This summer you can take advantage of the new shuttle system in Bohinj, which enables visitors to leave their cars and cares behind and enjoy the beauty of Triglav National Park.
By parking in the one of the designated car parks and taking a bus, not only does it remove the stress of looking for somewhere to park, but it’s more environmentally-friendly and easy on the wallet too – in fact it’s FREE – so what’s not to like?!
I went to try it out for myself last Friday and it really is as easy as pie. So join me on my journey to Bohinj!
First, park your car in the large FREE car park at Camp Danica in Bohinjska Bistrica.
Next, take a FREE ticket from the machine and display it on your dashboard.
Then just hop aboard one of the FREE buses that run every 15 minutes from 9am to 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Camp Danica to Bohinj lake during July and August, and every 30 minutes in June and September.
The buses have various liveries, some easier to spot than others, but all offer the same FREE journey to/from the camp and the lake.
All that is left is to sit back and enjoy the short, scenic ride! You alight the bus just metres from the lake and the Monument to Four Brave Men – which commemorates the first four men who climbed to the summit of Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mount Triglav (2,864m) in 1778.
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, or to be as active as you like in the knowledge that you can easily and quickly get back to your car at day’s end when you have had your fill. Though, does, or can, one ever really have a fill of somewhere so beautiful?!
Walk or hike to your heart’s content, laze by the lake, do water sports in and on the lake, cycle, visit local attractions, soak up the views…
If, however, you are like me, you might like to consider taking a bus one way and walking the other – you get to see more and burn off a few of the calories ingested in ice-cream, too!
Walking on the traffic-free Bohinj Cycle Route from the lake alongside the Sava River back to the bus stop at Camp Danica (or vice versa) takes around 1.5 hours, though allow more as you will want to stop for photos and soak up (more of) the beauty along the way and at the rest areas.
This is just one of this year’s new additions in the Bohinj area. There are also additional car parks as well as buses running from Senožeta to the Blato mountain pasture, a favourite starting place for hikes in the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley, as well as the Hop-On Hop-Off bus to the Pokljuka plateau.
If you are staying in the Bohinj area for at least two nights, you can also avail of the Summer Mobility Card, which provides visitors with free parking, free bus rides and a whole host of other special offers and discounts.
Click here for more about this and what else to see and do in Bohinj, Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps.
© Adele in Slovenia
4 thoughts on “Car-Free and Carefree in Bohinj and Triglav National Park”
I’ve only visited Lake Bled so far, Lake Bohinj still on my bucket list. It’s such a wonderfull country where you live Adele. Thanks for posting beautiful postcards of Slovenia:). Gr Stef
Hi Stef, yes you really MUST visit Bohinj! Personally I much prefer it to Bled, which is way too touristy and busy these days. Glad you liked my latest blog post. Adele
Does the free bus shuttle run until the night (8pm)? I am visiting in June?
And the bus only has one stop right camp danica – lake bohinj? So we cant get off on the wrong stop
Hi, as far as I’m aware the buses start from 1st July, so they won’t be running when you visit. However, there are regular scheduled buses that run from Bohinjska Bistrica through the upper and lower valleys to the lake and back. The Bohinj tourist information centre website has all the information and timetables – http://www.bohinj.si Enjoy your trip!