The cruise port of Koper
Cruise ship pier location in Koper
Koper cruise port is located in a quite area in front of the historic city center. Your cruise ship will dock between the Marina and the industrial port Luka-Koper.
Sometimes shuttles are provided, but it is only 5-10 min pleasant walk (up the stairs) to the city center at Tito Square. Also little tourist train is available mostly when cruise ship is in town.
On port days you can find taxi’s near the docking area. A taxi to the center is not necessary as it’s on walking distance from your ship. A trip to the train station will take about 5-10 minutes and should not cost more than € 10-15 per taxi, one-way.
Cruise to Koper
During a cruise vacation to Slovenia, Trieste, Piran and Ljubljana are often on the program. You can visit these cities by bus or train. Piran is only 45 min away by bus (3.10 euro each way). Please check timetables in advance.
Trieste is about 1 hour away, also possible to visit by bus. Please check timetables in advance.
Ljubljana is a wonderful modern capital and located about 90 min away by bus or 2,5 hours by train. Please only take train option when you have enough time in port.
Koper Cruise terminal
The cruise terminal at the Port of Koper is at a nascent stage. When more then one cruise ship is docked can be crowded.
The cruising season in Koper runs from March till begin December.
Koper Cruise facts
Language in Koper
The language in Koper is Slovenian (also Italian is ofter spoken), but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Koper
The currency in Koper is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Koper
Opening times differ a lot around Slovenia, but generally are as follows:
- Monday to Saturday
- from 8.00h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions especially when cruise ships are in town
Landmarks and highlights in Koper
When on a cruise to Koper, a lot of people choose to visit Izola, Trieste, Piran and Ljubljana. But if you prefer to stay in the charming town of Koper, there are some small but interesting sites nearby. You can spend a couple of hours to half a day. There are a lot of pizzerias, small fish restaurants, and shops in the old town. Also there are 2 big shopping malls in the city - Park Center Koper and Tus Planet Koper. These are located outside the old town.
Cathedral of the Assumption
The cathedral in Romanesque and Gothic style with its 36m-tall belfry
36m-tall belfry with 204 climbable stairs
Kidričeva street with medieval houses and churches
Koper Regional Museum
Regional Museum of Koper from 17th-century
Palace from the 15th century in Venetian Gothic and Renaissance styles
Tito square - symbol of Venetian power
Getting around in Koper
It's very easy to reach the center of Koper from the cruise port by foot, it is only 5-10 min walk.
Koper cruise port is located in front of the historic center which is situated uphill. Leave the docking area and go to the left. Soon you will find steps up on your right side. Climb it and from here it’s easy to explore the rest of city center. The Tourist Office is located close to the Cathedral.
Getting back to your cruise ship in Koper cruise port
You can easily return to your ship, the same way you left it, either on foot, by shuttle bus or taxi. Just keep in mind to return in time and calculate at least the same time to get back to your ship as it took you to get away from it. A visit of Koper will take just a couple of hours.
Shore excursions around Koper
Koper offers a lot of possibilities. You can stay in Koper to explore the city and beach or go to the nearby Izola, Piran or Trieste.
You can easily go there by bus or taxi. Some cruise passengers opt for a day excursion to Ljubljana. You can go on your own by train or bus.
From the bus and train station in Koper you have good and frequent connections to these cities.
Train from Koper train station
Koper train station is located outside the historic city center about 1,5 kilometers walking from your cruise ship. If you walk there look for the brand new shopping mall Planet Tus. It’s just behind it. A faster way to there is by taxi.
Local bus from Koper
Koper main bus station is located next to Koper train station.
Weather in Koper
Koper has a sunny and warm Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature in Koper in summer is between 23°C and 30°C and in winter between 4°C and 8°C.
Local shore excursions in and around Koper
Most cruise ships dock between 06.00 am and 07.00 pm in Koper. Cruise passengers are allowed to go ashore as from 08.00 am and you have to be on board at least one hour before sailing off. In general you have about 10 hours time for excursions in and around Koper, but check the exact times with your cruise company.
Koper Tourist information
You can find a Tourist Office kiosk in Koper at this address: Verdijeva ulica 10, Koper 6000, Slovenia
It is located close to the Cathedral.