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Getting there & away

From the bus station buses head for Koper (€2.60, 30 minutes, 18km) via Izola every 20 to 40 minutes. Other destinations that can be reached from here include Ljubljana (€11.70, 2½ to three hours, 140km, eight daily) via Divača and Postojna, and Nova Gorica (€9, 2¼ hours, 97km, one at 2.20pm Monday to Friday year-round and another at 4.50pm daily in July and August) and Sečovlje (€1.70, 15 minutes, 9.5km, eight a day).

Some five buses go to Trieste (€4.60, 1¾ hours, 36km) in Italy on weekdays only, and there is a daily departure for the Croatian capital Zagreb (€23, six hours, 259km) at 4.25am. One bus a day heads south for Croatian Istria from June to September, leaving at 4.25pm and stopping at the coastal towns of Umag, Poreč and Rovinj (€7, two hours, 74km).

From Tartinijev trg, I&I minibuses (€1) shuttle to Portorož and the camping grounds at Lucija (minibus 1) every half-hour from 5.30am to 10.45pm (11.45pm on Friday and Saturday) continuously year-round.

Piran and Izola despatch catamarans to Venice at least once a week.