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By car

Slovenia lies at the crossroads of several major European roads: the roads going from Vienna and Graz toward Trieste and Milan and the roads going from Munich and Salzburg toward Zagreb. You can enter Slovenia with your car via one of the border crossings with Italy, Austria, Hungary or Croatia. We are connected to neighbouring countries by 64 international border crossings. The most important ones are:

  • Italy: Škofije, Fernetiči
  • Austria: Šentilj, Karavanke
  • Hungary: Dolga vas, Hodoš
  • Croatia: Zavrč, Obrežje, Vinica, Sečovlje

All major border crossings have a currency exchange service, stores and restaurants. Most also have warehouses and provide veterinary/phytopathological inspection services.

Border crossing is handled in accordance with European standards. Citizens of the European Union and Switzerland only need an identity card or driver's license to cross the national border. Foreign citizens that require a visa must obtain it at a diplomatic office of the Republic of Slovenia in their country. If you are entering by car, you must present a green card (a legal document issued by car insurance companies and acts as proof that the vehicle is internationally insured). You can also get green card forms at all international border crossings. International automotive insurance is not necessary for citizens of countries that have signed a special agreemenet with Slovenia.
When driving in Slovenia, you need to respect the country's traffic laws:  

Speed limits:

  • urban areas 50 km/h
  • open roads 90 km/h
  • roads reserved for motor vehicles 100 km/h
  • highways 130 km/h
  • seatbelts must be worn on all seats that have seatbelts
  • required equipment in a car includes a safety triangle, spare light bulbs, a first aid kit and snow chains (only during the winter)
  • professional drivers (taxis, buses, trucks) may not drive under the influence of alcohol; all other drivers may have a maximum of 0.5 promiles of alcohol in their blood
  • even during the day, dimmed lights must be turned on
  • motorcycle helmets must be worn by everyone riding a motorcycle (including passengers)