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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 seem to be more afraid of hitchhikers. But still, it is quite popular. From the capital, Ljubljana, it is possible to easily hitchhike to the north (Maribor, Austria), to the east (Croatia, Zagreb) and to the South (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. Major roads (motorways) are always in a good condition, there are also service areas on the motorway.
On motorway service areas, standing with a sign seems to work better than asking people, especially if you don't speak Slovenian.
Cities and their license plate's abbreviations, regions and airports
- Ljubljana, the capital – “LJ”
- Maribor – “MB”
- Koper – “KP”
- Celje, Velenje - "CE"
- Krsko – “KK”
- Kranj (Bled and Bohinj direction) – “KR”
- Postojna – “PO”
- Slovenj Gradec – “SG”
- Murska Sobota (direction Hungary) – “MS”
- Nova Gorica (direction Italy) – “GO”
- Novo Mesto – “NM”
You can find a lot of offers for ride shares at prevoz.org/, in Slovenian only. You need to register in order to view the contact details. Car sharing is widespread among Slovenian students, the majority of which migrate weekly between their hometowns and university cities (Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper, Nova Gorica). The prices are normally fair. The unwritten rule is that a ride covering about a 100 km should not cost more than 5 €, which is cheaper than public transport. Some key words: od (from), do (to), ponujeni prevozi (offering a ride), iskalci prevozov (looking for a ride), mednarodni prevozi (international rides), zjutraj (in the early morning), dopoldne (in the morning), popoldne (in the afternoon), zvečer (in the evening), ponoči (at night).
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) or a train (Don't buy a ticket, just hop in, it's 10 min.) till the Italian village of Villa Opicina. From there you can take plenty of buses to Trst (Trieste) and continue to Venice.
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).
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