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Practical information Slovenia

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Slovenia : Travel Information before you go!

Area

7827.0

Flights

Flight time from London to Ljubliana is about 2 hours.

GMT + 1

Population

2052821

Airports

Ljubljana Jo?e Pucnik Airport is located 12 miles north of Ljubljana. Buses run hourly services to the city centre however the minibuses are a more frequent option (9 Euros) and take you right to your hotel. The journey takes about half an hour.

Security

As usual, do not leave personal items unattended. If you are renting a car, do not leave valuables inside, or at least keep them out of sight in the boot.

Languages

The official language is Slovenian and recognised regional languages are Italian and Hungarian. However English and German are also widely spoken.

Required travel documents for

Valid passport/national identity card for citizens of European countries.

Religion

The majority of Slovenians are Catholic.

Currency

Slovenia adopted the euro in 2007. Those still with Slovenian tolars (SIT) can exchange them for pounds at the country's Central Bank (located in Ljubljana). There is no expiry date for notes in the old currency, and coins can be changed until the 31st of December 2016.

Use a credit card (Visa, Eurocard, American Express, MasterCard or Diners) to pay for goods in hotels, larger restaurants and upmarket shops. Otherwise, you can withdraw money from cash machines which accept foreign credit cards. Travellers' cheques are accepted. During the week, banks are open from 8:30am - 12:30pm and from 2:00pm - 4:30pm, whilst on Saturdays they trade between 8:30am and 12:00pm.

Local transportation

Roads are excellent in Slovenia. However, remember to drive with headlights (on low-beam) in the daytime... Hira-a-car offices are easily found in all major cities and at the airports. Choose buses over trains for short/medium length journeys for the latter can be very slow with irregular connections.

Health

Ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date. According to the FCO, tick-borne encephalitis is common to Slovenia, especially if you intend to visit forested areas during the summer months.

Electricity

220 V. 50 hertz. Bring an adaptor.

Tourist numbers

Around 91,000 British tourists visit Slovenia every year (source: FCO).

Taxes and tips

The value added tax is 20% on goods and services that aren't common products (taxed at 8.5%).

Telephone

Slovenia country code: +386
Great Britain country code when calling from Slovenia +44

Slovenia : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London
10 Little Cottage Street, London, SW1P 3SH
Telephone: (+) 44 20 7222 5700
Fax: (+) 44 20 7222 5277
Email: vlo(at)gov.si

Slovenian Tourist Board, Information Office
10 Little College Street, London, SW1P 3SH
Telephone: (+) 44 870 225 53 05
Fax: (+) 44 207 222 52 77
Email: london@slovenia.info

At the destination

Slovenian Tourist Information Centre (STIC)
Krekov trg 10
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 306 45 75/+386 1 306 45 76
Fax: +386 1 306 45 80
Email: stic@visitljubljana.si

The British Embassy in Slovenia
4th floor Trg Republike 3
1000 Ljubljana
Switchboard (00) (386) (1) 200 3910