Pltitvice lakes is the largest, oldest, most visited and perhaps the most beautiful Croatian national park. It officially became a National Park in 1949, and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. The park is located in the mountainous area of central Croatia near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The protected national park area is 296.85 square kilometers and extends across two Croatian counties: About 90% of the national park is part of Lika - Senj county and the rest is part of Karlovac County. Counties in Croatian are called županija.
The National Park has an incredible biodiversity and consists of 16 lakes that cover an area of 200 hectares, in the midst of forrest-covered grounds.
The lakes are supplied with water coming from the southern part of the national park, mainly from two rivers by the name of Bjela Rijeka and Crna Rijeka. Translated into English their names would be White River and Black River. The two rivers join in the village of Plitvički Ljeskovac and form a river called Plitvica. That is where this wonderful nature phenomenon arises, consisting of a chain of 16 lakes associated with one another through natural ponds and over 90 waterfalls.
Water levels vary according to season. The highest water levels are in the spring and the lowest during the summer, but the green water is always so clear that fish can be seen swimming in its depths.
Lakes are separated into two groups.
"Upper lakes” group consists of 12 lakes.
"Lower lakes” group consists of 4 lakes, which eventually form the river Korana.
The highest waterfalls are Veliki slap 78m and Galovački buk 25m.
Travel to Plitvice National ParkThe Plitvice Lakes National Park is located near the Croatian national road D1 Zagreb -Split which is the shortest route if you come from a northern Croatian city like Zagreb and Karlovac, or from Split in the south. It is possible to use the highway A1 (E71) for most of the journey from same cities and take the 7-Ogulin exit from the E71 and continue on the D42 road towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
You are welcome to use the map on our site to get route suggestions from your departure point if you are driving your own or a rented car.
There are buses from Zagreb, Split and Zadar that stop by the Plitvice National Park, as well as organized day trips to Plitvice National Park from the same cities.
Car parking is available at Entrance 1 and 2. The parking fee depends on the vehicle type. An hour for a car costs 7 kuna at the moment and is paid at the exit.
Travel by car to Plitvice LakesEnter your departure location here to get suggestions for a route to the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Entrance pricesThe ticket prices include boat-and panoramic train transport within the park and insurance for the visitors.
Tickets are available for purchase as one- or two day tickets.
Booking tickets is not required for individual visitors, only for organized groups of visitors (minimum 15 people).
Ticket sales are located at Entrance 1 and Entrance 2 and at the additional entrance Flora, near Entrance 2.
Prices vary depending on the visitor's age, and what time of the year one chooses to visit Plitvice Lakes national park.
Prices are listed in the Croatian currency (kn)
Exchange rates usually amount to: 1 € = 7,5 kn.
However, the Croatian KUNA is usually slighlty stronger during the summer.
You must follow the marked roads and signs as you go through the park.
Visiting can be quite challenging if you choose to hike along the longest and most physically demanding route.
At both Entrance 1 and Entrance 2 there is a map showing several routes that equal different levels of exertion, so that visitors can choose whatever suits them.
The longest route is 18.3 km long and takes 6 to 8 hours to complete.
Weather conditions in the national park change rapidly, so it may be possible that some roads become temporarily unavailable to explore. It is important to check up-to-date information at the entrances.