Welcome to Škocjan Caves, Slovenia.
Containing Europe's largest underground gorge, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Škocjan Caves are another must see in Slovenia.
While the caves at Postojna receive
most of the hype, the aficionados will tell you that the Škocjan caves are second to none.
The nearly six kilometers of natural bridges, underground lakes, waterfalls and gorges are superb and simply awesome! But it is the sheer size of its canyon that sets it apart from the rest. Come and see for yourself!
Contact us now to discuss the endless vacation possibilities and once again,
welcome to Škocjan!
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Why come to Škocjan?
The sheer size and reputation of the Škocjan Caves make for a great day out.
It is a popular stop for off cruise excursion tours and other public and private day tours.
The family will be amazed at the vastness of the underworld that cannot be imagined from above.
In addition, another section of the caves have been opened up as an extra attraction that you can add to your ticket. Around the caves, there are a number of excellent short hikes that take you to the actual village of Skocjan and beyond. At the ticket office you will also find a museum, souvenir shop and food and beverages.
Škocjan is waiting for you, come on down!
Where is Škocjan, how do I get there?
Škocjan Caves is located in south-western Slovenia in the famous Karst or Kras region.
Škocjan is not served directly by public transport so is ideally suited for those who have their own vehicle or for those who can arrange transport to Škocjan.
By Taxi/Transfer: To reach Škocjan from nearby locations including Trieste, Sezana, and Lipica, email us for a quote from any location.
By Car: From the main freeway linking Ljubljana with the Coast (A1), take the exit at Divaca and follow the signs.
By Train/Bus: Divaca can be reached by train\bus from Ljubljana or Koper. From the train/bus station in Divaca (same location), there is a map showing you the walking path to the caves. It takes about 35mins to an hour depending on how fast you walk the 3km.
Times and Admission Prices
Main Canyon Caves Tour
JAN - 1000, 1300, 1500*
FEB - 1000, 1300, 1500*
MAR - 1000, 1300, 1500*
APR - 1000, 1200, 1300, 1530
MAY - 1000, 1200, 1300, 1530
JUN - 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700
JUL - 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700
AUG - 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700
SEP - 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700
OCT - 1000, 1200, 1300, 1530
NOV - 1000, 1300, 1500*
DEC - 1000, 1300, 1500*
* 1500 tour in JAN, FEB, MAR, NOV, DEC is only on weekends
Combined ticket with Big Valley/Small Valley trail
Main caves tour takes 1.5hours walking about 3kms.
Follow The Reka River (Big Valley/Small Valley)
APR - 1100, 1400
MAY - 1100, 1400
JUN - 1000-1500
JUL - 1000-1500
AUG - 1000-1500
SEP - 1000-1500
OCT - 1100, 1400
Combined ticket with Main Skocjan Canyon
Guided Tour on Educational Trail
(when booked prior - min 12 people)
If walking unguided, the trail is free.
Hotel Accommodation around Skocjan Caves
Let Andreja and her family welcome you to the Karst region by staying at the magnificent Malovec Hotel.
The rooms are modern and very comfortable plus the restaurant has a brilliant menu and a fabulous chef. Ample parking means you can park and relax at the Malovec. Singles, couples and families welcome.
Book via our link here:
20 Rooms (2 singles, 14 doubles, 4 family)
All rooms have air conditioning
Public Computer with Internet
Free Parking and use of Wi-Fi
Hostel Ociski Raj
If you're on a budget but wanting to visit the Skocjan Caves and surrounding area then the Ociski Raj is for you!
Jana and the family welcome you with bright colours and clean rooms. Breakfast is a treat and there is plenty to do in the area
5 Rooms (1 double, 1 with 4 beds, 2 with 6 beds, 1 with 8 bed)
Laundry and Wifi Available.
Rates include filling breakfast
Free Parking and use of Wi-Fi
Book by contacting Hostel Ociski Raj direct and mention Sloveniaforyou when booking: HOSTEL OCISKI RAJ
What's there to do at Skocjan?
Skocjan Caves Tour
The main attraction is the main cave and canyon and what a canyon it is!
Buy your tickets at the main ticket office and then wait in the courtyard for your tour guide to arrive at the allotted time.
Whilst waiting for your tour time, you can follow the marked walking path past the ticket office for amazing views of the gorge above the village of Škocjan. Well worth the extra effort for some great photos. This is part of the Skocjan Educational Trail, see more below.
As you begin your tour, you are led 500 metres to the entrance where the doors are unlocked to let you inside for the 2.3 kilometre trek.
The first gallery, carved out by the Reka River is the stalactite dripping Silent Cave. The cave is dimly lit but that's because you simply cannot light a cavern of this size! Next is the Great Hall which contains the impressive stalagmites called the "Giant" and the instrumentally inspired "Organ". Then it's on to the Murmuring Cave, and it's here where you will see Europe's largest gorge at over 300 meters long and 110 meters wide from the Cerkvenik Bridge that hangs 50 meters above the river. Carry on to Bowls Hall with its bizarre limestone shapes caused by the swirling waters. You can appreciate the size of Skocjan by looking over the side of the into the vast abyss below! The trail hugs the wall of the cave as you stare over your right to the vastness of this geological gem. From here we near the end through Schmidt Hall and the Velika Dolina. At the end you have the chance to take the funicular to the surface or there are stairs (lots of them!) also.
-The tours last approximately one and a half hours.
-The caves have a constant temperature of about 12 degrees celcius, so remember to bring a jacket or sweater.
-The path inside the cave can get slippery, so be sure to wear good walking shoes.
Follow The Reka River (Big and Small Valley)
Two additional caves (Mahoricic Cave, Marinic Cave) within the Mala Dolina are now open to delight tourists.
You can walk this path on your own or with a guide. You enter the cave below the village of Škocjan where natural light penetrates through numerous openings and the water gushes under the path. After exiting the Mala Dolina where the Reka River spills into a lake with a high waterfall, you can also explore the Velika Dolina and Tominc Cave (Tominceva jama), known for its many archaeological finds. You are able to buy a separate ticket for this new part of the cave system, or combine it with the main cave on the same ticket.
Skocjan Educational Trail
The 2km trail takes about an hour but can take longer of course if you stop to admire the views along the way. A guide is available
from the ticket office or just follow the signs yourself.
You will be an expert on the phenomenon that is the Karst by reading the many information boards along the way. Look down to steep ravines and the disappearing Reka River. Also delight in the Karst fauna and flora. Birdwatching is also excellent along the path.
Walk through the charming small village of Betanja and see some traditional old Karst homesteads before reaching Skocjan itself. The village has a few sights to keep you entertained like the Church, Cemetery and the Museum of Cave Exploration in the area (fee).
Finally we reach the village of Motovun before ending up back at the Ticket Office. This is a great addition to visiting the caves so don't be in a hurry to drive off!
If you're staying at the Hotel Malovec, there are some great walking trails around Divaca. The village of Lokev is not far to the south and Divaca Cave is also worth a diversion along the way. Divaca is also a great starting point for the cycle\hiking route that heads up towards Razdrto and back around again via Senozece Vemski Britof and Rodik before heading north to Skocjan again and Divaca. The Karst terrain is quite fascinating and well worth a few days touring.