After spending countless hours searching on Pinterest for the most awe inspiring places to visit in Europe I came across Plitvice Lakes National Park. I knew immediately that I had to visit when I was in Croatia, no matter what! Let me tell you it was a challenge since I don’t drive and I was travelling solo. However, it is very much possible and I want to share a few quick tips to visiting this beautiful location before we jump into the 20 photos to inspire you to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Quick Guide to Visiting the Park:
How to Get There:
The easiest way is to rent a car and either take a day trip from Zagreb or Split. The drive time from Zagreb is about 2 hours and from Split it’s about 2.5 hours.
Alternatively, you can spend the night near by at a hostel or hotel. There are a few hostels in the area that have shuttles that will drop you off in the morning, super convenient!
I joined a tour that was offered through my hostel and paid about $80 CAD for the transportation. Most tours follow the same route from Zagreb and you get to visit Platvice Lakes, a small little UNESCO World Heritage Site that has pretty waterfalls and it’s a nice stop to grab something to eat. Getyourguide has great tours to Plitvice Lakes and I would suggest spending between $80-$130 for the day.
Plitvice Lakes is a very expensive park to visit, here is the price list by season. For adults in the summer months (June to August) the entrance fee is $40 per person. The price is $30 for students with a valid ID card and if you come after 4pm the price a little cheaper. I strongly suggest coming in shoulder season, it’s cheaper by almost half and a lot less crowds.
Things to Know Before Going:
- You cannot swim in the water, however the board walks are very low so you are walking right above the water which is a cool experience! If you want to swim in crystal clear water visit Krka National Park instead.
- Pack a lunch for the day if you are a picky eater. They have a lunch area where you can buy cafeteria style food (burgers, hot dogs, drinks etc.) They also offer a nice picnic area with tables and there’s lots of benches all over the park
- Included in the ticket price is the ferry that takes you between the 2 parks and I suggest spending at least 5-6 hours here if possible.
- The signs around the park are quite confusing so I suggest getting a map and ask questions once you get off the ferry to visit the other half of the park. I wasted an hour of my time because I was so lost and ended up at the parking lot!! lol
- There are 2 parking lots, I suggest parking at the second one, it’s a lot less busy
I hope I have inspired you to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park and you should definitely add it to your Balkan itinerary! Croatia has so many beautiful regions to discover so I can’t wait to share more. Share with me in the comments which photo is your favourite!