Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia: Transport Guide

Are you planning to visit Plitvice lakes from Zagreb?

This article is a detailed transportation guide from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia, including ticket prices, timetables, and tips. 

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes

The distance between Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes is about 140 km (87 miles). You can travel between two places easily by bus or car, and the journey takes about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on your choice of transportation. 

You can also join a day tour from Zagreb to Plitvice national park. The tour includes transportation, an admission fee, an English-speaking tour guide, and a bonus visit to Rastoke village.

TypeTimeCostTickets
Bus2h30m$15Book bus tickets
Car2h$20/dayBook your car
Tour10h$128Check tour details
Plitvice Lakes Croatia.

Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes by car

Duration: 2 hours

Getting Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car is the most convenient and fastest option. You can pick up your vehicle at Zagreb airport or old town. 

From Zagreb, head South on E65 in the direction of Karlovac. From there, take the D1 Road to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes by bus

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

About ten buses depart daily from Zagreb bus station to Plitvice lakes, and the travel time is under 3 hours. 

The ticket price is around 100 Kuna, which is €12 ($15).

If you arrive at Zagreb airport, you can take an Uber or a connecting bus outside the terminal building to Zagreb’s main bus station. The distance from Zagreb airport to the bus station is about 13km, and it takes 15 minutes by car. 

ProviderDepartureArrival
Knežević Josip8 am10:22 am
Knežević/FlixBus8 am10:22 am
Autopromet d.d. Slunj10:30 am1:07 pm
Autobusni Prijevoz11:30 am1:50 pm
Autopromet d.d. Slunj2:15 pm4:45 pm
Flixbus2:30 pm4:20 pm
Ines Tours4 pm4:30 pm
Flixbus9:30 pm11:15 pm
Bus schedule from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes. For the latest schedule and prices, please check here

Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes Day tour

Duration: 10 hours

Taking a Plitvice Lakes National Park tour from Zagreb is also an excellent option. The tour includes:

  • Transportation
  • Rastoke village visit
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park admission fee (boat and train ride inside the park included)

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