- Public telephones require a telefonska kartica or telekartica (telephone card) available at post offices and some newsstands. Phonecards cost €3/4.25/7.25/14.85 for 25/50/100/300 impulzov (impulses, or units).
- Rates are usually 20% cheaper on calls placed between 7pm and 7am every day.
- Slovenian call boxes do not display their telephone numbers, so it’s impossible for the other party to phone you back.
- To call Slovenia from abroad, dial the international access code, 386 (the country code for Slovenia), the area code (minus the initial zero) and the number. There are six area codes in Slovenia (01 to 05 and 07).
- To call abroad from Slovenia, dial 00 followed by the country and area codes and then the number. Numbers beginning with 80 are toll-free.
Local SIM cards can be used in European, Australian and some American phones. Mobile phones with SIM available from the airport for under €50.
Network coverage amounts to more than 95% of the country. Mobile numbers carry the the prefix 030 and 040 (SiMobil), 031, 041, 051 and 071 (Telekom Slovenija), and 070 and 080 (Telemach).
Slovenia uses GSM 900, which is compatible with the rest of Europe and Australia but not with the North American GSM 1900 or the Japanese system. SIM cards with €5 credit are available for just €9.50 from providers SiMobil, Telekom Slovenija and Telemach (www.telemach.si). Top-up scratch cards are available at post offices, newsstands and petrol stations. Cheap mobile phones with SIM (from €29.50) are available from vending machines at the airport and bus station in Ljubljana.
All three networks have outlets throughout Slovenia, including in Ljubljana.