There are lots of things to see in Slovenia and driving is the best way to do that as Slovenia has a well-developed road network that is safe for travel.
If a foreign visitor does not have a driver license from another European Union member state, he should obtain an International driving permit in order to drive in Slovenia.
If a foreign visitor resides in Slovenia and drive his car for more than 6 months, he must register his car with the local authorities and pay the registration tax.
The main road traffic rules:
- Traffic moves on the right hand side.
- The driving age is 18 years or older.
- Dipped headlights must be operated 24-hours a day.
- Seat belt use is compulsory for drivers and all passengers in all seats.
- Using fog lamps is permitted only if visibility is reduced to less than 50 meters.
- It is obligatory to have in the car: a warning triangle, spare set of lights, first aid kit, and reflective vest.
- The maximum permitted blood-alcohol level is 0.05 %. For drivers, whose driving experience is less than 3 years, the legal blood alcohol level is 0.0 %.
- Winter tires are required from 15 November to 15 March.
- Snow tires are not permitted; snow chains may be used.
- It is forbidden to overtake the school bus which stopped for landing/disembarkation of children.
- To use of a radar detectors is forbidden.
- To rent a car a driver must be at least 21 years old and have held a driving permit for at least two years. It is possible to pay a young driver surcharge for drivers from 21 to 25 years old.
- The speed limit is: in built up areas – 50 km/h, on regional roads – 90 km/h, on fast roads – 110 km/h, on motorways – 130 km/h.
- It is not permitted to use cell phones without hands free devices.
- It is not permitted to ride children under 12 years or less than 150 cm in front seats without the special holding systems corresponding to their weight.
- It is not permitted to transport children under 3 years in cars without seatbelts.
- Children older than 3 years may be ridden only in rear seats.
- The third party liability insurance is mandatory.
- The police phone number is 113.
Slovenian Road Traffic Signs
Driving Overseas - Short Information
- In Slovenia, highways are toll roads; drivers must bay vignettes (stickers). The payment’s size depends on the vehicle category and the duration of highways using. It is also required to pay for driving in Karawanken tunnel. Vignettes can be bought at border or any petrol station.
- It is recommended to have the fire extinguisher and a set of spare lamps in the car.
- Documentation must be carried at all times.
- Yellow spaces are reserved and may not be used. Blue spaces may be used for a maximum of 1.5-2 hours. White spaces may be used by anybody; a parking card must be purchased from a nearby meter.
- The spot fines must be paid in local currency immediately.
- In the case of an accident, the police must be called and a written report must be obtained.
- European Union citizens can insure their cars in any European Union country; the insurance is valid throughout the Union.