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Getting Around in Slovenia
 
 
 

By Air

There are no domestic flights in Slovenia as it is a small country.

By Rail

Slovenia's train network, operated by Slovenske železnice (SŽ) will get you to most destinations in the country, although there are some annoying gaps in the network and routes can be circuitous, so going from anywhere to anywhere usually requires a transfer in Ljubljana. Trains are, however, some 30% cheaper than buses and return discounts are available on weekends. Buy tickets before you board, as there's a surcharge for any tickets bought from the conductor. A €1.20 surcharge also applies to any InterCity trains.

Quite a bit of money and effort has been put into modernising the system and the newest trains are as nice as anything you'll find in Western Europe, but the stations themselves are often not quite up to Western standards. However, trains are punctual, so check the expected arrival time and some previous station names to be sure where to get off. For figuring out your next train from a station, electronic signboards are a rarity (outside Ljubljana), but printed schedules are always available: odhod (yellow) means departures, while prihod (white) is arrivals.

By Road

Traffic drives on the right. There is a good network of high-quality roads in Slovenia. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on roads reserved to motor traffic and 90kph (56mph) on roads outside residential areas. In cities it is 50kph (31mph). School buses cannot be overtaken. The alcohol limit is 0.05%. Safety belts are compulsory (even in the back, if provided). Dimmed headlights must be turned on at all times while driving (even during the day).

Bus

Buses fill in the gaps, and may be a better option for some towns not directly served from Ljubljana by train (eg. Bled, Piran). Some bigger stations have handy electronic search engines for schedules and fares.

Car Rental

Renting a car is very easy and most major car rental corporations are well-represented. If you are on a budget, the local car rental companies have some nice offers if you do not mind using a car which is a few years old. Slovenia's roads are for the most part well maintained and well signposted, and you won't have a problem if you drive.

Documentation: Full national driving licences with a photograph are accepted. An International Green Card for non-EU members can be purchased at the border. International car insurance is mandatory.

Urban Transportation

Ljubljana and Maribor, as well as other big cities in Slovenia, have good bus services and taxis are widely available.

 

 
 


 



 


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