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Driving in Slovenia
Visitors riding or driving in Slovenia must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private motor vehicle in Slovenia.
All EU driving licences are recognised.
Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Slovenia for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Slovenia the following documents should be carried:
- Full, valid driving licence.
- Proof of Insurance (third party or above).
- Proof of ID (passport).
- Proof of ownership (V5C certificate).
While driving in Slovenia you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:
- Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually.)
- A first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and spare bulbs are compulsory aboard all motor vehicles registered to slovenia.
- Warning triangle (A vehicle with a trailer, and a motor vehicle at the rear of a column (if the vehicles are travelling in convoy) must carry two triangles.)
- All vehicles must have their lights on day and night.
- Reflective Jacket (for use when walking on the road at night or daytime.)
- Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles.)
Rules of the road and regulations
Rules of the road:
Overtaking and passing
Drivers overtake on the left, or on the right if the vehicle to be overtaken is turning left. Inside and outside built-up areas, where two or more lanes of traffic are travelling in the same direction, vehicles on the right may overtake those on the left. Overtaking is prohibited on and immediately in front of pedestrian crossings, unless regulated by signs or lights.
It is prohibited to overtake a bus transporting children when passengers are getting on or off the bus.
At intersections, drivers must give way to traffic from the right unless a priority road is indicated. Vehicles turning left at an intersection must give way to all oncoming vehicles.
Traffic in a roundabout has right of way, except when signs indicate otherwise. Drivers must not indicate when entering the roundabout – they must use the indicators when leaving it.
Buses have priority when leaving bus stops, and other vehicles must give way to a bus driver who has signalled his intention to leave the bus stop.
All road users must give way to fire engines, ambulances and police vehicles which have blue flashing lights, irrespective of whether there is an audible warning signal or not.
In heavy traffic, drivers must not enter an intersection unless their exit is clear, even if they have priority or if the lights are green.
When a carriageway with several lanes in the same direction narrows, vehicles travelling in the lane, which is closing or in which there is an obstruction, must be allowed to enter the adjoining lane in turn ("zip merge").
Warning of approach
Horns must not be used in built-up areas or at night, except in cases of imminent danger or if the vehicle is transporting a person who is injured or seriously ill and in need of urgent medical attention. Its use is generally prohibited in the vicinity of hospitals.
The period of winter equipment for vehicles is from 15th November to 15th March and beyond these dates, during winter weather conditions (snowfalls, black ice, etc.).
The use of spiked tyres is prohibited for all vehicles on all roads.
When chains are used, vehicles must not exceed 50 km/h.
During winter weather conditions, cars registered in Slovenia and abroad must be equipped with:
- winter tyres (M+S) on all 4 wheels or
- summer tyres on all 4 wheels + snow chains in the boot.
The minimum tread depth for both types of tyres is 3 mm.
The use of seat belts is compulsory on all seats fitted with belts, irrespective of the country of registration of the vehicle.
Travelling with children:
Children less than 150 cm in height, travelling in vehicles registered in Slovenia or abroad, must use special seat belts adapted to their size or special child restraints, both at the front and at the rear of the vehicle. Child restraints must conform to ECE standard 44/03 or 44/04. If the child is transported on the front seat in a rear-facing child restraint, the airbag must be de-activated.
In the case of older vehicles not fitted with seatbelts (where a child restraint cannot be attached), children aged 3 or over and measuring less than 150 cm in height may travel without a child restraint, but they must occupy a rear seat. A child under 3 years of age must not be transported in a vehicle if a child restraint cannot be fitted.
A fine of 120 EUR may be imposed for not complying with this regulation.
In built-up areas:
Outside built-up areas:
|Motorways||Express roads||Other roads|
|Motorcycle, private car, camping-car up to 3.5 t||130 km/h||110 km/h||90 km/h|
|Private car with trailer or caravan, coach, up to 3.5 t||100 km/h||100 km/h||90 km/h|
|Private car over 3.5 t with trailer or caravan, coach, lorry over 3.5 t and up to 7.5 t||80 km/h||80 km/h||80 km/h|
|Lorry with or without trailer exceeding 7.5 t||70 km/h||70 km/h||70 km/h|
*There is an increasing number of areas where speed is limited to 30 km/h; these are indicated by the sign “zone 30”
Minimum speed on motorways and expressways: 60 km/h
The police can issue a fine on-the-spot and demand immediate payment of fines.
Parking meters are used in some towns to limit parking time.
In Ljubljana, there are over 2,000 short-term parking spaces in the city centre. Two P+R schemes operate from the outskirts and transport motorists by bus to the city.
White zones: In the city centres, parking is permitted at places marked with white lines for a maximum of 2 hours. Between 0700 and 1900 hours, parking tickets can be bought at parking machines.
Blue zones: Parking is also permitted at places marked with blue lines, where parking tickets are free and parking is allowed for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Persons wishing to park for longer periods of time must do so at public parking places or garages.
Enforcement of parking regulations
In case of illegal parking, the authorities can tow vehicles away or wheel clamp them.
A special wheel clamp for motorcycles is used in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. Like for a car, the clamp is fixed on the front wheel.
Disabled parking access
There are reserved parking spaces for the disabled which are sign posted. These may also be used by foreign disabled motorists provided they are in possession of the blue badge.
The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used in Slovenia.
The legal limit for drivers is 0.05% alcohol in the blood. The Limit for novice drivers (less than 2 years experience,) drivers under the age of 21 and professional drivers is 0.0%
Tests are conducted at random or on suspicion of driving or attempting to operate a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as following an accident or road traffic violation.
They usually consist of 2 tests: a screening test at the roadside and an evidential test usually carried out at a police station, or a medical examination.
Roads and fuel
Motorways and tolls:
There are about 620 km of motorways in Slovenia. A vignette system is in place for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes. The vignette must be used when travelling on motorways and expressways.
|12 months||1 month||1 week|
|Class 2A:Vehicles not exceeding 3.5 t and with a maximum height at the front axle not exceeding 1.30 m||110 EUR||30 EUR||15 EUR|
|Class 2B: Vehicles not exceeding 3.5 t and with a maximum height at the front axle exceeding 1.30 m||220||80||40|
|Class 1: Motorcycles||55||30||7.5|
The vignette is available from filling stations in Slovenia and in neighbouring countries, from tobacconists, as well as from some shops at the border.
The annual vignette is valid from 1st December to 31st January of the following year. The driver of a vehicle without vignette will be fined 300 to 800 EUR. For vehicles up to 3,5 tonnes towing a trailer, no additional payment is required; a vignette for the vehicle itself is sufficient.
Tolls can be paid by different methods:
- in cash - Euros (EUR), Croatian kunas (HRK), Swiss francs (CHF) and US dollars (USD).
- by credit card - American Express, Magna, UTA, DKV, Diners, OMV Istrabenz (Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Maestro and Activa cards are only accepted at the toll station in Hrusica).
There are service areas at the petrol stations along the motorways.
Availability of fuel:
Petrol stations are generally open from 0700 to 2000 hours, Monday to Saturday. Stations situated near border crossings, on motorways and near large towns are open 24 hours a day.
Means of payment
Most service stations accept Visa and Mastercard. Cash payment is accepted in local currency only.
Useful guides and maps
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe
- Still current at:
- 28th Jul 2016
- Updated at:
- 27th Jul 2016
- Latest update:
- Latest update: Summary – due to WW1 commemorative events there will be significant travel disruption in Ljubljana and the Gorenjska region on 30 July 2016, including delays on the highway between Ljubljana and the Austrian border; access to Ljubljana Joze Pucnik airport will also be affected
On Saturday 30 July 2016 significant travel disruption is expected in Ljubljana and the Gorenjska region due to commemorative events in Vrsic, Kranjska Gora and Ljubljana. There are likely to be long delays and road closures, including on the A2 highway between Ljubljana and Austria and the Karavanke tunnel border crossing. Access to Ljubljana Joze Pucnik airport will also be affected and passengers are advised to allow extra time to get to the airport.
Slovene authorities are advising travellers to avoid travelling around in these areas if possible or to seek alternative routes. For further information, please see the DARS (Slovenian Highway Agency) and Ljubljana Airport website. You can also check the latest traffic conditions online with the PIC Traffic Information Centre.
The EU Referendum held on 23 June delivered a clear vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. The Prime Minister has made a statement. In his statement, the Prime Minister reassured British people living in the EU, and European citizens in the UK, that there would be no immediate changes to their circumstances, and that there would be no initial change to the way people can travel. Until it leaves, the UK remains a full member of the EU. The period for exit, under the EU Treaties, is two years unless the other Member States agree to extend it.
Although fewer people are currently transiting through Slovenia, reinstated immigration controls are temporarily in operation at road and rail border crossing points with Austria and Hungary. Full immigration controls are in place at Slovenia’s border with Croatia. You must carry your passport with you at all times. You should monitor local media and check with your transport provider, the Slovenian Automobile Association (AMZS) or Slovenian Railways (SZ) websites for updates.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
Around 100,000 British nationals visit Slovenia every year. Most visits are trouble free.
All foreign nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the police within 3 days of arrival or risk paying a fine. Hotels and accommodation providers will usually do this as part of the check in procedures. See Local laws and customs
To drive on Slovenian motorways, you must buy and display a ‘vignette’. Vehicles must be fitted with winter equipment from 15 November to 15 March. See Road travel
Seek advice on weather and safety conditions before travelling into the mountains. Off-piste skiing is highly dangerous due to the risk of avalanches. See Skiing/mountaineering.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.