Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park (Plitvička jezera)

Plitvice National Park waterfalls
Image by Naval S

UPDATED: 11/10/2021

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera) is a stunning wonder of protected nature located in Lika and covers almost 300 square kilometers.

It is one of the largest national parks in Croatia and most beautiful miracles of nature in the world. Plitvice Lakes consist of 16 interconnected lakes arranged in cascades, separated by dams of travertine and surrounded by forest.

Plitvice Lakes became the first Croatian national park in 1949 and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979. Plitvice is so incredible, it would be a travesty not to visit it while traveling throughout Croatia.

In this post, we cover:

The facts are these…

Why you should visit Plitvice Lakes

#1 Distinctive colors of lakes

The azure, green, grey, and blue colors of the lakes make for amazing pictures and are a peaceful sight for everyone’s eyes. Colors vary depending on the number of minerals, types of organisms, and angle of the sunlight.

#2 The Large Waterfall

Veliki slap (The Large Waterfall) is the highest waterfall in Croatia and the most beautiful in the national park. Veliki Slap is 78 meters high and gets almost completely frozen during the winter.

#3 Tufa sediments

The gorgeously unique waterfalls and lakes were created thanks to tufa barriers, which started to form during the Pleistocene epoch (6000-7000 years ago).

#4 Lake tour programs

You can choose between 8 different tours around the lakes. Paths through the forest and lakes will give you the most beautiful views of the whole park.

#5 Hiking trails

People in love with hiking can explore 4 beautiful hiking trails around the park, varying from 1 1/2 hours and 8 hours. Dive into nature and enjoy all the beauties that the forest gives you!

#6 Panorama Train

Plitvice sightseeing trains drive visitors around the park. If you get tired from walking, jump on the train and enjoy the amazing panorama view. This is also a good option for those who have trouble walking or are handicapped as they can still see and enjoy the park.

Nacionalni park plitvicka jezera
Image by Naval S

How to visit the Plitvice Lakes

Where it is

Plitvice Lakes National Park is situated partly in Lika-Senj county and partly in Karlovac county, between Korenica and Slunj. It includes a depression between the Mala Kapela mountain and the Lička Plješivica mountain range.

When to go

Plitvice Lakes are amazing during every part of the year. Every season brings new beauties and attractions to the park. Plitvice is crowded during the summer season, so it is better to visit it during June or September when the weather is sunny and dry and there are fewer people. Early morning with beautiful sunlight on the waterfalls is the most beautiful and peaceful part of the day.

In fall, you can see the leave colors changing all over the park. Visiting the park in winter is also popular because you can see the lakes and waterfalls frozen over.

Frozen waterfalls at Plitvice National Park
Image by [email protected] photo

National Park opening hours

The current working hours for the park are 8:00 to 19:00.

Directions to Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is easy to find because it is situated near the main road which passes through Lika. Buses are available throughout the whole year from all over Croatia that will take you straight to the park’s entrance.

Traveling by car

  • From Zagreb – Take the A1 (Zagreb – Split – Dubrovnik) highway and exit towards Karlovac. Continue via D1 state road towards Slunj and Rakovica. Plitvice Lakes is situated 30 kilometers past Slunj.
  • From Split – Take the A1 (Dubrovnik – Split – Zagreb) highway and exit towards Gornja Ploča. Continue to drive towards Udbina and Korenica. Plitvice Lakes is located 20 kilometers past Korenica.

Traveling by bus

  • From Zagreb – the bus timetable and ticket prices can be found here.
  • From Split – the bus timetable can be found here.
  • From other – the bus timetable and prices can be found here.

Admission and ticket prices

Tickets are available at the entrances until 13:00.

Entrance tickets and prices

The entrance ticket includes:

  • Electric boat transport
  • Panorama train transport
  • Visitor insurance

You can book your ticket online here.

One-day tickets

The price list is available here.

Visitor01.01. – 31.03.
01.11. – 31.12.
01. 04. – 31.05.
01.10. - 31.10.
01.06. – 30.09. A**
01.06. – 30.09. B**
Children 7 to 18 years35,0050,00120,0070,00
Children 7 to 18 years-groups30,0045,00100,0060,00
Children up to 7 years and persons with disability (over 50%)*FreeFreeFreeFree

* The minimum number for a group is 15 people. Written notice of arrival is required at least 1 day before arrival.

* Student tickets are available only upon presenting a valid student ID card, confirming the status and identity of the student.

** From 01.06. – 31.08. price A until 16h, price B after 16h. From 01.09. – 30.09. price A until 15h, price B after 15h.

Two-day tickets

VisitorPrice Per Person (HRK)
01. 01. – 31. 03.
01. 11. – 31. 12.
01. 04. – 31. 05.
01. 10. - 31. 10.
01.06. – 30.09.
Children 7 to 18 years60,0080,00170,00

Guided group tickets

Guided tours in Croatian, English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish are available for organized groups of 10 people or more.

Contact the park directly to book a guided tour using the below contact information.

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +385 (0)53 751 014; +385 (0)53 751 015

Guide ToursPrice (HRK)
Half-Day Tour
(up to 4 hours, tour of the Upper or Lower Lakes)
Full-Day Tour
(lasts 5 – 6 hours, tour of the Lower and Upper Lakes)


Operating hours of parking entrances and parking lots

Entrance I – Rastovača7:00 – 15:00
Entrance II – Hladovinaclosed for sales
Auxiliary entrance II – Flora7:00 – 15:00
Parking - Entrance Ifree of charge
Parking - Entrance IIfree of charge

Parking prices

Automobile8 kn/hour10 kn/day8 kn/hour
Camper80 kn/day100 kn/day80 kn/day
Automobile with trailer80 kn/day100 kn/day80 kn/day
Bus80 kn/day100 kn/day80 kn/day

Boats and trains

Boat schedule

Boat RouteSchedule
Short route (P1 – P2)doesn't operate
Long route (P1 – P3)08:30 – 14:30 (every 60 min)
Long route (P3 – P1)09:00 – 15:00 (every 60 min)

Panorama train schedule

Train routeSchedule
St2 – St109:00 – 15:45 (every 60 min)
St1 – St209:30 – 16:00 (every 60 min)
St2 – St3doesn't operate
St3 – St2doesn't operate

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