Portorož and Piran, Slovenia 

Welcome to Portorož and Piran, Slovenia! Located between Italy and Croatia, we are where the Alps meet the Adriatic, and the forests meet the sea. Our rich history is visible in the Slovenian, Italian and Austrian influences that shaped our architecture and culture. Our unique natural landscapes provide countless outdoor activities and adventures. 

Here on the coast, September is the most beautiful month of the year. As summer relaxes into autumn, our sunny weather stays warm enough to visit the beach or take an active break in nature. 

Slovenians live sustainably and promote green values. We were recognized for this in 2021, when Slovenia was both elected as the European Region of Gastronomy and awarded best holiday destination by Condé Nast Traveller.

We can’t wait to share our country’s charm, hospitality and beauty with you and your family during Woodrise 2022.

How do I get there? 

Portorož, Slovenia, is located at the heart of Europe, within a 500 km driving radius of Rome, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Sarajevo. It is easily accessible and served by excellent connections via air with shuttle, car, bus, train or boat.  


Airport shuttle 

The easiest way to travel to Portorož from the airport is to take a shuttle service like GoOpti transport. Reservation for transfer can be made directly to your hotel. Prices are lower if the shuttle is booked in advance (1-2 months).


You can also rent a car at the airport and drive yourself. This may be an attractive option if you plan to explore the region on your own.  


You can travel by bus to the Koper (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy), or Ljubljana (Slovenia) central bus stations, where you can then take a bus transfer, public transportation, or taxi to Portorož.  


You can travel by train from most European countries via connection to Koper (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy) or Ljubljana (Slovenia). From these locations, you need a bus transfer or other transport to reach Portorož.


Boat transfer via catamaran is possible from Venice, Italy, to Piran, Slovenia. 

Do I need a visa to visit? 


DISCLAIMER: The information on this web page was obtained from official sources in May 2022 and has been made available for the convenience of Woodrise 2022 participants. Conference organizers do not accept any responsibility for the correctness of this information. It is strongly recommended that conference participants consult the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website and the nearest representation abroad well in advance of their trip to obtain official information on traveling to Slovenia.   

The entire process of determining visa requirements is the sole responsibility of each individual traveler. 

Who needs a visa to visit Slovenia? 

Slovenia is a member of the European Union, and visas are not necessary for most visitors. Citizens of the EU and most neighboring countries can travel to Slovenia with their official, government-issued passport or ID card. 

Citizens of the USA can enter the Schengen area (including Slovenia) for a maximum stay of 90 days within 180 days without a visa. Countries request only a biometric passport that is valid for at least three months after the last intended date of departure. 

Certain nationals (see here) must hold a valid visa, in addition to a valid government-issued travel document (passport or other ID), to enter Slovenia. If in doubt, please check visa requirements for your country on the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs web page. 

How to apply for a visa?  

Visa applicants should apply in person at a diplomatic mission or consular post or through an external service provider. Personal submission of the application enables diplomatic mission or consular staff to form a first impression about the contents of the application and ask the applicant some questions about the purpose of travel and provided documents. Upon submitting the application, the applicants should give all ten fingerprints. 

How long does it take to issue a visa? 

In principle, a visa application should be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit and cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit. 

An application lodged less than 15 calendar days before the intended departure may be accepted, but applicants should be informed that the processing time may be up to 15 calendar days. If the applicant insists on making the application, he or she should be informed that the final decision might be taken after the intended date of departure. 

Be sure to apply for a visa early so you can arrive at Woodrise 2022 in good time. 

Guarantee letter  

Slovenian authorities may request invitation letters and/or a guarantee letter from Woodrise 2022 participants. You will be able to obtain such a letter once you complete the registration process and pay the registration fee in full. We remind all participants that this letter is individual and is not meant to replace standard visa and immigration procedures. Visa requests remain the sole responsibility of each individual traveler. 

Travel tips 


Slovene is the official language of Slovenia. Italian is also an official language in the coastal Slovenian municipalities (Portorož and Piran, Izola, Koper). English is understood and spoken by many Slovenes throughout the country, especially in airports, hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related locations.


UTC/GMT +1 hour (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time)


Portorož has a Mediterranean climate. September is warm with air temperatures averaging 25–30 °C (77–86 °F) and sea temperatures averaging 20–25 °C (68–77 °F).


Slovenia’s official currency is the euro (€). Currency exchanges can be made at banks, exchange offices or tourist offices. Credit cards are widely accepted. ATM machines are located almost everywhere.


In Slovenia, 230V supply voltage with 50Hz is standard. Two-prong Southern European adapter plugs (i.e., Type C) are recommended.

Phones and Wi-Fi

Slovenia’s international direct calling code is +386. Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and often free. Mobile phone companies sell prepaid SIM cards for phone calls and internet access.


Dial 112 for emergency services (health, medical, fire, rescue).

Dial 113 for police emergencies.


Woodrise 2022 and its organizers are not responsible for the insurance of participants against personal injury, sickness, theft or property damage incurred during the conference or tours. You are encouraged to obtain sufficient travel and health insurance before leaving home.


Slovenia is a healthy and active country. Tap water is safe to drink. If you need medical assistance, visit the Tourist Clinic Lucija in Portorož. An emergency room and central hospital is in the nearby city of Izola. Dial 112 for an emergency.  


Slovenia is a safe country. However, use common sense and maintain personal safety by being aware of your surroundings, taking proper precautions, securing your valuables and reporting incidents to the police.


 Tips are not required, but they are welcome and appropriate for good service


You can drink tap water in Slovenia. It is pristine. However, drinking water quality varies as there are over a thousand water supply systems in the country. Water in towns can be of higher quality than water in the countryside. Many Slovenian drinking waters are hard (i.e., contain a high content of harmless limescale) but safe to drink. 

Business hours 

Banks: Monday to Friday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM 

Offices: Monday to Friday, 8 AM – 4 PM or 9 AM – 5 PM 

Stores: Monday to Friday, 9 AM – 7 PM; Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM; Sundays – closed 

Malls: Monday to Saturday, 8 AM – 9 PM; Sundays – closed 

Groceries: Monday to Saturday, 8 AM – 9 PM; Sundays – closed 

Restaurants and movie theatres: 11 PM