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 and expressways managed by DARS d.d., regardless of their length.
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).
Half-year 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 is available.
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.
Check out in which cases you are entitled to a replacement vignette or reimbursement of the cost of the purchase.
Traffic disruptions in the Gorenjska region and the city of Ljubljana on 30 July 2016
On Saturday, 30 July 2016, traffic delays are expected in Ljubljana and the Gorenjska region because of the ceremony at the Russian Chapel. People are advised not to make any travel plans in the Gorenjska region and Ljubljana for that day. However, if you do need to travel there, make sure you are prepared for possible delays and adjust your speed to the traffic flow. This year marks the 100th anniversary of tragedy under the Vršič pass, in memory of which the Russian Chapel was build.
The highest-level security measures are planned due to the attendance of high officials.
The visit will take place in Ljubljana and the Gorenjska region, therefore major traffic disruptions are expected in this area on 30 July. Certain roads on the route travelled by the protected persons will be closed for either long or short periods. It will be possible to drive on parallel or bypass roads, but heavy traffic is expected. In the area, traffic will be restricted for heavy vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes. For this purpose, a special Decree on road traffic restrictions in the Republic of Slovenia will be issued.
We advise those coming from the Western and Northern Europe who will be travelling towards Croatia to take the road through Italy; those travelling in the opposite direction should take the road through Italy or through Ljubljana and Maribor towards Graz. We recommend to avoid travelling through the Karavanke Tunnel on the A2 motorway between Slovenia and Austria on 30 July because the tunnel will be closed on several occasions during the day.
Those travelling the A10 motorway from Salzburg are recommended to take the road towards Italy (A23 motorway towards Tarvisio-Udine-Palmanova) at the Villach junction and then continue towards Slovenia (we recommend to take the A34 motorway, the Villesse–Gorizia section, and then the H4 highway, the Vrtojba–Razdrto section in Slovenia). Drivers should pay special attention to the changed traffic signs which will be displayed even at the entrance to Salzburg.
Those returning towards the north are recommended to take the mentioned Italian motorway or the Koper–Ljubljana section of the A1 motorway and then head towards Maribor and Graz. Drivers coming from Dalmatia (A3) are recommended to use the Croatian A4, the Hungarian M7 and the Slovenian A5 towards Maribor and then Austria. Alternatively, they can take the A2 motorway in the Dolenjska region (Obrežje–Ljubljana). From Ljubljana, they can continue towards Postojna on the A1 motorway and then drive through Italy towards Austria, or take the Ljubljana eastern bypass (A1) towards Maribor and Graz.
Due to the road closures and increased traffic, access to the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will be obstructed. Passengers travelling on that day are recommended to leave for the airport earlier than usual.
The Slovenian and foreign public will be regularly informed about the details regarding this event.
Drivers can also find information about road closures at the Traffic Information Centre (PIC) website: www.promet.si.