Business opening hours
As a general guide you can expect the following:
- Banks: 8am/8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday – often with a lunch time break. Some may open Saturday morning 8am – noon/1pm.
- Shops/Supermarkets: 8am – 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am – 1pm on Saturday, although in some areas many retailers stay open for much longer. (Some shops close between 12 noon and 1pm).
- Some branches of the Mercator supermarket may open on Sunday mornings.
- Post offices: 8am – 6pm/7pm Monday to Friday, and 8am – 1pm on Saturday.
Credit cards and currency
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express etc) are widely accepted at hotels, car rental companies, shops, restaurants and petrol stations. The euro is legal tender in Slovenia and you’ll find ATM machines widely available. You’ll be able to withdraw euros with cards featuring the Visa/Electron/Plus or MasterCard/Maestro/Cirrus networks.
Tax and tipping
Value added tax is added to most goods and services at a standard rate of 20%. Most restaurants add 10% service charge, but it’s worth checking if this has been included or not. Taxi fares can just be rounded up.
If your holiday includes a stay at a tourist farm you may be asked to pay a local tourist tax of approx. 2 -3 euros per person per day.
You will need a round two-pin plug adapter for any electrical appliances you take with you and the voltage is 230v/50Hz.
Slovenia is +1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (or +2 hours ahead from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October, British Summer Time).
- The northwest has an alpine climate; moderately warm temperatures in summer with cold winters, sometimes struggling to rise above zero.
- Ljubljana, along with the lowlands and most of eastern Slovenia, has the more extreme continental climate, usually experiencing hot summers and cold winters with night temperatures well below zero.
- The coast, inland from the coast, and the area bordering Italy up as far as the Soca Valley, has a Mediterranean climate – warm and sunny with mild winters. Occasionally, the Burja, a cold dry wind, blows into this region.