Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, is home to a striking contrast of medieval history and socialist-era architecture that never fails to draw attention, whilst those that head into the countryside are never disappointed either. With each fairytale medieval town more picturesque than the next and numerous hiking trails offering breath-taking vistas, Slovakia is a destination that is certain to delight any visitor. Rent a car in Slovakia and enjoy the array of sights on offer here.
If you are visiting Slovakia for the first time, or simply want to brush up on your knowledge of this fantastic country then make sure you take a look at our comprehensive Slovakia travel guide. You may also like to view information about destinations in Slovakia.
Tips for driving in Slovakia
A UK paper driving licence is only valid when accompanied by photographic proof of identity, e.g. passport.
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Drive on the right, overtake on the left. When approaching and crossing a level crossing drivers must not exceed 30 mph.
All road users must give way to trams.
If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.
Driving with children
Children under 12 or shorter than 150cm are not permitted to travel as a front seat passenger.
Children under 12 must use a child restraint system suitable to their size and weight.
Blood alcohol limit
Slovakia operates a strict zero tolerance policy to drink driving. Penalties include a fine, withdrawal of licence, and imprisonment.
Can I use a mobile?
It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit.
Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials
A first aid kit, a warning triangle and a reflective jacket must be stored in the vehicle at all times.
Do I need winter tyres?
The use of winter tyres marked M&S (Mud & Snow) with a minimum tread depth of 3mm are compulsory when compacted snow or ice is on the road. Snow chains are also permitted when there is enough snow to protect the road surface.
Unless the road is one way, parking is allowed only on the right side of the road.
On the spot fines
Slovakian police are authorised to issue on the spot fines for traffic violations. They may collect fines of up to €200.
Horns and headlights
It is compulsory to use dipped headlights at all times.
Do I need a vignette to drive on the motorway?
All vehicles using Slovakian motorways and expressways must display a motorway tax sticker (vignette). The stickers, which are valid for one calendar year, 1 month or 10 days cost €10-50 and may be purchased at petrol stations, Post Offices, and at border stations.
What should I do if I breakdown?
If you breakdown, you must put on a reflective jacket and place the reflective triangle 30m behind the vehicle to warn other drivers. Call the supplier who will be able to advise you further.
It is recommended you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
What should I do if I have an accident?
If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental provider and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact the supplier and ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.