Poles are becoming more and more aware of the charms of Slovakia. In today’s article, we will suggest what to pay attention to when planning such a trip. After all, the length of the border with our neighbours alone is more than 500 km, so plan your route carefully to avoid costly mistakes.
Through Slovakia – the transit direction of Poles
The Slovak mountains, including Slovak Paradise, Tetralandia or the charms of Bratislava – this is a frequent destination for Polish tourists who want to travel through Slovakia comfortably in their own cars. Such a journey has many advantages, as not only do you get to see the country at your own pace, but you can also discover new areas and attractions which you would not have had the opportunity to explore by plane or train.
Man does not live by tourism alone. It is good to know that Slovak roads are just as often chosen by professional drivers, such as lorry drivers. This is due to the fact that Slovakia offers quick and easy access to Hungary, Croatia or Austria. The developed network of national roads appeals to Polish drivers. However, it is important to remember that there is a fixed fee for driving on expressways and motorways in Slovakia, so if you want to travel quickly and comfortably, you should pay a special fee and buy a vignette.
We can do this conveniently remotely, for example by buying a vignette online at this website: buying a vignette online, electronic vignettes. The unquestionable advantage of such a solution is that we do not have to print such a sticker and stick it on the windscreen, it is enough to have it with us in an electronic version.
Of course, those accustomed to traditional methods can still purchase such vignettes at border crossings, border petrol stations or supermarkets. However, this limits the possibility to plan the costs of the trip in advance and also makes it easier to forget about this important element when driving.
Failure to buy a valid vignette before crossing the border with Slovakia can result in a fine of around €100. It is therefore advisable to buy it online in advance and not to worry about being controlled.
When crossing the border with Slovakia, it is not only worth knowing convenient locations or remembering about the vignette, but also not to forget about the relevant documents.
Take important documents with you when travelling on Slovak roads
The Slovak Republic is a member of the EU. This is why many Poles who cross the Polish-Slovak border neglect the issue of documentation. Although you will cross the border without any major problems with your identity card or passport, there are a number of documents which can not only help you in case of any problems in Slovakia, but will also make your stay more efficient.
It is therefore worth having a so-called green card, which is an international proof of insurance. So you can easily obtain compensation, for example in case of an accident or a clash. It is also important to have a valid car registration and driving licence. A car homologation certificate and a technical control certificate are also useful.
And let’s not forget the EHIC, the European card that is linked to our health insurance. International trips can really surprise you, sometimes unpleasantly, so the better prepared you are, the more relaxed you will be when facing the challenges.