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Coming from Italy to Croatian Istria without Slovenian highway vignette (toll sticker)

by Gogo on March 24, 2010

in Tasty adventures

To come by car from Italy to Croatian Istria you need to pass some 25 km through Slovenia. About 8 km counts on the highway between Trieste and Koper/Capodistria, but beware, to use highways in Slovenia you must first buy highway vignette (toll sticker) and stick it on your windshield. The vignettes have various duration and prices: one week – 15 EUR, one month – 30 EUR and one year – 95 EUR.

If you will use this tiny piece of highway only twice (on the way to and back from Istria), and you don’t have plans to visit other parts of Slovenia during your visit/holidays, it is stupid to spend 15 EUR (or even 30 EUR if you stay more than a week) for these 16 km. There is a solution – drive on the local road from the Italian-Slovenian border to Koper/Capodistria.

The trip will be 5-10 minutes longer but you will save money and drive on a nice panoramic road through olive groves and vineyards that ends with a beautiful view on the Koper bay. Unfortunately, Slovenian authorities did everything they could do to hide it from tourists. Here is the google map where I marked the road that needs to be taken, but I doubt that it will be of any use if it’s your first time in the region.


View Italy – Istria without Slovenian vignette in a larger map

So, as a gift for all readers of Manjada I prepared a PDF file that, with the aid of photos of actual crossroads, visually explains how to find that local road and which directions needs to be followed. Download it, print it and keep it in your car. I am sure you won’t get lost!

Here is the english version.

Dall’Italia all’Istria croata evitando la vignetta slovena

Per arrivare in macchina dall’Italia all’Istria croata si deve attraversare 25 km di strada in Slovenia. Circa 8 km si fa sull’autostrada Trieste-Koper/Capodistria, ma state attenti – le autostrade in Slovenia sono soggette al bollino autostradale (la vignetta) che si deve comprare e applicare sulla parabrezza. Le vignette hanno varie durate e i prezzi – una settimana – 15 EUR, un mese – 30 EUR e un anno – 95 EUR.

Se userete questo piccolo tratto d’autostrada solo due volte (andata e ritorno per/dal Istria), e non avete intenzioni di visitare altri parti di Slovenia durante le vostre vacanze, e uno spreco spendere 15 EUR per questi 16 km (o anche 30 EUR se rimanete in Istria per più di una settimana). La soluzione esiste – prendete la strada locale dall’ex confine italo-sloveno (valico Rabuiese) verso Koper/Capodistria.

Il viaggio sarà 5-10 minuti più lungo, ma risparmierete il denaro pur godendo la bella strada panoramica attraverso olivetti e vigneti che finisce con una bella vista sulla baia di Koper. Sfortunatamente, le autorità slovene hanno fatto tutto per nascondere questa strada dal povero turista comune. Sopra potete trovara la mapa google sulla quale ho marcato la strada che si deve prendere, ma dubito che vi sarà tanto utile se venite per la prima volta da queste parti.

Dunque, ho preparato un regalo per i lettori di Manjada – un file PDF che, usando le foto degli incroci attuali, spiega in un modo visuale come trovare questa strada locale e quali direzioni si devono seguire. Scarica e stampa il documento e tienilo nella macchina. Sono sicuro che non ti perderai!

Qui la versione italiana.

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LuCa March 28, 2010 at 11:57

Grazie mille, ottima guida!
🙂
I primi due link a google documents non portano da nessuna parte però; la versione italiana, invece, funziona.

LuCa

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Gogo March 29, 2010 at 10:18

Luca,
Grazie per il suggerimento, ho risolto il problema. Era una questione di abbilitare il sharing.
Goran

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LuCa March 28, 2010 at 13:41

Ho provato a creare su google maps il percorso che hai indicato, dalla stazione di Trieste sino al confine con la Croazia…
http://tinyurl.com/yjufszc

È giusto?
🙂
LuCa

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Gogo March 29, 2010 at 10:04

Luca,
Si, il percorso è giustissimo. Bel lavoro!
Solo quando sei sulla strada è un casino capire dov’è si deve andare perché non ci sono le indicazioni per Koper/Capodistria. La strada locale dove la vignetta non serve è nascosta come un segreto nazionale 🙂 Se subito non entri nella stazione di servizio OMV sei fregato, sei sulla autostrada e rischi la multa. Cerco di fare il PDF anche per la direzione opposta, dal valico Dragonja/Kaštel, via Koper/Capodistria verso ex confine Škofije/Rabuiese.
Goran

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Joakim April 25, 2010 at 10:48

Good initiative! I can recommend going via the border crossing near Buzet instead of the one near Buje in the summertime since it’s not as crowded. Of course it depends on where your final destination is but you might save up to 30 minutes of waiting.

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Gogo April 26, 2010 at 13:58

You are right. Dragonja-Kaštel border crossing is already now in April quite crowded. I like to go to Pula via Buzet since the scenery is more pitoresque, you don’t pay the toll for Mirna bridge and it’s only 20 minutes longer.

Other alternative – 1 km before Dragonja-Kaštel border crossing turn right towards Sečovlje and you arrive on Sečovlje-Plovanija border crossing that is also quite unknown to tourists.

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Peter August 7, 2010 at 13:37

From Trieste and am wanting to drive to Motovun, Croatia.
Google Maps suggested this route if I say NO to toll road.
Am I safe to do this without vignette sticker?
Or should I follow GoGo suggested route?

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Gogo August 18, 2010 at 12:40

Hi Peter,
Google maps is giving a completely insane itinerary! You would need a good SUV to follow that road 🙂

I could not find the route numbers you mention. Just follow my instructions, and when you cross slovenian croatian border, follow the signs for Buje. From Buje continue the old road to Pula that passes through Krasica and Bijele Zemlje. You will descend from the hills, and arrive in a river Mirna valley where you turn left towards Motovun. In 10 min you are there.
the route i suggest is a scenic route, especially from buje and bijele zemlje, you will enjoy it surely. and motovun is a town like floating between the earth and the sky, you will see why 🙂

For the trip from Zagreb to Vienna follow this blog
http://withoutvignette.blogspot.com/
that has nice detailed maps.

Hope it helps!
have a nice holidays and enjoy Istria!
Goran

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