Slovenia
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Transport and accommodation in Slovenia

Although small, tucked away and largely unknown, Slovenia is actually readily accessible with regular flights and trains and an extensive, modern road network.

The main airport in Ljubljana Jože Pučnik, which has regular flights daily to and from major cities across Europe and to and from worldwide destinations. Smaller international airports are Portorož Airport and Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport.

Slovenia’s rail network is not only extensive throughout the country, but is also well connected to its neighbours. Having been formerly part of Yugoslavia, and before that the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Slovenian connections do not stop at relatively new borders.

Slovenia’s roads are especially good, benefiting from a major building programme a few years ago. There are two major road types – fast roads, with a 100km/h speed limit and motorways, with a 130km/h limit. To drive on the motorway, you are required to display a sticker or Vignette, which are readily available. There are heavy fines for failure to comply so do ensure your Vignette is clearly displayed at all times.

Other important driving rules to be aware of include the compulsory use of dipped headlights at all times and a list of compulsory equipment, including a spare set of lights. Cars must also be fitted with snow tyres between 15th November and 15th March or must carry snow chains. As with most European countries, there is little tolerance of driving under the influence of alcohol, and since Slovenian police can also exercise discretion in stopping you driving even if you are below the legal limit, alcohol is best avoided altogether by drivers.

Accommodation in Slovenia is generally of a good standard, with many three and four star hotels offering comfortable accommodation. There are also a handful of five star hotels, although these are harder to find. The spa resorts are the best developed, with the highest standards of accommodation, including luxury villas and chalets.

Out in the countryside, you will find many delightful cottages and chalets to rent that put you right in the heart of the stunning landscape. The Slovenian Tourist Board, at www.slovenia.info is the best place to start your search.

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