Getting Around Slovenia
There are no scheduled domestic flights in Slovenia.
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There is a good network of high-quality roads in Slovenia. Many of the motorways have been built since Slovenia joined the EU and are relatively quiet, especially on Sundays when lorries are banned. Radio reports of traffic jams usually only concern the coastal border crossings at weekends in the summer.
There are car hire companies, including many international brands, at Ljubljana airport and in the city, but it's best to reserve a vehicle online before you arrive. Drivers have to be at least 21.
Relatively easy to find in the major cities, especially around the train station; in towns, you can usually book them from hotels and restaurants. Taxis are metered.
Slovenia takes cycling seriously with its own star system to identify accommodation geared towards pedal pushers. Hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the scheme have their own bikes or can point you towards a rental shop. Tourist information centres (TICs) can also help with bike hire and route maps. There are marked routes all over the country.
Good coach services operate in the cities, major towns and tourist spots, and from Ljubljana airport to the city centre or Lake Bled, otherwise it’s usually easier and quicker to go by car or rail. For bus information contact Avtobusna Postaja (tel: 1991, in Slovenia only or +386 1 234 4600; www.ap-ljubljana.si).
Speed limits in Slovenia are 110-130kph (68-75mph) on motorways, 90kph (56mph) on non-urban roads and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas, sometimes reduced to 30kph (19mph).
Seat belts are compulsory (including in the back, if provided). Dimmed headlights must be turned on at all times while driving (even during the day). Vignettes (road tax stickers) are required in order to use the motorways and express roads in Slovenia and are available from petrol stations.
There are hefty on-the-spot fines if drivers are caught without a vignette, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol (over 0.05%) or using a handheld mobile phone. Drivers should have a reflective jacket, a warning triangle and a first-aid kit in their cars.
AMZS Roadside Assistance (tel: 1987, in Slovenia only; www.amzs.si).
Full national driving licences with a photograph are accepted. Non-EU visitors can buy an International Green Card at the border. International car insurance is mandatory.
It’s easy, safe and probably more interesting to get around Slovenia’s towns and cities by foot, although the buses are quicker and reliable. They are run by Avtobusna Postaja (AP) (tel: 1991, in Slovenia only or +386 1 234 4600; www.ap-ljubljana.si).
Ljubljana city buses are operated by the Ljubljanski Potniški Promet (LPP) (tel: 090 7270, in Slovenia only or +386 1 430 5174; www.lpp.si).
There are no underground trains or trams in Slovenian towns and cities.
Train travel is generally inexpensive and slow. It is run by Slovenske Eleznice (tel: +386 1 291 3332; www.slo-zeleznice.si).
There is no scheduled domestic water transport in Slovenia.