Pletna Boat Bled: Traditional travel to the island of Bled

May 20, 2024

Nestled amidst the crystal-clear waters of Lake Bled lies the magical Bled Island. With its church, the wishing bell, amazing views, and rich tradition, visiting this scenic island is an essential part of your trip to Slovenia. In this blog, we’ll show you how to get to the island, and believe us, the journey itself is an experience you won’t forget!

Bled island

If you’re looking for the best way to get to Lake Bled, it’s probably by car, train or bus, but when you’re looking to travel to Bled Island, most tourists wish for the iconic ride with the Pletna Boat Bled. However, it is not the only, and maybe not even the best way to get to the island – we will let you decide that and customize your own experience. Stay tuned!

The Pletna Boat Bled Experience

Looking for a traditional experience? Then you are in the right place.

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It is a wooden flat-bottom boat designed according to the concept of the Venetian gondola boat. You can recognize it from afar, due to it being equipped with a colorful awning that protects passengers from the sun and other weather conditions. The boat itself is 7 meters long, 2 meters wide and can transfer 18 people at once. The Pletna boats are made by locals and are a typical “symbol” of Lake Bled.

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What does the Pletna Boat Bled experience look like?

You board the Pletna boat and sit comfortably on the bench on the side of the boat. As you glide across the lake towards the island, you can admire the guide, also called “pletnar” as he rows with two long vessels, moving the boat forward.

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In general, there are 23 Pletna boats on the lake. You can board it from the following locations:

  • in the Spa Park,
  • in front of Park Hotel,
  • in Mlino,
  • in Velika Zaka.

Personalize your experience: Rent a Boat Bled

For those of you seeking a more personalized and off-the-beaten-path experience, we recommend renting a boat – this can be done with several companies across Bled, such as Charming Bled.

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Renting your vessel will offer you more freedom and flexibility – with no schedules (except the renting time) you are free to explore the lake and the island at your own pace. Wander through the hidden coves and secluded corners of the lake, avoid crowds, and savor every moment of your Bled adventure.

Rent a Boat Bled: Hourly rates

Below you can find the prices for renting a boat with Charming Bled:

  • Small boat for up to 4 people: €25 for the first hour
  • Big boat for up to 6 people: €30 for the first hour
  • Each subsequent hour, regardless of boat size: €15


Our boats can be rented at Pletna Boathouse, which is located in front of our lovely accommodation – Čarman House Bled. Find its location here.

If you wish to make a reservation in advance, write to us at

Perfect ending of the perfect day

No matter the choice of the vessel, we are sure that your Bled Island experience is going to be epic. To make it even better, you can refresh at the Restaurant and Wine Bar Murka – one of the oldest operating restaurants in Bled. We guarantee you’ll enjoy its homeliness and tradition, as well as a diverse selection of various dishes that provide each guest with a unique culinary experience, complemented by the right wine pairing.

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Finish off your day by staying in one of our accommodationsČarman House, Old Bled House, Central Bled House, Murka rooms, and Bled Apartments. The relaxing atmosphere will give you a chance to recharge your batteries and get ready for further exploration of this magical destination – Bled. We can’t wait to have you!

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