One of the largest national reserves in Europe, Triglav National Park in the north-west of Slovenia, is taking new steps towards sustainable mobility by creating new bus routes and increasing the frequency of existing links for the summer season.
With Mt Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak, at its centre, the country’s sole national park is a treasure trove for hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline seekers.
The organisation managing the park is working together with local communities towards sustainable tourism in the park and the Julian Alps biosphere reserve. To reduce car traffic, seasonal bus lines are organised by the local communities and co-funded by the organisation.
More than 30 public transport routes will be available this summer. To help visitors navigate the area, a bus schedule app will be released in July. Bus and train stations have been equipped with displays for schedules and other content that encourages sustainable mobility.
New this summer is an electric van that will take tourists in the Posočje region to the Mangart Saddle, Miro Kristan from the Posočje Development Centre told reporters on 9 June. In the off-season the van will be available to locals.
This summer the Posočje region will also have links across the Italian border with Cividale del Friuli and Tarvisio.
Last year 150,000 passengers made use of the public transport within the park. The lakeside resort Bohinj alone recorded 56,000 but the figures are expected to be exceeded this year.
Visitors might feel a stronger incentive to use public transport after price adjustments. The use of the tolled road to Voje, Vogar and Blato plateaus will now set visitors back €20 per day. Park & ride car parks will charge €5 per day, while most parking lots will be €3 per hour.
Kranjska Gora will again offer free bus links to the Vrata Valley, one of the main gateways to scale Mt Triglav, and has organised additional parking lots to accommodate that.
In the lakeside resort Bled, public transport is improving every year. “But we are still far from the point where sustainable mobility is more accessible and affordable than car travel,” said Tourism Bled director Blaž Veber.
Bled will offer additional buses to the Pokljuka Plateau but not to Radovljica, which serves as a connection to Kranj and Ljubljana, as a regular schedule cannot be guaranteed due to traffic. New this year will be a bus around Lake Bled.
Source : Sloveniatimes