Great news, we have negotiated a terrific deal for our guests with local car rental firm, Robbie's Rentals. You get a fixed day rate of €35 for an Astra or Astra estate!
You can Rent a car for just 1 day!
Yes, you can choose to hire a car for just one day, a few days or a whole week, depending on your needs. You can also rent a car for several seperate days during your stay, if that works better for you.
If you are arriving at the airport, we will pick you up in your rental car and drive you back to Lipizzaner Lodge. You only need pay for the petrol used from the Lodge to the airport and you get to sit back and enjoy the view after your flight! (We would also drive you back to the airport on your return flight.)
We are keeping things simple and transparent for our guests with this Robbie's Rental deal:
Astra 1.6 hatchback petrol at €35 per day
Astra 1.7 Karavan (estate) diesel at €35 per day
If an Astra is not available you will get a similar standard or better car. The price includes the Vignette (motorway toll sticker), full comprehensive insurance and we also have child booster seats to use for free.
Airport Car Rental Firms
If you rent a car in Slovenia, the Vignette will be included, if you rent a car outside Slovenia, then PLEASE read our VIGNETTE section below!
We did some research into car rental firms and noticed they operate in different ways. For example, some will charge higher prices in peak Summer time, some are better value for longer periods of rental, but worse for shorter periods. Most charge you extra, (on top of the internet price), about 2 Euros a day for the Vignette, (a vignette costs €110 per year... You do the maths!)
But in general, the car rental firms in Slovenia are good value and professional, so our advice is to check out several companies for the best deal for you. For the moment we recommend Budget car hire at Ljubljana airport, they have always provided us with a clean and cost effective car. Here is their link for booking www.budget.si
Also something to think about is that it might not be the best idea to use the car hire provider recommended by your airline, as you might be at the back of a long queue when you get off the plane! At Ljubljana airport and Trieste, there are at least 5 car hire companies, so it is worth shopping around.
To drive on the Slovenian motorways you MUST HAVE a VIGNETTE. You can buy them for periods of one week (€15), one month, (€30) and one year (€110). The fines are around €500, which will buy a lot of ice creams.
You buy a vignette sticker just before Slovenia, or when entering the country at a motorway service station or petrol station. When you have stuck your vignette on the windscreen you do not need to stop at the "Vignette" Toll stations on the motorways, just stay in the 2 outer (fast) lanes and you go straight through, but you should slow down as sometimes the police do vignette and speed checks here.
We listen to Radio SI, (Slovenia International) all the time. They play a collection of Sting records that you have never heard of, cool 80's classics & the latest hits. More importantly, they very kindly give you regular news bulletins and traffic news in English and German, groovy when you are on the road! You can catch Radio SI on 107.7 here is their website http://www.rtvslo.si/rsi/
The motorways are modern and really easy to drive on, but one tip we would draw your attention to is the exit roads are shorter than in many countries, so please take care when leaving the motorway. Also when you are passing the excellent motorway services/petrol stations or junctions, the vehicles joining the motorway don't have much space and time to get on, so please take care and move out if possible!
You can usually park for free with minimum effort in Slovenia, but parking charges are cheap in any case. It is worth knowing the difference between white and blue parking boxes. White ones are completely free. For the blue ones you get free parking (for usually an hour), but you must go to the parking meter and press "free ticket" then "print ticket" (they're usually in English and German) and display the ticket in your car. If you don't display you might get a fine. 50 cents will often buy you several hours in any case!
For the more popular tourist destinations, the authorities are starting to cotton on to the parking charges goldmine and you have to pay 5 Euros for between 1hr - full day at Lake Bled, for example, which is a bit naughty, as pretty much everyone stays longer than an hour at Bled and you can't buy a ticket for say just 3 hours.
Worry not, you just have to park another 50 metres further down in another car park and the cost is only 3 Euros for the day! More good news is that the vast majority of the places you visit in Slovenia will have free parking.