Driving and car rental in Slovenia

by David Robertson ~ 30-Sep-2009 ~ updated 13-Aug-2011

Renting a car or taking your own vehicle to Slovenia gives you the most freedom to explore the country and access those areas where public transport is limited or non-existent (most of our walks can be accessed by bus but there are some where a car is more convenient or necessary).  A little research before you go will pay dividends, perhaps avoiding an on-the-spot penalty for a minor driving offence.  Learn the speed limits, don’t wait to be told by a police officer!

Drivers need to be aware of the driving regulations in Slovenia, which include using dipped headlights in daylight hours, wearing a seat-belt (if fitted), having a high-visibility vest for all passengers and carrying a warning triangle

Logarska Dolina, Slovenia

Logarska Dolina, Slovenia

(available from the likes of Halfords or the Amazon Automotive Store. The AA has a comprehensive list of driving requirements in Slovenia, including speed limits.  Another source of information is the Slovenian national automobile club, the Avto-Moto Zveza Slovenije (AMZS) – it has details of speed limits, on-the-spot fines for various offences, fuel and prices, a route planner and traffic reports.

We have had no problems on Slovenia’s roads having driven 1000s of miles there and have found that driving standards are good. Statistics paint a different picture though as Slovenia is at the bottom end of European road safety tables. Please remember to pull over and let others by – you may be on holiday but others are working. Enjoy your driving, take care and stay safe!

Road conditions in Slovenia are generally good but some roads, especially minor ones, can be bumpy and potholed in places. Road signs do not display road numbers so you need to know your route before you start your journey – Sat-Nav is ideal or, of course, a good old-fashioned Road Atlas. Motorways are mostly two-laned and of a high standard.

Slovenian motorway vignette

Slovenian motorway vignette

Slovenia’s motorway system has undergone a massive expansion in recent years and it is quite possible to travel from one end of the country to the other in a matter of a few hours. You do need a vignette (picture right) to drive on Slovenian motorways and expressways and these can be purchased in neighbouring countries, at the border and in major petrol stations. Vignettes are available for weekly, monthly or yearly periods.

Prices for vehicles weighing up to 3,500kg in 2010 –

  • Weekly vignette – 15.00EUR
  • Monthly vignette – 30.00EUR
  • Yearly vignette – 95.00EUR

Click the following link to DARS for more information about Slovenia’s motorway network and the vignette.

Fuel: Unleaded petrol (95 & 98 octane), diesel and LPG is available.  Credit cards are accepted at filling stations.  In 2009 petrol was about 10% cheaper than in the UK and diesel approximately 20% cheaper.

Parking: In many towns you must now pay to park in the centre.  Parking charges are also levied in many tourist areas – around Lake Bohinj and at Vršič are two examples.  Illegally parked vehicles will be towed away or clamped – you have been warned!

Car rental: Many major car rental companies are based at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, as well as in Ljubljana and the larger towns.  Your hotel or a tourist agency can easily arrange car hire for you.

Please leave a comment below, or contact us, if you have some up to date information that you think might be useful or any suggestions to improve Slovenia-walking.


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