Costs

Daily budget Basic €45 /occasional treat €65 Drink Pivo (beer) €2.50 for half a litre Food Pizza €5–7 Hostel/budget hotel €15–25/€60–80 Travel Ljubljana–Maribor €9 by train; Ljubljana–Bled €7 by bus

Crime and personal safety

The police (policija) are generally easy-going and likely to speak some English.

Emergencies

Police 113; Ambulance & Fire 112.

Health

Pharmacies (lekarna) are typically open Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, Saturday 7am to 1pm, and a rota system covers night-time opening; details are in the window of each pharmacy.

Information

Most towns and resorts have a well-stocked and helpful tourist information office, which can usually arrange accommodation too. A very high standard of English is spoken almost everywhere.

www.burger.si Superb interactive maps and panoramic photos.
www.inyourpocket.com/slovenia Useful online listings compiled by locals.
www.slovenia.info Official tourist board site.
www.visitljubljana.si Detailed information on sights and events in the capital.

Internet

Wi-fi access is widely available and many tourist information offices and hostels offer free internet.

Mail

Most post offices (pošta) are open Monday to Friday 8am to 6/7pm and Saturday 8am to noon. Stamps (znamke) can also be bought at newsstands.

Money and banks

Slovenia’s currency is the euro (€). Banks (banka) generally open Monday to Friday 9am to noon and 1 to 5pm, Saturday 8.30am to 11am/noon. You can also change money in tourist offices, post offices, travel agencies and exchange bureaux (menjalnica). Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops, while ATMs are widespread.

Opening hours and public holidays

Most shops open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm; an increasing number open on Sunday mornings. Museum times vary, but many close on Mondays. All shops and banks are closed on the following public holidays: January 1 and 2, Febuary 8, Easter Monday, April 27, May 1 and 2, June 25, August 15, October 31, November 1, December 25 and 26.

Phones

Public phones use cards (telekartice; €7.90 or €14.60), available from post offices, kiosks and tobacconists. Make long-distance and international calls at a post office, where you’re assigned to a cabin. Better still, buy a SIM card from a kiosk or newsstand; these typically cost around €7, which includes €5 starting credit. The main Slovenian mobile operators are Mobitel, Simobil and Tušmobil.

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