This journey through the Julian Alps is one of eastern Europe’s finest railway journeys. Known as the Bohinj Railway or Transalpina, the line between Jesenice and Sezana was likened to the feat of building the Suez Canal when it opened in 1906, on account of the engineering challenges in building its numerous tunnels, viaducts and bridges.
It skirts a mountainous national park, passes the famous resort of Lake Bled with its island chapel, and crosses the wild stony Kras plateau. Attractive towns and villages surround the stations, many of them built from local limestone. The line frequently crosses rivers such as the emerald-green Soca, sometimes on spectacular bridges, including the world’s longest span for an all-masonry structure, the 85m of the Solkan Bridge.
From Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, electric trains reach Jesenice at the northern end of the Bohinj Railway and Sezana at the southern end. The Bohinj Railway is operated by diesel railcars, but there is also the option of taking a summer steam-hauled excursion over part of the line between Gorizia and Bled.
Distinctive features of the railway are the 6,339 metre-long Bohinj Tunnel under the 1,498 metre-tall Kobla Mountain, and the Solkan Bridge with its 85 metre wide arch over the Soča River.
Expected departures in 2012
May 12 and 26, June 2, 16, 23 and 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, September 8, 15, 22 and 29, October 13 and 27, November 10.
Nova Gorica – 8.45
Most na Soči – 9.23
Bled – 11.05
Bled – 17.30
Most na Soči – 18.51
Nova Gorica – 19.35
– departure from Nova Gorica: 83,00 EUR
The price includes:
– ride by the Oldtimer train (section Nova Gorica – Bled – Nova Gorica with a steam engine.
– transfer by bus at Bled
– entrance at Bled castle
– lunch at restaurant (a glass of wine, table water, juice for children)
– accompanying guide
Children 0 – 5 years: GRATIS (lunch not included)
Children 6 – 11 years: 30,00 EUR
Children 12 – 16 years: 40,00 EUR