Getting to the Plitvice Lakes National Park

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jimmy young forex linkedin There aren’t any airports that are especially close to the Plitvice Lakes but as most will usually take a trip to the Lakes as part of their holiday to Croatia, they are prepared to undertake a bit of travelling to appreciate the full beauty of this gorgeous park!

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Getting to the Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb

buy Priligy online fast delivery in San Diego California Zagreb Airport is a good option to fly to to reach Plitvice – it is about 140km away. From Zagreb Airport, take a connecting bus (they wait outside the terminal building) to the main bus station in Zagreb. From here, you can then take one of numerous buses to the Plitvice Lakes; journey time is about 2 hours 20 minutes. You can book tickets on the Zagreb Bus Terminal website.

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Getting to the Plitvice Lakes from Zadar

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Getting to the Plitvice Lakes from Split

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make money online now binary options During the summer months (especially during July and August), it is possible to use buses to make a day trip to Split. However, that does involve quite a lot of travelling (about 7-8 hours in total) in one day. Ideally, it would be best to spend at least one night in the Plitvice region before returning to Split. Check out times on the Split Bus Terminal website.

binaire opties afm You could certainly stop off at the Plitvice Lakes if you’re travelling from, say, Zagreb to Split (or vice versa). To make your journey a bit easier (but ensuring no ‘leg’ is that long), it might be nicer to travel Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar – Split.

Getting to the Plitvice Lakes from Dubrovnik

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Getting to the Plitvice Lakes from Rijeka

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Getting to the Plitvice Lakes from Istria

As with Rijeka, there aren’t direct bus connections to towns and cities in Istria to the Plitvice Lakes. You’ll need to change buses somewhere – most likely Karlovac – if you are attempting to make the journey. It’s far easier to join an organised tour! (Such as the Plitvice Lakes Excursion with Thomson.)

Bus journey times to the Plitvice Lakes

Here’s a brief list of bus journey times from various places in Croatia to the Plitvice Lakes to give you an idea of how long it will take you to get there:

  • from Zagreb: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • from Zadar: 2 hours
  • from Split: 3.5 – 5.5 hours
  • from Varazdin: 4 hours 20 minutes (one bus per day)

If you’re travelling from elsewhere in Croatia to Plitvice, take a bus to one of the above places and change for another bus from there.

Buses to the Park should stop outside both Entrance 1 and Entrance 2 – you can always ask your driver to make sure. However, you are unlikely to be the only traveller disembarking at either stop!

Getting to the Plitvice Lakes – Day Trips

You can also book an organised excursion to Plitvice Lakes from a wide variety of other towns and resorts in Croatia. Call in at a local travel agent for details (you’ll normally see trips to the Plitvice Lakes advertised everywhere); the one-day round trip will normally take all day (so, a little bit on the tiring side) but it may well be worth it if you weren’t otherwise planning on travelling to or nearby this part of the country.

If you’re travelling from either Zadar or Zagreb, we’d probably suggest sticking to public transport. Trips from either city can easily be done in a day, you can go at your own pace when visiting and exploring the park, and your round-trip will also be significantly cheaper!

Here are some organised excursions to the Plitvice Lakes that you can book online:

Getting to the Plitvice Lakes National Park

Leaving the Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice Lakes Park and region doesn’t have a proper bus terminal – rather, small wooden huts (see above) close to the two entrances where you can wait for buses. These should have details of bus departure times; if in doubt, check at the entrance of the Park as times will definitely be posted there. If you don’t have a return/onward ticket – purchased from Zadar or Zagreb Bus Terminals, for example – buy your bus ticket from the driver once onboard the bus.

More on the Plitvice Lakes

  • Susan1009

    Thank you!

  • Yes, the bus stops in this region are the little wooden huts that you’ve seen. I wouldn’t think the driver would stop there unless someone asked/was flagging down the bus, so I would definitely request to the driver that you want to stop there. As for your second question (getting the bus to Split on 2nd Sept), hmmm… I’d personally ask your accommodation (Villa Lika) for what they would suggest as they can probably give you some useful advice as to whether it’s better to go to the Entrance!

  • Susan1009

    Hi. I am travelling from Zadar airport to Villa Lika in Mukinje on 30th August to visit Plitvice Lakes. I am thinking of travelling by bus. The timetables on the buscroatia website don’t seem to list Mukinje as a stop although I had read somewhere that there is a bus stop & that Villa Lika is 100m walk from there. On google street view there is a wooden hut on the junction of the main road and the road that Villa Lika is on. Is that the bus stop? Do all buses from Zadar stop there or would I need to make a special request to the driver? On 2nd September I would want to get the 9.30am bus to Split – would I wait at that bus stop? Would I be likely to get a seat on the bus or would it be better to go to the actual park entrance 2 (although I would have to walk with my luggage!)? Thank you!

  • Are you planning on staying a night in Plitvice? If you are, then I would definitely do Zagreb – Plitvice – Dubrovnik. If you’re not then I suppose a day trip from Zagreb would be okay to Plitvice, as otherwise doing Zagreb – Plitvice (+ visiting the National Park) and then Dubrovnik would be an extremely long day…I can’t imagine the time you’d actually end up reaching Dubrovnik!

  • Marzia

    Hello, We are going to Croatia in a week’s time. Here is my question:
    We have booked 2 nights in Zagreb and then 4 nights in Dubrovnik. We would like to do the Pilvitce National Park as well. Is it doable to do the park on route from Zagreb to Duburvinik? We are renting a bus for this. OR is it better to do a day trip from Zagreb and then drive the same way again to Dubrovnik?
    Many thanks. All suggestions welcome!

  • 1. From Hvar you would need to get a catamaran back to Split (many catamarans a day in August), and then a bus on to the Plitvice Lakes. (https://getbybus.com/en/ )
    2. Undoubtedly it would be easier to do this with an organised excursion, you wouldn’t be able to do the same thing (visiting all these places) by yourself unless you had your own boat! That sounds about right in terms of price, as you’re visiting quite a lot/travelling a far distance in one day.
    3. See bus times/tickets on https://getbybus.com/en/. I’d recommend booking online as it’ll be busy in August. There is no bus station in the Plitvice Lakes regions, just little huts by the entrances where the buses stop.
    4. Yes, I think it’s a good plan – you’re seeing a reasonable amount but not covering too many places!

  • Nur Samy

    Hello,
    I will be visiting Croatia in August 4th and leaving in August 12th . I am planning to stay first in Split ( 3 night Visiting Omis – Krka National Parks ) and then 2 nights in HVAR ( doing also tour to the blue grotto – three caves ) and then Plitvic lakes ( 2 nights ) and then Zagreb ( 1 night ) , then back to Vienna 🙂

    Mainly my questions are:
    1- How can i get from Hvar to Plitvic lakes ? Bus or Ferry ?

    2- Regarding the Blue grotto and three caves excursions, it’s better to plan it with a tour agency or i can make this tour by myself ? which is more affordable as i found it cost around 80 euro by tour agent.

    3- From Plitvic lakes to Zagreb, how can i book the bus ? Online or i can pick a local bus ( considering that i will be having my luggage ) . Is there a main bus station for the online buses in the lakes ?

    4- Do you think it’s a good plan ? 😀

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Car rental is easy, I don’t believe there is any particular to watch out for with that. The drive also – you’ll take the (tolled) motorway for part of the way (take a ticket on entering the motorway and then pay the amount on exit) and then a mostly dual-lane road for the rest; the exit from the motorway is signed as being for the Plitivice Lakes. Once you exit the motorway, just stick to that road heading south and you can’t really get lost! (Although if you do, you can easily stop and ask anyone and they’ll help.) As for other places, you could consider the quaint town of Samobor (very close to Zagreb) or also the baroque town of Varazdin would be a great day trip.

  • Hannah Nguyen

    We also plan to rent a car from Zagreb and drive to Lake Plitvice, and return same day. This is our first time in Croatia. Could you share your thoughts on:
    1. How easy is car rental?
    2. Is the drive do-able? E.g. Road conditions, navigating around if we get lost..
    3. We also have three days in Zagreb. What other nearby towns should we visit (driving distance)?

    Thank you!

  • There aren’t really any direct connections from Istria/Pula to the Plitvice Lakes – you would have to travel via another town, and Karlovac is usually the best option. Check out https://getbybus.com/en/ to see bus times for each leg of the journey on the dates you want to travel. Otherwise, it might be easier to rent a car (one-way car hire is possible) if you don’t mind doing so.

  • Sarah

    Hi – we are arriving in Rovinj and then traveling to Pula but would like to see the Plitvice Lakes on our way to Zagreb. What would be the best way to get through this route? Is there a bus that could take us?

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  • For actually visiting the parks, many visitors say that they prefer starting the tour of the Park at entrance 1 and heading up to entrance 2. However, you’ll get the magic of the parks from either entrance!

  • Melody

    Hi, would you recommend to start the journey at Entrance 1 or Entrance 2? I am planning to stay on night there and thinking which location would be best. Thank you!

  • It’s definitely easy to travel around by bus, but to me it would make more sense to go Split – Zadar – Plitvice. In terms of staying in Plitvice, do note that accommodation is spread quite widely over the region, so pick somewhere close to the park itself (or a residence where they offer to transfer you to the park and back).

  • Hayley

    Hi Im planning a trip to Croatia in August. The plan is Split, Plitvice and then Zadar. We were thinking of hiring a car but is it just as easy to get bus to Plitvice from Split, stay the night and the bus from Plitvice to Zadar? Thank you!

  • Will you be in Zagreb a few days ahead of travelling to Plitvice? If so, I would suggest that you pop by the bus station then and get your (return) tickets in this way, a few days ahead of taking the bus. There shouldn’t be any issue with buying tickets in this way. (If you did want to buy them online, I would suggest doing some from the Zagreb Bus Terminal website – http://voznired.akz.hr/VozniRed.aspx?lang=en .) Yes, timetables online can be trusted. Buses drop people off/pick people up from both entrances at Plitvice.

  • Lucy

    Thank you so much! That’s incredibly helpful 🙂

  • Els Devriendt

    Hello!

    We are planning to go to the Plitvice lakes 14th of June. We would like to take the bus from Zagreb to the lakes and back 😉
    – Do you recommend buying tickets online (if so, which organisation?) or can we buy a return ticket at the bus station in Zagreb (because we fear busses could be full if we want to buy them during our stay in Zagreb)?
    – We were wondering if the timetables online can be trusted and if all busses leave and pick up the people at “Entrance 1”, because I see there are 2 Entrances in the park.

  • Bus is basically the only way to get there (unless you hire a car!) – you can look up bus timetables on https://getbybus.com/en/. How you maximise your time depends on the bus times which depend on the time of year you’re travelling, so do look up timetables. The hotels by the Plitvice Lakes can be found here: http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en/plan-your-visit/accommodation/ (not the second option, that’s not close). Not sure any one is best – they’re all relatively similar and unfortunately quite dated, but you can’t beat their location!

  • Neil Singleton

    Hello, we will be in Split and thinking about going to Plitvice Lakes, staying overnight and then returning to Split the following day. Can you please advise on best public transport options to maximise the time we have over these 2 days in Plitvice and the “best” hotel to stay in near the Park.

  • There are no tours starting from the Plitvice Lakes (apart from pre-organised, large group tours). But that’s not problem at all, it’s *very* easy to explore the Lakes! When you arrive, ask for maps at the entrance; you can also see in advance some routes to take on the official website: http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en/plan-your-visit/explore-the-park/visiting-programmes/. Or just follow everyone else! 🙂 There are places to leave your luggage at both entrances.

  • Lucy

    Hi, we are travelling from Zagreb to Zadar and stopping at the lakes en route. We’re taking a bus from Zagreb to plitvice and wonder if there’s a tour actually starting at the lakes? Online it looks like tours start at nearby cities. Otherwise is it just possible to get around on foot? And are there any lockers available to drop bags. Thank you, Lucy

  • I’m afraid not, there aren’t really any direct transport (well, bus) connections between Plitvice and Istria. You would need to travel via Karlovac. If you didn’t mind renting a car, then that would be an easier way of doing the route you intend.

  • Jessica Ruff

    Hello!

    I am visiting Croatia in April and I have already planned to take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice. I was planning on heading to Rovinj after staying in Plitvice for two days but am having trouble finding a way to get there from the lakes. Do you know if there is a bus that runs from Plitvice to somewhere close to Rovinj? I can’t find this information anywhere.

  • Zagreb to Plitvice isn’t too long a drive, so I’d be tempted to suggest just grabbing breakfast in Zagreb itself before driving straight to Plitvice. Or, if you did want to experience a bit more of inland Croatia, the town of Karlovac (http://www.karlovac-touristinfo.hr/en ) would be a suitable stop. Parking (in April, certainly) would be okay at either entrance – you can see sightseeing programmes on the official website at http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en/plan-your-visit/explore-the-park/visiting-programmes/ – perhaps one of the K tours (there’s one that starts at each entrance). An alternative would be to start at one entrance, explore for a few hours, head out to lunch at a local eatery and then return to the other entrance for a bit more exploring. The entrances are very obvious when you’re in the Plitvice region, not sure they’re always that well marked on maps! But Plitvice is, and once you’re actually there you shouldn’t have any issues finding the entrances.

  • Lauren Fournier

    We’re so excited to see this page to help reinforce our travel plans this coming April. We’re planning on renting a car in Zagreb and driving to Plitvice for the day before heading to Zadar for the night. My two questions for you: 1.) Is there a good place to stop on the way to Plitvice for breakfast or coffee since you recommend heading out pretty early? 2.) Which gate do you recommend going to for parking, and a good 6-7 hour visit. Are the gates easy to find on a map?
    Thank you in advance!! We can not wait to get there!

  • Again, I don’t think this is a great idea – travelling for four hours + *each way* on a noisy-ish catamaran just to have four hours in Dubrovnik isn’t ideal. If you’ll be there in the peak of summer, Dubrovnik Old Town will be packed with visitors, day trippers, cruise ships guests (and will be hot) and I think you’ll easily get fed up (I would!) and possibly not even be able to enjoy Dubrovnik as much as you could. I’d suggest taking a day trip somewhere local to Split instead – an island? Trogir (very close)? Krka National Park?

  • It’s a very ambitious plan to do Split – Plitivce – visit Plitvice – drive to Venice all in two days, I think you’ll be very exhausted by the end of this! (Especially if walking through Plitvice!) What month are you visiting? If it’s summer, it would be advisable to get to Plitvice as early as possible to try and avoid the crowds. I couldn’t figure out if you’re planning to drive from Split to Plitvice, stay the night then visit Plitvice and then drive to Venice or drive Split – Plitvice, visit, stay the night, then drive to Venice – you might find yourself stuck in the crowds (I mean, in the park) if attempting the latter. No, it’s not possible to visit after hours even if staying at one of the hotels – they are near/next to the entrances, not really in the park itself. Where you plan to stay is fine – most accommodation places in the Plitvice region are in little clusters in a few different villages that are perhaps a few kilometres apart, so there’s nothing that’s especially longer to get to from Split/on to Venice.

  • elizabeth kaleugher

    Also wondering if anyone has done the one day catamaran trip from split to Dubrovnik (SP?) it looks like we will only have 3hrs there but I think that would be fine as we only have 4 days in split and really want to see Dubrovnik and the islands

  • elizabeth kaleugher

    hello, we are driving from split to plitvice and staying for 1 night and wanted to stay in the best location. We are only there for a day and a half and then driving to Venice so would like to be where we can see as much as possible. Can we go it after the park closes if we stay in one of the 3 in the park. We also have a reservation at Plitvice lodge but can change. It is near entrance 3 or close to the big water fall. I cannot figure out where the entrance 3 is and how much harder it is to get to from split and or how much longer to then get to Venice

  • No special recommendations, sorry – I would just use a price comparison site (Kayak, Holiday Autos etc) to get the best deal. No, no particular issues at all with leaving Split and getting onto the motorway…but make a note of the instructions/save a map to your smartphone etc before you leave so you know where you’re going!

  • Sophie Georgia Donnelly

    Thank you for the reply! That’s great – I think we are going to stay the night. Do you have any recommendations for car rental companies, and also will it be hard to drive out of split an d get to a motorway?

  • Thank you very much for your kind words! Well, a car would certainly make things much more flexible for you for visiting Plitvice, and hopefully it shouldn’t be too expensive to rent one in April! Another alternative would be to join an organised excursion, but then you’re also limited to the times of the tour.

  • Sophie Georgia Donnelly

    Hello! Great page – been really useful while planning our Croatia Trip in April. I was wondering, would you recommend renting a car to drive from Split to Plitvice or using the bus? I’ve noticed the buses in April seem to be at strange intervals! Thanks in advance!

  • Bus is pretty much the only way to travel from Split to Plitvice – I wouldn’t go via Zagreb to get to Plitvice as that’s just adding unnecessary hours. (Unless you travelled Split – Zagreb, based yourself there for however many days and then took a day trip down to Plitvice.) Hmm, what are your overall plans for your trip to Croatia/Italy? Travelling from Zagreb to Rome by train is a looong, quite convoluted journey (10-14 hours depending on which train you took, and with at least one change, maybe 2 or 3). If I was in Croatia trying to get to Rome, I would do so from Split – take an overnight ferry across to Ancona and then train over to Rome. But then I don’t know what your overall itinerary for Croatia and then Italy is; if I was going from Zagreb to Rome I’d probably stop off along the way (Venice!). Buses in April aren’t that busy, so you should be okay with your bike and it being put in the hold but do ask when booking your tickets just to make sure. Also, I’m not 100% sure about bus companies offering discounts for a Eurail pass – some do if you’re under 26 (and maybe you are!) but you would have to double check your bus options for a Eurail pass.

  • chaberbush

    In April I will travel by bicycle, rail, and bus. What is the best way to travel between Split and Plitvice NP? Split to Zagreb by rail and Plitvice by bus (seems long)? Split to Plitvice by bus? Leaving Croatia would I take a bus from Plitvice to Zagreb then rail to Rome? Do buses in Croatia accept bicycles carried in a housse/bike bag? I have a eurail pass so bus and rail are options for me.

  • Sounds like a good plan! 🙂

  • Tayla Claire Wetherick

    We’ve decided to do our interrailing the other way so will be getting the boat from Ancona to Split and then stopping at KRKA National park before travelling on to Plitvice Lakes. Thanks for your help 🙂

  • Well from Venice you’d probably be best to still go to Zagreb (but not by train in this case – better to go train to Trieste and then bus by Zagreb) as if you head to somewhere in Istria or the Kvarner region (again, you wouldn’t get there by train) there’s hardly any direct options from these places to the Plitvice Lakes.If you got the boat across (where would you get to boat to – do you meant from further south in Italy to Split?) then you could get a bus to Plitvice from Split or Zadar. The bus network in Croatia is far more extensive than the train network!

  • Tayla Claire Wetherick

    Even if we come from Italy? The plan is Venice before Croatia. Then again we may get the boat and go to KRKA National Park first then come from there to Lake Plitvice… Would it still be Zagreb or Zadar?

  • Basically, Zagreb! There’s no train stations near the lakes, or at least not any useful ones. (i.e. not ones that have a high frequency of trains, and it’d be quite difficult to try and reach Plitvice from them.) Get a train to Zagreb from wherever you’re coming from, and then get one of the numerous buses from Zagreb down to the lakes – about 2 hours journey time. Check out timetables on http://www.akz.hr/.

  • Tayla Claire Wetherick

    Could you advise on where to get a train to if wanting to go to Lake Plitvice whilst interrailing? Where are the nearest train / bus stations?

  • These tours are organised by a third party and not ourselves (we just provide access to a booking form). It doesn’t look like they are running in November – where are you trying to visit the Lakes from?

  • melissa

    Would you please advise whether the small group tour will have on Nov?

  • Well, there are some places to stay close to both entrances (which aren’t necessarily in a village), including the hotels by entrance 2, that would be walking distance to the park in which case you could get off the bus when they stop at the entrances. There’s no local buses taking you from the villages to the park; you could rely on the long-distance buses but these don’t always stop at some of the smaller villages and so it might be tricky to plan your day in Plitvice accordingly. Alternatively, many local accommodation places (that are further away from the Park) would be willing to drive you to the park (and pick you up) if you stay with them.

  • Saphire Lorigan

    Can you help please I will not have a car only public transport. Is there a village close to plitvice lakes that i can stay at that also had a bus stop that can take you to the lake. Thanks

  • Saphire Lorigan

    Hi there I wish to take public transport to stay some village close top plitvice. Which villages would you recommend I look at? Also I would need a village that has a bus service to the park do any exist like that?

  • Well, you can spend as short or long in Plitvice as you like – there’s no set ‘hike time’ for whole long to spend in the park! I would recommend spending a full day there – if you have the time – to really explore as much of the park as you can, and staying in the nearby area is a nice way to get a feel for this region of Croatia (which is of course quite different to the coast). Renting a car – not sure about your actual question…it’s not a problem to rent a car in Zagreb, and neither is it a problem to drive down to Plitvice (I would recommend setting off as early as you can so you can get to the park early, to try and avoid the crowds). However, did you mean you want to drop off the car in Plitvice? That wouldn’t be possible as there’s no car hire places in the region – you’d have to drop off the car on the coast e.g. Split, Dubrovnik etc. Itinerary – sure, a night in Zagreb, then down to Plitvice and a night there sounds good. Plitvice to Dubrovnik is rather far (you would be driving this, yes?)…I normally would suggest breaking up the journey and visiting somewhere else on the way e.g. Split.

  • Divia Moorjani

    Hello! I am planning to come to Zagreb on the 9th of September, will probably stay the night there and rent a car and drive to Plitvice and hike. Do you think I will need the whole day on the 10th to explore the lakes or is the hike fairly quick? Perhaps stay a night somewhere close to Plitvice… I have a few questions I hope you can help me with 🙂
    -> is it easy to rent a car from Zagreb to Plitvice?
    -> Does this seem like a do-able itinerary?

    Following Plitvice, we will probably head to Dubronvik for 3 days and fly out from there.

    Thank you

  • I would suggest asking your place of accommodation the best way of travelling to/from the Lakes and Rakovica. Some (but not all) of the intercity buses stop in Rakovica, so you might be able to hop on one of them to/from the Lakes.

  • Brock Bridges

    Hi! My wife and are staying in Rakovica and was just trying to get info on how to get to the lakes from there?

  • The Lakes are open all year round (although one entrance is closed in winter), even if its snowy. It’s hard to predict the weather – there’s normally a good likelihood to snow at that time of year in that part of Croatia but in the recent past, early winters have sometimes been pretty mild (no snow). The Park is wonderful to visit even if there’s snowfall – makes for a great experience. Sure, there *might* be some extreme weather conditions, but not something that can be predicted! I don’t see any reason for not driving to the Lakes (if you were thinking of driving).

  • I think it *should* be okay to find a tour (Opatija might be a better option to get a tour from) there and then – does it definitely have to be just that day? As in, if the tour is booked up, or it’s not running from some reason, could you go the following day? Are you in that location (Rijeka/Opatija) for a while beforehand?

  • L Huynh

    Hi there!
    I’m planning a Xmas/New years trip to Croatia and wondering the likeyhood of snow and the lakes being closed for this reason? Would you recommend against driving from Zagreb to the lakes in winter?
    Many thanks!

  • Kiran Maverick

    Thank you for the quick reply ! Couldn’t find any tours for that day from both the places. so wanted to know if we can find once we are there or do we need to book in advance ?

  • Thanks! Sorry, I can’t suggest a specific tour from these places – I would recommend asking either/both of the tourist offices of Opatija (http://visitopatija.com/en/) and Rijeka (http://www.visitrijeka.eu/) and I am sure they can point you in the right direction.

  • Kiran Maverick

    This is very useful ! could you please suggest any tours to Plitvice from Rijeka or Opatija for two people on 7th of August ?

  • Ian Woodford

    Ok Thanks. Yeah thought I made a mistake with the dates after a while ..

  • Yes, should be do-able – check out https://getbybus.com/en/ to easily check out return options for the same day. (That first weekend is 8th/9th – the Saturday oddly doesn’t show suitable return buses, but the Sunday 9th does.)

  • Ian Woodford

    Hi , staying in Zadar in early October and are definitely visiting the Lakes , thinking Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th , would buses still be running a good timetable for a day visit. Thanks.

  • When are you travelling? If it’s now (peak summer season) then sure, it’ll be busy although I doubt every bus service (there’s many per day) will be sold out… Take a look at Zagreb Bus Terminal website – http://voznired.akz.hr/VozniRed.aspx?lang=en – for example for buses for tomorrow, you can see that buses are busy although there’s still seats. But ask yourself – if you can’t get on the bus you want, how much will that affect your plans? Will you be okay waiting for the next departure or will that throw off your other plans?

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • Mo mo

    Hi,
    I’m going to travel to Zagreb and Plitvice.
    I’d like to know if it’s necessary to buy a bus ticket for “Zagreb to Plitvice” and “Plitvice to Zagreb” in advance. Does it has a possibility to be full?
    Honestly, I’m not quite sure about my timing since it also depends on my flight arriving in Zagreb as well as on my exploring plan in Plitvice.
    Please help suggest.
    Thank you.

  • The Plitvice Lakes from Dubrovnik is FAR… You’d basically be looking at a 15 hour excursion with journey times of 5 hours there and 5 hours back; I would recommend not trying to visit Plitvice from Dubrovnik (especially if you only have 5 days in Croatia) and rather visiting places closer to Dubrovnik! (e.g. Mljet National Park?) If you did still want to try, you can see a list of Dubrovnik agencies at http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/lang/en/news/gm_plan_agencije/index.html but I don’t think many organise trips to Plitvice; in fact, this year is the first year I’ve seen one advertised (http://www.viator.com/tours/Dubrovnik/Private-Tour-Plitvice-Lakes-National-Park-Day-Trip-from-Dubrovnik/d904-5562LAKES ) but it’s a private tour.

  • Chelsea

    I am staying in Dubrovnik for 5 days and would like a day trip to Plitvice Lake. What recommendations do you have for travel agencies or anything so that we can book in advanced?

  • jenny Zhou

    Hi, I am planning a visit to the Plitvice lakes on June 12 (by bus from Split), staying overnight in a guesthouse in Mukinje and leaving on the 13th in the early afternoon for Zadar. I can easily buy a bus ticket from the park to Zadar ahead of time on buscroatia.com (1:20pm and 1:50pm buses available), but the web site doesn’t show the exact departing bus stop until after I pay and print out the ticket. My guesthouse is right beside the bus stop in Mukinje (20 minutes walk from entrance 2 and not in walking distance from entrance 1), so I don’t want to take chance of getting a bus ticket departing from entrance 1, and am thinking about waiting for a Zadar bus at entrance 2 or Mukinje stop and buy ticket on board. My guesthouse said I don’t need to worry about bus getting full in June and another alternative would be to share a taxi to Zadar with fellow travelers (if 6-8 passengers, the cost per person is not too bad). Any input from you, regarding waiting for a Zadar bus without ticket or how to go about shared taxi, is much appreciated!

    • The guesthouse would probably have the best advice! But buses stop at both entrances to pick up (and drop off passengers), so it doesn’t matter at which stop you wait. I think you’ll be fine (with regards to the bus not being full) at that time of year, so don’t worry!

      • jenny Zhou

        Thank you for the info! I was worried after contracting buscroatia.com and only got the official answer that i can only get off at my designated stop on the ticket, but i guess official answer is never meant to be helpful LOL. My host says 99%buses will stop at Mukinje anyway but make a request to be sure.

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  • Jayne

    Hi, can you tell me the distance between entrance 1 and 2? Can we walk from one to the other? I am travelling with a friend and we were advised to get on bus at entrance 1 to ensure we can sit together. Thanks in advance.

    • It’s about 3km…not really suitable for walking, given the distance but also because there’s no pavement/sidewalk and you’d be walking along the road/on the grass. When are you travelling?

      • Jayne

        Thanks. In June

        • Hmmm, likely to be busy. Where are your travelling to? You could book tickets online at http://www.buscroatia.com/…or if you have travelled from Zagreb to Plitvice beforehand, you should be able to buy tickets for this next journey (Plitvice to …) at Zagreb Bus Station.

          • Jayne

            We already have tickets through bus croatia but they don’t allocate seats. We are travelling to Zadar.

          • Ah, okay. Well, I suppose just hope for the best with regards to sitting together! Although it’s only 2-3 hours to Zadar so not too long a journey.

  • Sandra

    Hi, I’ll be in Croatia for 4 days in August and will be staying in Dubrovnik. I want to go to the Plitvice Lakes, and thought I should take a bus to Zadar, stay the night and head to the Lakes the next day. Was wondering whether it would be feasible to head back to Dubrovnik the same day and make it a 2-day trip? Also, can you book bus tickets in advance as it may get very busy in August?

    Thank you!

    • Do you mean head back to Dubrovnik direct from Plitvice? Or head back to Zadar to then head back to Dubrovnik? For the former, there is a direct bus but it leaves in the morning so that’s not use… For the latter, sure, there’s a late evening bus that gets into Dubrovnik early the next day. Either way, I’m sorry, but I don’t think this is the best use of your time – this would take up so much of your short trip to Dubrovnik, and involve so much travelling! (Dubrovnik to Zadar is far enough as it is.) If you really, really want to see Plitvice from Dubrovnik, I’d look into an organised day trip (e.g. http://www.viator.com/tours/Dubrovnik/Private-Tour-Plitvice-Lakes-National-Park-Day-Trip-from-Dubrovnik/d904-5562LAKES) – sure, it still involves a lot of travelling (five hours each way!!) but at least it’s all in one day and doesn’t involve stops/changes etc. Or, better still…come back to Croatia another time to see Plitvice? 🙂

      • Sandra

        Yes, the former. I realize now it’s trying to do too much. The link you sent doesn’t work. I have been looking at tours, but some of them are quite pricey. Plitvice is a must, don’t think I could come back home knowing I didn’t go. I don’t mind the travelling, I’m sure it will be well worth it 🙂 I’ll have my camera at the ready for the views. Thank you!

        • Link got broken by an errant bracket – http://www.viator.com/tours/Dubrovnik/Private-Tour-Plitvice-Lakes-National-Park-Day-Trip-from-Dubrovnik/d904-5562LAKES. To answer a question I didn’t on your previous message, yes, you can purchase bus tickets online (http://www.buscroatia.com/). Is there no chance that you can stay elsewhere in Croatia than Dubrovnik if you really want to see Plitvice? Again, it’s such a long distance to travel if you have only 4 days in the country. (Plitvice will also be very busy in August and it’s recommended to get there as early as possible in the day to avoid the crowds!)

          • Sandra

            I am looking at others, because this one adds up to $800 in total for 3 people, which is way too much for one day. No, we’ve already booked flights and hotel in dubrovnik. I’ll keep looking! If not, I’ll definitely be coming back and staying in Zagreb next time so it’s easier 🙂

          • It’ll be pricey because it’s a ‘private tour’ – I assume because it’s not such a popular day trip as it’s such a distance! You could check out some of the agencies in Dubrovnik – http://www.tzdubrovnik.hr/lang/en/news/gm_putnicke_agencije/index.html – to see if anyone also offers such a tour, but a group one. Alternatively, you could of course just seek out a driver yourself to take you there and back in a day but it’ll still be expensive!

  • Emma Dearden

    Hi, we are coming to visit Plitvice Lakes this Sunday (17th April) or Monday (18th April) and are planning on getting the bus from Zadar. I have 2 questions;
    1) What time would you recommend getting the bus from Zadar in order to make the most out of our day trip?
    2) Is it obvious where to get off the bus? I have read there are two entrances to the Plitvice Lakes so i just want to make sure we don’t miss them.

    Thank you in advance!
    Emma

    • Unfortunately, there don’t appear to be many buses early on in the day…so you’d be looking at getting to Plitvice for about 5pm! Which isn’t a great time to arrive to visit the Lakes… (Or did you mean you’d be travelling on the Sunday, staying the night, then visiting the Lakes the next day?)

      To answer your second question, yes it’s pretty obvious and buses stop at both entrances. You can always confirm to the driver that you’re getting off at the Plitvice Lakes entrance 1 or 2, so he can alert you when it’s time to get off. But I would presume others on the bus would also be getting off as well at the Lakes.

      • Emma Dearden

        Hi,

        Thanks for the fast response.

        We have hired an apartment in Zadar so are looking to come to the lakes and back in one day. Am I right to assume then that Monday would be the better day to visit?
        If so what time would you recommend getting the bus from Zadar in order to make the most out of our day trip on the Monday?

        Thank you for the information on the entrances.

        Thank you again!
        Emma

        • No, I’m sorry, I meant there aren’t buses early in the day on either Sunday or Monday (/any day) at this time of year…meaning a day trip by public transport isn’t possible. (See timetables on http://www.liburnija-zadar.hr and http://www.buscroatia.com).

          I’d ask locally at a travel agency about organized day trips/transport as that would be the best thing if you’d like to visit the lakes in one day. (Unless you hired a car.)

  • ורד לוי

    hi

    i am planning on landing in Split, renting a car and driving to Plitvice lakes hotel on April 28 evening (3 nights), then 29th April all day long track at the Plitsiva lakes.

    i need to find something to do on the 30TH of April. i wanted to go to Krka National Park- but google map tells me its 3 hour drive away. i’m not sure the long drive is worth it.

    my flight back is from Split mid day 1st of May.
    any suggestions?
    Rose

    • Could you not spend the night of the 30th staying close to Krka NP (or somewhere close to the park on the coast e.g. Sibenik, or one of the little towns close by)? So you would be able to visit it (as it sounds like you want to), but you don’t have to waste time driving there and then back to Plitvice, and then *back* in the same direction to go back to Split for your flight. The drive Plitvice – Krka shouldn’t be more than 2 hours, btw.

  • Traveling with kids

    Hello, I was wondering if there are any restrooms on the busses from Zadar to plitvice as it is a long way to go with kids. If not, are there any bathroom stops on the way? We are going at the end of at, around the 24th.

    • Some buses in Croatia do have toilets, some don’t, but buses on these longer journeys always make rest stops so you won’t have a problem.

  • happytraveller

    Hi!

    I’m planning to be in Croatia end of May to 2nd week of June flying into Zagreb then working my way south. I’m travelling solo so trying to figure out logistics/cost and time efficiency:

    Would it be better to take a a day trip from Zagreb (either using public buses or tour) then head onto Split via bus or flight? Or bus from Zagreb –>lakes visit them (to spend night or not?) and then catch latest bus onward to Split ?

    Or just doing a day trip from Split to to lakes?

    Also is there any advantage of doing a tour ? I.E. is it easy to get lost, are lines for tickets long, etc . Thanks!

    • To answer the second part of your message, there’s not too much advantage – only if you’re trying to visit the lakes from somewhere where public transport might be a hassle to use to get to the lakes and back at suitable times. I would count Split as such as place! However, it’s easy to use buses from/back to Zagreb, so I wouldn’t necessarily go on a day trip from there. It’s very difficult to get lost in the park, and the place shouldn’t be too crowded at that time of year.

      It’s just over 2 hours from Zagreb to Plitvice but just over 6 hours from Plitvice to Split. It sounds like you’re in Croatia for a couple of weeks? Could you fit Zadar into your plans? I’d personally go Zagreb – Plitvice – Zadar; the bus Plitvice to Zadar can be as short as 2 hours (depends which bus you take). And Zadar’s a really lovely town, definitely worth a visit. (It’s then 3 hours from Zadar to Split.)

      You could do Zagreb – Plitvice – Zadar all in one day. Depending on how much time you have for your whole trip, I think it would be nicer to spend a night in the Plitvice region and then travel on the next day.

      If this isn’t quite what you’re planning, I’d do a day trip (by public bus) from Zagreb and then travel on to Split…probably flying to save some time!

      • happytraveller

        Thanks so much!

        Yes, I’m in Croatia from 25 May to 8th June and feel the lakes are hard to put into the itinerary (I kind of just want to fly in, rest up in Zagreb for the afternoon evening, and then continue journey.) So I guess I’m debating how much time to allot for places. Right now I want to see:

        Plitvice* (or Krka), Split*, Trogir (just for half a day since so close to Split), Vis*, Hvar (or Korkula) Dubrovnik* and maybe Elafati Islands? Too much? The ones with stars are my can’t miss destinations.

  • Piyush Gupta

    Hi: I am from India and would be travelling to Hungary and Croatia in the end of May. I have planned to leave Budapest and reach Zagreb via Train. Is it possible to reach near Plitvice from Zagreb via Train. Thereafter, staying near plitvice and then on the next day will see the Plitvice and then will move forward to SPLIT. Is it possible to catch Train from nearby Plitvice to Split on touring the complete the plitvice lake.

    • There is no way of reaching (or departing) the Plitvice Lakes by train – there is no train station anywhere near that would make it possible to visit from Zagreb and then move on to Split. You will need to do the journey Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Split all by bus; see http://www.akz.hr/ for timetables.

      • Piyush Gupta

        Thank you for the quick response. I understand no trains direct to plitvice. Is there any nearby train station to plitvice from Zagreb? Further, the nearby station from Plitvice to catch train for Split. Also, let me know the time we need to leave the plitvice for the nearby train station to catch the train for the split.

        • The nearest town with a direct train from Zagreb might be something like Karlovac or Gospic, but neither are particularly close. There are some very small stations near to Plitvice but there aren’t direct trains from Zagreb – and trains aren’t very frequent anyway (and then you’d have a problem of trying to get from these stations to Plitvice) and you’d waste a large part of your day trying to get there or out. Really, bus is a much, much better way of getting to the Plitvice Lakes – direct, faster, very frequent, convenient…!

          • Piyush Gupta

            Thanks. Will book a bus then from Zagreb to Plitvice. Now, how to reach Split from Plitvice? I will enter inside the plitvice by 8:00am and then when to leave the plitvice to reach Split by evening. Will take route C, as it seems to be the best route inside the plitvice.

            Is there any Ferry/boat that takes from Split to Dubrvonik via Hvar, Blue caves, green caves in a day or a stop in any of the island?

          • There are buses from Plitvice to Split, see http://www.buscroatia.com/. However, you’ll be having to leave Plitvice at around 1pm to get the bus to Split (it’s far!) but in your original message you said you’d be staying the night near Plitvice? (I wouldn’t recommend doing Zagreb – Plitvice – visiting the lakes – Split all in one day!)

            Yes, this catamaran goes from Split to Dubrovnik, via Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Mljet: http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html. You can’t use it to ‘stop’ at any island…unless it’s an overnight stop. You can join an organized trip to the Blue Caves (for example) from Split if you want.

          • Piyush Gupta

            I would be coming to plitvice from zagreb in the evening of 23rd May and then on 24th may will see the plitvice and thereafter was planning to reach split on 24th only.
            How much time is more than sufficient in Plitvice National Park? Hope 8:00am to 1:00pm would be sufficient. Thank you for the links.

          • Hmmm, you could probably see an okay amount of the park in that time but it will be a very busy and rushed (not too mention tiring) day. I would personally try for at least a full day for Plitvice. However, if that’s all the time you have, then that’s all the time you have.

          • Piyush Gupta

            In order to spend whole day in the Plitvice. I need to find out a way to move from Split to Dubrvonik via Ferry/Ship. On the way, I should be covering Hvar, Vis, Blue Cave and Green Caves. Is there any ship that can take me on enroute to Dubrvonik within in budget and not a private tour.

            PS: I am thankful for your advices. Is there a way to send you an email for all queries?

          • The *only* sailing between Split and Dubrovnik is this one I’ve mentioned before: http://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing_schedule.html. This stops on Hvar, but you would have to stay a night to actually visit the island. (Note – this catamaran does not operate a daily service at the end of May, so you might have to stay longer on Hvar if you were wanting to visit. Depends which day of the week you’re travelling.)

            There is absolutely no sailing that covers Split – Vis – the caves – Dubrovnik. It would be easiest to simply take an excursion (not a private one) from Split that takes in Vis/the caves.

            Yes – webmaster@visit-croatia.co.uk.

  • Natalija L

    Hi. I’m planning a trip this summer with my 3 children. I was thinking about driving from Zadar. How accessible are the roads, is parking available & is it clearly signposted? Also, what trail routes would you recommend for kids. Ages, 8, 13 & 16. Thanks 🙂

    • Well, the roads are basically just like normal roads! 🙂 You’ll have motorway for part of the way (for about 50km, if memory serves right) from Zadar to Plitvice, then beyond that mostly single carriageway (i.e. two lane road – don’t know if that term is used everywhere). But good roads, absolutely nothing to worry about. It’s pretty well signposted the closer you get to Plitvice, but I might print off a map/instructions (or use a map on a phone, if you can) beforehand just to be safe. But you can obviously stop and ask for directions, I’m sure anyone would be happy to help.

      As for trails – well, almost any would be fine! I’m sure your kids or kids (or adults!) of any age would love all the trails, Plitvice really is a wonderful place to visit. In this respect, I might suggest choosing a particular trail based on how much time you have/want to spend in the park/how much time you think your kids would be okay with for walking through a nature park. Maybe the two hour trails – could do one before lunch and one after?

  • Charissa

    Hi, I was planning on catching the bus from Zagreb to the lakes (in August 2016), spending two nights there and then the bus back to Zagreb.
    How easy is it to catch the bus, get to a hotel and get around the lakes by bus from the hotel.
    Thanks!

    • Not a problem getting a bus to the Plitvice Lakes, these depart regularly from Zagreb Bus Station in August (see timetables at http://www.buscroatia.com/ or http://www.akz.hr/default.aspx?id=260) – I’d recommend buying a return ticket in Zagreb. There are a few hotels very close to one of the entrances of the park (where the bus from Zagreb stops) – see http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en/plan-your-visit/accommodation/ for a list – and these would be best to stay in if you’re visiting by bus – you can then very easily visit and tour the lakes.

      There are also some private accommodations options in reasonable distance to the lakes but not too many (most private accommodation places are spread around the region, perhaps several km away – definitely not walkable!) which might be another option to stay in.

  • Lenka Koczová

    Hi, tommorow morning I will travel by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice lakes. I would like to ask you how long does it take to get from bus stop Plitvicke jazera to entrance 1. Thank you in advance!

    • There is a bus stop by entrance 1 of Plitvice Lakes NP.

  • Cheong Chye

    Hi there. I plan to visit the Lakes from Zadar on 22 June (day trip). I have been to the Zadar bus station website and searched the intercity line but the timings doesn’t seem right for a day trip (back to Zadar after the visit). Am I missing something? Or is there some other bus company I should be searching for?

    Thanks!

    • Unfortunately, the Zadar Bus Terminal website looks like it only shows buses operating now/today, not all year round. Check http://www.buscroatia.com/ where you’ll see more options for 22nd June. I’d also keep checking closer to the time to see if there’s more buses available.

      • Cheong Chye

        Thanks much! Appreciate it 🙂

  • Wesley

    Hi,

    We want to do a day trip from Zagreb to the Lakes and take the first bus (05h45). What bus do you suggest to take back from the Lakes?
    Should we already buy the tickets for the return trip in Zagreb? Or are they Always available on the bus? Thanks!

    • What time of year (what month?) are you travelling? Do be aware that if it’s now or in the near future, the park closes at 4pm, so that might affect your decision. Other times of year – I’d probably thing about heading back at 5pm/6pm – that gives you lots of time in the park (you won’t get bored! And if it’s a busy time of year, walking through the park might be slow going due to the number of visitors), but you’ll be back in Zagreb not too late in the day.

      Yes, tickets available on the bus – if there’s room on the bus! I’d probably try and get a return ticket in Zagreb…although, again, depends on what time of year you’re travelling. (If it’s low season, I’d probably just buy it on the bus.)

      • Wesley

        Thanks!!! We’re planning to visit the Lakes in July. Which trails do you recommend? I’ve read that the best option would be Trail C from Entrance No 1 (4h till 6h trail).

        • I don’t think you can go particularly wrong with any of the trails! But yes, trail C would be a good one to follow if that’s the amount of time you’d like to be in the park for.

          • Wesley

            You’re great! Thanks!

          • You’re welcome, and thanks for the kind words! I hope you enjoy your time at the Plitvice Lakes and in Croatia.

  • Daneka Soudak

    Hi
    From the Lakes, how do I get back to Split? How much time will it take and do I need to set it up in advance?
    Is it reasonable to spend the night in Split then leave for Dubrovnik in the morning by train?

    • Bus is the only way to get to Split from Plutvice…you can check out bus timetables on the Split Bus Terminal website at http://www.ak-split.hr/. The journey takes 4-6 hours depending on which bus you take. When are you travelling? (And where from before Plitvice?) If it’s high season, you might want to try and get a ticket online…or perhaps get one from
      Zagreb Bus Terminal if that’s where you’re travelling from before you reach Plitvice.

      Dubrovnik has no train station so no, you can’t get there by train! You’ll probably only reach Split from Plitvice in the late afternoon/early evening, but I suppose you could do a quick sightsee the next day and then travel on to Dubrovnik (by bus) in the late afternoon.

  • Ines

    Hi, is it only possible to purchase tickets to enter the park once we’re there? Or can they be bought in advance?

    I’m planning to go this March. Would be great if you could advise!

    Thanks,
    Ines

    • You can’t buy tickets online from the park itself…however, you won’t have any problems in March (or other times of year!) turning up and buying entry tickets there and then.

      • Ines

        Great thank you!

        I’m spending 2-3 days in Dubrovnik. What do you suggest I do whilst there?

  • NSP

    Hello!! Thanks for the informative article !
    Can you please advice if big lockers are available at Plitvice ?
    We plan to travel from Zadar to Plitvice and then from Plitvice to Zagreb. So our luggages will be with us. 😉

    Also, is it possible in late September to buy bus tickets on the spot from Zadar to Plitvice to Zagreb ? Or would U recommend buying online

    • You’re welcome!

      There are no luggage lockers of any size at Plitvice, but you can leave your luggage at the tourist info offices or at the hotels near the park, depending on which entrance you enter the park at.

      I don’t believe that you can buy tickets in Zadar for the Plitvice to Zagreb section of your journey. However, in late September you should be fine to just buy your tickets there and then (at Zadar to head to Plitvice; on the bus to head to Zagreb) but you may prefer to buy your tickets online. (Although not all journeys can be bought online.)

      • NSP

        Thank you !!

        • You’re welcome – enjoy your visit to Croatia!

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