Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia's most visited attraction, and from Novigrad, it's just a 66-mile (106 km) journey. The best way to make the trip is by private transfer or rental car, a two-hour journey. There are no direct connections between these two destinations via public transportation. It is possible to make the trip by bus with a transfer in Zadar. Note that there are no train services between Novigrad and Plitvice Lakes National Park. 

This 14-day tour features both Novigrad and Plitvice, along with Krka National ParkDubrovnik, Split, and more.

By Rental Car or Private Transfer

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Traveling by rental car in Croatia is an ideal way to see the country and the travel option that offers the most flexibility. From Novigrad, head to Posedarje from where you can take the E71 toll highway northwards. Take Exit 13 at Gornja Ploča and continue onto the D1 to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Booking a private transfer is a convenient alternative. For details of transfer services from Novigrad, get in touch with your travel specialist.

By Bus

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

There are no direct buses running from Novigrad to Plitvice Lakes National Park but you can make the trip via a stop in Zadar. There are five buses running daily from Novigrad to Zadar bus station (but only one a day on weekends). The bus trip to Zadar takes 45 minutes to one hour. From Zadar bus station, there are several direct buses leaving daily to Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you're traveling during the busy summer season, book your ticket online in advance as this is a popular route.

Traveling by bus in Croatia is a cost effective way to travel and buses are generally comfortable. Note that FlixBus offers free wifi on board its buses, as well as individual plug sockets and toilets.


Map of How to Get from Novigrad to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Map of How to Get from Novigrad to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Written by Isabel P, updated Aug 13, 2019