Hints and tips for getting the most from your trip
Important notes prior to travel to Slovenia
When you give Simply Ruritania your first name and surname to be printed on your airline tickets please ensure that they correspond exactly with the first name and surname on your passport. If they do not match exactly, the airline may refuse you the right to travel.
Before you travel, please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned return date. It must also have at least 2 blank pages.
Before you leave home, it is a good idea to take photocopies of all-important documents (passport data page, credit cards, travel insurance policy, air tickets, driving licence etc). Leave one copy with someone at home and keep another with you while you travel, in a separate place from the originals.
Entering Slovenia as a tourist
Slovenia is currently a member of both the European Union and the Schengen area. This means that citizens of countries that are also in the European Union and the Schengen area may stay in Slovenia with no permit requirements. To enter the country, they only need a valid travel document such as a passport or an ID card. For the time being, this still applies to UK citizens.
If you are a non-UK citizen and not from a country within the EU you will need to apply for a 90-day Visa to be able to travel to Slovenia. If anyone stays in Slovenia longer than three months, they must notify the relevant authorities of their stay.
You can find out more about how to apply for a visa from the Visa and Consular department at the Slovenia embassy in London. You will still need to have a valid passport, and will be required to present the visa and the passport on arrival in the country.
Carry your passport with you at all times for identification. The police may fine you or arrest you if you fail to do so.
Health and Medical Information in Slovenia
If you have any concerns about staying healthy while abroad and any precautions you might need to take beforehand, please consult with your doctor before travel.
If you’re from the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, it’s advisable to take a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. An EHIC gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another EEA country or Switzerland. The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would to a resident of that country, either at a reduced cost or, in many cases, for free.
You can apply for a card free of charge using the official EHIC online application form: https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startApplication.do. Please note you can obtain a card from other sites, but they may charge you a fee for doing so.
While in the country, if you need to contact the emergency services call 112. If you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
No vaccinations are required before visiting Slovenia, however the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad (MASTA) recommends that you might need to consider vaccinations for Tetanus , Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE). You can find out more and book vaccinations from their website www.masta-travel-health.com. You may also wish to consult your doctor.
Security when travelling in Slovenia
The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about travelling to Slovenia. You are advised to check this information at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
A good travel insurance that covers lost luggage, money and valuables, personal liability, medical and cancellation expenses is essential. It is a condition of travelling with Simply Ruritania that you have adequate Travel Insurance. Many clients prefer to make their own insurance arrangements to suit their requirements. Please note that we will need to know the following information before commencement of your holiday:
Name of your insurers
Insurers emergency contact number
Some money tips for your trip to Slovenia
The official currency of Slovenia is the Euro with the international abbreviation EUR. 1 Euro consists of 100 cents.
Take care when using cash machines, shield your pin and be aware of other people standing nearby. If you need to exchange currency, do so at a currency exchange office or bank, never on the street as this money is often counterfeit. It is very difficult to change Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes in Slovenia, so we would recommend that you change this currency in the UK instead.
Major credit cards, such as Visa, American Express and MasterCard are accepted by most hotels, shops and restaurants. Try to avoid signing for optional services at your hotels, pay as you go along to avoid unnecessary delays when checking out.
In Slovenia, it is usual to tip in restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other similar places. Sometimes the tip is included in the bill, but mostly it is at the customer’s discretion how much of a tip to leave in a restaurant or bar. 10% is the norm if you feel the service has been good.
What temperatures and weather to expect during your trip to Slovenia
The temperature from early March to late May usually stays around 7°C on average in the Slovenia. Rainfall/snowfall averages about 96 mm.
The average summer temperature is about 16°C because it also includes mountainous areas. In reality, the temperature in the towns in June, July and August may reach as high as 37°C.
September is still relatively warm in Slovenia, but at the beginning of October the average daily temperature falls to 5°C. You may also get some ground frosts in the late autumn.
Winter in Slovenia lasts roughly from November to March and is traditionally cold, with temperatures in towns sometimes dropping as low as -23°C, and even lower in the mountains.
Travel and Transport in Slovenia:
The largest airport in Slovenia is the Jože Pučnik Airport in Zagreb, named after one of the founders of Slovenian Independence. The airport is 26 kms north of Ljubljana, but it’s very easy to get to the city centre. There are several options:
You may like to refer to Ljubljana airport’s official website; www.fraport-slovenija.si
The other international airports in Slovenia are:
Public Transport in Slovenia
As with many places, the best practice with taxis is to use only taxis that are clearly identified and that you have called by phone, not hailed from the street. Ask about the price to your destination beforehand, and if it is too high, do not get in the car. The average price of a taxi is 1 EUR starting price plus 0.90 EUR per km.
Buses and trains
Slovenia has an very good railway network and an excellent bus service. Both trains and buses are reliable. In Ljubljana, you’ll also find boats, local buses and a funicular railway.
Slovenia Time Zone
Slovenia is in the Central European time zone (CET), which means it is one hour ahead of the UK. Like the UK, Slovenia also switches to summer time, with the clocks moving forward an hour on the last Sunday in March and back again on the last Sunday in October. The Slovenes usually use the 24-hour format for telling the time, although they will sometimes use the 12-hour convention in every day speech.
Electricity in Slovenia
The electrical network in Slovenia has a voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50 Hz. The sockets are the same as in France, Germany, Belgium or Poland. You will need to use an adapter if you are using an appliance with a UK plug.
Phones and internet connectivity:
There is a good broadband service across most of Slovenia, so you should have no problem finding an internet connection. Wi-Fi is usually available in restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels or libraries and on some of the transport network, such as certain buses and trains.
The larger cities like Ljubljana and Maribor have high speed mobile phone networks, so if you have a prepaid data allowance with your phone provider, you can browse the internet that way too. European Union regulations were brought in in the summer of 2017, which means that all EU citizens will be charged at the same rate as they would be in their home country, putting an end to expensive data roaming charges.
The international dialling code of Slovenia is +386 (00386).
Big companies and public authorities have toll free lines starting with 080.
If you don’t have a mobile phone or don’t want to use it, Slovenia still has phone booths operated with coins or a prepaid card.
Shopping while in Slovenia:
Opening hours for shops, banks, pharmacies in Slovenia:
As a rule, the bigger the town, the longer the opening hours.
Banks are open weekdays from 9am to 5pm (sometimes closing for an hour around midday). ATMs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Shopping centre opening hours tend to be the same throughout Slovenia: usually from 7am to 9pm, Monday to Friday and until 1pm on Saturday, except for public holidays. Sunday shopping 9pm until 1pm (only major shopping centres).
Postal services within Slovenia and internationally are provided mainly by Slovenian Post (Pošta Slovenije). In the larger towns, post office branches are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to noon on Saturday and closed on Sunday.
In Ljubljana, there is a central post office at Slovenska 32, open until midday on Saturdays.
Pharmacies or chemists are usually open six days a week from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays. They are closed on public holidays. In larger cities there is always one pharmacy open 24 hours a day for emergencies.
Tourist sites, historical points of interest, galleries and museums in Slovenia are often closed on Mondays.
Normal hours for governmental offices are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with some of the offices being open to the public more often. Most will close for lunch, usually between 12pm and 1pm.
Normal business hours for shops and services in smaller towns in Slovenia are usually from 7am to 6pm.
Guide on prices during your trip to Slovenia
Here are some approximate prices of basic items that you may wish to buy in Slovenian shops:
Bottle of still water (0.5 l) – 2.00 EUR
Bottled beer (0.5 l) – 2.50 EUR
Wine (0.7 l) – 5.00 EUR
Bread (0.5 kg) – 1.80 EUR
Cheese (100 g) – 0.89 EUR
Approximate prices of admission fees and other services:
Cinema ticket – 6.00 EUR
Theatre ticket – 11.00 EUR
Concert ticket – 18.00 EUR or more
If you are considering making a major purchase of handicrafts, souvenirs, jewellery, or anything else whilst in Slovenia bear in mind that you may be responsible for
1. Carriage /shipping / postage and insurance charges.
2. UK Value Added Tax (VAT)
3. UK Import Duty
Should you purchase an item please note we cannot be held responsible for the quality or delivery of the goods in the UK and are not able to intercede in any transaction you may make. It’s advisable to keep in mind: ‘Buyer beware’.