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Driving in Slovenia and car rental

Driving in Slovenia – 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.  The best 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 1000’s 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 2019 –

  • Weekly vignette – 15.00€
  • Monthly vignette – 30.00€
  • Yearly vignette – 110.00€

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.  Fuel prices are comparable to those of the UK.

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.

Driving to Slovenia from the UK

Driving to Slovenia is a popular option and easy to do providing that you have the time and are well prepared before you set off.  Whilst we have driven to Slovenia many times, we are not authorities on the legal aspects of driving abroad and so have only provided links to helpful websites.

All vehicles using Austrian motorways (autobahns) and expressways must display a motorway tax sticker (vignette), which you can buy at the border and at major service stations.  Penalties for not displaying the vignette can be severe, so don’t risk it!  (Slovenia also requires a vignette for motorways and they can also be bought in Germany as well as bordering countries – follow this link for Slovenia motorway vignette information).  Some tunnels in Austria are tolled, for example the A10 Tauern Autobahn, south of Salzburg.

For peace of mind consider vehicle breakdown cover. This will get you on the road again after a breakdown and, in the worst case scenario, get you and your vehicle home again if it cannot be fixed or you are involved in a road traffic accident.

For most countries in Europe you will need a warning triangle, high-visibility vests, a First-Aid kit, spare bulbs, and some form of GB sticker (or at least a Euro-GB number plate). A fire-extinguisher is also recommended.  All these are readily available from the likes of Halfords or the Amazon Automotive Store.

Routes across the continent.

Its approximately a 850-900 mile drive across the continent from the Channel ports to Ljubjana and we can usually cover this in a day and a half (about 13 hours driving). Most of the journey is on motorways and there are plenty of service areas to rest and refuel.  Don’t forget your Sat-Nav or Road Atlas! We have prepared a few routes with Google maps, like the one below from Calais to Ljubljana, with ready made directions (they can be easily edited) – simply click on the links.

View Calais Ferry to Ljubljana, Slovenia in a larger map

Dunkerque Ferry to Ljubljana
Oostende Ferry to Ljubljana
Zeebrugge Ferry to Ljubljana
Ijmuiden (Netherlands) to Ljubljana

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.