Motorways in Slovenia

The length of the Slovenian public road network is 38,985 km. All of them are hard coated. The length of the motorways is 623 km.

Toll roads

A fee (vignette) is charged for the passage of motor vehicles on Slovenian motorways. The amount of the fee depends on the vehicle category and the length of time the motorways are used. In addition, the passage through the Karawanken tunnel is paid for separately.

Vehicle categories

Since 2014, the previously single vehicle category up to 3.5 t in Slovenia has been divided into two separate categories: vehicles with a height of up to 1.3 m in the front axle area (2A) and a height of 1.3 m or more (2B).

Vehicle categories

A similar system already exists for paying tolls for the  M6  in the UK. And we recommend looking up in the relevant section how the height in the front axle area is calculated for a vehicle.

List of category 2B vehicles published on the DARS website   (227 KB) (this list can be expanded).

Vignette costs

The cost of a vignette for motorcycles and cars weighing up to 3.5 tons (regardless of the weight of the trailer) for 2021 is:

TSclass7 days1 month6 months1 year
one€ 7.50€ 30.00€ 55.00
2A15.00 €€ 30.00€ 110.00
2 B€ 30.00€ 60.00€ 220.00

The vignette can be bought at border control points, at individual petrol stations or in large retail stores.

Toll road map

Map of toll road sections in Slovenia 2021

List of motorway and expressway sections to be paid from December 1st, 2020:

HighwayPlace of entry / exit
A1Šentilj – Koper (Srmin)
A2Karavanke – Obrežje
A3Gabrk – Fernetiči
A4Slivnica – Draženci – Gruškovje
A5Maribor (Dragučova) – Pince
H2Pesnica – Maribor (Tezno)
H3Ljubljana (Zadobrova junction – Tomačevo roundabout – Koseze junction) / northern bypass)
H4Razdrto (Nanos) – Vrtojba
H5Škofije – Srmin – Koper (Slavček)
H6A vignette is only required up to the Semedela junction (in the direction of Izola) or from the Semedela junction (in the direction of Ljubljana).
H7Dolga vas – border with Hungary

Validity of the vignette

7-day vignette –  entitles you to drive on motorways for seven consecutive calendar days from the specified date.

Example:
Date of the stamp: August 17th. Accordingly, the vignette is valid from August 17th at midnight and until August 23rd at midnight.

Left for motorcycles, in the middle for cars up to 3.5 tons of category 2A, right for cars up to 3.5 tons of category 2B.

Slovenia vignette 2021 for the week for motorcycles
Vignette from Slovenia 2021 for one week for vehicles of category 2A
Vignette from Slovenia 2021 for one week for vehicles of category 2B

1-month vignette –  gives the right to drive on motorways with the same number for the next month until the end of the day (the vignette is valid for 6 months for motorcycles). And if there is no such day in the next month, then until the last day of the month.

Example:
Date of the stamp: August 17th. Accordingly, the vignette is valid from August 17th at midnight to September 17th at midnight (for motorcycles until February 17th, 2022).

If the vignette is bought in December 2020, fields XII / 20 must be punched out. In this case, the vignette is valid until January 17, 2021 for cars and for motorcycles until June 17, 2021 inclusive.

Left for motorcycles, in the middle for cars up to 3.5 tons of category 2A, right for cars up to 3.5 tons of category 2B.

Slovenia vignette 2021 for 6 months for motorcycles
Slovenian vignette 2021 for one month for vehicles of category 2A
Slovenian vignette 2021 for one month for category 2B vehicles

1-year vignette –  grants a 14-month motorway connection from December 1 of the previous year to January 31 of the following year.

Example:
Vignette for 2021. Accordingly, the vignette is valid from December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2022.

Left for motorcycles, in the middle for cars up to 3.5 tons of category 2A, right for cars up to 3.5 tons of category 2B.

Slovenia vignette 2021 for the year of motorcycles
Vignette from Slovenia 2021 for the year for vehicles of category 2A
Vignette from Slovenia 2021 for the year for vehicles of category 2B

Before you affix the vignette, you must ensure that it has the correct date. It is recommended that the vignette be affixed to the upper left corner of the vehicle’s windshield. A vignette that is not attached is considered invalid.

An already expired vignette  should be  removed.

A fine for driving on motorways with an invalid or incorrectly affixed vignette is 300 to 800 euros.

Read more about the options for attaching a vignette in Slovenia and frequently asked questions about its use.

With the introduction of an electronic toll system for vehicles over 3.5 tons on April 1, 2018, the last prerequisite for the gradual dismantling of toll stations on the motorway network was met. In the meantime, you will need to use the yellow lines as you pass through the payment stations.

Paying agent in Slovenia

Land with special payment

Karawanken tunnel tariffs

The Karawanken Tunnel connects the A2  (Slovenia) and  A11  (Austria) motorways  . The Karawanken tunnel is 7,864 m long, 3,750 m in Slovenia and the rest in Austria.

Karawanken tunnel in Slovenia

Coordinates of the Karawanken tunnel on the border with Slovenia:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2021 for cars up to 3.5 t:

 Karawanken tunnel
A travel€ 7.60

Parking in Slovenia

In large cities, parking meters (are  Parkomaten  ) widespread. Payment can be made in cash or by SMS from a mobile phone. Permitted parking time from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The approximate cost is € 0.4 per hour.

Unless otherwise stated, parking is free on weekdays, weekends and public holidays as well as in August from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. In smaller cities, free parking spaces are often offered from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m.

Penalty for wrong parking from 40 €.

Parking cars in prohibited areas can result in the vehicle being blocked or towed. If this happened in Ljubljana, the fine is € 35 in the first case (from € 70 on weekends and public holidays) and € 65 in the second case.

Slovenia road map

Slovenia road map

Basic traffic rules in Slovenia

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Slovenia

Standard speed limits in Slovenia (unless otherwise stated on the signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on a high-speed road – 110 km / h
  • on the highway – 130 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on a high-speed road – 100 km / h
  • on the highway – 100 km / h

It is forbidden to drive on motorway vehicles at a speed not exceeding 60 km / h according to their technical specifications.

For vehicles with snow chains, the maximum permissible speed is 50 km / h.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

Attention! One road and two different traffic signs

In Slovenia the same street can be indicated by two different signs. As a result, the speed limits will also be different there.

A traffic sign with a white road on a blue background is an  expressway  with a maximum speed of 110 km / h.

A traffic sign with a white car on a blue background –  “Road for cars”  with a maximum speed of 90 km / h.

These characters can change one another. So be careful and keep the correct speed limit.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.5 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is up to 0.5 ‰, but the police officer believes that the driver cannot drive the car safely, the fine is € 300.

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.51 ‰ and 0.8 ‰, the fine is € 600.

If the blood alcohol level is between 0.81 ‰ and 1.1 ‰, the fine is € 900.

If the blood alcohol level exceeds 1.1 ‰, the fine will be € 1,200 and the driver will be detained for a period of 6 to 12 hours.

For drivers with less than 3 years of driving experience, the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 0.0 ‰. If the permissible level is exceeded by 0.5 ‰, the fine is € 300.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The low beam is required around the clock all year round. The fine is € 40. If you drive without lights at night, the fine is € 120.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under the age of 12 and who are less than 150 cm tall are prohibited from driving in the front seats without special restraint systems that are appropriate for their weight.

Children under 3 years of age are not allowed to travel in vehicles that are not equipped with seat belts. Children over 3 years and under 150 cm can only be transported in the rear seats of the vehicle.

The fine is € 200.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

The fine is € 120 for each passenger who is not seated.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

The fine is € 120.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

Punish

The fine can be paid directly to the police officer who issued the receipt on site. If the fine is paid within 8 days, the amount will be reduced by 50%. Foreign drivers who refuse to pay a fine on site may have their passport or other document they present confiscated for forwarding to the court. Table of penalties for traffic violations in Slovenia:

violationFines (EUR)
For the actions that caused the accident€ 200-950
To leave the scene of the accident€ 1,200
Driving under the influence of drugsfrom 950 €
Violation of overtaking rules by the driver500 €
Failure to grant subscription rights to traffic300 €
Pass a red light300 €
Journey to the yellow light€ 200
Overtaking in a tunnel€ 700
Overtaking on the side of the motorway300 €
Throw foreign objects out of the car (cigarette butts, paper, bottles, etc.)80 €
Failure to follow traffic rules to make way for pedestrians at a pedestrian crossing80 €
Failure to maintain a safety distance300 €

Slovenia has stricter fines for speeding in residential areas. Table of fines for over speeding in Slovenia:

About speed
up to 5 km / h40 €40 €40 €40 €
from 5 to 10 km / h80 €80 €40 €40 €
from 11 to 20 km / h300 €€ 25080 €80 €
from 21 to 30 km / h€ 1,000500 €160 €80 €
from 31 to 40 km / h€ 1,200€ 1,000€ 250160 €
from 41 to 50 km / h€ 1,200€ 1,000500 €€ 250
from 51 to 60 km / h€ 1,200€ 1,200€ 1,200500 €
over 60 km / h€ 1,200€ 1,200€ 1,200€ 1,200

Useful information

petrol

1.18 1.33 1.21 0.66 on May 18, 2021

Unleaded petrol (95 and 98) and diesel are available in Slovenia. There is no such thing as leaded gasoline. Petrol stations are available.

List and maps of petrol stations  (1.9 Mb) on the territory of the republics of the former Yugoslavia.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Police – 113
  • Roadside Assistance and Evacuation of Cars – 1987

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Warning triangle  – optional for motorcycles. If there is a trailer, 2 signs are required.
  • Reflective Vest  – A reflective vest is a must have for anyone who gets out of their vehicle day or night when they stop on the highway or have an accident. The vest must be in the car, not in the trunk. The fine is € 100.
  • First aid kit

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires in Slovenia is compulsory from November 15th to March 15th.

Winter tires in Slovenia are considered to be tires marked “M + S”, “MS”, “M & S” or summer tires with a minimum tread depth of at least 3 mm. Winter tires must be fitted to all wheels.

Vehicles used in the Slovenian coastal area can use summer tires with a tread depth of less than 3 mm. The coastal zone is part of the territory of Slovenia bounded by the Adriatic coast, the border with Italy, the border with Croatia and the following roads (not included in this area):

  • Road section 627 – border crossing Osp – Črni kal;
  • Road section 208 – Črni kal – Aver;
  • Road section 208 – Aver – Gračišče;
  • Road section 626 – Gračišče – Brezovica border crossing.

A driver who does not have the appropriate winter equipment will be fined 40 €. However, if other vehicles are disturbed, the driver must be fined € 500.

If the driver does not clear the snow from the entire car before starting the journey, a fine of € 200 may be imposed. Failure to take into account signs of winter conditions and a driving ban will result in a fine of € 300.

Fines for lack of winter equipment in Slovenia

spikes

The use of studded tires is  prohibited  .

Anti-slip chains

Snow chains can be used when there is ice on the road. They must be mounted on the drive axle.

Failure to  use snow chains where the  sign is affixed will result in a € 40 fine.

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

It is recommended to have a fire extinguisher and a set of spare lamps in the car.

It is forbidden to overtake a school bus that has stopped to pick up / drop off children.

Using Radar detector allowed  .

Using Anti-radar forbidden  . The fine is € 400.