Bled

Bled is a town in Slovenia, on the east side of Lake Bled.

Understand

View of Bled Island from Bled Castle

Bled is a popular destination in Slovenia due to its romantic scenery and access point for Triglav National Park, which offers numerous outdoor adventure opportunities. The town features a little white church on an island in the center of an emerald green mountain lake, with Bled Castle perched high above, amidst the Julian Alps.

Get in

By plane

The closest airport is Jože Pučnik Airport, which is easily accessed by bus for €7 or by taxi for €40 and up to €55; see the link for details.

Near Lake Bled is a small civil airport Lesce-Bled for fun and sports fliers.

By bus

The bus station in Bled is centrally located northeast of the lake at the intersection of Cesta Svobode and Grajska Cesta.

Buses leave from Ljubljana to Bled hourly on the hour and return from Bled to Ljubljana hourly on the half-hour. The journey takes 75 minutes and costs €7. Schedules are available online.

By train

Trains from Ljubljana drop passengers off at Lesce-Bled station, 4 km southeast of Bled. The journey takes slightly under an hour by regional train. These run irregularly, but more or less once every hour. In addition, there are a few IC services a day, which are slightly faster.

Buses connect the station with Bled at least every 30 minutes for €1.30. A taxi to/from the station costs €10.

Bled Jezero Station is on the other side of the lake, opposite the town, 1.5 km away. From here, trains leave to/from Jesenice and Nova Gorica every two hours or so.

Train schedules are also available online.

Get around

On foot

Bled is small enough to cover on foot. A walk around the lake will take just over an hour.

By pletna

The traditional way to reach the lake's island is by a pletna boat, which resembles a huge gondola. The round-trip fare is fixed at €12 per person, and the rowers will typically wait to get minimum ten people on the boat before departing. The entire trip takes 90 minutes, including 60 minutes of rowing and 30 minutes on the island. The pletnas depart from various locations around the lake. For reservations visit web site www.pletna.si

By rowboat

A popular method of travel to the island church is by renting a rowboat.

By bicycle

Bled and the vicinity are great for riding bicycles, which can be rented at many outdoor agencies. There are no designated bike lanes in Bled. Cycling off-road or off-track is not allowed in Slovenia. A list of suggested bike routes is available here.

By horse

Horses are available for rent, with or without guides/instructors, at most outdoor agencies. In addition, horse-drawn carriages are available for rides around the lake, to the castle, and further afield.

See

Bled Castle
View of Bled Island from Bled Castle
Ringing the Wishing Bell

Do

Vintgar Gorge

Most of the outdoor adventure activities, as well as the must-see Vintgar Gorge, are in nearby Triglav National Park. However, Bled also offers numerous activities.

Festivals

A complete listing of events in Bled is available on the Tourist Information website

Eat

Most of the hotels have restaurants and bars. In addition, the following are stand-alone restaurants worth a visit. Prices in Bled tend to be inflated due to the tourist nature of the town. Try the local speciality kremna rezina, a cake of vanilla custard and cream,

Sleep

Most prices listed do not include tourist tax of €1.01 per person.

Budget

Camping

Hostels

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

Internet

Most of the hotels and hostels in Bled offer internet access.

Post office

The post office is located at Ljubljanska 14 and is open M-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-12PM

Stay safe

Be sure to take necessary precautions when participating in outdoor activities.

Bled can become extremely crowded during the summer months especially at weekends. A visit during winter, while cold, presents you with the chance to see a frozen Lake Bled and have the place to yourself. Alternatively those seeking a bit of peace will find that the side of the lake opposite the town is often somewhat quieter.

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