JŽ Ljubljana Division, less lines in Istria that are now in Croatia.
numeric 79; alpha SLO.
Vozni Red. This includes introductory material in German and French. Some non-standard symbols are used to indicate days of the week on which trains run.
- “Atlante ferroviaro d'Italia e Slovenia” (ISBN 978-3-89494-129-1) published by Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH in German and Italian, shows railways at 1:300.000 scale, similar to atlases from the same publisher for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
- European Railway Atlas: Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by M.G. Ball (1993) (ISBN 0-7110-2072-4)
- European Railway Atlas by M.G. Ball (2008 onwards)
- SŽ publishes the "Turistièna Karta Slovenskih Železnic" which shows Slovenian railways on a 1:300000 general map. Electrified and double-track lines are distinguished and most freight lines are shown. Brief notes are given, in English, German, Italian and Slovene, on features of general interest at many towns.
Higher fares are charged for travel on express trains (Intercity Slovenija, Eurocity, Intercity or Mednarodni), but by West European standards all fares are very cheap. There is no known network ticket.
SZ appears to act as its own infrastructure authority
The Network Statement > Network Statement of the Republic of Slovenia 2018.
3 kV dc. Electrification of Pragersko - Hodoš, on the Hungarian border, was completed and opened in June 2016.
Rule of the road
Left, except between Zidani Most and Dobova/Savski Marof.
Detailed distances can be found in the following:
None, but an electric narrow-gauge railway conveys visitors through spectacular caves near Postojna.
Recent and future changes
It is reported that passenger trains to restart on the Grosuplje – Kočevje branch in 2020. Line re-opened to freight on 12 April 2019.
According to the German Railfans Society IBSE, the one train only service via the curve from Maribor Tezno – Maribor Tabor ran for the last time on 9 June 2017.
SŽ services between Sežana and Villa Opicina were reinstated on 5 January 2015, replacing substitute bus services following approval for the 312 'Desiro' units by the Italian authorities. The daytime service between Venezia and Ljubljana ceased to run west of Villa Opicina from 1 April 2008 because FS would no longer allow SŽ trains lacking the Italian train protection system to run on their lines. The train was cut back further to Sežana on 12 April 2008, leaving the overnight Venezia - Budapest train as the only cross-border service, but that was withdrawn in December 2011.
The following lines reopened at the timetable change on 14 December 2014:
- 32 Sveti Rok ob Sotli - Đurmanec (Croatia)
- 40 Središče - Macinec (Croatia)
- 40 Mursko Središče (Croatia) - Lendava
The following line lost its passenger service at the timetable change on 14 December 2014:
- 72 Prvačina - Ajdovščina
The cross-border service between (Metlika -) Rosalnice and Kamanje (Croatia) (- Karlovac) was reinstated on 15 December 2013, having lost its passenger service on 9 December 2012.
Services have been withdrawn, probably at the start of the 2013 - 2014 timetable, from the 1km branch from Ljubljana Polje to BTC City Ljubljana, which opened in 2005 or 2006.
In February 2015 the Slovenian government submitted an application for EU funding for to build a 27 km line between Koper and Divača. The port of Koper is becoming busier owing to its being far more efficient than Trieste. There have been reports in the past that passenger services would be withdrawn to create more paths for freight trains but there is no sign of this as at February 2015.
Work is underway to reinstate passenger services on the 49km line between Grosuplje and Kočevje, planned to commence in mid to late 2018.
Most internal passenger services are worked by multiple-units calling at most or all stations.
The only means of travelling to and from the FS network in Italy is by bus: either (i) the Trieste Transporti service between Villa Opicina and Trieste or (ii) the approximately hourly service between Trieste and Koper stations or (iii) the more frequent Gorizia municipal service (ATP) route 1 between Gorizia Centrale station and Piazza Transalpina (Nova Gorica station).