Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Slovenian Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
Slovenia uses the euro as its sole currency. You can change US dollars at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates, hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate will likely be much higher. ATMs, available in most towns and cities, are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted by many establishments, though it is also handy to keep some small-denomination notes for shops and restaurants.
Slovenia has 220-230 V at 50 Hz, with a type C or F socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Wireless and wired Internet access is available throughout the populated areas of Slovenia. Many of the hotels we use offer this service free or at a small charge. There are also Internet cafés in the main cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge.
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.
Slovenian traditions -- from the unusually creative to the nostalgically crafty -- result in many high-quality finds for any suitcase with a bit of extra room for souvenirs. Each town has its own items that are handcrafted by skilled artisans preserving an ancestral tradition. Slovenian pottery making, winemaking, woodcarving, lace making, knitting, embroidery and beekeeping all produce extraordinary temptations.
Brightly colored ceramics and dishware are popular, as are Slovenian honey and honey liqueurs. Or you might pick up a beautifully crafted gift made of wood, from a cutting board or rolling pin to a wooden toy or reed pipe. The town of Idrija lures lace aficionados from across the world. Its windows are filled with lace goods, from simple handkerchiefs to luxurious gloves, extravagant necklaces and filigree earrings. In areas near Slovenia's hot thermal springs, watch for natural, mud-based beauty treatments.
Several more ideas for your Slovenian shopping list include schnapps (a favorite cure-all among Slovenes), globally coveted salt from the historic Sečovlje salt pans on the coast south of Portorož and anything with a dragon -- the symbol of Ljubljana.
We suggest the following tipping rates: Taxi drivers won't expect a tip, but rounding up the fare on the meter is appreciated, Restaurants and bars 10-15% of the total bill.
As with most of Europe, traveling within cities and towns can be easily done on foot, by bus, tram or taxi. If your travel plans include two or more cities, bus and rail networks will get you to and from. Renting a car may also be an option in Slovenia.
Generally, casual jeans or slacks, shirts, sweaters, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are all you'll need. If you plan on an evening at a nicer venue, dressier clothes may be called for.