Hitchiking out of Ljubljana is relatively easy, in all directions, Standing on the Autostrada on-ramp.
From the main street, West of the Train station (Dunajska Cesta) take buses 6, 8 or 11 in direction of North. Get off in the station "Smelt", 5 minutes later, when you see the "World Trade Center" building. Ahead of you, you will see the motorway. On the first turn to the right, go into the motorway entry and stand on the side with your sign.
Direction north-west there is the motorway E61/A2 towards Kranj (german: Krainburg) 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 holidays.
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 station Šentvid. You can get there easily by taking bus number 1, 25, or 8 from the city centre in direction of Vizmarje. You can hitchhike on the station, but make sure you have a sign. Even better spot is a tunnel about 500 m ahead. In that tunnel there is an extra lane for cars to stop and you can catch cars going from 3 different directions into the tunnel, unlike the bus station, where you only cover one direction. To get there keep walking away from the centre and turn right at the traffic light where the cars leave the street and join the highway. The signs are visible from the station. After you turned right you should see the tunnel. My favourite place is at the end because cars have a lot of time to see you. If people who pick you up dont go as far as you like, you can go off at ex toll station Torovo and keep hitchiking there.
From the city center (Dunajska cesta, Kongresni trg) take bus number 6 in direction south, till the last station (Dolgi most). Get out, and on your left side you will side the entry lane into the autostrada. 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...).
South-East towards Novo Mesto, Zagreb
Hitchhiking in this direction seems to be more difficult comparing to other direction. You have two options to follow this route:
1. You can also try your luck at the Resting 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 station before, last, called Koprska. Continue straight [the bus takes a turn just before the station Korska - 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 station is about 500 m away. There is a golf course between you and the station, which you can cross by climbing its fences (not to 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 meters, you'll get to the resting area. Hitchhiker Looking for Stu discovered that bus 1 will drop you by the side of the golf course at what appeared to be the last stop before returning to town. No problem hopping the fences and crossing the course away from the busy motorway edge.
2. You can go to the 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 from the following on-ramp - this on-ramp mostly serves inter-urban traffic, so you might have to wait a lot of time. From the city center (Slovenska Cesta, station "Pošta") Take Bus line 3 in direction of "Rudnik" (South), and get off in the last station. In front of you there will be the High-way 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 high-way entrance (the turn left) and not on the old road, which is continuing straight ahead. If you are Hitchiking to Zagreb, pay attention to the "Crossing borders" section in the Slovenia Page.
The highway no longer passes through Trebnje, so taking the train there isn't such a good option
If you really can't get a lift out, the train is fairly cheap- €16,00 one-way to Zagreb and lasts 2.5 hours. Trains are scheduled at:
- 08:15 - this train can take you as far as Belgrade.
It is possible to sleep in the upside part of Tivoli park which is half an hour walking from the center of the city. It's not really a flat ground but if you search well you should find nice spots, clean, safe and quiet.
It is possible to sleep in Metelkova mesto www.metelkova.org (Metelkova street - Masarykova street)on the grass between Jalla Jalla club and Tiffany club.
Internet cafes are quite expensive in Ljubljana (~€4/hr). You can surf for free at KiberPipa, a cyber center located at Kersnikova 6. You can also surf for free using computer at the student info center, located next to Preseren square, on Trubarjeva ulica. There is also a club called KMŠ on Trzaska street that has free internet access and WiFi (you just have to order coffee).
FABRKA KLUB Poljanska street 9, close to Dragons bridge - free internet access and WiFi (you just have to order coffee). KAMERA KLUB Kolodvorska street 6, close to railway station - free internet access and WiFi (you just have to order coffee).
Additionally, At the back of the train station, right before the tracks, there is a tourist information computer which can be used for free internet surfing by clicking in the search tab, typing what your looking for, and finding it in the results (there is no URL bar provided).
You can also go to the Faculty of Arts which is on Aškerčeva 2. There are computers on the left and right on the ground floor but there are more in the basement. They don't have a password. They also have coffee machines were you can get a coffee (kava) for 0.25c. (Nov 2010)