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Driving, Toll System, Border Crossings Points

Driving
  • Speed Limits
    4-lane highway: 130 kph (70 mph)
    open roads: 90 kph (55 mph)
    build-up areas: 50 kph (31 mph)
  • Speeding fines (over 30 kilometers): up to 650 EUR
  • Seat belts: Compulsory
  • Alcohol limit for driving: 0.0
  • Lighting: Whole day

When you travel around Slovakia by car don't forget to drive cautiously. Take special notice of the traffic signs. In many causes they are not as obvious as you are used to in other countries. Pay the attention to other drivers as well.

Children under 12 years can't sit in the front.

Usage of mobile phones (handsets) while driving is forbidden, unless the driver uses handsfree set.

The driver can not limit a pedestrian on the zebra crossing.

Highways, Speedways and Motorways in Slovakia Subject to User Fees

Beginning 2016 Slovakia replaced for cars up to 1.5 tonne motorway stickers in the form of a paper sticker for electronic vignettes.

Rates for 1 year: EUR 50
30 days: EUR 14
10 days: EUR 10

More information and online buying of electronic vignettes: >>

Slovakia started to collect tolls from trucks over 3.5 tonne on over 2,400 kilometres of roads on 2010, January 1. The electronic tolling system in the Slovak Republic in addition to highways and expressways covers large sections of first-class roads by technology using satellite technology for toll collection. Through On Board Units (OBU) the system monitors the position of a vehicle and calculates automatically the number of driven kilometres on Specified Road Sections.

Emyto.sk - toll information in English, German, Russian, Polish and Hungarian: >>

Useful information

A map with information on traffic conditions in Slovakia. Service is provided by the Slovak Autoroutes Authority. In Slovak only. Slovak word "Pocasie" means weather.

Motorway Network Map - site of Narodna dialnicna spolocnost - National Motorway Company.

Traffic police can ask you to pay a fine on the spot if you are caught speeding. Police can even take away your driving licence if you are 30 km above speed limit... Speeding is often measured by radar without warning, it is not uncommon that the radar is placed few meters in front of "End of city" sign. Sometimes your speed is measured from a car driving behind you. Always remember, car with foreign ID is more probable target than local driver.

In cities we recommend using car parks especially at night. Do not leave any valuables or briefcases lying around in your car at any time. It is always useful to have car secured with immobilizer, gear lock, alarm or even Lo-Jack tracer. The number of stolen cars is very high, especially in Bratislava. Therefore do not come to Slovakia with a car without valid insurance.

If you park illegally, your car will be towed away or it will be immobilized with a tire-lock. Should the latter occur, call the number written on the tire-lock. The parking service will charge you to remove the lock.

In cities like Bratislava, parking cards are used throughout the center of the city. They are valid in the center from Mon till Fri, from 7am till 4pm. One card costs 0.50 EUR and it is valid for 1 hour.

The cards are available at every newsagents or in your hotel. It is necessary to fill in the card correctly. This is done by crossing out the present hour minute, day and month. A card which is filled it this way is valid for 1 hour. If you need more time, you can fill in more cards it 1 hour intervals. Do not forget to put the card in the visible place - the best one would be under the windshield.

Drinking and driving is not tolerated in Slovakia. The limit is 0.00.

If something happens to you in spite of our advice call 158 - this is a number of the state police. The number is valid throughout Slovakia and you can call from any public phone for free.

Gas

Gas stations have self-service in Slovakia. The name of unleaded gas is Natural or N (bezolovnany, unleaded, bleifrei etc.).

Border crossings points

Current list of points by Stellacentrum: >>

The following infos are not updated.

As of 21st December 2007, the Slovak republic together with Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland and Slovenia have become part of the Schengen area. Controls at internal land and sea borders between these countries and the current 15 member states were lifted. The checks on external borders remain the same as new Member States to the EU have been applying the Schengen external border acquis since accession. The Slovak Republic has external border with Ukraine.

Here is a list of former border crossings and border crossings to Ukraine:

To Austria

Railway

Devinska Nova Ves – Marchegg: Link between Bratislava-Hlavna stanica (Main Station) and Wien-Südbanhof (Southern Station).

Bratislava-Petrzalka – Kittsee: Newer southern rail link between Bratislava-Hlavna stanica (Main Station) and Wien-Südbanhof (Southern Station). Nevertheless, most trains start from Bratislava-Petrzalka station.

Road

Moravsky Sväty Jan - Hohenau: Access from D2 (E65) motorway and road No 2, at Sekule.

Zahorska Ves – Angern: Link by a ferry through the Morava River, 6 to 22 h. In case of high water out of service.

Bratislava – Berg: The former busiest crossing between Slovakia and Austria, closest to downtown Bratislava.

Bratislava-Jarovce – Kittsee: Access to highway A6 Bratislava - Wien.

To Hungary

Railway

Bratislava-Rusovce – Rajka: Rail link between Bratislava and Budapest through NW Hungary.

Komarno – Komarom

Sturovo – Szob: The former busiest international border crossing in Slovakia between Central Europe and the Balkans.

Filakovo – Somoskõujfalu: Rail link between central parts of Slovakia and Hungary.

Lenartovce –Banreve

Cana – Hidasnemeti: Rail link between E Slovakia and Budapest area through NE Hungary.

Slovenske Nove Mesto – Satoraljaujhely

Road

Bratislava-Rusovce – Rajka: On E 65/E 75 route, former important tourist crossing on the way between Germany/Czechia and Balkans regions.

Medvedov – Vamosszabadi: Link between SW Slovakia and Gyõr area through a Danube bridge, access by route No 63 (E575).

Komarno – Komarom: Link between SW Slovakia and Budapest area through a Danube bridge. Access from Bratislava and Nove Zamky by routes No 63 and 64, respectively.

Sturovo – Esztergom: Link between neighboring regions on both sides of Danube, through the reconstructed Maria Valeria bridge. Access by routes No 63 and 76 from Komarno and Zeliezovce, respectively, and by a number of lower-class roads.

Sahy – Parassapuszta: A busy link between C. Slovakia a the Budapest area. Access by route No. 66 (E 77) from Zvolen and No 75 from Levice.

Slovenske Darmoty – Balassagyarmat: Access by lower-class roads through the Velky Krtis region.

Siatorska Bukovinka – Somoskõujfalu: A link between the Lucenec and Salgotarjan areras, access from Lucenec by route No 71.

Kral – Banreve: A link between the Gemer region in SE part of Slovakia and Miskolc area. Access from Tornala by route No. 71.

Milhost – Tornyosnemeti: Direct link between Kosice and Miskolc areas by route No 68 (E71).

Slovenske Nove Mesto – Satoraljaujhely: The easternmost international road crossing between Slovakia and Hungary. Access by a lower-class road from Trebisov or Cierna nad Tisou.

To Poland

Railway

Skalite-Serafinov – Zwardoñ: Direct link between Bratislava and Cracow.

b>Medzilaborce – Lupkow: Easternmost railway link between Slovakia and Poland.

Road

Skalite – Zwardoñ-Myto: To be expanded to an expressway between NW Slovakia and Cracow area.

Trstena – Chy¿ne: The North-South link between Poland and the Balkans, access from Dolny Kubin by route No. 59 (E77).

Sucha Hora – Chocho³ow: A link between tourist areas of Orava (Slovakia) and Podhale (Poland). Acess from Trstena, by a branch road of No 59 (E77) route, continuation to Zakopane and Nowy Targ.

Lysa nad Dunajcom – Niedzica: Access from Stara Lubovna and Kezmarok by lower-class roads.

Mnisek nad Popradom – Piwniczna: A link between NE Slovakia and Cracow area, access from Stara Lubovna by route No 68 with continuation to Nowy S¹cz.

To Czechia

Railway

Kuty – Lanzhot: On the main railway line Prague – Brno – Bratislava.

Skalica na Slovensku – Sudomerice nad Moravou: Local railway link.

Vrbovce – Velka nad Velickou: Local rail link.

Nemsova – Vlarsky Prusmyk: Direct link between Brno and Trencin areas.

Luky pod Makytou – Horni Lidec: A link between Moravia and NW Slovakia.

Road

Brodske – Lanzhot

Kuty – Breclav: (Motorway D2/E65). Main road link between Prague and Bratislava.

Holic – Hodonin: A link between W Slovakia and S Moravia. Access from Senica and Kuty by routes No 51 and 2, respectively.

Vrbovce – Velka nad Velickou: Access by lower-class roads through the Myjava region.

Moravske Lieskove – Strani: Access from Nove Mesto n. Vahom by route No 54 with continuation to Uherske Hradiste area (S Moravia).

Drietoma – Stary Hrozenkov: Important link between Slovakia and Moravia along route no 50 (E50).

Horne Srnie – Brumov-Bylnice: Crossing at Vlarsky priesmyk pass, connecting NW Slovakia and NE Moravia, access by route No 57 (from D1 motorway, at Nemsova).

Cerveny Kamen – Nedasova Lhota: Accessible by lower-class branch roads of the E50/E75 route from Trencin area.

Lysa pod Makytou – Strelna: Crossing at Lysky priesmyk pass, accessible by route No 49 from Puchov.

Klokocov (Turzovka) – Bila: A link between tourist areas of Kysuce (Slovakia) and Moravian-Silesian Bezkydy mountains. Accessible by lower-class roads from Cadca.

Cadca-Milosova – Sance: Local crossing.

Svrcinovec – Mosty u Jablunkova: The former busy international border crossing at Jablunkovsky priesmyk pass, accessible by route No 11 (E75) between Zilina and Cesky Tesin.Plavec – Muszyna. Crossing serving also through traffic between Cracow, Kosice and Budapest.

Border crossings to Ukraine

Railway

Cierna nad Tisou – Cop: Formerly an important international crossing, at present with little passenger transport.

Road

Vysne Nemecke – Uzhorod: The busiest international passenger border crossing between Slovakia and Ukraine. Access by route No 50 (E50) from Michalovce continuing to Uzhorod and Mukacevo.

Ubla – Malyj Bereznyj: (For citizens of Slovakia and Ukraine). Access from Humenne by route No. 74.

Published: February 15, 2004
Updated: January 7, 2016
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