The international airport serving the capital city of Slovenia is known as Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), formerly Brnik Airport. Many domestic, Schengen and non-Schengen routes are handled from Ljubljana airport, which is in turn the main operational base for the flagship airline Adria Airways, the one offering the highest number of scheduled flights to and from Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Brussels, Paris, Prague, Sarajevo, Vienna and Zürich, among others. Aside from Aeroflot, Air France, Air Serbia, Easyjet, LOT, Transavia and Turkish Airlines, which also link the airport to their primary bases on a regular schedule throughout the year, the rest of the airlines flying to and from Ljubljana operate seasonal routes, as is the case with British Airways (to London Heathrow), Finnair (to Helsinki) and Sun d’Or (Tel Aviv).
Travelling from the airport to Ljubljana city centre
A distance of about 24 kilometres separates Ljubljana airport from the downtown, and it takes 30 minutes on average to cover this journey. Upon arrival, you may rent a car, hire a private shuttle service or take a taxi right outside the terminal building; however, if you would rather commute by public bus, know that a regular bus service connects Ljubljana airport to the centre for only 4,10 euros (one-way ticket). This line operates from 5:00 to 20:00 on weekdays, and from 7:00 (a bit earlier if you are taking the reverse journey towards the airport) to 20:00 on weekends.
Thanks to the good transport connections, business travellers and tourists who land in Jože Pučnik International airport for a short stay usually choose the convenient and well-located accommodation options at the Central hotel in the downtown, which offers fully-equipped guest rooms, an onsite co-working centre and even sleeping cabins, a feature that turned it into the first capsule hotel in Ljubljana within short walking distance of the Dragon Bridge and Ljubljana Castle.
Terminals in Ljubljana airport
Ljubljana airport in Slovenia has only one terminal building, but the increase in passenger traffic observed in the recent years has led to an expansion plan that was started in the summer of 2019. In spite of the works underway, the airport will stay fully functional during the remodelling process that is aimed at enhancing capacity, integrating a larger duty-free and dining area, renovating the business facilities and adding a brand-new air bridge, until the final outcome –expected to be reached in 2021– allows for much larger spaces and a highly improved customer service and passenger experience.
Business Lounge in Ljubljana airport
Before flying out of Ljubljana airport, travellers in possession of a plane ticket in business class or those who are members of a frequent flyer programme (Priority Pass, Dragon Pass, or having reached a certain status flying with an airline, for instance) will be granted complimentary access to the Business Lounge after security, where they can wait for their flight in a secluded, tranquil space featuring a food & drinks buffet, both local and international press and magazines, TV, office equipment and live flight info.
Priority lane in Ljubljana airport
In addition, the aforementioned passengers along with those who are members of frequent flyer programmes such as StarAlliance, Miles & More or the local flyljubljana one, which entitles to a range of benefits including discounts on flights, parking services and transportation, are granted access to the fast lane to the security checkpoints at Ljubljana airport of Slovenia.
Eating and shopping in LJU
Shops and restaurants in Ljubljana airport should be part of your whole travelling experience when you visit Slovenia, as they have been conceived for you to get a genuine taste of the country and leave with memories that will last.
Whether you are saying goodbye to the city or picking up arriving friends, the Caffe Avioncek in Arrivals will cater to your morning needs like no other place in the terminal. If you are looking for a hearty pre-flight meal, we recommend that you visit the Culto Bar, the Terrace Bar, the Globetrotter a-la-carte restaurant or the buffet-style Market Place, all of them located in the Departures concourse. For the finest Italian dishes, go to Mondo Bianco in the Schengen departures area, and to try the most delicious soups and Slovenian specialties stop by the Follow Me bar next to the non-Schengen gates.
Aside from a L’Occitane shop, the General Store Medved and Zlatarna Sara –offering silver jewellery and gifts-, the three Heinemann Travel Value & Duty Free shops that you will find across the airside will have you covered for your souvenir needs.
Are you planning your trip to Slovenia and would like to design the perfect city break? Take a look at our recommendations about where to stay in Ljubljana.