When going to Croatia it would be a crime to miss out on one of the country’s must-see-attractions: Plitvice National Park.
But how long time do you need to see this area of stunning nature? On one side you don’t want to plan too many days in the area if you’re done after just a single day, and on the other side you don’t want to plan only a single day if you actually would like a few days to see it all and just take it easy.
Weel, for making your planning easier, read on.
One- or two-day ticket
Plitvice is a natural wonder and it’s no surprise Unesco has placed the area on it’s list of world heritage sites.
But even though it’s truly stunning to see the azure lakes and the countless waterfalls, for most people a single day in the park is enough.
In just one day you can see the entire park – the lower lakes, the middle lake and the upper lakes. And you don’t even have to rush.
There are two entrances to the park, entrance 1 and entrance 2. As the name suggests entrance 1 is the main entrance. It’s very close to some of the best viewpoints in the park.
If you arrive by car, there’s a big parking lot where you can park for seven kunas per hour or 70 kunas for the whole day. From the parking lot, you cross the road, and you arrive at the ticket office.
The entrance fee is 180 kunas for a one-day ticket during the summer. If you visit in fall, winter or spring, prices are lower.
In the summer time a two-day ticket costs 280 kunas.
Check all updated prices here.
Routes at Plitvice
When you enter the park, you’ll see a sign with different walking routes. The main ones are A, B, C and K. There are more routes, but the others are just the same routes as these, but with different starting points.
Route A concentrates on the lower lakes, route B on the lower lakes and the middle lake, and route C on the lower lakes, the middle lake and the upper lakes.
Route K covers more or less the same ground as route C, but where route C makes use of a boat to cross the middle lake, route K thinks it’s more fun to just walk.
Route K, which is the longest route, takes between six and eight hours to complete.
Route C takes a maximum of four hours to complete, and then you can cross both all the major and most of the minor sites of your to-do-list.
Valid all day
Your ticket is valid all day so if you arrive at the park entrance for example when it opens at 7 am, you’ll have plenty of time to see the park.
It’s even possible to leave the park, go back to your hotel or camp site and have a nap, and then re-enter the park later in the day, if there’s an area you missed earlier on or simply want to see again.
You just need to be out of the area, when it gets dark. There’s no light in the park and some of the paths can be pretty dangerous to walk, if you can’t see where to place your feet.
A rough guess would be that more than 90 percent of the visitors only use a single day at Plitvice National Park.
Hobo Planet visited the park in the end of August, and yes, there were a lot of people. But with a little planning (go there early) and patience it’s not too bad.