Trieste to Piran Ferry is a seasonal ferry route (in operation June – September) and sailing 4-6 times per week. The ferry crosses a very short distance (21 km /11.4 nautical miles) across the Gulf of Trieste in the northern part of the Adriatic sea. The journey lasts just 40 minutes. The route is run by Liberty Lines, the Italian ferry company. This foot-passenger fast ferry crossing links Trieste in Italy with Piran, a small town at the Croatian & Slovenian border, on the Istrian peninsula. Here are the schedules, bookings, and ticket prices.
Schedules and timetables
|Departs Trieste||4-6 times per week||morning & afternoon|
|– Arrives in Piran||40 minutes later**||morning & evening|
How long is the ferry ride from Trieste to Piran? The journey usually lasts 40 minutes to up to 3 hours (depending on the route). The current timetable includes morning & afternoon departures up to 6 times per week.
Trieste to Piran Passenger Ferry
There is just one fast ferry serving the passenger ferry route from Trieste to Piran. Run by the Italian ferry company Liberty Lines, the shortest journey time of about 40 minutes. This ferry does not take cars. They take just foot passengers, luggage, bikes, and pets. The last passenger ferry departure from Trieste is @ 5:30 pm on Wednesdays, from June to September.
How much does the Trieste to Piran ferry cost? Here is a table with current ticket prices:
|Trieste to Piran (one-way, adult single ticket)|
|Deck (Foot) Passengers||from €9 euros (from €14 euros adult return)|
|Bicycles||from €3 euros|
|Pets (Dog, Cat, Bird)||Free*|
Boarding passenger ferry
Get to the Molo 4 ferry terminal in Trieste at least 60 minutes prior to departure. As this ferry is crossing the border between Italy and Slovenia, have your travel documents ready for identification, customs, and passport control at the boarding point. At the boarding point, you may get a boarding card (or just show your emailed ticket) and after that, proceed to passport control. Once on board, leave your larger luggage in provided racks and take your seat in the lounge.
Latest ferry from Trieste to Piran
The latest ferry to reach Piran from Trieste is at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays.
Notes (Important to know)
- How to get from Trieste to Piran? You can get there by passenger fast ferry or alternatively, by bus. It is only a 35 km distance and the bus ride is for 30 minutes.
- There are no car ferries serving this route.
- Bicycles are not traveling for free but it is very cheap to carry bikes on this route
- No Pets surcharges
- Return tickets are cheaper than two one-way options (check above)
- It is advisable to book your ticket in advance for July & August departures
- In case of bad weather and cancellation: If your ferry was canceled due to bad weather, you will be offered an alternative departure date.
- check some tips on what to wear on the ferry
Onboard Facilities, Luggage & Food & Drink
The ferries that serve this route are HSC ferries – high-speed hydrofoils or catamarans, comfortable & air-conditioned. You are allowed two pieces of luggage with the extra charge for additional luggage. The larger luggage is held on the racks at the entrance of the ferry. The racks look similar to racks on trains. The crew helps with luggage. Your hand luggage you keep next to you, in the lounge.
There is a snack/coffee bar on board selling hot and cold drinks, crisps, and sandwiches. Onboard toilets are also available. The ferries have no mobile and laptop charging sockets or USB ports in the passenger lounge. None of the ferries has WIFI access (use your mobile data instead). All ferries are non-smoking.
Where to get tickets for the ferry from Trieste to Piran
Booking is available online usually from March of the current year. Your ticket is emailed to you with a bar code which is scanned when you get on the ferry. Buying tickets in advance guarantee you place on the ferry. Alternatively, on the day of travel, if any of the places are still available for the ferry crossing, you can buy a ticket 1.5 hours prior to departure at the boarding point at the Molo 4 ferry terminal in Trieste.
Trieste to Piran Car Ferry
Currently, there are no car ferry crossings between these two places. Your alternative is to drive. The driving time is about 30 minutes (approx distance 35 km). On your way, you will cross the Italian and Slovenian border.
Trieste Ferry Terminal
The ferry terminal in Trieste from where the ferry to Piran departs is located in Molo 4 Passenger Terminal, near the city center, bus & train station. Address: Trieste Terminal Passeggeri, Molo 4, Italy (map)
Piran Ferry Terminal
The Piran ferry terminal where the ferry from Trieste arrives is located in the center of the town’s deep bay, and a short walk from the bus station. Address: Dantejeva Ulica 4, 6330 Piran – Pirano, Slovenia; GPS: 45.52521, 13.56734 (map)
Here is a map that shows the ferry crossing:
Further travels by ferry
This ferry route is currently operated by Liberty Lines
The shortest travel time of this ferry route is around 40 minutes. Add extra time for check-in and boarding/border crossing procedures. How long in advance you need to be present is written on your ticket or on the ferry operator’s website.
You can usually take this ferry 4 to 6 times per week, once or twice per day.
The shortest sea distance between Trieste & Piran is approximately 11 nautical miles or 21 km.