Is Slovenia Safe? Tips to Avoid Petty Crime

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

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Slovenia is known as one of the safest places to travel in Eastern Europe. Sharing its borders with Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy, mountains dot the border with Austria, and its small coastline runs along 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.

Carry a copy of your passport at all times as a form of ID, and foreign nationals must register with the Police within three days of arrival or risk paying a fine. Most hotels will register you when processing your arrival, but it's worth checking.

Robberies and petty theft

Robberies do occur, but most of it is opportunistic and petty such as 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 possessions.

Car break-ins

Vehicle break-ins and theft are not uncommon, 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 are 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. 

Driving in Slovenia

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. 

By law, you must have your headlights on at all times when driving in Slovenia, and your vehicle must have a reflective jacket, a warning triangle and a first aid kit.

The police will impose on-the-spot fines for offenses including speeding, drink-driving and driving while using a mobile phone that isn't hands-free.

Is Slovenia safe for solo female travelers?

Yes! It's safe for everyone and is ranked 7th on the Global Peace Index. Many female bloggers write about how safe they felt traveling alone. Slovenia is a small country, that's budget-friendly, easy to get around with a safe and reliable train system, and friendly, helpful locals. People even hitchhike here.

Is Ljubljana safe?

Which is large pedestrian areas, the capital of Slovenia is one of the safest in Europe - arguably, the safest. Crime rates are low, and crimes against visitors usually amount to bag snatching and pickpocketing. Your accommodation can advise you about any areas to avoid, but the list will be short.

In any emergency, call 112.

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4 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!

  • Serge said

    Slovenija is eastern Europe?? 😂🤣🤪

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