Lake Bled is a major tourist destination in Slovenia and is included in many Interrail trips every year. The small town of Bled and the lake are situated picturesquely at the foot of the Slovenian Alps and offer a variety of activities such as swimming, hiking or rafting. Although the town is served by two train stations, we receive many questions of how to get there from train travellers. Read below for a short guide of the best ways to get there by train. If you are travelling from Ljubljana or Lake Bled to Italy, I recommend reading this blog.
Lesce Bled station
Bled is served by two train stations on two different railway lines. The more important station of Lesce Bled is situated on the main line from Slovenia's capital Ljubljana to Villach in Austria. As the name alreday suggests, the station is not directly in Bled but in the town of Lesce about 4km away. The station is served by frequent local trains from Ljubljana to Jesenice as well as international trains from Belgrad, Zagreb and Ljubljana to Villach, Salzburg, Munich and Zurich. Frequent buses connect the station with the lake, operated by Alpetour. A single ticket is 1,30€ and can be bought on board the buses. For detailed schedules use the website of Alpetour - the bus stop for Lesce Bled station is "Lesce ZP", in Bled get off either at either of the two stations. If you want you can also walk on foot, there is a separate path for cyclists and pedestrians between Lesce and Bled.
I recommend to use Lesce Bled station if you are coming from Ljubljana and cities east such as Zagreb or Belgrad or if you are arriving from Austria, Germany or Switzerland. The full schedule for the Ljubljana - Jesenice line can be downloaded here or simply use our schedule planner plan.rail.cc or the Rail Planner App.
Bled jezero Station
The other station is Bled Jezero, situated on the Bohinj railway from Jesenice to Nova Gorica. This line is served by local trains only with fewer trains calling than in Lesce Bled. The station is about 1,5km away from the town centre of Bled and you can walk along the shore of the lake to get there. The Bohinj line probably is Slovenia's most scenic railway line, taking you along the Soca valley to Nova Gorica on the Italian border.
I recommend to use Bled Jezero station when coming from Italy. You can also use it when coming from Austria by changing trains in Jesenice, however the connections are not very good and you usually have to wait up to an hour - better continue to Lesce Bled and take the bus from there. Connections in the other direction, via Jesenice towards Ljubljana are better though and ond weekends there even is a direct train. The full schedule is available here, you will also find connections in our schedule planner plan.rail.cc and the Rail Planner App.
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Update: April 2018