The single European currency
Slovenia's currency, the tolar, was replaced by the euro on 1 January 2007. The euro is the single European currency and is currently used by 15 other member states of the European Union as well as Slovenia.
There are seven euro banknotes, which are identical in all the countries of the eurozone. The banknotes have values of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.
There are eight euro coins. They have a common reverse, portraying a map of Europe, while each country in the eurozone has its own design on the obverse. Despite their different designs, coins from different countries are legal tender in all the countries of the eurozone.
Restrictions on bringing money into Slovenia
If you are a citizen of the European Union, there are no restrictions on bringing money into Slovenia. If you are not an EU citizen, you must declare amounts of €10,000 or over.
Changing money, cash withdrawals and payments
In Slovenia you can change money at banks, bureaux de change, hotel receptions, travel agents, petrol stations and large shopping centres. The exchange rate is published daily by the Bank of Slovenia.
You can withdraw cash 24 hours a day from cash dispensers around the country. Most cash dispensers also accept MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Cirrus and Visa Electron Plus. Slovenia is extremely well provided with cash dispensers.
Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept a range of credit and debit cards.
Budgeting for your trip
Slovenia is cheaper than most of its neighbours and prices are significantly lower than in western Europe. Very thrifty travellers can survive on around €30 a day. The average traveller spends between €50 and €70 a day, but if you want to stay in nice hotels and eat at better restaurants, you can count on spending up to €150 a day.
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.
- hostel – €20–€35
- hotel***– €40–€80
- bus (Ljubljana–Novo Mesto, 70 km) approx. €7
- train (Ljubljana–Bled – 60 km) approx. €5,5
In tourist spots you can expect slightly higher prices, while outside the tourist spots the prices will be lower than the average.
Tipping is not compulsory in Slovenia, but people who provide various services – from waiting staff and taxi drivers to tourist guides – will appreciate even a token tip. It is customary in Slovenia, if you have enjoyed your meal and are satisfied with the service, to tell the waiter to 'round up the bill a little'. This means that the waiter can keep a few euros for himself.