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Split to Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice Lakes National Park, with more than one million visitors yearly, is the most visited attraction in Croatia. Situated somewhat remotely in Lika County, Plitvice is essentially in the middle of the country, if one considers the unique shape of Croatia.

Plitvice Lakes
National Park Plitvice Waterfalls in Lower part

Split to Plitvice Lakes by Bus

You can reach National Park Plitvice Lakes from Split all year round by bus, the driving time by bus is between 3.5 and 5.5 hours depending on departure time and route.

Price and ticket Split to Plitvice Lakes Bus

Expect to pay around 25 Euro for a one-way ticket from Split to Plitvice, if you book a round-trip with the same company you can get a discount, also tickets for children below 12 years are discounted.

Frequency and Schedule Bus Split to Plitvice Lakes.

You can travel by bus to Plitvice Lakes from Split year-round, in the Summer season there is a minimum of 5 daily departures, and in the winter time 1 or 2. Below, you can see some of the most popular departure times. Please use the search form above for a full schedule on any date.

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Split (HR)
3h 1min
Plitvice Lakes (HR)
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16 Apr | 12:00 Split (HR) , Bus terminal
05h 50m Direct
17:50 Plitvice Lakes (HR) , Bus terminal
26 EUR
12:00 Split (HR) , Bus terminal
17:50 Plitvice Lakes (HR) , Entrance 1 (ZG) > Slunj
26 EUR
05h 50m Direct

Autobusni prijevoz Varaždin d.o.o. (APV)
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Bus Station Split - Departure Station

The departure bus station in Split is located at the address Obala Kneza Domagoja br.12, 21000 Split, which is in the center of town, next to the ferry port and the train station. You can find more info about the bus station here:

Bus Station Plitvice Lakes - Arrival Station

At Plitvice Lakes, there isn't a bus station, just bus stops along the road. You can get off at either bus stop, whether it's Entrance 1 or Entrance 2.

Bus Stop Plitvice
Plitvice Entrance 1 Bus Stop

Day trip from Split to Plitvice Lakes.

You can indeed make a day trip to Plitvice Lakes from Split, depending on how much of the park you would like to see, a day trip takes about 10-12 hours. The following options are available:

  • Public bus as mentioned above, is the most economical way of doing the day trip.
  • Organized day trip from Split, available in various price ranges depending on the size of the group and weather a guide and other extras are included.
  • Rent a car in Split, and drive to Plitvice and back. 
  • The most convenient but also most expensive way, book a car with a driver for the day.

Split to Plitvice Lakes by car.

If you have a car at your disposal, you can without any problem drive to Plitvice Lakes, the distance from Split Center to Plitvice is 255 km, and the driving time is a bit less than 3 hours. 

The fastest route is via the Highway until Gornja Ploca, and then from there on the country road until you reach the National Park.

Stops on the way

If you're planning to stay overnight at Plitvice Lakes, consider visiting Krka National Park along the way, which takes about 3 hours. Krka is 90 km from Split and requires only a detour of approximately 15 km from the route to Plitvice Lakes.

Video - National Park Plitvice Lakes

Take a look at the Video from my latest visit to Plitvice Lakes! (As my voice sounds like Joe Cocker with a bad cold, I had a friend of mine do the voiceover 🙃).

FAQ - Split to Plitvice Lakes

How long does it take to travel from Split to Plitvice Lakes by bus?

The bus ride from Split to Plitvice Lakes is between 3.5 and 5.5 hours. All buses stop in 1 or more cities on the way.

Is there a bus from Split to Plitvice Lakes?

Yes, buses from Split to Plitvice Lakes operate year-round. In the summer season, there can be up to 5 daily departures, while in winter, there are only 1 or 2.

Is there a train from Split to Plitvice Lakes?

No, there is no train service from Split to Plitvice Lakes, as there is no railway station near Plitvice. The only public transport option available is buses, as mentioned above

Can you do a day trip from Split to Plitvice Lakes?

Yes, of course, you can. If you are on a budget, you can make a round trip to Plitvice Lakes by public bus. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive there or join an organized group trip from Split. A day trip to Plitvice will take about 12 hours.

I am going by bus to Plitvice Lakes from Split. Can I continue to Zagreb?

Yes you can there are plenty of buses connecting Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb, another option is to from Plitvice Lakes to Zadar which is also very well connected by bus.

Should I buy a ticket for Plitvice Lakes Entrance 1 or 2?

The most popular, but also the most crowded, entrance is No. 1. From personal experience, I would say both entrances are great, so don't stress if you can't get tickets for entrance 1. Tip: If you are traveling back to Split from Plitvice by bus, wait for the bus at entrance 1. It's the first pickup point, so you will get a better seat on the bus😉.

Summary of transportation from Split to Plitvice Lakes

Travel distance fastest route255 km / 159 Miles
Average bus ticket Price€25 / $28 / £22
Daily Bus departures in Summer5
Daily Bus departures in Winter1-2
Bus companiesPrijevoz Knezevic, AP Varazdin
Organized Day trips availableYes
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Other Popular bus routes from Split

Split to ZagrebSplit to DubrovnikSplit to Krka
Split to ZadarSplit to MostarSplit to Makarska
Split to SibenikSplit to NovaljaSplit to Airport

Text and travel tips provide by Morten Smalby