National park Plitvice lakes is one of the most visited sights in Croatia, the park is located in the eastern part of the county of Lika, which is just a few km from the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. As the Park is a bit of track in relation to the main infrastructure (Highway and railway) in Croatia, it requires a bit of planning to figure out how to get there, where to stay overnight etc.
For those of you who do not have a car at your disposal, taking the bus is more or less the only alternative you have. Meanwhile, we at GetByBus.com have more or less all routes to and from Plitvice lakes available online, which makes planning your trip to Plitvice lakes much easier, than it was just a few years ago.
The 4 main bus connections to Plitvice is from Zagreb, Zadar, Novalja and Split
Getting to the Park
- Timetable for buses from Split to National park Plitvice lakes you can see here.
- Timetable for buses from Zagreb to National park Plitvice lakes you can see here.
- Timetable for buses from Zadar to National park Plitvice lakes you can see here.
- Timetable for bus from Novalja to National park Plitvice lakes you can see here.
Returning from the Park
- Timetable for buses from National park Plitvice lakes to Split you can see here.
- Timetable for buses from National park Plitvice lakes to Zagreb you can see here.
- Timetable for buses from National park Plitvice lakes to Zadar you can see here.
- Timetable from a bus from National Park Plitvice lakes to Novalja you can see here.
As some of the departures to and from Split drive along the coastal road between Zadar and Split, you can also travel by direct bus to and from the following cities, Biograd na Moru, Vodice, Sibenik, Primosten, Trogir just to mention a few. As a new option, you can also travel directly from Plitvice to National park Krka.
To and from Istria you have the option to travel via Karlovac or via Zagreb, from both of those cities, you have buses to Rovinj, Pula, Porec and other cities in Istria.
Good to know when travelling by bus to and from Plitvice lakes
- Be at the bus stop 15 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket.
- During the winter season, the number of daily bus departures to and from Plitvice is limited. Most departures are available during July and August
- The bus stops are located on the main road passing by Plitvice, there is stop by entrance 1 and entrance 2 and also by Mukinje, the bus stops have a small wooden hut, so you will easily find them. If you buy a ticket on GetByBus.com, it is stated on the ticket at which stops you can board the bus. In general, we recommend you board at entrance number 1 when travelling direction Split and Zadar, and by entrance 2 when travelling towards Zagreb, this is of course not mandatory. You can see all the bus stops in Plitvice here.
- During July and August, it happens that bus companies send two buses on the routes from Zagreb towards Plitvice, (Zadar and Split), which means that it can happen that you see a full bus not stopping while you are waiting at the bus stop by Plitvice, this is normally an indication that a second bus will follow shortly after, in case you are in doubt you can always call our help desk. The phone number is stated on your ticket.
Bus from Plitvice FAQs
For operational purposes, bus companies have chosen not to sell tickets online for parts of the route which cost less than 40 Kuna (5 Euro). Together with the bus companies, we are working on enabling the sale of these tickets, but for now, you will have to buy a ticket on the bus if available.
The buses which have their first departure from e.g. Split, Zadar and Zagreb, of course, depend on the traffic situation to get to Plitvice in time, occasionally it can happen that the traffic towards Plitvice lead to delays, but this does not happen that often. When you search for a bus on Getbybus.com you can see under the Green Info which routes the bus drives.
Unfortunately, we have no information about possible printing place, we, therefore, recommend you print your return ticket before going to Plitvice.