Maribor, is the second most important centre and the second largest city of Slovenia. It has a population of about 114,000 inhabitants, and is quite close to the Slovene border with Austria. I have been told repeteadly by my drivers that they also hitchhiked the country when they were younger, and that’s why they would pick me. The highway connects the main cities and Austria in less than 2 hours.
<map lat='46.543749602738565' lng='15.638008117675781' zoom='12' view='0' float='right'/> Hitchiking out of Maribor is relatively easy, in all directions.
1. From the Old City, walk to the bridge which leads to the Europark shopping mall, and continue straight, passing the shopping mall. (The street is called Titova cesta.) Continue walking in this street, passing the first petrol station on your right, till you reach the second petrol station. You can either ask drivers in the Petrol station to give you a lift, or you can hitchhike from the bus station just before the petrol station. From here it is about 1 km till the motorway entrance.
- 2016: This is not a good place to hitch. After being stuck there for 3 hours, most drivers passing by were on local roads only, as the highway onramp is about 5 km further. Most of the locals prefer northern exit, even when leaving for Ljubljana.
2. Near the Maribor main train station, there's a main road called "Meljska cesta". About 1 block before the entrance to the H2 highway, there's a bus stop where cars about to enter the highway can easily stop. There are plenty of places to thumb in either sun or shade just in front of this bus stop. itsagerston hitched a ride to Ljubljana in about 20 minutes on a Friday afternoon doing this in late October 2017. Heads up, though, a lot of people seemed displeased about our hitching.
August 2019: I also used this spot to get to Ljubljana and got picked up about 40 mn after pulling my sign. From my two precedent hitch I understand that hitchiking used to be very popular 20 years ago, so you might want to try with people around 40/50. Note that this part of the town doesn’t have much tourist cars passing by, so you are likely to get picked by locals rather than tourists.
Direction of Graz, Austria, Murska Sobota, Hungary
From the main train station (Partizanska cesta) continue walking south for about 50m, till you reach a junction. (Ahead of you is the Bus station.) Turn left to Meljska cesta, and go straight passing under the bridge and crossing the first junction. After a while you will see on your left the motorway on-ramp in direction of Austria, stand on the right side and hitchhike, preferably with a sign. From here drivers go to either Austria, or continue on the northern road towards Lenart, Murska Sobota and Hungary. There is also a bus stop just east of the on ramp which is safer and more convenient for drivers to pull over in, however there is less traffic coming from this direction.
September 2015: It looks like a really shitty place to hitchhike, because the cars can't stop safely (they block the cars coming from the opposite direction), but it works somehow. We got a ride after 10min of waiting.
From the main street, West of the Train station (Dunajska Cesta) take buses 6, 8 or 10 in direction of North. Get off in the station "Smelt", 15 minutes later, when you see the "World Trade Center" building. Ahead of you, you will see the Autostrada. On the first turn to the right, go into the motorway entry and stand on the side with your sign.
Sept 2016: we found an abandoned house right by the (kick-ass) Pekarna cultural center. It's still furnished (beds, blankets), the door is unlocked, the street-facing gate is broken and ajar, but I recommend getting in through the broken fence in the back to avoid being seen from the street
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