Slovenia

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Language: Slovenian
Capital: Ljubljana
Population: 2,020,000
Currency: Euro (€)
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Slovenia is a country in Southern Europe. It is a member state of the European Union as well as the Schengen Agreement. Hitchhiking used to be more common here in the past, but today people aren´t used to hitchikers and they could be suprised to see you. But still, hitchiking is quite possible and safe. You will find that people in Slovenia speak English quite good, German language can also come in handy.

Hitchiking with highways will take you far and fast, but if you have time, use it to hitchhike on the small roads. Slovenia can offer you a lot on its small area. Geographic landscapes change fast and you can get from the edge of the highest mountain (Triglav, 2864m) to the Adriatic sea in a cca. 2 hour drive).

From the capital, Ljubljana, it is possible to easily hitchhike to the north/east (Maribor, Austria), north/west (Jesenice ,Austria), to the south (Croatia, Zagreb) and to the west (Postojna, Italy). It is the best to use highways entrances, and to hold a sign marking your destination. Hitchhiking in the rural areas is even easier, and a ride can be found even in the smallest roads. Highways are always in a good condition, there are also service areas on the motorway.

At motorway service areas, standing with a sign seems to work better than asking people, especially if you don't speak Slovenian.

Regions and their number plates

A hitchhiker holding a sign with the number plate code for Ljubljana
Region's capital Code Other towns
Celje CE Velenje
Koper KP Izola
Kranj KR Jesenice, Škofja Loka
Krško KK
Ljubljana LJ Domžale, Kamnik
Maribor MB Ptuj
Murska Sobota MS
Nova Gorica GO
Novo Mesto NM
Postojna PO
Slovenj Gradec SG

International airports

Border Crossings

Sometimes drivers are not that friendly and they don't wish to take you abroad, sometimes they even leave you just before the border crossing. But don't worry! If you are going to Italy (Trieste, Venice), your best option is to hitchhike till the border city (Sezana) and from there take a bus (€1.90) till the Italian village of Villa Opicina. From there you can take plenty of buses to Trst (Trieste) and continue to Venice. From begining of December 2011. there is no train from Sežana to Villa Opicina or any other connection from Slovenia to Italy.Reference. Border is also not a problem anymore, because there is schengen rule and no border crossings any more. If you want to hitchike to Trieste or further to Italy, walk on main road left from train station towards BTC sign, and try to catch a ride to Trieste or Villa Opicina. This is not best hitchhiking spot, but I didnt found better.--Cro gavran 22:11, 21 April 2012 (CEST)

If you are going to Zagreb, and you were not lucky enough to get a direct ride, try to get to a city called Brezice. From there take either a bus or a local train to the border village called Dobova, from which there is every two hours a cheap local train to Zagreb (€1.50).

Crossing from Austria to Slovenia : If you don't get a ride to Ljubljana, there is a point some 60km before ljubljana where trucks are weighed and presumably the old border check point was in place. Get out here and you can hitch all the cars and possibly even get a ride to Croatia / Serbia as you'll be catching all the traffic coming from Austria. Jass received a ride in September 2012 after 5 minutes of waiting to eastern Croatia (but should have exited in Zagreb as there is little traffic on any rest station in Croatia).

Crossing from Slovenia to Austria : Border crossing is very luxurious hitching spot, as the traffic slows down to about 10km/h (in the afternoon at least) so the whole highway sees you clearly. There is also plenty of space for drivers to pick you up.

Links

Slovenia at trashwiki

Countries of Europe