Plitvice National Park, located in Croatia is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe.
There are eight national parks in Croatia, but the most popular among these eight is the Plitivice Lakes National Park which is a unique and fascinating natural phenomenon. It is situated on the foot of Lika and Kordun, between the mountains of Mala Kapela and Licka Pljesevica, along the road that connects Zagreb with Dalmatia.
It consists of 16 lakes in crystal blue and green, which are connected by sparkling water falls and cascades. The lakes are divided into two segments which are the upper and lower lakes. The upper lakes are surrounded by dense forest and connected by different waterfalls while the lower lakes are smaller and shallow with less vegetation. The highest water fall in the whole of Croatia is located in this gorgeous park which is the Veliki Slap and is 78 meters high.
Plitivice Lakes is a natural paradise and is one of the oldest and most visited of all the Croatia’s National parks. The park is rich with fauna and flora also the lakes are rich with fishes but fishing is prohibited, it is only allowed in some places with special approval. Bear, wild pigs, wolf, ferrets, squirrels, rabbits and foxes also inhabit the national park. The brown bear is the most attractive specie in Plitvice Lakes. This national park has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979.
Zadar airport is the closest airport to Plitvice National Park, this imply that getting to the Plitivice National park from the coast will have to be done by road. It will only take about 2 hours as the journey will be taken trough the highway and just past 60 miles on local roads. The park is located between the towns of Capella and Mala Pleshivits.
It is also possible to take bus to the attraction. Buses that travel between Zagreb and Zadar or Split will stop at the Park entrance, just make sure to ask the driver to do so before hand.
Fare from Zadar – HRK83 / US$11.83. Driver may let you drop off at South entrance which is 4 kilometers from main entrance so in case you booked accommodation near the main entrance, request driver to drop you off at main entrance.
Fare from Zagreb – HRK92 / US$12.97
Be aware that often times bus transit in Croatia don’t arrive on time so allocate enough time when waiting for them.
Private tour group
If you wish not to take the bus and hire a privaye tour, it is possible. From Zagreb, a private day tour to Plitvice can be arranged via Zagreb Tourist Agency. A 4-seater car and driver, pick up and drop off at hotel, flexible time, costs HRK750 (EUR100). In addition to a return trip, it’s possible to plan other stops at attractions along the way such as the Radstoke village located on the gorge 20 kilometers from Plitvice.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this beautiful park is late summer, when the weather is still good so as to avoid the crowd experience in the park. But this does not imply that the park is only meant for summer session alone as every session gives the park different aesthetics such as snow and ice in winter, rich colors in autumn also in raining as the lakes takes dramatic effect which is appealing to sight.
The cost of the tickets varies depending on the session and also there are differences in the cost of the ticket as adults fee is different from student fee which can only be issue upon providing there means of identification as a student while children below age 7 years of age are free.
Entry to the Park costs HKR110 for one day or HRK180 for two days for non-students in the off-season (April 1 to June 30 and September 1 to October 31). Otherwise it’s HRK180 per day in season (July 1 to August 31). Students get discount rate of HRK80 on a one-day visit and requires ISIC or other valid student cards are required to get the student discount.
This fee include electric boat ride and panoramic train rides. You don’t have to book the ticket before arrival as a single visitor but is recommended for groups to book for it before arrival. Also there are two types of ticket which are the day ticket and two day ticket which is valid for two consecutive days starting from the date of purchase.
The cheapest tickets are available at HRK55 (January 1 to March 31 and November 1 to December 31) at HRK55 but in this period panoramic trains and electric boats do not operate.
Accommodation is not a problem as people can easily stay in one of the three hotels very close to the park while some other people with cars can easily get private accommodation in some of the guest houses in the region as they can transport easily with their cars.