Travelling by car around Slovenia is very straightforward, with the roads clearly and well signposted. Some local roads can get a little narrow and winding, but for all that they are pleasant and interesting. There are plenty of petrol stations. And if you want to get to the other end of the country in a hurry, you can take the motorways, for which you need a vignette
Don’t forget your vignette
Don’t risk driving on the motorways without a road toll vignette – the fines are heavy. Vignettes
(stickers) can be bought at any petrol station.
Slovenia’s criss-cross motorway network is now almost complete. For more information go to: http://www.dars.si/Dokumenti/About_us_59.aspx
Try the local roads
The best way to get to know Slovenia is of course to travel by the local roads. To make it easier for you to find the best roads, you can use the route planner
. And if for some reason you get lost, the local people will be very happy to help you find your way.
- built up settlements 50 km/h
- regional roads 90 km/h
- fast roads 110 km/h
- motorways 130 km/h
Important road traffic regulations:
- seat belt use is compulsory in all seats where they are installed,
- use of dipped headlights
is compulsory at all times of day and night,
- use of fog lamps is permitted only when visibility is reduced to less than 50 metres.
- obligatory equipment includes a warning triangle, spare set of lights, first aid kit and reflective vest,
- between 15 November and 15 March cars must be fitted with winter tyres
, otherwise snow chains must be carried,
- the maximum permitted blood-alcohol level for drivers is 0.05 percent
, on the condition that no ability is impaired. The police may therefore prohibit you from driving even if the alcohol test shows a lower level. They are especially strict with younger drivers. Alcohol tests for drivers are frequent, and the penalties very high, so it is not worth the risk if you have drunk too much.
Petrol stations along fast highways and motorways
are open 24/7
. All petrol stations offer unleaded petrol and diesel, and some also offer LPG. The largest number of stations are operated by the companies Petrol and OMV Slovenija.
Roadside assistanceThe Automobile Association of Slovenia
– provides 24-hour assistance and towing. If your vehicle breaks down, call 1987
Travelling by camper van
You must carry the proper class of licence, and while moving all passengers must be in seats with seat belts fastened. Overnight stays are permitted at special camper van rest stops and at camp sites.
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years
old and have held a driving licence for at least two years. Some car rental companies require drivers between 21 and 25 years old to pay a young driver surcharge.
You must present a photo ID, valid driving licence and credit card that will be used to pay for the car rental. Citizens of non-EU countries are also recommended to carry a valid international driving licence, while for visitors from other continents this is a mandatory requirement.
Cars can be rented at specialist agencies
in cities and airports. Fleets include various categories of vehicles.