Main Border Crossings between Austria and Slovenia
The main border crossings between Austria and Slovenia are the major ones with highways for faster travel. The two significant border crossings are of particular importance for traveling from Austria to Slovenia (and vice versa):
- The Spielfeld - Šentilj border crossing on the southeastern border between Austria and Slovenia
- The Karawankentunnel border crossing on the southwestern border between Austria and Slovenia
Spielfeld - Šentilj Border Crossing
At the border between Spielfeld and Šentilj, there are 2 border crossings: one directly from the highway (A 9, Austria) to the highway (A 1, Slovenia), and the other from the federal road (B 67, Austria) to the main road (437, Slovenia). The shortest waiting times are expected at the crossing from A 9 to A 1 (European route E 59 from Czech Republic to Croatia). This route is also not subject to toll, so the Austria vignette is sufficient here. For the A 9 in Slovenia, a vignette is also required. For through travelers, such as Croatia vacationers, the vignette-obligated highways are recommended for a stress-free journey. However, those who want to save on toll expenses also have the option to travel via B B67 and the 437 road towards Croatia. Avoiding highways and expressways may lead to significantly longer travel times but can reward travelers with beautiful views. Extensive route planning should be conducted beforehand in such cases. Travelers to or from/via Graz should choose the Spielfeld border crossing.
Border crossing Karawankentunnel
The border crossing through the Karawankentunnel is located on the southwestern border between Austria and Slovenia. Here, the A 11 from Austria leads through the Karawankentunnel to the A 2 in Slovenia. Both sections are part of European route E 61 from Austria to the Croatian Adriatic coast. The route via E 61 is particularly recommended for travelers heading to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana and to the Slovenian and Croatian Adriatic coasts. A 2 leads to Ljubljana as part of E 61. From there, A 1 leads towards the Slovenian Adriatic coast, after which E 61 continues to the Croatian Adriatic coast via other roads. Travelers to or from/via Klagenfurt am Wörthersee should choose the Karawankentunnel border crossing. The Austrian part of the Karawankentunnel requires a toll. For more information about tolls, please click here. While only toll is required for toll-obligated sections, an Austria vignette is needed if additional highways or expressways in Austria are used.