We visited from 4th July 2019 to 11th July 2019 – ie summer time.
Our costs were €404.21 for the week
This included celebrating a birthday.
In such a small country and in such a small amount of time it’s not possible to visit every town or village. We prefer to travel slowly and deeply and stay long enough to get a feel for a place.
That’s not always possible, however we had one and a half days in Bled and felt we had seen all there was to see. We then spent three nights in Ljubljana and cycled into town every day. Again we felt we had given this city a decent look.
Our overnight stopping points:
Bled, GPS coordinates 46.3703, 14.11844 €25 per night with facilities including electricity
Ljubljana, GPS coordinates 46.06452, 14.50207, €12 per night with electricity but no other facilities
Celje, GPS coordinates 46.22549, 15.26142, €2.50 for one night. All services available except electricity.
Lipoglav, stayed at Sanctum Wineries. They are not really set up for public visits unfortunately, hence no coordinates to share.
I would definitely recommend Bled and Ljubljana as must see destinations.
Population & Size of Country:
Slovenia is a small country containing just a smidgen over two million people and with a coastline of only 43kms. That gives a mere two centimetres of coast for every person who lives there. In comparison, New Zealand has over 15,000km of coastline which would give us each about 3.3 metres – that is if we chose to all stand around the edge of the country.
Slovenia’s land mass is 20,273 sq km, compared to England’s with 130,395 km² (the United Kingdom of 242,495 km²) and New Zealand’s 268,021 km².
Slovenia is located in central Europe and is surrounded by four other European countries and one main body of water. To the north, Slovenia is bordered by Austria. Hungary is situated to the northeast, while Croatia runs along the southern and lower southeastern borders of Slovenia. In the west, Slovenia’s neighbour is Italy. The Mediterranean Sea touches the southwestern extremity of Slovenia for a measly 43km, giving Slovenia at least some access to the sea via the important port at Koper. See map below.
Slovenia moved to Euros on 1st January 2007. Prior to that time and since 8 October 1991, the currently was called Tolar.
Tolls / Vignette:
Upon arrival we purchased a vignette from the first petrol station we came across (€15 for seven days for vehicles less than 3.5 tonnes) and attached it to the windscreen. This allowed us to travel freely on the motorways without those pesky toll booths that clutter up the motorway entrances and exits in many European countries. We far prefer this system where you pay just one fee then don’t have to worry about how much individual toll roads might cost. If you intend to keep off the motorways then you can do so and save paying. Don’t try to cheat their system and use the motorways without buying a vignette. They have cameras that scan your car and the fines are high if you are caught.
The Karavanke tunnel between Austria and Slovenia appears to be the only part of the motorway system where there are toll booths and an extra charge.
See the table below for more information or go to their website https://www.tolls.eu/slovenia
Vehicles with a maximum permissible weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes need to obtain and install an electronic “Darsgo” unit from the first Darsgo Service Centre after entering Slovenia. This is scanned as you pass under electronic gantries along the motorways and you pay based on actual kilometres travelled on the tolled roads and the emission class of your vehicle. You must show evidence of your class. A EURO Class 6 vehicle pays about 40% less than EURO Class 0 – 3 vehicles. Details for this process are found here. https://www.darsgo.si/portal/en/about-us
The roads were reasonable throughout Slovenia, although bear in mind we mainly used the motorways (unusual for us). We entered via a beautiful drive through the Italian Dolomites on the SS13 and SS54, to arrive into Slovenia at Rateče. It was possibly an unusual way to enter the country from Italy.
Be aware that if you want a wee tipple, the blood alcohol limit is 0.5 in this country.
We shopped at Mercato and Lidl. Lidl throughout Europe appears to be very uniform in layout and quality of fresh fruit and veggies, plus they have an onsite bakery.
How long we stayed:
Seven days due to the vignette limitations.
How Much it Cost Us:
Seven days from 4th July to 11th July was about on par with our usual expenses of €395 a week. This wasn’t bad considering we celebrated a birthday during this time, splashed out on some quality wine and spent most of the nights in paid parking.
Map of Where to Find Slovenia
Look for the small country outlined in red below Austria and above Croatia.