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Bicycle Touring

Vršič Pass

Bicycle Touring · Upper Carniola
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  • Razor and Prisojnik from Jasna lake, near Kranjska Gora
    / Razor and Prisojnik from Jasna lake, near Kranjska Gora
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  • / The view from Vršič pass towards Špik and Škrlatica group
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  • / Razor and Planja from the road Vršič - Trenta
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  • / The small church in Trenta
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  • / The beautiful Soča river in its upper part
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  • / Soča pond
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  • / Riding towards Bovec - Svinjak
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  • / Morning on the banks of Soča
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  • / The Otona pond on Soča
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Vršič, 1611 m, is the most beautiful road pass in Julian Alps. Biking over it is one of the most prestigeous tours in the area. This tour proposes to ride from Jesenice to Most na Soši, from where you can return by train.
Distance 111.8 km
11:34 h
1,474 m
1,878 m
1,618 m
153 m
One of the most beautiful biking tours in Slovenian mountains. The scenery over Vršič pass is wonderful. From Kranjska Gora to the pass the ascent is steep and difficult, then it goes mostly down. In the valley of Trenta/Soča there are many wonderful places to visit. So, consider spending for this tour two days, even if you would be able to do it in one day!

Author’s recommendation

Here is the list of top sights and places worth of visiting. You may not be able to visit them all, so consider returning! And, as said, consider sleeping in the upper valley of Soča, so, spending for the tour 2 days.

- Mojstrana. Mountain museum of Slovenia Mountaineering Organisation.

- Martuljek. Stupenduous view on Špik mountain and its neighbours.

- Kranjska Gora. Lively tourist resort, Jasna lake.

- Russian church. memorial church to Russian soldiers, just near the road on Vršič pass.

- Vršič pass. Excellent views all around. Very panoramic road on both sides.

- Julius Kugy monument. Just by the main road, before reaching down to Soča river.

- Mlinarica gorge. Some 20 min walk into the wonderful gorge below Kugy's monument.

- Alpinetum Juliana, Pri cerkvi (By the church) hamlet. Botanic garden and legendary hamlet.

- Na Logu. Šoča river exhibition.

- Soča village. World War I cemetery, further down the road wonderful gorges of Soča.

- Ravelnik. Open air museum (World War I posts), big cemetery.

- Bovec. Lively tourist resort.

- Boka waterfall. The strongest waterfall in Slovenia, more than 100 m high.

- Soča ponds. On many places you can descend down to the river. Otona pond is very nice.

- Napoleon bridge near Kobarid. The view on Soča again.

- Most na Soči. Nice lake and town.

Highest point
Vršič Pass, 1,618 m
Lowest point
Most na Soči, 153 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Be careful on the tour, a big part of it goes by the main road!

Tips and hints

Check carefully the train schedules. On Sundays, for example the train leaves Nova Gorica at 17:20, so make sure that you are in Most na Soči some time at 17:30.


Railway station Jesenice (577 m)
46.436640, 14.054530
46°26'11.9"N 14°03'16.3"E
33T 427368 5142997


Railway station Most na Soči

Turn-by-turn directions

From Jesenice train station you can go on the biking track, but as it goes quite up and down, you can perhaps better take the main road and go on the bike track on the bridge before Mojstrana. Then you follow it (as on the map) till Kranjska gora, where you turn left.

The ascent on Vršič pass goes all the time by the main road. Depending on time of the day and season, it may be quite busy.

From Vršič pass you descend by the main road to Trenta. Just before the village Na Logu, there's another small, quite gentle ascent, then it goes down again. You pass the village of Soča, then just before Bovec you need to descend to Koritnica river and after crossing it, you have to climb up in Bovec town again.

From Bovec it goes along Soča by the main road gently down. You pass Žaga, Srpenica, Trnovo and with a few smaller ups and downs get into Kobarid town. You can explore it, but otherwise it's recommended that just before the town you turn sharp left, cross the Soča river, and continue riding by its left bank. That local road is much less busy and the landscape is nicer.

After passing several villages, you reach the Tolmin town. You cross it in the same direction (SE), following the Soča river, and then ride along the nice, emerald blue artificial lake till Most na Soči. There you turn left, into the side valley, because the train station is there, on the southern bank of Idrijca river.


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46.436640, 14.054530
46°26'11.9"N 14°03'16.3"E
33T 427368 5142997
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Any quality bike to overcome big distance and ascend the steep road pass is suitable. A good mountain bike (with good gears) can do it as well.

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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11:34 h
1,474 m
1,878 m
Highest point
1,618 m
Lowest point
153 m
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