Kavalir: getting around the city centre by electric car
Ljubljana's electric-powered vehicles referred to as Kavalirs (Gentle Helpers) are a free city centre public transport option friendly both to people and the environment. Kavalirs, mainly intended for the transport of the elderly, mobility-impaired people, and visitors, run around the pedestrianized historical city centre at a speed slow enough to allow you to hail them anywhere on the street. Telephone ordering is also an option.
The Kavalir fleet currently consists of four vehicles, two of them open-sided and two glazed and heated in winter time. Friendly Kavalir drivers will take you anywhere within the city centre pedestrian zone. The vehicles, moving at a speed of up to 25 kilometres per hour, can carry five passengers.
The two open-sided 'summer Kavalirs' run in the warm part of the year, from April to the end of October, whereas the glazed 'winter Kavalir' runs throughout the year, during the summer season along a regular route between the Krekov trg square and the city bus stop across the way from the Drama Theatre.
Free travel on board Kavalirs is made possible by the LPP, the city's bus company, in collaboration with the City Municipality of Ljubljana and Ljubljana Tourism, the city's tourist board. The introduction of electric-powered Kavalirs is part of the measures taken to make public transport in Ljubljana more environmentally friendly. Ljubljana is well-known as a city that has made great progress in this particular area. Over the last ten years, it has won two European Mobility Week Awards (handed out by the European Commission), one in 2003 and the other in 2013.
Running times: 8:00–20:00 daily. The two summer Kavalirs run from 1 April to 31 October, and the two winter Kavalir (glazed and heated during the cold months) throughout the year.