In a country overflowing with natural beauty, Plitvice Lakes is Croatia's crown jewel.
Plitvice Lakes National Park (Plitvička Jezera in Croatian) lies in central Croatia. The densely forested park is centered around 16 interconnected turquoise lakes linked by bustling rapids and stunning waterfalls. The rest of the park is rich with towering beech, fir and spruce trees shadowing the hiking trails with thick canopies.
While it is possible to see a good chunk of the park in a few hours, you'll need most of a day to explore the park in its full glory. There are 9 recommended trails, which take between 3 and 12 hours. There is definitely a trail for everybody even if you only have a couple of hours to spare or are not an avid hiker.
The trails are made up of wooden bridges and rocky paths that weave in and out of the forest over the lakes and by the waterfalls. Depending on the trail you choose, you may even take a bus or boat ride to get from one side of the park to the other.&
Due to Plitvice's unique habitat and pristine untouched beauty, it became a national park in the 1940s and gained protected status by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1979.
How to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park
Where it is
Plitvice National Park is located in the center of Croatia, off the local road 1 (not to be confused with the A1). Distance to park from major cities:
470 km from Dubrovnik
300 km from Pula
180 km from Rijeka
280 km from Split
130 km from Zagreb
155 km from Zadar
When to go
One of the best things about visit Plitvice is that there is no bad time to go. It's beautiful year round. In the fall, you'll see the leaves changing color. During the winter, the waterfalls turn to ice. In the spring, everything is lush and coming back to life.
July and August are the busiest months. If you intend to visit the park during this time, avoid the crowds by visiting first thing in the morning before the tour buses arrive, or in late afternoon/early evening after the tour buses have left for the day. Another good way to avoid the crowds is to follow the trails backwards in case you arrive at the same time as large groups.
The park is open everyday, including Sundays and holidays. Hours vary depending on the time of year.
Ulaz 1 (Main Entrance)
- July/August – Daily from 8am to 8pm
- April to June, September – Daily from 8am to 5pm
- October to March – Daily from 8am to 4pm
Ulaz 2 (Entrance #2)
- July/August – Daily from 8am to 7pm
- April to June, September – Daily from 9am to 5pm
- October to March – Closed
The current opening hours for the park can be viewed here.
How to get there
To reach Plitvice by car:
- If coming from Zagreb – Take the A1 south/west. Exit the local road 1, which will take you all the way to the park. Once you get nearby, you'll see signs directing you to the entrances.
- If coming from Rijeka/Pula/Istria – Take the A5/E65 north/east. Exit the A1/E71 south. Exit onto the local road 42, which will take you all the way to the park. Once you get nearby, you'll see signs directing you to the entrances.
- If coming from Split/Dubrovnik – Take the A1/E71 north. Exit the local road 25. In Korenica, turn left onto the local road 1. Once you get nearby, you'll see signs directing you to the entrances.
Buses run to the park from most cities in Croatia. For the latest bus schedules, visit the main bus station (Autobusni Kolodvor) in your city. Be aware that it is difficult to do a day trip to the park by bus, as most major cities are a minimum of 2 hours away.
One Day Tickets
|Type of visitor||Price per person|
Jan – Mar, Nov – Dec
April – June, Sept – Oct
July – Aug
|Adults||55.00 kuna||110.00 kuna||180.00 kuna|
|Groups of adults *||50.00||100.00||160.00|
|Groups of students *||40.00||70.00||100.00|
|Children 7-18 years||35.00||55.00||80.00|
|Groups of Children *||30.00||50.00||70.00|
|CHILDREN UNDER 7 Mr and disability with 50% OR MORE OF DISABILITY||FREE||FREE||FREE|
* 15 or more persons – mandatory written announcement arrival through the Department to achieve sales price
Two Day Tickets
|Type of visitor||Price per person|
|Jan – Mar, Nov – Dec||April – June, Sept – Oct||July – Aug|
|Adults||90.00 kuna||180.00 kuna||280.00 kuna|
|Children 7-18 years||55.00||90.00||
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