Slovenia - General Information

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Country Name

Slovenia (Republika Slovenija)

National railway system

National Railway Operator

Slovenske Železnice (). This is essentially the former JŽ Ljubljana Division, less lines in Istria that are now in Croatia.

Infrastructure Authority

It is understood that Slovenia has set up an Infrastructure Management Company but the compilers have so far been unable to identify any details.





UIC code

numeric 79; alpha SLO.


Journey Planner

Downloadable Timetable

Printed Timetable

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.

Engineering Information Only in Slovenian.


Printed Maps

  • 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.

Web-based Maps


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.




3 kV dc.

Rule of the road

Left, except between Zidani Most and Dobova/Savski Marof.

Other railways


Tourist lines

None, but an electric narrow-gauge railway conveys visitors through spectacular caves near Postojna.





Recent and future changes

It has been reported that passenger services to Koper will be withdrawn in the near future in order to create more paths for freight trains. The port of Koper is becoming busier owing to its being far more efficient than Trieste.

Proposals for a direct line between Koper and Trieste (Italy) are being studied.

The 1km branch from Ljubljana Polje to BTC City Ljubljana opened in 2005 or 2006.

There are no longer any international passenger trains between Slovenia and Italy. 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 seasonal train from Ljubljana to Pula ( Croatia ) which used the border crossing from Rakitovec to Buzet ( Croatia) does not run in the 2012-2013 timetable, thereby closing this frontier to passenger services.

Special Notes

Most internal passenger services are worked by multiple-units calling at most or all stations.

The only means of travelling to and from Italy is either the approximately hourly bus service between Trieste and Koper stations or the more frequent buses between Goricia and Nova Gorica station.

See also