Getting there & away
From Nova Gorica you can expect buses every two hours or so to Ljubljana (€9.60, 2½ hours, 106km), Postojna (€6.20, 1½ hours, 58km) and Tolmin (€4.50, one hour, 39km). Other destinations include Bovec (€7, two hours, 72km, three a day), Idrija (€6.20, 1½ hours, 60km, one or two) via Tolmin or Ajdovščina, Koper (€7.60, two hours, 84km, one daily in July and August) and Piran (€9, 2¼ hours, 97km, one daily at 7am). Daily in July and August and at the weekend in June and September, a bus crosses over the spectacular Vršič Pass to Kranjska Gora (€10.50, three hours, 118km).
About a half-dozen trains head northeast each day for Jesenice (€5.35, 2¼ hours, 89km) via Most na Soči, Bohinjska Bistrica (€4.50, 1¼ hours, 61km) and Bled Jezero (€5, 1¾ hours, 79km) on what is arguably the country’s most beautiful train trip. In the other direction, an equal number of trains go to Sežana (€2.65, one hour, 40km), where you can change for Ljubljana or Trieste in Italy.
Nova Gorica is linked to Ajdovščina (€1.85, 40 minutes, 26km) to the southeast by two trains a day (at 5.36am and 2.25pm) on weekdays only from September to late June.