Slovenia hitch-hiker’s essentials
Slovenia hitch-hiker’s essentials
Types of roads
1. Motorways (avtocesta, AC, A-roads) – dual carriageways with a speed limit of 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph). They have white-on-green road signs as in Italy, Croatia and other countries nearby. Hitch-hiking on them is illegal..
2. Expressways (hitra cesta, HC, H-roads) – they are secondary roads, also dual carriageways, but without an emergency lane. They have a speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph) and have white-on-blue road signs. Hitch-hiking on them is illegal..
3. Main roads (glavna cesta) – with a general speed limit of 90 km/h. But it might change depending on the terrain to 70 km/h in hilly terrain or 60 km/h in the mountains. Hitch-hiking on them is legal, unless stated otherwise..
4. Regional roads (regionalna cesta, R-roads) – with a general speed limit of 90 km/h. But it might change depending on the terrain to 70 km/h if you’re driving through plains, or 50 km/h around the hills and 40 km/h in the mountains. Hitch-hiking on them is legal, unless stated otherwise.
Motorway map of Slovenia (avtocesta)
Absolutely essential hitch-hiker’s phrasebook
– Hello – Živjo (ZHEE-vyoh) / Zdravo (ZDRAH-voh)
– Thank you – Hvala (HVAA-lah)
– Yes – Da (dah)
– No – Ne (neh)
– Please – Prosim (PROH-sihm)
– Excuse me – Oprostite (oh-prohs-TEE-teh)
– How are you? – Kako si? (kah-KOH see?) / Kako ste? (kah-KOH steh?)
– Fine, thank you! – Hvala, dobro! (HVAH-lah, DOH-broh)
– Goodbye – Nasvidenje. (nahs-VEE-deh-nyeh)
– Hich-hiking – štopanje (shto-PAH-nye)
– I don’t have money – Nimam denarja (NEE-mum deh-NAR-ya)
– we don’t have money – Nimava denarja (nee-MUH-vah deh-NAR-ya; said by 2 people) / Nimamo denarja (nee-MUH-noh deh-NAR-ya; said by more than 2 people)
– money – denar (DEH-nar)
– I’m going … – Grem … (gryehm…)
– We are going to … – Gremo… (GRYE-moh…; said by 2 people) / Greva (GRYE-vah…; said by more than 2 people)
– Where are you going? – Kam pa greste? (Cum pah GRYE-ste?)
– Can we go with you? – Lahko gremo s tabo? (lah-KOH GRYE-moh STA-boh? …; said by 2 people) / Lahko greveo s tabo? (lah-KOH GRYE-vah STA-boh?…; said by more than 2 people)
– I am… – sem… (sehm…)
– My name is… – Ime mi je… (ee-MEH mee yeh…)
– I am from… – (io) sono de… (EE-yo SOH-noh deh…)
– What is your name? – Kako ti je ime? (inf.) (kah-KOH tee yeh ee-MEH?) / Kako Vam je ime? (form.) (kah-KOH vahm yeh ee-MEH?)
– Nice to meet you! – Lepo, da sva se spoznala (leh-POH, dah svah seh spohz-NAH-lah)
– I don’t understand – Ne razumem (neh rah-ZOO-mahm)
– now – sedaj (SEH-dai) / zdaj (Zdai)
– today – danes (DAH-nehs)
– yesterday – včeraj (VCHEH-rai)
– tomorrow – jutri (YOO-tree)
– friend – prijatelj (pri-YA-telee)
→ Very useful when they ask you where you’re staying. The concept of Couchsurfing is often too difficult to explain, so just say you’re staying with a friend. You can also use this word to express the relationship between you and your fellow travellers.
– Can you stop? – Lahko ustavite? (lah-KOH us-TAH-vee-teh?)
– I want to get out – Želim oditi (ZHEH-leem O-dee-tee)
– Turn left – Zavijte levo! (Za-VEEY-teh LEH-voh)
– Turn right – Zavijte desno! (Za-VEEY-teh DEHS-noh)
– Straight ahead – Naravnost! (Nah-RAH-vnost!)
– Here – tukaj (TOO-cay)
– Do you have… (in a shop) – Imate …? (ee-MAH-teh…?)
– beer – pivo (PEE-voh)
You should know this word, you will be often invited for some.
– bus station – avtobusna postaja (ow-toh-BOOS-nah POHS-tah-yah)
You should know this word and listen out for it to avoid situations when your driver, in their best intentions, takes you off the road and drives you to a station.
– train station – železniška postaja (ZHEH-lehz-neesh-kah POHS-tah-yah)
– Help – Na pomoč! (nah POH-motch!)
– Look out! – Pazi! (PAH-zee!)
– street – ulica (oo-LEE-tsah)
– road – cesta (TSEH-stah)
– roundabout – krožišče (crho-ZHEE-sh-cheh)
– crossroads – križišče (cree-ZHEE-sh-cheh)
It was during our Balkan Peninsula by Thumb 2013 trip when we visited Slovenia for the first time and we loved it! During our trip, we spent a week in Slovenia, covering 445 km by thumb!
This was our route (click to see the full map):
written by: Ania