Crossing Slovenia

Frankfurt to Ljubljana by train

How to take the wonderful rail journey from Frankfurt (Main) to Ljubljana

Thanks to this direct service it's a simple, and lovely, journey by train from central Germany to beautiful Slovenia.



From Frankfurt Main Hbf to Ljubljana

Journey Summary

Travel Information

Final Destination: Zagreb

This train also calls at: Jesenice, and Lesce-Bled (for Lake Bled)

1 x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct journey.

Look for the train that usually departs Frankfurt Main Hbf at around 08:20; though due to the length of this route, this train can be particularly susceptible to having its schedule altered due to works on the line.

Seats will be assigned when making a booking as reservations are compulsory on this train, once it has crossed the border from Austria into Slovenia.
Therefore rail pass users need to make reservations for this train prior to boarding

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €54.90

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

On this journey

Journey Features

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Good to Know

The part of the train heading for Ljubljana, which will have a final destination of Zagreb, will be joined to another part of the train which will be heading to Klagenfurt.
The train separates into two parts when it arrives at Villach.

On the info screens at Frankfurt (Main) you may only see Klagenfurt, but this will be your train, confirm by checking the train number on your ticket.

So when boarding check that you will be in the part of the train heading to Ljubljana.

Don't be overly concerned about this, the conductor will verify that you're sat in the correct part of the train when they inspect your ticket.

Journey description:

This is a stunning journey, but the best of the views, particularly after Bad Gastein, are from the right of the train, when facing the direction of travel.

This can be a journey where travelling 1st class can pay off, as you'll have more freedom to move from one side of the train to the other, to make the most of the trip.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Munchen and from Villach.

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