The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a very popular visitors destination and for many people visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park is high on their bucket list, the park is one of the oldest parks in Southeast Europe and in Croatia it is the largest national park. With its 16 lakes, waterfalls and walking routes through the park, it is world-famous, welcoming visitors from all over the globe.
Read all about the National Park in our article Plitvice Lakes National Park - An absolute must see!
The Lakes National Park is located in Like which is more or less in the central part of Croatia not far from the Bosnia border, just about 10 kilometres.
Getting to the National Park is not always the easiest and straight forward. Below are some options to get to the National Park.
The very simple answer to this, there are no trains going to Plitvice Lakes. There is no train station nearby to the National Park. So, unfortunately, you can cross this option from your list.
From Zagreb there are many buses heading to the National Park, the trip from Zagreb takes just under 3 hours.
For tickets simply go to the bus station in Zagreb and say you want to go to Plitvice Lakes. Or book your ticket online https://www.arriva.com.hr/en-us/home price for one-way is about € 10 euros. Also, there are day-trip tickets available so you can get the bus back to Zagreb, often they have a package deal for this.
We do recommend to leave early morning to arrive before the crowd does. It can get pretty busy in the park, especially in the summer holiday season, then on average, 11,000 people visit the Park daily!
If you have your car or you have a rental it is very easy to get to the National Park. The drive will take you 2 hours.
The route is also pretty easy.
When you arrive at the Park there are designated visitor parking areas. All though not high, there are parking fees, the fee depends on the type of vehicle and the period of the year.