How to get to Slovenia

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Slovenia lies in central Europe, and borders Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. It is just a few hours’ travel from Venice or Vienna. Slovenia is easy to reach from neighbouring countries, with good road and rail links, and daily flights from numerous European cities. As a maritime nation, Slovenia can also be reached by sea.

How to get to Slovenia by all the different means of transport is described in detail in individual columns. Some basic information is given here.

By car

The majority of drivers enter Slovenia by motorway. To drive on motorways in Slovenia you must have a vignette, or face heavy fines. The basic cross-shaped motorway network in the country is almost complete, with only a short section of the Dolenjska road yet to be built.

Local roads are the most picturesque and interesting routes around the country, and provide the best opportunity to get to know its natural beauty and its sights. The journey planner makes it easier to find the right roads.

Road safety regulations require the use of dipped lights at all times when driving, even during the day, while the maximum allowable blood alcohol level is 0.5 parts per thousand. Breath tests are frequent, so it is perhaps better to avoid drinking and driving altogether.

There are 24-hour service stations and petrol stations approximately every 30 km on the motorways. Petrol stations are also common in the cities and in smaller towns.

In case of breakdown on the road, the AMZS will be happy to assist. Call 1987.

Cars can be rented at specialist agencies in cities and airports. Fleets include various categories of vehicles.

By bus and train

Buses and trains to Slovenia run every day from numerous European cities. It is also possible to arrive by sleeping car.

By air

There are daily flights from Slovenia’s main international gateway, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, to a number of European cities, including flights operated by two low-cost airlines, EasyJet and Wizz Air, which fly to London, Paris and Brussels. Adria Airways, Slovenia’s sole carrier, has the most flights to Ljubljana. Another possibility is to fly to one of the foreign airports in the neighbourhood and access Slovenia from there by bus, train or rented car. Transport services from nearby airports to Slovenia are also offered by the low-cost carrier GoOpti.

By sea


Between May and October powerboats operate frequent routes from Venice, Trieste, Poreč and Rovinj. Cruise ships occasionally dock at Koper. If arriving on your own vessel, you should be aware that the international border crossings are at Koper and Piran, and at Izola between May and October. Izola, Koper and Portorož have fully equipped marinas where boats can moor.

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