Zaka Car Park in Bled just got a hell of a lot more expensive
Lake Bled in Slovenia is beautiful at any time of the year, and one of the best parts is on the western side next to Zaka Campsite. But if you’re not staying at the campsite and just want to visit for the day, either to swim in the lake at the beach or hike up to Mala Osojnica, then your only choice for parking is at the small car park beside the campsite.
Until this year the price for this was 5 euro for all day (low season) and 10 euro all day (high season), or 5 euro if you arrived after 4pm. Not so great if you planned to stay for one hour, but in most cases people would stay longer.
Zaka parking is now 3 euro per hour
But, this year it has all changed. They now have barriers at the entrance and the charge is a whopping 3 euro per hour. We stopped here the other day just to hike up to Mala Osojnica. It took us just over 2 hours, but of course because we went just 10 minutes into the 3rd hour it was charged at the full 3 euros.
Sadly there aren’t many on this side of the lake. The best option is to drive up the hill a bit and park at the Bled Jezero train station, which is 5 euros per day in season, and free out of season. However, it also gets very packed in summer, but is worth a go. It’s about a ten minute walk back down to the lakeside.
There’s parking at the rowing club at Mala Zaka, but it’s also charged per hour. Last time I was there it was 2 euros per hour.
On the eastern side
Otherwise you’ll have to park on the eastern side of the lake and either walk around, or take the tourist train.
The best place is on Preserenova Cesta 23, which currently charges 1.8 euros per hour or 7 euros all day. More details here:
Park and ride?
There is a talk of a new park and ride system, but no details as of yet. As soon as I get some I’ll update this page.
Beautiful views from Mala Osojnica and Ojstrica
It is a shame that this car park has become so expensive because it was a great place to park for a hike up to Mala Osojnica and Ojstrica, especially early in the morning out of season.