Skocjan Caves Tours

Formed by the Reka River, which still flows through this underground canyon, the Škocjan cave system is a 4-mile (6-kilometer) network of interconnected caves and one of Slovenia’s most impressive natural attractions. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes cavernous chambers, pools, sinkholes, and jumbo-size stalactites and stalagmites.

The Basics
Visitors can explore the Škocjan cave system during various guided tours. Lasting 1.5–2 hours, the Through the Underground Canyon tour includes access to many of the dramatic subterranean landscapes, such as the Silent Cave, a dry canyon replete with stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones; and Cerkvenik Bridge, which is suspended about 160 feet (50 meters) above the Reka River. Between April and October, it’s possible to take the Following the Reka River Underground guided tour, which follows the river path. 

Visitors can prebook tour tickets for the caves and make their own way to the site. Alternatively, visit as part of a half-day or full-day tour from Ljubljana, Koper, Rovinj, or Trieste in Italy. These longer tours typically combine a cave visit with other Slovenian attractions, such as Lipica Stud Farm or the seaside town of Piran. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Find a restaurant and souvenir shop on-site. 
  • The temperature in the caves is a cool 53°F (12°C) year-round, so bring an extra layer or two. 
  • Sturdy walking shoes are a must, as paths can be slippery.
How to Get There
Škocjan Caves are situated about 28 miles (77 kilometers) southwest of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, and about 16 miles (26 kilometers) east of Trieste in northern Italy. Take the train from Ljubljana to Divača station. Shuttle buses run from the station to the caves.

When to Get There 
Tours through the caves run year-round but are more frequent during the busy summer months (June–September). The caves are quieter in winter and the water levels of the Reka River are often higher, meaning the roar of the current can be louder. 

The Škocjan Educational Trail
If, after seeing the caves, you want to further explore Škocjan Caves Regional Park, follow the self-guided Škocjan Educational Trail. This circular 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) walking route begins at the park’s visitor center, where you can see models of the underground canyon and exhibits explaining the unique karst landscape. The route leads past various geological features, including sinkholes, and through the villages of Betajna and Škocjan.
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Address: Škocjan 2, Divača 6215, Slovenia
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Skocjan Caves Entrance Ticket

Go underground in Slovenia and explore the Skocjan Caves. Your entry ticket includes a guide, who will lead you through the underground lakes and caves that make up the Regional Park. There are various start times for the tour and you can select the one that works best with your schedule.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Skocjan Caves and Piran Private Day Trip from Ljubljana

Experience a day in Slovenia you’ll never forget with this private full-day tour of the Skocjan Caves and Piran from Ljubljana. Your expert local guide will pick you up from your total and take you to the world-famous Skocjan caves, which are UNESCO-listed and form the base of the Reka river. You’ll spend two hours wandering through the caves with a professional guide before continuing on to the seaside town of Piran, the oldest seaport in the country. Wander through the town’s narrow streets and enjoy a cup of cappuccino. You’ll make a short stop in Portorož before returning to Ljubljana.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Lipica Stud Farm and Skocjan Caves Half Day Trip from Ljubljana

Combine two popular day trip destinations into one tour on this full-day excursion from Ljubljana. First, venture underground to discover the natural wonders of Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest of its kind in Europe. Next, visit the renowned Lipica Stud Farm, famous for its beautiful white Lipizzaner horses, and enjoy a guided tour of the stud farm.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Slovenian Coast and Karst Region Day Trip from Ljubljana

Visit Slovenia’s iconic attractions during a small-group guided day trip, departing from central Ljubljana. Slovenia’s abundance of beauty is seen from capital to coast. On this voyage you will cruise to the karst region to admire the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then head to Lipica and observe the elegance of Slovenia’s Lipizzaner horses. Stop in the medieval coastal village, Piran, known for tasty local seafood specialties and stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. This tour is limited to eight people to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Lipica Stud Farm and Skocjan Caves Day Trip from Trieste

With influences from across Europe and beautiful countryside to explore, the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a melting pot of rich culture and natural attractions. On this tour, see traditional Lipizzan horses at the Lipica Stud Farm and visit the UNESCO–listed Škocjan Caves in neighboring Slovenia. Delve into north eastern Italy’s historic traditions and beautiful landscapes, with round-trip travel from Trieste included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Lipica Stud Farm and Skocjan Caves Day Trip from Koper

Spend a day exploring Slovenia during this 6-hour tour to a Lipica Stud Farm and the Skocjan Caves from Koper. Your friendly local guide will usher you around the picturesque Lipica region for gorgeous aerial views and fantastic natural attractions. You’ll visit the historic Lipica Stud Farm, origin of the Lipizzan horse, where you can tour the Lipikum Museum and spend time with the horses. Next you’ll head to the natural Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO-listed underground cave system full of giant stalactites, water rapids, and lakes. Wander through an underground canyon and tour the open-air Škocjan Caves Regional Park at the end of the tour.
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Excursion to Lipica Stud Farm and Skocjan Caves from Ljubljana

Visit two of Slovenia’s most fascinating sights with a day trip to the Lipica Stud Farm and Skocjan Caves from Lljubljana. With this tour, you’ll travel to one of the oldest stud farms in the world and learn about the origins of the mystical, white Lipizzan horse as you walk through the stables and grounds of this gorgeous old-time farm. Then, you’ll visit the Škocjan Caves to explore the largest underground river canyon in the world.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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