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scott7_0(Prague)
23-07-2010, 09:34 AM
Guys,

You may know this already but when renting you car for the trip to Maribor, remember to ask if it is possible to take the car out of the said country, they may charge you for this but it will save you a load of time and money in the long run if you get stopped by the police. Now most of Europe is in schengen with open borders the border police mainly look to stop foreign cars in neighboring countries to check that paperwork of the traveler are in order. They will also check your car docs, last piece of advice is remember you counter license as most car rental companies need the counter part of your license as well as your small photo license.

Happy traveling!

squire
23-07-2010, 01:38 PM
Good point. Just to make everyone aware this is the response I got from Europcar:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your email.

You can travel to Austria without restrictions.

Please find the information about Slovenia:
WITH RESTRICTION - ONLY CAR GROUPS MINI - ECOMOMY - COMPACT--
INTERMEDIATE , FVMR AND STANDARD MAY TRAVEL TO Slovenia.


So we are good to go if you are hiring a car. Im not sure what category a minibus would fall into. Hope this helps

Also from a Maribor Travel guide: In order to use motorways and express roads in Slovenia, a vignette is required. You can purchase the vignette at the border, at petrol stations in Slovenia and neighbouring countries, at post offices in Slovenia, at some kiosks etc. The monthly vignette is 30, while the weekly one is 15 (for motorcycles 7,50).

scott7_0(Prague)
23-07-2010, 01:45 PM
Good point. Just to make everyone aware this is the response I got from Europcar:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your email.

You can travel to Austria without restrictions.

Please find the information about Slovenia:
WITH RESTRICTION - ONLY CAR GROUPS MINI - ECOMOMY - COMPACT--
INTERMEDIATE , FVMR AND STANDARD MAY TRAVEL TO Slovenia.


So we are good to go if you are hiring a car. Im not sure what category a minibus would fall into. Hope this helps

Also from a Maribor Travel guide: In order to use motorways and express roads in Slovenia, a vignette is required. You can purchase the vignette at the border, at petrol stations in Slovenia and neighbouring countries, at post offices in Slovenia, at some kiosks etc. The monthly vignette is 30, while the weekly one is 15 (for motorcycles 7,50).

Same for Austria!!

http://www.bmvit.gv.at/bilder/verkehr/strasse/autobahn/vignette/vignette2010.jpg

Slovenian one looks like this.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Vignette_Slovenia_2008.jpg

StevieC
23-07-2010, 01:48 PM
Also from a Maribor Travel guide: In order to use motorways and express roads in Slovenia, a vignette is required. You can purchase the vignette at the border, at petrol stations in Slovenia and neighbouring countries, at post offices in Slovenia, at some kiosks etc. The monthly vignette is 30, while the weekly one is 15 (for motorcycles 7,50).

That's interesting. How might you find out if you are likely to use an express road?

:confused:

scott7_0(Prague)
23-07-2010, 01:52 PM
That's interesting. How might you find out if you are likely to use an express road?

:confused:

Looks like you will use a motorway (express road) on route from Munich, but only for 8mins or so according to Michelin routemaster, so maybe worth the risk. :agree:

StevieC
23-07-2010, 01:54 PM
Looks like you will use a motorway on route from Munich, but only for 8mins or so according to Michelin routemaster, so maybe worth the risk. :agree:

What about from Budapest?

Do you need one in Hungary as well?

:confused:

Kojock
23-07-2010, 02:22 PM
Driving in Slovenia

If you are driving on an A road you will require a vignette. Coming from Munich you only use a 10 mile stretch of motorway (A1) in Slovenia. Its up to the individual if you want to risk it.

All the border crossings from Austria into Slovenia are now unmanned and you travel through unhindered. Coming from Hungary is different and long queues often develop at the crossing. Give youself a bit extra time to get through.

Speed limits: Slovenia

- built up settlements 50 km/h
- regional roads 90 km/h
- fast roads 100 km/h
- motorways 130 km/h


Important road traffic regulations:

- seat belt use is compulsory in all seats where they are installed,
- use of dipped headlights is compulsory at all times of day and night,
- use of fog lamps is permitted only when visibility is reduced to less than 50 metres.
- obligatory equipment includes a warning triangle, spare set of lights, first aid kit and reflective vest,
- between 15 November and 15 March cars must be fitted with winter tyres, otherwise snow chains must be carried,
- the maximum permitted blood-alcohol level for drivers is 0.05 percent, on the condition that no ability is impaired. The police may therefore prohibit you from driving even if the alcohol test shows a lower level. They are especially strict with younger drivers. Alcohol tests for drivers are frequent, and the penalties very high, so it is not worth the risk if you have drunk too much.

HSH

james62
23-07-2010, 11:17 PM
Driving in Slovenia

If you are driving on an A road you will require a vignette. Coming from Munich you only use a 10 mile stretch of motorway (A1) in Slovenia. Its up to the individual if you want to risk it.

All the border crossings from Austria into Slovenia are now unmanned and you travel through unhindered. Coming from Hungary is different and long queues often develop at the crossing. Give youself a bit extra time to get through.

Speed limits: Slovenia

- built up settlements 50 km/h
- regional roads 90 km/h
- fast roads 100 km/h
- motorways 130 km/h


Important road traffic regulations:

- seat belt use is compulsory in all seats where they are installed,
- use of dipped headlights is compulsory at all times of day and night,
- use of fog lamps is permitted only when visibility is reduced to less than 50 metres.
- obligatory equipment includes a warning triangle, spare set of lights, first aid kit and reflective vest,
- between 15 November and 15 March cars must be fitted with winter tyres, otherwise snow chains must be carried,
- the maximum permitted blood-alcohol level for drivers is 0.05 percent, on the condition that no ability is impaired. The police may therefore prohibit you from driving even if the alcohol test shows a lower level. They are especially strict with younger drivers. Alcohol tests for drivers are frequent, and the penalties very high, so it is not worth the risk if you have drunk too much.

HSH

Would it not be easier (and probably cheaper) just to get the train? :dunno:

StevieC
24-07-2010, 10:57 AM
Would it not be easier (and probably cheaper) just to get the train? :dunno:

Tell me the train times and costs between Budapest and Maribor and I'll let you know.

Kojock
24-07-2010, 11:52 AM
Would it not be easier (and probably cheaper) just to get the train? :dunno:

Did look at the train, was giving us journey times of between 7 & 8 hours and was working out a lot more expensive than hiring a car.