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- 1 Hitchhiking out
- 1.1 Northeast towards Maribor, Graz, Vienna (Austria), Hungary E 57
- 1.2 Northwest towards Kranj, Bled, Villach, Salzburg (Austria), Munich (Germany) E 61
- 1.3 South or west towards Koper, Nova Gorica, Rijeka, Pula (Croatia), (Italy) E 61
- 1.4 Southeast towards Novo mesto, Zagreb (Croatia) A 2
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From the main street, west of the train station (Slovenska Cesta, Dunajska Cesta), take buses 6 (direction Črnuče), 8 (dir. Brnčičeva) or 11 in direction north. Get off at the stop "Smelt", at the "World Trade Center" tower. Walk further on towards the motorway, then right after the fountain. You will see the road forking, the left lane going down to the motorway, the right lane going higher up. Stand with your sign in the middle between the two lanes, or on the pavement next to the parking place entrance. Even though the first option might look a bit strange, this is the most common spot and it's easy for drivers to see you and there's enough space for one car to safely stop there.
OR Take bus no 27 towards "Letaliska" and get out at "Jarse". Continue following "Smartinska cesta" about 400 meters and turn to right from the traffic lights. There is a bus stop right after. Most of the cars passing now are going towards the highway. You can also take bus no 2 to "Nove Jarse" from Southern part of Slovenska cesta. The last stop is the mentioned hitchhiking spot.
Direction north-west there is the motorway E61/A2 towards Kranj through the Karawanken Tunnel (Slovenian: Predor Karavanke) or over the pass over the border to Villach (slov.: Beljak) in Austria and further on on the Tauern-motorway to Salzburg and over to Germany. It is the way that is used by most of those numerous Germans that go to the Croatian coast for hollidays.
This motorway E61/A2 starts from the Ljubljana bypass. The best way to join this motorway is from the street Celovška cesta, at the bus stop Šentvid (stand in the corner before the bus stop!!). Get there by bus number 1 (direction Vižmarje), 25 (dir. Medvode), or 8 (dir. Gameljne) from the city centre. If people who pick you up don't go as far as you like, you can get a lift as far as the first "Petrol" gas station on the highway (17km away) or the former toll station Torovo and keep hitchhiking there. There is also a petrol station at the Radovljica-exit (right before Bled) which is useful for getting into Austria.
Barje fuel station / rest area
Catch bus 9 to bus stop Pot Na Rakovo Jelso and go straight to direction where bus went follow Cesta Dveh Cesarev street (dont turn the left side where bus went after 100 metres). Asphalt road will bring you to place where you can see fuel station search tiny tail to it! There is shower in fuel station price 3 eur and places for wild camping around...
Ramp on entry to highway
From the city center (Dunajska cesta, Slovenska cesta) take the bus number 6 (direction Dolgi most - last stop), 1D (same) or 6B (dir. Notranje gorice), to Dolgi most which is a large parking place just before the bridge above the road. Go back to the crossroads and you will see the entry lane into the motorway. There will also be an entry to a parking of a small house, stand on the side there with your sign (you will see where everybody else stands...). Slovenians use this way to go to the seaside so it is a good hitchhiking spot especially during summer.
If your destination is Venice or further, the easiest way is via Nova Gorica (town on the walkable distance from Gorizia): use sign GO and ask to be dropped at the service area on the border. For Trieste it doesn't work well with TS sign - best option might be to use Koper sign and then ask the driver to drop you off at Kozina exit (go right in the crossroads after toll booths). It's only 3 km from the border and on the main Rijeka-Trieste road.[Sežana is a town close to Trieste as well.
If your destination is Rijeka, take also rides going to Postojna]or further west. Get out at Postojna exit and from there walk across the highway (use the bridge). There is a good spot to hitchhike southwards just few hundred meters after the bridge.
Fuel station on the road to highway
Near the crossing of streets: "Pot Na Rakovo Jelšo" and "Barjanska Cesta" there is a fuel station with a lot of cars heading towards Koper.
Southeast towards Novo mesto, Zagreb (Croatia)
Barje fuel station / rest area
Service area "Barje", in direction of Zagreb. This service area is on the Ring around Ljubljana and is very well-served by a lot of long-distance drivers. To get there take bus number 1 or 1B in direction Mestni Log from the center. Go off one stop before last, called "Koprska". Continue straight (the bus takes a turn just before the stop "Koprska" - don't follow it, go straight on!) on the street Cesta V Mestni Log, after 2 minutes you will cross a bridge over a small river. Continue straight and cross the motorway over the bridge, and on the left side the service area is about 500 m away. There is a golf course between you and the service area, which you can cross by climbing its fences (not too high) if the personal allows you, which hasn't always been the case. If they don't, you should take an immediate left directly after crossing the highway (you're still on the bridge at that point), descending to the guardrail. You are now between the golf course's fence and the highway, which is quite a narrow path at some points. After a few hundred metres, you'll get to the resting area.
Catch bus 9 to bus stop Pot Na Rakovo Jelso and go straight to direction where bus went follow Cesta Dveh Cesarev street (dont turn the left side where bus went after 100 metres). Asphalt road will bring you to place where you can see fuel station search tiny tail to it!
Another way to get to the same gas station is to take bus lines 1 or 1b B and stop at Tbilisijska. Keep walking straight on the direction the bus is going and soon turn left at the first street, Cesta Dveh Cesarev. After about 300 meter by feet you'll start to see the gas station some 50 meters away on the right side, with some gardens in between. You can either pass trough one of the gardens and climb the fence, or walk few hundred meters longer to find a convenient passage through the fence. There is shower in fuel station price 3 eur and places for wild camping around...
✓✓ FOR FUEL STATION TO ZAGREB YOU NEED TO CROSS HIGHWAY TO OPOSSITE SIDE ✓✓
On-ramp of the motorway at the edge of the city
Not many cars go in this direction, and the ones that do usually do not enter the motorway here - this on-ramp mostly serves inter-urban traffic, so you might have to wait a lot of time. From the city centre (Slovenska cesta, bus stop "Pošta") take bus line 3 in direction of "Rudnik" (south), and get off at the final stop. In front of you there will be the motorway entrance, which will be a turn left. Cross the street and on the side of the on-ramp road, on your left, you will see a small asphalt surface where all the cars pass, and there you can stand and hitchhike easily.
Notice - If you are hitchhiking towards Novo Mesto, pay attention that you are hitchhiking on the highway entrance (the turn left) and not on the old road, which is continuing straight ahead.