Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes Tour

Experience one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with countless lakes and breathtaking waterfalls.

10-12 hours
Every Day
from 159€

Highlights on Plitvice lakes day trip from Ljubljana

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Great Waterfall
  • Flora and fauna of Plitvice Lakes

Description of day trip to Plitvice

A person or two can be wrong, but a million can’t. Every year, that and a bit more travel to Croatia to experience the dazzling beauty of the cascading lakes of Plitvice.

Among innumerous small lakes are 16 larger ones, each with its own anecdote stemming from real events (don’t worry, we won’t spoil any right now). A UNESCO World Heritage park since 1979, the lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ever-changing from azure to green, grey or blue, depending on the number of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

Surrounded by mountains of the Dinaric Alps, the area is the perfect cool-off spot in the summer with temperatures never rising above 17.4 °C (63 °F) - and in winter offers views of frozen lakes and nature frozen in time. The nearly untouched landscape is significant for biodiversity, with several rare species like the brown bear, the grey wolf, the eagle and over 321 different kinds of butterflies - at least as many as there are reasons to visit this marvel of nature

Included in Ljubljana to Plitvice lakes tour price

English speaking guide
Comfortable transportation
Parking fees
from 159€ / person


  • Difficulty: Moderate (4 km (2.5 mi) walking with ascending and descending steps and slopes)
  • Please bring your passport
  • Snacks and beverages are not included
  • Shared group trip of max 8 people
  • Private tour available with extra charge
  • Minimum number of guests applies
  • Pick-up available at 4 designated spots in city center, extra charge for accommodation pick-up
  • The trip is conducted in English, Spanish guide available with extra charge
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Summer (April-October)
  • 8.00 am Departure from Ljubljana
  • 12.30-4.30 pm Plitvice National Park
  • 8.00 pm Return to Ljubljana
Winter (November-March)
  • 9.00 am Departure from Ljubljana
  • 12.30-3.30 pm Plitvice National Park
  • 7.00 pm Return to Ljubljana

It was a long ride there and back but this has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. You must visit when in Croatia.
Jack Stewart
This trip is great value for money. Quite a lot of driving, but just enough time to see the best parts of the national park.
Aarav Foster
Very difficult to find public transport from Ljubliana to Plitvice. This trip was nicely aranged, no fuss about parking and buying tickets, everyghing made by our guide. The lakes park is gorgeous. Was crowded, but you can find spots for yourself. Great trip.
Miles Boyd

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do we meet for the day trip?

There are 4 designated pickup and drop-off locations that we use in downtown Ljubljana (see the options when booking). Your driver will be driving between multiple pickup locations, so we kindly ask you to allow a 20-minute window for your pickup, although we will do our best to be there on time. In case you would like to be picked up / dropped off at a different location, we can accommodate that with a surcharge of 9€/booking.

Is there lunch at a restaurant or do I have to bring my own?

You have the option of both. We have a time slot reserved for lunch on each tour, always somewhere with (usually local) restaurants handy. That said, you can always pack your own picnic lunch and eat it wherever and whenever you like. This might sometimes even save time in order to fit a bit of extra sightseeing into your day.

How fit do I need to be for Plitvice lakes day trip?

The best thing about our day trips is that they can be tailored to your own level of fitness. Most of the tours are designed with different activities available, so the choice is entirely yours. Please consult the difficulty section under a specific day trip to see what the difficulty level of the tour and particular activity is.

I am travelling on a budget - what if I can’t afford all the extras?

Don’t worry. Our day trips are planned with everyone in mind. If you find an entrance fee too expensive, or you are unsure if you are willing to spend so much of your budget on entrance fees, our guides will always have some free alternatives ready for you. From taking a short hike and finding that perfect photo opportunity, to relaxing in a beautiful spot, we have got you covered.

Will I have some time to myself?

If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!

What should I wear for day trip to Plitvice? Do I have to bring anything with me?

It is important to dress for the season. Slovenia has all 4 seasons, so please check the weather forecast before the day trip regarding temperatures and rainfall. When you are close to the Alps, the weather can change fairly quickly, so your best bet is to always bring an extra layer. We recommend shoes you will be comfortable in. If you are visiting caves, please remember that the caves are cold in the summer, as the cave temperature is constant throughout the year.

I have food restrictions. Are there restaurants for me?

It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Slovenia, but vegan dishes, on the other hand, are extremely hard to come by in rural areas of the country and in smaller towns. Please note, that the places where we stop off at for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.

How do the “extras” work?

There is so much to do in Slovenia, so we wanted to give you the option of choosing exactly how you would like to spend your time here. Which is why we have compiled a list of popular activities in the areas of your visit and categorized them as extras. Therefore, the choice of which and how many you would like to experience is entirely up to you. We set up some of the most popular activities in the areas of your visit and listed them as extras. The choice of how many and which you would like to do is entirely yours. When you arrive to a destination, such as Lake Bled, the itinerary always allows for any additional activities you might want to do, like visiting Bled Castle or taking a traditional boat ride to the island. You can book all of your chosen extras in advance. Your guide will confirm the bookings with you on the tour and make sure you know everything you need to know. It is always exciting when people come away from the same trip enriched by different adventures and can share and compare their experiences along with the tons of photos they have taken.

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