If you are a tourist in Ljubljana or simply living in the capital, wi-fi access can be very important to find your way around, work, or entertain yourself. Ljubljana is a relatively small capital; however, they care a lot about everyone having access to free wi-fi.
There is public free wi-fi in Ljubljana. It is called WiFree Ljubljana, and it is accessible for 60 minutes every day, almost everywhere in the city. However, if you want to work for a while, my advice would be to use private free wi-fi in bars, cafes, and restaurants. Wi-fi’s speed and efficiency will be better.
Nowadays, people truly became digital nomads, and even when we are traveling, we need to access the Internet for work or research. This is why Ljubljana put so much effort into an easily accessible free wireless Internet for everyone with a smartphone or a computer. Let’s take a look at how to connect to WiFree Ljubljana and the other possibilities to access the Internet in the city.
WiFree Ljubljana: Where and How to Access
Getting free wi-fi in Ljubljana is very easy. The city’s wireless wi-fi is WiFree Ljubljana. You will get access to it almost everywhere in the capital, especially in the city center. WiFree Ljubljana is accessible on all devices when you check the different wi-fi hotspots.
Once you activated the WiFree Ljubljana, you get access to 60 minutes (one hour) of free connection to the Internet. After the end of those 60 minutes, you can pay a few euros to use it for more time. Every day, you get 60 new free minutes of Internet connection.
Here is how to connect to WiFree Ljubljana:
- Select the WiFree Ljubljana wireless network;
- Open your browser and visit the WiFree Ljubljana website at www.wifreeljubljana.si;
- Enter the number of the mobile phone to which you want your WiFree Ljubljana access code to be sent;
- You will receive a text message with your access code;
- Enter your access code in the appropriate box on the WiFree Ljubljana website;
- You can use the WiFree Ljubljana network for up to 60 minutes.
It is extremely easy to connect to the WiFree Ljubljana; you will almost never have any issue while connecting. However, sometimes the wi-fi can be a bit slow, depending on where you are in the city and how many people are using it at the same time.
Once you are connected to Ljubljana’s public and free wi-fi, you can hang out and visit the city with no worries at all. If you need to look a place up or find directions, you can use the Internet, whether you are in Tivoli, at the top of the Castle’s tower, or walking alongside the banks of the lovely river Ljubljanica.
Get the Ljubljana Card
If you are a tourist in Ljubljana and you do not have wi-fi where you are staying or need it when you are visiting the city, you can buy a Ljubljana Tourist Card. It is a handy card with an excellent quality-price ratio.
With the Ljubljana Card, you will get many opportunities, including 24 hours of free wi-fi, as well as free admission to more than 20 attractions, free travel on public transport, free guided city tour, free funicular ride to the castle, free tourist boat cruise on Ljubljanica river, and free 4-hour bicycle hire.
You will get a password with your card to enter on the WiFree Ljubljana website when to begin your 24 hours of free connection.
If you do not want to purchase the Ljubljana Card, which costs about 31,00 € for 24 hours, 39,00 € for 48 hours, and 45,00 € for 72 hours, then you can buy hours of the Internet directly.
For this, you can go to the WiFree Ljubljana website. There, you will get the opportunity to buy 24-hour access for about 4,00 €, 7-day access for 10,00 €, and 30-day access for 30,00 €.
The only issue is that the WiFree Ljubljana wi-fi access is not always 100% trustworthy. It can sometimes -even often- fail you. If you need to access a good wi-fi, to work, for example, I would recommend going to a bar or a cafe.
Free wi-fi in Bars and Cafes
In Ljubljana, especially in the city center, there are bars and cafes everywhere, and you will always see people drinking tea or an excellent coffee no matter the time of the day. Most of these cafes, pubs, restaurants, and bars give you access to free wi-fi if you are a consumer.
Most of the time, the password is written somewhere visible inside the restaurant. However, if you are having a hard time finding the Internet password, you can ask a waiter, and they will help you connect.
Many Slovenians enjoy working in bars and cafes during the day, and you will never get chased if you stay a long time, so do not worry about spending hours at the same place checking your emails or watching the latest episode of your favorite TV show.
Most hotels also offer Internet access to their clients, so do not worry about staying Internet-less when being at the hotel.
Where to Enjoy Your wi-fi in Ljubljana
There are many cafes and bars in Ljubljana that are ideal for working if you are some sort of digital nomad. Many of them are located in the city center, which is perfect if you have to balance work and tourism during your day.
Some of the best cafes and bars I would recommend to work or just get access to free wi-fi in a charming atmosphere are, for example, Cin Cin, where you can sit on top of a mezzanine, overlooking the bar with an underground ambiance.
Another place I would recommend is Kavarna Sem, in the Ethnographic Museum of Ljubljana. This cafe is charming and a great place to stay and relax after visiting all the museums around.
You can also head to Pritlicje, an LGBT-friendly bar in the city center, right next to the town hall. This bar is always packed with interesting people, and you will have no issue finding a place to work with a plug for your laptop or your phone.
We could also mention Kavarna Rog, close to the Rog Cultural Center. There, you will find a garden and plenty of delicious dishes to try while using wi-fi.
You can also enjoy staying at Tozd, one of the cafes with the best coffee in the city. When the terraces are closed because the weather is deteriorating, Tozd is the perfect place to stay and feel like a bookworm in a friendly and warm atmosphere.
Do You Need an Electrical Adaptor in Slovenia?
If you have decided to work or study in a Ljubljana cafe, or simply if you are staying in Ljubljana, you have to know if you need an electrical adaptor.
Ljubljana, and Slovenia, use type F sockets, which are the ones with two holes. They are also known as Schuko sockets. If you have a plug of type F, you will not need an electrical adaptor. If you have a plug of type C and E either because they work with this socket type.
In Slovenia, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Here is the complete list of countries that use a type F plug:
- American Samoa
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cape Verde
- Faroe Islands
- Republic of Korea
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
- Netherlands Antilles
- New Caledonia
- Saint Martin
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
The type C plug is used in Europe, except the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, and Malta. The type E plug is used in France, Belgium, Slovakia, and Tunisia, among others. If out of all of these countries, yours is not listed, then you probably will need an electrical adaptor.
For example, you will need an adaptor if you come from the United States because the country uses plugs of types A and B.
Wi-Fi Accessible Everywhere
If you need wi-fi urgently, you can connect to WiFree Ljubljana for your 60 daily minutes of free Internet. After this hour, if you have not paid for a Ljubljana Card, do not want to pay for wifi, and have a bit of 4G left on your smartphone, you can take a look at a Hotspot Map of Ljubljana, easily accessible on the Internet. There, you will find all the places where you can connect to a wi-fi hotspot for free, including many cafes, bars, and restaurants.