If you’re looking to explore Slovenia, a gorgeous country in Central Europe, then a road trip may be the best way for you. You can visit many of the famous sights and hidden gems that this country has to offer by car. However, before rushing out and booking your hotel, figuring out what type of vehicle you will need, and how much it will cost to rent one in advance, take a moment to look into some key things you should think about first. Here are 8 things you need to consider before traveling by car in Slovenia.
1) What type of car do you need for Slovenia?
This will depend on where you want to visit. The most important thing is to make sure to have something that will suit your trip. The roads in Slovenia are amazing and safe although, in some parts of the country, you may find narrow roads. But these will mainly be in the mountainous areas. If you want to visit popular attractions like Lake Bled or explore the incredible landscapes in the Julian Alps, it may be worthwhile renting a car with a roof and four-wheel drive.
2) How much will car rental cost in Slovenia?
It depends on the type of car you choose and where you are renting it from. You can expect to pay between $25 and $35 per day for a compact, city-friendly car. If you want a more comfortable, bigger vehicle, you may want to double those prices. It’s always recommended to rent from a reputable company and ensure you have comprehensive insurance.
3) Can I use a foreign driving license in Slovenia?
You can use a UK driving license as well as an international permit in Slovenia. If you are from the EU, your home country’s license is accepted too. Those coming from the United States of America, they will need a valid U.S. driver’s license and an International Driver’s License.
4) Speed limit in Slovenia
The speed limits in Slovenia are 50 km/h in residential areas, 90km/h in built-up areas, and 110km/h on express roads (these usually have blue signs). If you are driving on highways, the speed limit will be displayed on green signs (130 km/h). Speeding penalties are quite harsh so obey the speed limit signs at all times while on the road in Slovenia or you may end up paying quite a fortune.
5) Make sure your tires are in good condition
Most car rental companies in Slovenia will inspect your tires for free. Before driving off the rental lot, make sure you inspect the tires and that they appear to be in good condition, especially if you plan on visiting some of the beautiful Alps. If you see any problems, be sure to inform the staff immediately, who will most likely give you a free replacement. If you are renting a car in Slovenia, you will also want to make sure that the spare tire and the jack are in the car. This is crucial as you will need to have these items ready to use when you get stuck or have a flat tire.
6) Driving rules in Slovenia
Driving rules in Slovenia are very similar to most EU countries. Here are some important rules you need to be aware of:
- Drive on the right side of the road.
- Make sure your headlights are on at all times, and your car brakes should be visible.
- Follow all the road signs, including the speed limit.
- Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Don’t drive with a broken windshield, missing taillights, or a flat tire.
- Don’t park on pedestrian walkways or in areas that have “no parking” signs.
7) Paying for e-vignette
If you are renting a car in Slovenia, you will need to purchase a vignette before you go. This is a toll sticker that should be displayed clearly on your vehicle (although e-vignettes are now available). The fee will depend on the vehicle and duration of the vignette.
8) Plan the places you want to visit in Slovenia before driving
Before you leave for Slovenia, make sure you have a good idea of where you want to go and how you want to get there. It’s important to have a plan as Slovenia is a small country, and you can easily get overwhelmed by the number of things to see and do. Find out what attractions are near each other, and have a printout of distances between places, so you can easily refer to it while driving.
With several amazing sights and a rich cultural heritage to explore, Slovenia is a car travel dreamland. You will need something comfortable to get around, and renting one in advance can be done easily in many cities. The country also has some of the best driving conditions in Europe. If you are visiting, you can rent one from car rental companies in many of the major towns.