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Driving in Slovenia

Key rules, regulations and things to know

Driving: Drive on the right and overtake on the left.

Speed limits: Built Up Areas 50 km/h (31 mph) - Open Roads 90/100 km/h (56/62 mph) - Motorways 130 km/h (80 mph)

The minimum age of drivers is 18 years - To rent a car you will require a personal identification document with a photograph, a valid driver's licence and a credit card, with which the car rental will be paid. A valid International driver's licence is also recommended for citizens of non EU European countries and is obligatory for citizens from other continents. Minimum Driving Ages European Countries - Here

Drivers wishing to rent a car must be at least 21 years of age (for categories H, I, J, O and S they must be at least 25 years of age) and their driver's licence must be valid for at least a further two years. For drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 some rental offices require additional payment for ‘young drivers’.

Mobile Phones: You must not use a mobile phone when driving. Don't risk using one as you can receive a heavy fine in most countries and more important cause a serious accident.

Winter tyres are mandatory from 15 November to 15 March.

Seat Belts: Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts in both the front and rear seats

Motorways: A vignette system has been in place since July 2008 and this must be displayed when traveling on motorways. These can be purchased from filling stations across Slovenia. 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.

Penalties 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.(28-9-11 www.slovenia.info Slovenian Tourist Board)

Drink and Driving: The limit is 0.00 - 0.05. More information Here

Fines: The police can issue on the spot fines, which must be paid in local currency immediately - make sure you get a receipt.

Dipped Headlights: It is compulsory to use of dipped headlights during the day.

Hazard Warning lights: You must use hazard warning lights when reversing.

Warning Triangles - Accidents and breakdowns: If you are involved in an accident or breakdown, you must use a warning triangle and/or hazard lights.If you involved in an accident, the police must be called and a written report must be obtained.

You must not overtake a bus transporting children when passengers are boarding or alighting.

According to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth website - All foreign Nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the Police within three days of arrival.

If you are staying at a registered hotel or guest house, they will register you when processing your arrival. If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, check with your booking agent as to whether they will register your visit. If not, you will have to do so on arrival by registering your visit at the nearest police station.

If you are staying with friends or family, you or your host will need to visit the nearest police station to register your presence in Slovenia. You should carry your passport at all times as a form of identification

Disabled Parking: The Blue Badge is recognised in all European countries - More information Here

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Slovenia packs an astonishing scenic and cultural diversity into its small size, its landscape ranging from alpine landscapes to medieval Venetian coastal towns hiring a car in Slovenia is the perfect way to see it all.

Much of its character and charm has been retained as it remains untouched by mass tourism making it a great place to visit and explore with car rental Slovenia so you can get away from the beaten tourist track.

A holiday in Slovenia tends to start with car hire Ljubljana Airport or Maribor Airport. With a host of outdoor activities available such as cycling, mountaineering and white water rafting, set in a breath-taking backdrop, explore the best that this country has to offer with car hire Slovenia. Travel to one of Slovenia’s largest beach resorts.

There are many attractions to visit in Slovenia including mountains, beaches, and its picturesque capital, Ljubljana. Slovenia’s varied landscape of mountains, lakes, rivers and stunning coastline open up plenty of opportunities to take part in all sorts of activities. This varying landscape has also earned it a few nick names; ‘Europe in Miniature’, ‘The Sunny Side of the Alps’ and ‘The Green Piece of Europe’. Canoeing and kayaking in spring, swimming and water skiing in summer, hiking and climbing in autumn and skiing and snowboarding in winter, the possibilities are endless

Distances in Slovenia are so small that you could be hiking in the Alps in the morning and then relaxing on the beach in the afternoon. It is also one of Europe’s greenest countries; forests cover over half of the country. Lake Bled with its fairytale island church and cliff top castle and the even more beautiful Lake Bohinj are both worth a visit. If you just want to escape the outdoor pursuits and sightseeing, there are many resorts along to coast where you can relax in the sun. There are several resorts that you can visit; the most enjoyable is Piran with its Venetian architecture and Slovenia’s major beach resort of Portoroz.

Things to See and Do

Slovenia offers some good spots for fishing in fast alpine rivers, lakes, meadow streams and lower mountain rivers. The best preserved regions for fishing are Soca, Sava , Radnova, Krka and Unec rivers.

There are lots of trails through regional parks, circular trails around the towns, cities and lakes and less demanding paths along the rivers, in forests, and mountains.

Horse riding is a lovely way to experience the rural parts of Slovenia. Lipica, the home of the Lipizzaner horses, has been offering a special experience since the 16th century and is an important tourist centre which offers Classical Riding Courses, and visits to see training sessions and performances.

Kayaking, canoeing, and rafting outings are possible on many Slovene rivers. There are opportunities to go sailing on many lakes including Lake Bled and Bohinj. Cerknica Lake in the Karst region is an amazing natural phenomena of a sometimes ‘disappearing lake'. Yachts and sailboats rental is possible all along the coast.

Visit the Postojna Caves, which are just a short walk northwest of the town of Postojna. The caves are full of stalactites and stalagmites. Tours of the caves take place throughout the year.

Visit the picturesque glacial valley of Logar Valley and see its meadows and forests hemmed in by the peaks of the Kamniške-Savinja Alps. Explore Ljubljana’s old town and enjoy Baroque and Habsburg architecture, a hilltop castle and leafy riverside cafes in the enchanting capital.

Visit the Soca Valley with its snow dusted peaks, a magical river and range of historical sites. Go hiking in the Julian Alps. These are said to be Europe’s most stunning and least spoilt mountain ranges. There are trails to suit all abilities

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FACT FILE Slovenia — Slovenija

The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the mysterious Karst. To the north is Austria; to the east, Hungary; to the south, Croatia; and to the west, Italy.

Area: 20,273 km2 Population: 1,964,036 (2002 census)

Capital city: Ljubljana

Language The official language in Slovenian is Slovenian. A large number of inhabitants also speak English, German or Italian.

Currency: — Euro (€) Currency Conversion Here

Important dates: - Independence — 25 June 1991 — Member of EU — 1 May 2004

Time zone Central European (GMT + 1hr)

Electricity voltage 220 V, 50 Hz

Water Tap water is drinkable across the country

Country Telephone Codes: +386

Slovenia became an independent state in 1991 and a member of the EU on May 1, 2004. In Slovenia, you can experience amazing contrasts in the same day: a morning swim in the Adriatic, followed two hours later by skiing below Alpine peaks, then an adventurous discovery of Karst subterranean phenomena and an invigorating bath in a thermal spring; an encounter with history in a lively mediaeval city and, not far away, a more solitary stroll through primeval forests or undulating, winegrowing hills.

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia

The smallest and safest capital city of Europe on the crossing of Roman, German and Slavic culture yet big enough for everyone to find a place for themselves. It has with about 276,000 inhabitants, is considered a city which suits everyone from its inhabitants to its numerous visitors as well. It has everything 'big cities' have – it’s a city of culture, art, tourism, congress activity and entertainment.

Other Areas:

Carniola — Kranj and Kamniške-Savinjske Alps Region

This is where the Sava River reveals its true face and its power is invigorated by tributaries from the left and right, the land widens. Here, cities and towns with venerable traditions together with towns and villages scattered across the high alpine mountains and softly rounded hills create a land of new experiences not far- from the nation’s capital Ljubljana.

Coast and Karst

The sun strokes the picturesque Mediterranean towns on the Adriatic coast. Its rays are infatuated with the beauty of the Karst region planted with olive groves and vineyards, with peach orchards and cherry trees. Some of the most beautiful underground worlds of our planet lie below their roots. There are more than six thousand karst caves and sinkholes in Slovenia, and ten of these treasuries of limestone masterpieces created by disappearing karst rivers have been adapted and opened for tourists.

Dolenjska and Bela Krajina

This area has winegrowing hills and small churches, castle and monasteries, mighty forests and gentle birch groves give the extensive region of southeastern Slovenia a very picturesque appearance. Dolenjska, which shakes hands with Bela krajina across the scenic Gorjanci mountain range, is a region with countless possibilities for relaxation, exploration, and pleasure and numerous fascinating stops on its heritage trails and wine roads.

Julian Alps

A view of the Soca and the upper Sava river valleys spreads below Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain. Lying between the two rivers is Triglav National Park, which protects numerous endemic animal and plant species in a region of high rocky mountains, deeply cut river gorges, high-mountain karst shafts, and attractive low mountains as well as the traditions of the once difficult life of mountain farmers and alpine dairymen.

Ljubljana and its Surroundings

A city by the river on which the mythological Argonauts carried the Golden Fleece, a city by a moor where the crannog dwellers once lived, a city with the rich heritage of Roman Emona, a city that was once the capital of the Province of Carniola and the capital of Napoleon’s Illyrian Provinces, a city of Renaissance, Baroque, and especially Art Nouveau facades, a city that boasts the greatest exhibition of the architecture of the master Jože Plecnik—all this is Ljubljana.


Wherever travellers come from, the Pohorje region, the green specialty of Slovenia’s mountain world, greets them with remarkable peat moors with lakes, extensive grassy plains and slopes that in winter become attractive ski areas, mighty forests and gigantic trees, well-marked mountaineering and hiking trails, hospitable inns, and inviting sporting and tourist centres.


The dreamy countryside along the Mura River in eastern Slovenia is a land of wide fields and rounded hills, storks and wind-rattles, floating mills, healing waters and energy points, picturesque winegrowing hills, original traditions and dialects, and most of all, a land of hospitable people, who live in Slovenia’s largest agricultural region.


This is from one of the most beautiful alpine valleys past the medieval castle inspirations of the Celje Counts to mysterious Kozjansko, the Savinjska region offers secret corners of unspoiled nature, thermal and climatic health resorts, towns and cities with interesting pasts and lively presents, hospitable farms, places with sporting challenges


In central Slovenia, the undulating Posavsko hribovje hills spread on the both sides of the Sava River. Wagon roads once led across their picturesque peaks, but today the hills and the mountains above Litija, Zagorje, Trbovlje, and Hrastnik are mostly popular excursion destinations. These towns beside the Sava and close to the most important Slovene railway lines are full of mining traditions

Source jmlvillas.com - (some of this information has been provided by jmlvillas.com clients)

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Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card. We have driving guides for those countries marked in red below (plus other non EU member European countries).

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Drink Drive Laws - Examples of what can be drunk at present

It is not a lot and in some countries even to drink the glass on the right would be breaking the law if you drove afterwards in others a sip would be too much see "Wine" below

"Wine - even a sip will send you over the limit and invalidate your insurance in Parkistan, Cuba, Indonesia, Romania, Jordan and Nigeria, according to Rhinocarhire.com which produces a comprehensive guide." The A to Z of car hire - The Independent - August 2010

See this guide for further information

Finally, Don’t forget your excess cover and buy it before you set off

Excess charges could cost you up to Ł1,000 or more. Protect yourself by organising your insurance4carrental car hire insurance before you head to Europe.

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