ATMs widely available. Credit and debit cards accepted by most businesses throughout the country.
- Slovenia uses the euro as its legal tender.
- One euro is divided into 100 cents. There are seven euro notes, in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The designs on the recto (generic windows or portals) and verso (imaginary bridges, a map of the EU) are exactly the same in all 15 countries and symbolise openness and cooperation.
- The eight coins in circulation are in denominations of €1 and €2, then one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents. The ‘heads’ side of the coin, on which the denomination is shown, is identical throughout the euro zone; the ‘tails’ side is particular to each member-state, though euro coins can be used anywhere where euros are legal tender, of course.
- In Slovenia, the €1 coin (silver centre with brassy outer ring) portrays the Protestant reformer and translator Primož Trubar (1508–86) and the Latin inscription Stati Inu Obstati (To Exist and Persevere). The verso of the €2 coin (brassy centre ringed with silver) shows the poet France Prešeren (1800–49) and a line from his poem 'Zdravljica' (A Toast), which forms part of the Slovenian national anthem.
- On the three lowest-denomination coins – €0.01, €0.02 and €0.05 (all copper) – are a stork, the Prince's Stone (Knežji Kamen) where the 8th-century Carantanian dukes were installed, and The Sower by painter Ivan Grohar (1867–1911). The other three coins are brass. On the €0.10 coin is a design for a parliament by architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957) that was never built and the words Katedrala Svobode (Cathedral of Freedom). The €0.20 coin features a pair of Lipizzaner horses prancing. The stunning and very symbolic €0.50 coin shows Mt Triglav, the Cancer constellation (under which independent Slovenia was born) and the words Oj Triglav moj dom (O Triglav, my home) from the song by Jakob Aljaž (1845–1927).
Automated teller machines (ATMs) – called bančni avtomat – are ubiquitous throughout Slovenia. If you have a card linked to either the Visa/Electron/Plus or the MasterCard/Maestro/Cirrus network then you can withdraw euros anywhere. Both Abanka and SKB Banka ATMs are linked to both networks.
Credit cards, especially Visa, MasterCard and American Express, are widely accepted in Slovenia, and you’ll be able to use them at many restaurants, shops, hotels, car-rental firms, travel agencies and petrol stations. Diner’s Club is also accepted but less frequently. Many banks give cash advances on major credit cards but charge both a fee and interest.
A good alternative to credit cards is the Travelex Cash Passport (www.travelex.co.uk/Cash_Passport) – a prepaid travel card that you load up with funds before departure and then withdraw funds in local currency as you go along, throwing it away when you're done.
Prices are quoted in euros (€) unless otherwise stated. €1 = 100 cents.
For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.
It is easy to change cash and travellers cheques at banks, post offices, tourist offices, travel agencies and private exchange offices. Look for the words menjalnica or devizna blagajna to guide you to the correct place or window. Most banks take a provizija (commission) of 1% on travellers cheques but usually nothing at all on cash. Tourist offices, travel agencies and exchange bureaus usually charge around 3%. Hotels can take as much as 5%.
When a gratuity is not included in your bill, which may or may not be the case, paying an extra 10% is customary. If service is outstanding, you could go as high as 15%. With taxi drivers, however, you usually just round up the sum.