Article Last updated on August 1st, 2017
Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s most famous national parks along with Plitvice Lakes. Await beautiful waterfall in a green environment, and of course swimming and sunbathing.
In recent years the number of travelers to Croatia has risen rapidly, and the country is now one of Europe’s hottest destinations. Krka National Park is one of many reasons for this, and every year over a million people are visiting the national park of Krka.
Once you get here, it’s easy to understand why tourists and locals come here. The lush scenery and beautiful cascading waterfalls are not something that most people dislike, quite the opposite.
Krka National Park is located closer to the tourist resorts and unlike Plitvice; you are allowed to swim in the Krka river and the various waterfalls, including the most famous waterfall Skradinski Buk, which you can see in the picture above. The park also has an outlaid promenade walk with wooden planks and paths.
And it’s for sure beautiful, have a look at my photos below and see if you agree or not.
More info about Krka national park
Krka is one of Croatia’s eight national parks and covers an area of 142 square meters throughout. In 1985 it got the status of a national park, and after that, the visitor has only increased in number. Besides waterfalls, lakes and swimming areas, the area is also home to a large number of animals and plants.
The national park of Krka has no less than 860 different plants along with fish and birds (over 200 species) and 18 species of bat, and a whole bunch of reptiles and amphibians.
In the middle of the river system, one could also visit a monastery named Visovac, which is located on a small island. You can visit by boat. The two best-known waterfalls are Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap. The National Park is also Europe’s second most concentrated areas with Lavender per square kilometer.
The boat trip from Skradin Krka National Park is free and included in the ticket.
Krka National Park has five entrances, but the most common are the entrances at Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap. For those who come here via coach or car, the most common input will be via Lozovac, which offers free parking.
- Entry fee: 150 kunas (20 Euro) during high season. 110 kunas during the middle season and 30 kunas in the winter from November to March. You can find current prices here.
- Opening hours: 08:00 to 20:00 during the high season (Skradinski Buk) 09:00 – 20 00 (Roski slap).
How to get to Krka National Park by car
Getting to different places in Croatia by car is usually easy. The roads are well developed and at longer distances the speed limit on Highways is 130 km/h. To Krka, you can’t go all the way by highway, but it is still easy to get here, and the national park of Krka is usually no longer than 1-3 hours away.
From Zagreb to Krka it’s about 3 hours by car. The distance is a total of 328 kilometers. To get here from Zagreb drive towards Zadar on the highway E71. Then turn off towards Skradin on 21-Skradin and then follow the D56 towards Dubravice.
From Zadar to Krka it’s less than an hour by car. The journey takes about 52 minutes and is a total of 76.9 km long. You go out on the D424 and then the A1 / E65 / E71 towards Gračac. Then take exit 21-Skradin and D56 against Dubravice.
The road from Rijeka is similar to the one from Zagreb and Zadar, with the difference that you first drive on the A7 / E65 from Brajdica and D404. Then follow the A6 / E65 and the A1 / E71 towards Gračac and then exit 21-Skradin and D56 against Dubravice. Travel time is approximately 3 hours with a total distance of 336 km.
From Split to Krka National Park, it’s exactly one hour drive and 86.7 km. First, drive onto the A1 / E65 / E71 in Koprivno from Ul. Domovinskog rata and D1. Then, take exit 22 towards Šibenik / Knin / Drniš / Primošten and finally D33 towards Krka.
The road from Dubrovnik to Krka goes via D8 and E65 north. Then follow the E65 towards D33 in Dubrava Code Šibenika. Then take exit 22-Sibenik from the E65 and finally D33 towards the park. The total travel time is approximately 3 hours with a distance of 277 km.
How to get to the national park of Krka by bus
It’s almost as easy to get to the Krka National Park by bus as it is by car. The difference is a little longer traveling time and that it’s cheaper to go by car if you are several persons going. And also, of course, one can’t be as flexible with the times when going by public transport.
Tickets can be purchased at bus terminals and on the bus upon availability. It’s also possible to buy tickets online. Buscroatia.com is a good site that lists virtually all bus routes, to and from Croatia.
Bus to Skradin
Skradin is the best stop for those who want to ride the bus to the Krka National Park. There are daily buses from Zagreb, Zadar, Rijeka, Split, Makarska and Dubrovnik. From here it’s easy to get to the park. The boat trip to Skradinski Buk is free and included in the admission ticket.
Bus to Sibenik
Sibenik is a little bigger town situated about 15 minutes away from Krka by car. If no suitable alternative goes directly to Skradin, then maybe there’s another departure to Sibenik. From here you can reach Krka National Park by taxi or bus.
How many departures there are available per day to Sibenik vary depending on the season and where you depart from in Croatia.
Accommodation Krka National Park
Hotel Skradinski Buk
A three-star hotel in Skradin suitable for both families, couples, and seniors. From here you are close to the boat that goes to the Krka National Park while staying with a good standard without paying too much. The price also includes breakfast.
Apartmani Krka Rooms Hotel
This accommodation is located about 2 km from the southern part of the Krka National Park. The standard of the rooms is good, but nothing out of the ordinary. A simpler alternative that is good for those who love to live cheaply and spend money on other things.
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NOTE: Departures and prices can be updated anytime. This article is last updated 2016-10-09 and updated once a year.