Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Money & Shopping in Slovenia

EuropeSloveniaMoney & Shopping in Slovenia

Currency

Slovenia employs the euro. It is one of many European nations that utilize the Euro. All euro banknotes and coins are legal tender across the EU.

One euro is made up of 100 cents.

The euro’s official sign is €, and its ISO code is EUR. The cent does not have an official symbol.

Prices

Prices are higher than in much of Eastern Europe (excluding Croatia), but cheaper than in Italy or Austria. Although costs vary significantly, it all comes down to location. A beer (0,5 litre) at a bar in “Stara Ljubljana” (roughly “Old (Town) Ljubljana”), for example, would cost about €3.00, while a drink outside of Ljubljana would cost around €1.80. If they are wise, a budget-conscious tourist can hold their own. Purchasing groceries at a big shop (supermarket), such as Mercator, Tu, Spar, Lidl, Hofer, E.Leclerc, etc., is likely to be less expensive than buying on the market or in a local store, etc.

Most purchases are subject to a 22 percent value-added tax (VAT) (with a lower rate of 9.5 percent typically applied to meals and certain soft drinks)—this is always included in the price shown. It is important to note that if you are not an EU citizen, you are entitled to a VAT tax refund for purchases of a specific amount. Request that the cashier put your name on your bill (raun, pronounced rah-CHOON) and present this bill when you depart Slovenia through Joe Punik (previously Brnik) airport or any of the major border crossings with Croatia.

Tipping

Tipping was not historically customary in Slovenia, but with the near-abolition of Communist-style “service with a snarl,” gratuities for service are now widely anticipated in sit-down restaurants, with 10% considered normal.