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Zadar to Krka National Park

National Park Krka is located about 75 km from Zadar, which makes it an obvious destination for a day trip and a great alternative to visiting National Park Plitvice, which requires considerably more traveling time.

When people mention they are going to Zadar Waterfalls or Zadar Croatia Waterfalls, the place they plan to visit is the Waterfalls in the Krka National Park.

Getting to Krka National Park from Zadar

The cheapest way of getting to National Park Krka from Zadar is to take the public bus, but that is not the only way of getting there, the following alternatives are also available:

  • Organized Day trip, which as a minimum includes the transport.
  • A Private transfer, as an option you could have the driver wait for you.
  • Renting a car and driving there on your own.
National Park Krka

Zadar to National Park Krka by Bus

There are buses year-round from Zadar to National Park Krka Waterfalls, the bus driving time is less than 1 hour. It is important to know that the bus drives to the village of Skradin, from where the guest has to travel 20 Minutes by boat to the National Park Entrance.

Price and tickets Zadar to Krka Bus

A one-way adult ticket on the bus from Zadar to Krka National Park costs around 11 Euros and a round trip ticket with the same Bus Operator about 19 Euros. Discounted tickets for children under 12 years of age are available on most departures. Tickets can be bought online or at the bus station in Zadar.

Bus Schedule and Frequency 

You can travel from Zadar to Krka year-round by bus. During the winter season, there are only a few daily departures, whereas the summer season boasts up to 7 daily departures, with the earliest departure being around 9.30 a.m. 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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Zadar (HR)
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Skradin (Krka NP) (HR)
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24 June | 09:30 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
00h 50m Direct
10:20 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus terminal
11 EUR
09:30 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
10:20 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus stop
11 EUR
00h 50m Direct

Prijevoz Knežević (PKN)
8.4
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24 June | 11:30 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
00h 50m Direct
12:20 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus terminal
11 EUR
11:30 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
12:20 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus stop
11 EUR
00h 50m Direct

Prijevoz Knežević (PKN)
8.4
5312 reviews
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24 June | 17:15 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
00h 55m Direct
18:10 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus terminal
11 EUR
17:15 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
18:10 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus stop
11 EUR
00h 55m Direct

Prijevoz Knežević (PKN)
8.4
5312 reviews
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24 June | 18:30 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
00h 50m Direct
19:20 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus terminal
11 EUR
18:30 Zadar (HR) , Bus terminal
19:20 Skradin (Krka NP) (HR) , Bus stop
11 EUR
00h 50m Direct

Prijevoz Knežević (PKN)
8.4
5312 reviews
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Day trip from Zadar to Krka National Park

Some travel agencies are offering organized day trips from Zadar to Krka National Park; these tours typically last 8 to 10 hours. Some tours only include transportation to and from Krka, whereas others offer additional features like wine tasting or lunch.

What is important to know before booking a day trip to Krka?

Here are the things I find important concerning an organized day trip to Krka:

  • Entrance tickets to Krka are in most cases not included in the day trip price. (The entrance ticket alone costs up to 40 Euro)
  • Swimming is not allowed at Skradinski Buk (Below the waterfalls) so when tours mention swimming, it is not inside the national park.
  • Some agencies advertise, a boat trip or boat cruise as being part of their packages, but the boat ride from Skradin to Skradinski Buk is provided by the national park, for all guests.
  • Pick up point in Zadar for the day trips, vary from agency to agency, so pay attention to this.
  • Some agencies offer a discount on the National Park Entrance Tickets, which is a saving to consider.

Driving to Krka National Park From Zadar

If you have a car at your disposal, you can easily drive to Krka from Zadar, the driving distance  Is 75 Km to the Skradin entrance and 88 km to the Lozovac entrance.

Here are some of my tips that might be helpful.

  • Regardless of which entrance you choose, you will see the same area of the park.
  • The entrance in Skradin includes a 20-minute boat ride to Skradinski Buk, which means your visit to Krka will be longer if you choose this entrance (Note: The boat departs every hour during the summer season).
  • Parking is free at the Lozovac entrance but not at the Skradin entrance.
  • If you are traveling with smaller children, you can cut the trip in half by walking from Lozovac to Skradinski Buk (or the opposite direction) and then taking the free park bus back to where you entered the park.
  • Skradinski Buk is the lower part of the national park. When traveling by car, I would also recommend visiting the middle and upper parts, including Visovac Island, Roški Slap Waterfalls, Krka Monastery, and the Burnum Amphitheatre. All these places can be visited without any additional entrance fee, except for Visovac Island, where you will have to pay for the boat transfer

FAQ Zadar to Krka National Park

From where does the bus to Krka depart in Zadar?

The public buses to National Park Krka depart from the main bus station in Zadar, located at the corner of Ul. Ante Starčevića / Ul. kralja Tvrtka, aprox 2 Km from the Old town. The driving time to Krka (Skradin) is around 1 hour. (See Video of Zagreb Bus Station Below.)

How to get from Zadar to Krka Waterfalls?

You can get to Krka Falls from Zadar by public buses which are quite frequent during summer times, alternative you can join an organized group trip, driving there is also an option if will take you a bit less than an hour to get there. Train from Zadar is not an option as there are no railway tracks at Krka.

How much is the bus from Zadar to Krka?

A single adult ticket from Zadar to Krka Waterfalls (Skradin) costs approximately 11 Euros. If you purchase a round-trip ticket from the same bus operator, you are likely to receive a discount. Additionally, most companies offer reduced fares for children under 12 years old. The majority of buses departing from Zadar to Krka are operated by Prijevoz Knezevic.

How much time do you need in Krka National Park?

It typically takes me around 2.5 hours to complete the walking path through the lower section of the national park, though you may want to allocate about 3 hours in the summer. If you access the park via Skradin, factor in an additional hour for the round-trip boat ride. Altogether, plan for a total of 4 hours for your visit. By the way, I suggest walking clockwise to avoid the crowds coming towards you.

Can you still swim at Krka Waterfalls?

No, and Yes. No, because the most popular place where people used to swim was at Skradinski Buk by the main waterfalls, swimming there is now prohibited. Yes, because, you can still swim at Roski Slap and a few other places in the middle and upper part of the national park.

How do I get to Krka National Park by public transport?

Very easy, from Zadar bus station you have up to 7 daily bus departures to Skradin (Entrance to National Park) in the summer season, the bus ride takes around 1 hour. Unfortunately traveling by train is not possible.

Zadar to Krka Bus
Bus to Krka National Park, waiting at the Zadar Bus station

How much is a taxi from Zadar to Krka?

I am Not sure what a taxi costs, but If you opt for a Taxi from Zadar make sure to agree on the price before leaving Zadar. A better alternative is to book a private transfer from Zadar to Krka, then you will know upfront how much you have to pay. Price for a transfer with a regular car should be around 115 Euros, and 20-25 Euros more if you book an 8-person minivan.

Where can I travel from Krka National Park?

If you visit Krka from Zadar and wish to continue by bus to another destination in Croatia you have the following options 

  1. Bus from Krka to Split
  2. Bus from Krka to Plitvice Lakes
  3. Bus from Krka to Trogir
  4. Bus from Krka to Sibenik

Is it expensive to Visit Krka National Park?

A visit to Krka National Park in the summer costs an adult around 80 Euros. The 80 Euros is the sum of costs for transportation, entrance ticket, and Lunch. If you opt for an organized trip or a private transfer costs will be higher.

Summary of getting from Zadar to Krka National Park

Travel distance fastest route75 Km / 46 Miles
Average bus ticket Price€11 / $12 / £10
Daily bus Departures in Summer7
Bus CompaniesPrijevoz Knezevic, Promet Makarska
Organized day trips availableYes
Train optionsNo

Other popular departures from Zadar

Zadar to PlitviceZadar to ZagrebZadar to Tisno
Zadar to SplitZadar to NovaljaZadar to Airport
Zadar to PulaZadar to RijekaZadar to Sibenik

Text, photo, video filming and local tips provided by Morten Smalby