Vignette - Toll Stickers
From 1 July 2008, motor cycles, private cars and vans whose maximum permitted weight does not exceed 3.5 tons must carry a vignette in order to drive on all Slovenian motorways
managed by DARS d.d., regardless of their length.
Types of vignette Weekly
vignette for (two-track) motor vehicles up to maximum permitted weight of 3,500 kg EUR 15
vignette for (two-track) motor vehicles up to maximum permitted weight of 3,500 kg EUR 30
vignette for (two-track) motor vehicles up to maximum permitted weight of 3,500 kg EUR 95
vignette for (single-track) motor cycle EUR 7.50 Six-monthly
vignette for (single-track) motor cycle EUR 25
vignette for (single-track) motor cycle EUR 47.50
Validity of vignettes
Annual vignettes for the current year are valid from 1 December of the previous year to 31 January of the coming year (total of 14 months).
Six-monthly vignettes are valid for six months from the day of purchase, or until the end of the last day of the sixth month, if there is no such day in the sixth month.
Monthly vignettes are valid from the moment of purchase up until the end of the day with the same number one month after the day of purchase, or up until the end of the last day in the month, if the next month has no such day.
Weekly vignettes are valid for seven consecutive calendar days from and including the day determined by the user upon purchase of the vignette.
Vignettes are sold at petrol stations
in Slovenia and neighbouring countries and at branches of the national and foreign automobile clubs
, at post offices
in Slovenia and at some magazine stands
. For more information a list of sales points
For driving on a motorway without a valid vignette sticker or without paying the road toll, a fine of 300 to 800 euros is envisaged.
For motorway journeys coming from Austria
up to the Hrušica
exit towards the interior of Slovenia and in the reverse direction, use of a vignette is not required
. The road toll for the Karavanke tunnel is valid between the first motorway exits on either side of the national border (in Slovenia the Hrušica exit, in Austria the Podrožca – Rosenbach exit).
Buses, mobile homes and lorries
For vehicles whose maximum permitted weight exceeds 3.5 tons, there are several ways
of paying for road use.
- Pay per use
: Every time you pass a toll station by paying on the spot.
- Prepayment and later payment
: Intended for users of electronic media - DARS card, DARS Transporter card and ABC plates.
For additional information see the DARS
How can I travel around Slovenia by public transport?
You can travel around Slovenia by public bus or train.
is mostly on local trains, and on some routes there are also Eurocity and Intercity (ICS) trains, which provide the fastest means of train travel. Connections between larger cities and towns are regular and quite frequent and the trains are comfortable and air-conditioned. The main train station in Ljubljana is located very near the centre of the city. The transportation of bicycles
is possible on trains and on the route Bohinjska Bistrica – Most na Soči, cars can also be transported
Besides local connections, international connections are also available. Ljubljana is directly connected with Vienna, Graz, Villach and Salzburg in Austria; Sofia in Bulgaria; Prague in the Czech Republic; Solun (Thessaloniki) in Greece; Zagreb, Pula, Opatia and Rijeka in Croatia; Venice in Italy; Budapest in Hungary; Skopje in Macedonia; Munich in Germany; Belgrade in Serbia; and Zurich in Switzerland.
Train timetables can be found HERE
The main bus station in Ljubljana is located directly across the road from the train station. Bus connections are frequent and available to distant locations throughout the country. Bus timetables can be found HERE
In larger cities and towns the hire of bicycles is also available, with which, either with a guide or alone, you can uncover the many interesting corners of our country.
Schengen area in Slovenia
Following its entry to the EU on 1 May 2004 Slovenia began to execute, in part, provisions of the Schengen legal system, covering the area of visa policy and the prevention of illegal immigration. Citizens of the Republic of Slovenia have, as citizens of the EU, facilitated border crossing procedures with all other EU member countries. For Slovenian citizens, the Austrian, Italian and Hungarian border officials only check the validity of documents for border crossing, while at airports in EU member countries they can pass through controls intended for EU citizens, where only the validity of documents is checked and other conditions for entering the EU, which apply to citizens of third (non EU) countries, are not required. (Source: Office of the Government of RS for Communication
Slovenia joined the Schengen airspace on 30 March 2008. For air passengers this means that from 30 March border control will only be carried out on non-Schengen flights, that is flights to destinations outside the Schengen area. Border control for these flights is carried out on all passengers entering and exiting the Schengen area (also applicable to transit passengers with connecting flights inside the Schengen area). Internal or Schengen flights (travelling from one Schengen member state to another) will not be subject to border control. However, airport security checks with x-ray screening and personal inspection remain in effect.
Slovenian take-over of the Euro as of the year 2007
As the first of the ten new members that joined the EU in the year 2004, Slovenia has adopted the Euro as its official currency on 1.1.2007. The country between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps is thus the 13th country to join the European monetary union. The Tolar was discontinued after its 15–year run and Slovenians will be counted out 239.64 Tolars for one Euro. On the new coins there are images of the Lipizzaners, Triglav (as the highest mountain in the country), France Prešeren (as the author of the national anthem), and so on.
As of the beginning of the month of March 2007, it is only possible to exchange the old Slovenian currency (Tolar) for Euro at the issuing bank (Bank of Slovenia).
How do I get from Italian airports (Trieste, Venice) to the Slovenian coast?
Between the Ronchi dei Legionari Airport (Trieste) and Slovenia there are the following connections:By bus:
Ronchi dei Legionari Airport (Trieste) and Slovenia have a connection once a day; the bus from the airport to Portorož leaves at 14.30 p.m. Another possibility is to take the APT number 51 from the airport to the city of Trieste. Several buses go from the station in Trieste to Slovenia each day.
Additional information can be found on the following web page:www.aptgorizia.it
Bus Trieste - Koper:
Bus Trieste - Koper - Portorož:
You can buy bus tickets from the airport-Trieste at the airport, and tickets from Trieste-Slovenia can be bought on the bus.
If you travel to Slovenia from the airport in Venice (Marco Polo), you will first have to go by bus to the railway station Mestre in Venice. The bus ATVO will get you there. The timetable can be found HERE
. Tickets can be bought on the bus.
Then at the railway station Mestre in Venice, find the train to Trieste (for additional information click HERE
For getting from Trieste to Slovenia we suggest taking a bus (as described above). The bus and railway stations in Trieste are only separated by a road.
Transport services from Venice ad Trieste airports to Slovenia are also offered by the low-cost carrier GoOpti.By ship:
Between Piran and Venice there is a catamaran route as well. For more information click HERE
How do I get from Airport Jože Pučnik to Ljubljana or Kranj?
From Airport Jože Pučnik (Airport Ljubljana) you can travel by bus or taxi to Ljubljana or Kranj.
There is a bus route between the airport and Ljubljana or Kranj every day, several times a day. You can find additional information on timetables here
There is taxi service at the airport as well, with taxis available in front of the airport building. The telephone number of the taxi service is ++386 4 206 16 78.
From Ljubljana or Kranj you can continue your way by bus or train in all directions across Slovenia. You can find additional information on timetables at:
- bus timetables
- train timetables
How do I get from the Austrian airports (Klagenfurt, Graz) to Slovenia?
From Klagenfurt Airport to Slovenia
There are city buses (no. 40 and 45) from the airport to the main railway station in Klagenfurt between 6:00 and 23:00, departing every 30 minutes. The bus stop at the airport is located directly opposite the Arrivals entry hall.
From the main railway station there are several railway connections available to Villach from where you can continue your journey to Slovenia. For the timetable between Klagenfurt and Villach click HERE
. The railway connections between Villach and Slovenia can be found HERE
From Graz Airport to Slovenia
The airport in Graz is a little more than 10 minutes drive from the main railway station, and the bus stop at the airport is located 300 metres away from the airport building. The timetable for the city bus can be seen HERE
. From Graz to Slovenia (Maribor and Ljubljana) there are several daily railway connections available which can be found HERE
Transport services from Klagenfurt and Graz airports to Slovenia are also offered by the low-cost carrier GoOpti.
How do I get from the Croatian airports (Zagreb, Pula) to Slovenia?
From Zagreb Airport to Slovenia
There is a bus every 30 minutes from Zagreb airport to the main bus station (the timetable can be found HERE
). The bus trip takes approximately 25 minutes. Every monday and friday at 11.30 a bus departs for Slovenia which goes through Novo mesto then continues to Ljubljana.
For travel by train, take tram no. 2 or 6 – click HERE
for the timetable - to the main railway station from where there are several daily railway connections with Slovenia available, which you can find HERE
From Pula Airport to Slovenia
From the airport you can go to the main bus or railway station by taxi, or transfer, which has to be ordered in advance.
There is a bus to the Slovenian coast which departs every morning at 5.30 from the main bus station, and the train to Ljubljana leaves every day at 18:15 from the main railway station, the details can be found HERE
Transport services from Zagreb and Pula airports to Slovenia are also offered by the low-cost carrierGoOpti
How can I pay in Slovenia?
As of 1.1.2007 the Euro became the official currency in Slovenia, for both cash and non-cash transactions.
Non-cash payment with credit or debit cards is possible everywhere through POS terminals. Cards accepted for payment are MasterCard, Maestro, Visa, Visa Electron, Amex and Diners
(depends on the sales outlet and the contract it has) and local cards Activa and Karanta.
You can also withdraw cash at automatic teller machines of different banks which are located across the whole country. Cash withdrawal is possible mainly with MasterCard and Visa cards
. Withdrawals can also be made using Maestro, Cirrus and Visa Electron Plus,
where indicated by stickers on individual automated teller machines. Locations of automated teller machines and cards which can be used to withdraw cash can be found HERE
At banks, visitors to Slovenia can exchange money and cash traveller’s cheques, open bank accounts, deposit cash and conduct other non-cash business. Banks are open during the week between 9:00 and 12:00 and 14:00 and 17:00, and some on Saturdays between 9:00 and 12:00.
Money can also be exchanged in exchange offices, at hotel reception desks, tourist agencies, petrol stations and larger supermarkets.
What are the average prices of some basic foods in shops or restaurants in Slovenia?
Average prices of some basic foods in shops are the following:
1 kg of bread 2,00 EUR
1 litre of milk 0,75 EUR
½ litre of beer 0,95 EUR
daily paper 1,00 EUR
Average prices of some basic foods in restaurants are the following:
1,00 EUR for a cup of espresso coffee,
1,40 EUR for 2 dl of cola,
7,00 EUR for a classical, large pizza,
7,00 EUR for a portion of pasta with Bolognese sauce.
In tourist spots you can expect slightly higher prices, while outside the tourist spots the prices will be lower than the average.
I am interested in your border formalities
Slovenia is in the Schengen Zone, meaning that at the border crossings with Italy, Austria and Hungary there are generally no controls. To enter Slovenia from Croatia, a passport or ID is sufficient if your visit will not last more than three months.
Special requirements for certain countries
Alongside citizens of all the European Union Member States, citizens of Croatia, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland can also enter Slovenia just with a personal ID, provided your visit is no more than thirty days.
To enter Slovenia from Croatia and other countries that are not in the Schengen Zone, children also need a valid passport, or in the cases listed above, a valid ID is sufficient.
Always carry your ID
Irrespective of the fact that you can enter Slovenia from within the Schengen Zone virtually unchecked, it is important that you always carry a valid personal ID with you. The police in Slovenia, like the police in all other Schengen countries, can carry out ID checks throughout the territory. A personal ID or passport are the only valid forms of identification in Slovenia.
If you need a visa to enter Slovenia, you can obtain one at the Slovenian consular office in your country
or at the consular office of any other Member State of the Schengen Zone.
Restrictions on tobacco and alcohol
There are restrictions on the amount of tobacco and alcohol you can bring into Slovenia. They also apply to citizens of other European Union countries, but they are even stricter for those who live outside the EU. There are also restrictions on bringing in cash.
To enter Slovenia, your pet needs a passport and veterinary certificate confirming inoculation against rabies. The regulations differ depending on whether you are entering from a European Union country or other countries.
VAT refunds may be claimed upon exiting Slovenia only by those visitors from countries outside the European Union.
What documents must a child have to enter Slovenia?
A child can only travel and cross international borders with an identity document valid for the crossing of international borders. Such document is usually a valid passport, however, in certain cases it can also be a valid identity card or other document for crossing international borders (issued on the basis of special international agreements). The method for issuing documents differs from country to country, some issue children independent documents, while others include children in their parents' passports; all this is allowed for at border crossings.
What documents are needed if traveling by car?
Foreign drivers, those from the EU as well as those outside it, need valid car registration and insurance, for the vehicle being driven.
We suggest that before they intend to travel, drivers from the EU also obtain a green card issued by their insurance company, as in the event of a car accident, it facilitates the procedure of data exchange. The green card is obligatory for drivers not from EU member countries.
What do I need to rent a car?
To rent a car you will require a personal identification document with a photograph, a valid driver's licence and a credit card, with which the car rental will be paid. A valid International driver's licence is also recommended for citizens of non EU European countries and is obligatory for citizens from other continents.
Drivers wishing to rent a car must be at least 21 years of age (for categories H, I, J, O and S they must be at least 25 years of age) and their driver's licence must be valid for at least a further two years. For drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 some rental offices require additional payment for ‘young drivers’.
What is needed if traveling by motor-home?
The driver needs to have a licence of the applicable category for the vehicle being driven, all passengers have to sit in adequate seats during travel and wear seat-belts. Other documents required are the same as for personal passenger vehicles. For transport of additional cargo on the roof or at the rear of the vehicle, the requirements are the same as for personal passenger vehicles – cargo may extend past the extreme front of the vehicle up to a maximum of 1 m, and may extend up to a maximum length of 1.5 m at the rear at the vehicle, however the total length of the vehicle with cargo must not exceed 12 m. If the cargo at the rear of the vehicle extends more than 1 m behind the vehicle it must be marked with a square board, 25x25 cm, with oblique red/white stripes.
Overnight stops are permitted at special rest areas for motor-homes, which you can find HERE
, or in camp grounds. For a list of camp grounds click HERE
Prices for transport by taxi
Airport Jože Pučnik Ljubljana to
Bled 45-50 €
Kranjska Gora 75-80 €
Ljubljana 35-40 €
Coast - Koper 135-140 €, Portorož 160-170 €
Maribor 145 – 150 €
Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport to
Maribor 6 – 8 €
Ljubljana 105 -120 €
Bled 135 – 140 €
Kranjska Gora 160 – 165 €
Coast– Portorož 205 – 210 €
How to say in Slovene?
| English|| Slovene || Pronunciation |
| Good morning|| Dobro jutro || [doh-broh you-troh]|
| Good day|| Dober dan|| [doh-burr dhan]|
| Good evening || Dober večer|| [doh-burr veh-chair]|
| Hello|| Živijo|| [zhee-vee-yoh]|
| Thank you|| Hvala|| [hva-la]|
| Please|| Prosim|| [pro-seem]|
| Goodbye|| Nasvidenje|| [nas-vee-deh-nye]|
| Welcome|| Dobrodošli|| [doh-broh-doh-shlee]|
| Yes|| Da|| [da]|
| No|| Ne|| [ne]|
| Excuse me || Dovolite mi, prosim || [do-vo-lee-teh mee, pro-seem]|
| Sorry|| Oprostite|| [o-pro-stee-teh]|
| What's your name?|| Kako ti je ime?|| [ka-koh tee yeah ee-meh?]|
| My name is…|| Jaz sem…|| [yas semm...]|
| Where is…? || Kje je... ?|| [kye yeah...?]|
| How much is…? || Koliko stane...? || [ko-lee-koh stah-ne...?]|
| Where are you from? || Od kod ste? || [od koth steh?]|
| Do you speak English?|| Govorite angleško?|| [go-vo-ree-teh an-glesh-ko?]|
| I (don't) understand|| (Ne) razumem|| [(ne) ra-zoo-mem]|
| How do you say...? || Kako se reče...? || [ka-ko seh reh-che...?]| Where can I obtain additional tourist information when arriving in Slovenia?
On your arrival in Slovenia you will find welcome messages at all larger border crossings. You can get more detailed information containing the most important attractions of Slovenia, tourist and catering services, maps and other general information about Slovenia at information boards and infopoints, located at the resting places by the motorways and at other tourist spots. At every tourist destination you will find hospitable tourist information centres with information about local tourist attractions, tour possibilities and events, offering a wide range of promotional material and tourist souvenirs.
The list of tourist information centres can be found at this address
Where can I obtain information about the events in Slovenia?
Slovenia boasts a really rich offer of diverse events - festivals, theatre, cultural, musical and other cultural and artistic events, fairs, congresses, symposiums, professional meetings or sports, culinary, wine and other events.
You can find more information here