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A Quick Guide to Visiting Plitvice Lakes

by Kat
Plitvice Falls

What is Plitvice Lakes National Park?

It is a park with 16 natural lakes and many waterfalls connected by trails and plank walks. It is an UNESCO heritage site.

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Falls

Where is Plitvice Lakes National Park and how can I get there?

It is in central Croatia near the Bosnian border. You can get there by taking the bus, taking a tour or renting a car. I took a bus from Zagreb. You can book your bus tickets in advance on the Bus Croatia website. If you take the bus from Zagreb, I recommend arriving at the station early as I found it difficult to find the right platform because there was not much signage.

Things You Should Know

-Swimming is not allowed at Plitvice Lakes. If you are interested in swimming during your trip to Croatia, swimming is -permitted at Krka National Park.

-The entry fee varies depending on the season, with winter prices being the lowest and summer prices being the highest. You can check the latest prices here

-In the park, you can ride on the panoramic train and ferry which are included in the price of your ticket. However, the panoramic train and ferry do not operate from November 1st- March 31st.

-There are eight different walking routes available and vary according to length and physical stamina. The shortest route takes 2-3 hours and the longest one takes 8 hours. I believe I chose Route H, which I finished in about 5 hours.

-There are a few places to eat. I ate a hot dog and fries near the entrance. There is also a small cafeteria near the ferry terminal. If you prefer to bring your own food and drinks, outside food is allowed.

-Wear good walking shoes, preferably waterproof ones. When I visited in April, a few paths were partially flooded.

Plitvice Lower Canyon

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Boardwalk

Stair path in Plitvice National Park

Galovački buk waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Boardwalk

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Falls

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is full of sparkling emerald lakes, cascading waterfalls and peaceful walking trails.

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Jenn The solivagant Soul April 26, 2017 - 8:31 am

These lakes have been on my wish list for so many years I’ve lost count..! I wondered whether it was worth it visit them during the low season but it seems like they are nice all the time… My main question though would be how easy are they to visit without a car? I don’t usually drive and I am not sure how difficult it is…

Kat May 5, 2017 - 2:17 am

It’s definitely still worth it to visit the lakes during the low season! It was so peaceful to be completely alone in some areas of the park. I’ve heard it gets very crowded during the summer.

I took a day trip there from Zagreb using the bus. You can take the bus to Plitvice Lakes from other cities like Zadar too. The bus is a coach bus so the seats were comfortable. There is a bus stop right outside the park- very convenient! You don’t need to rent a car.

RJ May 10, 2017 - 10:49 am

Love this! Plitvice Lakes has been on my bucket list for years and I love how more and more people are visiting them! Your pictures are stunning and your tips are so practical. I wouldn’t mind visiting in the off-season!

Mia May 10, 2017 - 1:10 pm

That’s so beautiful! I don’t come across content about Croatia, but when I do, it’s usually about the coast. Thanks for the detailed guide, I’ll have to pass it on!

Leah May 10, 2017 - 2:38 pm

This reminds me so much of the lake district in UK. Thank you for this post, This is worthy of my bucket list I think, it’s absolutely beautiful <3

Elle Pollicott May 10, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Wow, your pictures look AMAZING! I love the Balkans but have missed this place – going to put it on my bucket list now though!

Katherine May 10, 2017 - 6:03 pm

I might be tempted to do that eight hour walk if it means beautiful views like these! So gorgeous. I’m pinning this to look at again later, when I I need cheering up. Thank you for the lovely pictures 🙂

Jenn May 10, 2017 - 7:14 pm

These lakes look amazing. Almost like a Niagra Falls but less commercialized looking. I can’t get over how water is flowing everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

Jen May 10, 2017 - 9:03 pm

Wow absolutely beautiful! As if I needed another reason to visit Croatia!

Lara @ Find Your World Girl May 11, 2017 - 12:46 am

This place is definitely on my bucket list! I was planning to visit in summer, but it looks so pretty in fall as well! Thanks for the helpful info 🙂

Only By Land May 12, 2017 - 2:30 am

I can see why Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site, you picture of the falls are stunning. I’m visiting Zagreb this fall and I’ll definitely take the bus out to the national park, thanks for the inspiration!

Bidisha May 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

Astounding pictures! Plitvice Lakes look amazing and definitely is another feather in the crown of Croatia.

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