Piran (Italian: Pirano) is a city in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia.


Piran is probably the most beautiful of Slovenia's coastal towns, perched on a tiny piece of land jutting into the sea. It feels more like an Italian coastal town, without all the Italian tourists, and for good reason: Piran was part of the Venetian empire from the late 13th century to the end of the 18th century.

Get in

Tartinijev trg, the central square of Piran

By plane

There is a small airport located 15km away in Portorož, called Portorož international Airport. Although it is an international airport, there are relatively few flights from foreign states.

By train

There is no train service to Piran. Nearest station is in Koper.

By bus

Frequent buses connect Piran to Izola, Koper (20 minutes), and Trieste (1 hour), and there is a free shuttle service to the adjacent resort of Portoroz. From Ljubljana, there are buses roughly hourly, taking 2-2.5 hours for the journey depending on route. Schedules are available online .

Buses also connect Piran with Bernardin, Portorož and Lucija every 15 minutes.

By boat

Boat service is also available regularly from Venice.

During the summer there are 3-4 boats per day between Piran and Trieste. The journey time is around 1 hour.

Get around

By foot

Piran is very small and it takes 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other.

By car

Cars are generally not allowed in the old town and even when they are it is not a lot of fun since the streets are very narrow and parking costs €24 per day. There is parking available outside the town center. The biggest lot is along the waterfront at Fornače and costs about €8 per day. The city provides a free shuttle bus to and from the parking lot Fornače and Tartinijev trg roughly every 15 minutes (in Slovene) (in Italian).


Inside the Church of St. George



Unlike many of the other towns along the Adriatic coast, there are few shops with postcards, souvenirs, football (soccer) jerseys, etc. There is a small shop about halfway up the hill on ulica IX.Korposa that advertises handmade Slovenian crafts. At the central square there is a shop where you can buy high quality sea salt from the local sea salt evaporation ponds.


Piran's coast with colorful buildings, swimming piers and restaurants

Many of Piran's restaurants are located along the waterfront (Prešernovo nabrežje), with open air seating and great views. The food and service is generally good, but many of the restaurants tend to have similar menus (meat, fish, mixed grills, etc.) and similar prices. Restaurants away from the main waterfront area can be a bit cheaper. There are also a number of pizzerias and gelato shops scattered around the town. If you want fresh produce, there is sometimes a market behind the municipal building off Tartinjev trg.



For clubbing, it is better to go to Koper or Portorož.


With a shortage of hotel accommodation the best option can be to take a 'private room', (rent out a room in a local's house). Several local tourist agencies keep lists of such rooms and will book them for you. Don't expect the owners to speak English, but they are generally very helpful and are experienced in hospitality. Standards vary: sometimes you'll get towels for a shower, sometimes not. But regardless, it will certainly be an experience and a chance to meet some locals.




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