About Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes is the most visited national park in Croatia, and one of the most popular places in the world. Its natural beauty with cascade lakes and waterfalls can be explored by walking marked paths, driving by boat or panoramic train.
A very large number of visitors choose Zagreb and its airport as their start point to Plitvice Lakes National Park. New Zagreb airport is a modern building around 15 km to the city center and 143 km to Plitvice Lakes.
Private transfer from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes
The best selection for your transportation from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes is Transferyst private transfer service with a fixed price of 1050 kuna (140€) for a vehicle for up to 8 passengers. This is the most comfortable transportation option for big families, groups of people, and all other travelers who are interested only in enjoying and relaxing while traveling to Croatia.
After you arrive at Zagreb Airport and after all border and customs formalities are done, your driver will meet you at arrivals, escort you to the vehicle, and help you with your luggage.
The distance from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes is 140 km and the drive will take less than 2 hours. The route goes from Zagreb Airport through continental Croatia, Lika all along beautiful mountains.
After a few hours of a comfortable ride, you will arrive at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Your driver will drop you off at one of two entrances or at your hotel and your Plitvice Lakes adventure can begin.
Route map from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes
Taxi from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes
You can take a taxi when you arrive at Zagreb Airport. Classic taxi drivers are offering to drive you from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes but there are also Uber, Bolt and other taxi apps that are working just fine in Croatia. Taxies are parked in front of the airport arrivals and you shouldn't have a problem with finding your ride. Taxi prices from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes are starting at 608 kuna (82€) up to 1371 kuna (184€) depending on availability, type of the vehicle and how many passengers are traveling.
The biggest downside of hiring a taxi for your transportation from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes is that you never can be 100 percent sure in pricing and there is always the possibility that taxi driver wants more money for his service. So, you should always agree on a price in front and try not to fall into taxi pricing scams.
Public bus from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes
There is a public bus that runs regularly from Zagreb Bus Station to Plitvice Lakes at a price starting from 75 kuna (10€) per person. If you decide to take the bus, you will need to find transportation from Zagreb Airport to the Zagreb Bus Station on your own. The buses are relatively comfortable and the journey often takes more than 3 hours without stopping.
Public train from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice Lakes
There is no direct train from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes. By train, Plitvice Lakes can be reached closest to Vrhovine, some 44 km from Plitvice Lakes at a price starting from 75 kuna (10€) per person. If you decide to take the train, you will need to find transportation from Zagreb Airport to the Zagreb Main Station on your own. The train is much less comfortable, the journey often takes more than 3 hours and you will also have to find your way from the train station in Vrhovine to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Public transportation is a common choice of backpackers, singles, and anyone who has the excess time or travels on a budget.
Places to visit on the way to Plitvice Lakes
There are quite a number of interesting places you can make a stop and visit when traveling from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes. Here are some ideas:
The Homeland War Museum in Turanj