Is Slovenia Safe? Tips to Avoid Petty Crime

Slovenia is one of the safest places you can visit. The biggest danger you're likely to face is falling into a pretty lake because you were to distracted by the peaceful backdrop of the snowy Alps.

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Misty sunrise at Lake Bled Photo © iStock/baratroli

Slovenia is often referred to as one of the safest places to travel in Eastern Europe. Sharing its borders with Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy, the Alps dominate the border with Austria, and the small coastline with the Adriatic Sea, making this an incredibly scenic place to explore.

But, here are a few general tips to make sure you stay safe while discovering what Slovenia has to offer.

Violent crime in Slovenia?

Violent crime is very low, and is decreasing in the country if anything. Visitors have nothing to worry about when it comes to assault or harassment, so women traveling alone should feel particularly safe here.

Robberies and petty theft

Robberies do occur, but most of it is opportunistic burglaries, pick-pocketing and purse-snatching.

Like anywhere else, it pays to have your wits about you when walking in crowded, tourist areas or taking public transport and carrying large backpacks or expensive cameras. Not that you need to be concerned with your belongings in Slovenia, it's just common sense to keep your belongings on you at all times.

Pay extra attention to your surroundings when you are in crowded areas, such as popular tourist destinations. Avoid putting your phone or wallet in the back pocket, which is a really easy place for thieves to grab your posessions.

Car break-ins

Vehicle break-ins and theft are an issue, but this is mostly due to people leaving belongings in the back seat of cars in plain sight. 

If you can't secure your rental car in a hotel or secure parking garage, park in a well-lit area with plenty of pedestrian traffic.

Use anti-theft devices whenever possible and don't leave valuables in sight. 

Taxis in Slovenia

In general, most taxis are clean and safe, and the local drivers honest and reliable.

However, there have been reports that taxi drivers operating at the airport or main railway stations in Ljubljana are overcharging tourists. Always ask about the rate before getting in, and insist the driver use the meter. 

Slovenia has a well developed road network throughout the country, clearly marked with signs. Renting a vehicle to self-drive the country is a safe thing to do in this Eastern European destination.

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3 Comments

  • Sarah said

    "A bigger problem is car break-ins and theft."

    Are you serious or just making things up? Never heard of anything like that.
    Please, get your facts straight,

  • Ashley J Mellor said

    Hi, My wife and I are thinking of visiting Slovenia perhaps next year or the year after for the first time. It looks very nice indeed, would anyone happen to know a little more about Slovenia which they would kindly share with us please?

  • Joe said

    Stop associating us with eastern europe! Everyone hates it! Vienna is further to the east then slovena, so Vienna is eastern europe? CENTRAL EUROPE!

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