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The 49th EDTNA/ERCA International conference has been originally planned as in person conference in lovely city of Ljubljana. The EDTNA/ERCA Executive Board decided to move the conference into a virtual space due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Hovewer, we still would like to share with you some basic information about this lovely city in case you wish to visit Ljubljana in future. 

Ljubljana, home to approximately 300 000 Slovenes, is the political and cultural heart of the Slovene nation. It is also the an important educational center in Europe as its university belongs to one of the biggest in Europe, even though Ljubljana is one of the smallest european capital cities.

In Ljubljana the old meets the new; and it seems that history has spent all of the settlement's five millennia preparing it to become the nation's capital. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods characterised in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre. Here eastern and western cultures meet.


The city owes its present appearance partly to Italian baroque and partly to Art Nouveau, which is the style of the numerous buildings erected immediately after the earthquake of 1895. In the first half of the 20th century, modern Ljubljana was shaped by the strong personal style of Jože Plečnik, a great European architect and a local of Ljubljana. The cityscape was complemented by his modernist followers as well as by creations of the "New Wave" of acknowledged young architects.

Ljubljana is a city of culture. It is home to numerous theatres, museums and galleries, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world. The first music society in Slovenia, the Academia philharmonicorum, was founded in 1701. It was a vehicle for baroque music and it also facilitated the development of musical production in this region. Its honorary members included such renowned composers as Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven or Johannes Brahms, and distinguished musicians such as the violinist Nicolo Paganini. Between 1881 and 1882, at the very start of his career, Gustav Mahler was its resident conductor.

Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, among which there are 10 international festivals. The inhabitants of Ljubljana and its visitors can admire artists from all the different fields - from music, theatre and fine arts to the alternative and avant-garde.


The first impression a visitor gets of Ljubljana is that it is an exceptionally young city. It is home to over 50,000 students, who give it a special vibe. As four Slovene regions meet in Ljubljana, the city's numerous restaurants and inns offer a wide range of local delicacies, not to mention superb wines. Ljubljana did not earn the label of "the city of wine and vine" for nothing. In the past it was the wine-trading centre of the region and grapevines were planted on the slopes leading up to the present-day castle by the inhabitants of the Roman settlement of Emona.

Ljubljana is a city that people often return to, be it because of work or because of pleasant memories of previous visits. It is similar to a number of other pleasant European cities - yet it is different. As its name, according to one theory, means beloved, we believe attending our Conference in Ljubljana will become your cherished memory.


Ljubljana is an important railroad junction and can be reached by trains from all major European cities. The railway station is within walking distance from the city centre.


Ljubljana is situated close to many cities in Europe. Listed below are distances to some nearby cities:

  • Trieste (Italy) - 95 km
  • Venice (Italy) - 242 km
  • Klagenfurt (Austria) - 83 km
  • Vienna (Austria) - 380 km
  • Munich (Germany) - 408 km


Ljubljana is best served by its International Airport at Brnik, 23 km northwest of the city, with daily connections to most major European cities. From the airport, Ljubljana can be easily reached either by bus shuttle service to Ljubljana bus station (approx. EUR 10) or by taxi (approx. EUR 40).

You may also find it convenient to use one of the neighbouring airports such as:

  • Trieste - Ronchi (Italy), 128 km southwest of Ljubljana
  • Klagenfurt (Austria), 90 km north of Ljubljana
  • Zagreb - Pleso (Croatia), 141 km southeast of Ljubljana

There are direct flights to Ljubljana from: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Birmingham, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Ohrid, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich. Important: an early booking of your flight is strongly recommended!


For transportation from Ljubljana airport to Ljubljana or any other airports we recommend to use the GRH Transportation services

(, 00386 41 376 964 – Emergency number)

Ljubljana airport – Ljubljana city (fixed prices)

  • Private car transfer (Economy): 39 EUR (the price includes VAT, botled water, professional licensed chauffeur)
  • Private car transfer (Premium): 50 EUR (the price includes VAT, botled water, professional licensed chauffeur)
  • Group van transfer: 75 EUR (the price includes VAT, botled water, professional licensed chauffeur)

Payments can be done via cash or credit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard), directly to the driver. Your driver will be meeting you in the arrival hall at the airport.


It is very easy to get around in Ljubljana. As the city center is relatively small, you can simply walk or rent a bike. To get to other parts of Ljubljana you should use public transportation like city bus system or a taxi.


The Ljubljana central train station (in Slovenian: Zelezniska postaja) is situated in the middle of the city, cca 10 minutes walk to the old town. To get to the city center from the station or vice versa take Miklosiceva street as it connects them directly. In the entrance building the ticket offices and some cafes and shops can be found. There are also a rent a car office, a car parking lot and luggage storage facilities. Hint: If possible, buy your ticket at the train station before entering the train as it is usually more expensive if you buy it from the conductor (+ 2,5 EUR). No matter the distance and destination there is an extra cost of 3,40 EUR if you are travelling by bike. Information about train delays are published on the web site of Slovenian Railways.


The main bus station of Ljubljana is located in front of the main train station building. From here bus lines connect Ljubljana to all parts of Slovenia.It hosts ticket and information offices, a tobacco shop and a small cafe with some croissants.You can buy your bus ticket at the bus station or directly from the driver on the bus.

To travel with Ljubljana city buses you will need the Urbana Card, which you can buy in an Info Centre of the Main Railway Station for 2 EUR. One journey costs 1.30 EUR and allows you to change as many buses as you need in a time of 90 minutes without additional charge.

When you enter a bus, make sure you scan the Urbana Card at the designed scanners (there are two in each bus, usually at the front door). You can find more information about the card here.


You can park at a single rate after 19:00 in the garage, which is open half an hour after each CD evening event. Later you have to collect the car by entering the garage through the junction of Šubičeva and Valvazorjeva street. Your car can remain in the garage until 06:00 next day. After that time the single rate of parking no longer applies.

Other parking houses are also close to the Cankarjev Dom, e. g Parking House Kongresni trg and Parking House Šubičeva. Here you can see the public parking facilities.