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Driving Guide for Slovenia

The quality of the roads are very good and the driving culture is generally responsible. You might still encounter some secondary roads that are poor compared to the rest of the country. Furthermore, you should always practice defensive driving because some motorists do not respect the basic rules of the road. Follow this driving guide and you will have a great time in Slovenia.

Driver’s License

Type of License

Requirements

EU license

All are valid for use in Slovenia

Non EU license

Only valid when accompanied by and international driving permit (IDP)

All drivers

Must be 18 years of age

Must have a valid driver’s license from their home country

If you are not from the European Union, you may only drive in Slovenia with your current license and an IDP. Click here if you are from the United Kingdom and you want to get more information about IDPs. If you are from any other country, click here to learn about how to get an IDP.

 Speed Limits

Type of Road

Speed Limit (km/h)

Urban roads (built up areas)

50

Rural roads (one lane)

90

Minor highways

100

Major highways

130

Most of the roads are clearly marked with speed limit signs. They are always expressed in kilometers per hour (km/h). If you are ever unsure of the speed limit, you can remember this table above. Please note that the speed limits in major cities might be higher than 50 km/h.
Speeding violations are calculated according to the excess of the infringement. Police will levy fines on the spot or make you go to a bank to make a payment. They usually make foreigners pay fines on the spot.

Rules of the Road

Category

Description

Flow of traffic

Drive on the RIGHT side of the road

Yield to cars on your right at all uncontrolled intersections

Only pass other cars on the left side

The driver

May not have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over .05%

Allowable BAC = 0% if the driver is within their first 2 years

Must use headlights at all times

May not use handheld mobile phones

Passengers

Must wear seatbelts at all times

Under age 12 cannot sit in the front seat

Small children must be properly restrained

Other rules

Need to use snow chains in the mountains (when necessary)

Busses and other public transportation has priority

Must have a vignette sticker to drive on the toll roads

If you break any of the above rules, the police will stop you and give you a hefty on the spot fine. You can avoid trouble be sticking to the rules and staying alert. Click here to see an overview of the major road signs in Europe.
Be sure you find out from your rental supplier if they provide with vignette stickers. Almost all rental companies have already purchased the sticker. If they did not, you can purchase a short-term sticker for 35.00 EUR. If you are caught driving without the sticker, the fine is between 300 and 800 EUR.

Parking in Slovenia

Day

Hours

Price

Monday – Friday (street)

8:00 – 16:00

1.00 EUR/hour

Saturday (street)

8:00 – 13:00

1.00 EUR/hour

Sunday (street)

All day

FREE

Every day (public lots)

All day

0.50 – 1.50 EUR/hour

(1.00 EUR = 0.85 GBP, 1.40 USD)
The best option for parking in the big cities is to find a garage or open parking lot. On street parking is separated into zones and you need to read the signs to see when it is allowable to park. Usually you need to purchase parking vouchers from a news stand or from an automatic ticket machine. You buy vouches for one hour increments, but you may buy as many hours as you need.
If you park your car in a garage, you will receive added security and the freedom to park all day. If you want to leave your car in a parking lot overnight, there might be an extra charge. Make sure you understand how much it will cost to park through the night before you commit to leaving your car.
*Information on this page is accurate as of June 3, 2011