Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is only 150 miles (242 km) from the Slovenian city of Piran, a distance that's easily navigated by rental car or private transfer in 3.5 to 4.5 hours. There are no direct buses or trains running between Piran and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Though it is possible to make the journey via a series of bus connections, the trip could take up a large part of a whole day.
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By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 3.5-4.5 hours, more with stops
Renting a car in Slovenia is the easiest way to get around and the fastest option to get from Piran to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. The total travel time depends on the traffic situation, which could be slow during the summer tourist season. Also, a wait may be required during this time when crossing the border between Slovenia and Croatia. Note that to use the highway system in Slovenia, you are required to buy and display a “vignette” on the windshield of your car as proof of payment for this road tax.
From Piran, follow the H6 which becomes the H5 towards Koper and then the A1 towards Osp. From here, head onto the 623 which leads to the border with Croatia. Once over the border, this becomes the E61 toll highway. Continue to Rijeka where you can connect to the E65 towards Zagreb. At Bosiljevo, head south on the E71. At Oštarije, take Road 42 to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Traveling from Piran to Plitvice Lakes National Park by private transfer offers the convenience of door-to-door service and a local driver to navigate roads and parking. For more information on private transfer services operating in Slovenia and Croatia, contact your local travel specialist.
Duration: 9 - 12 hours
There are no direct bus connections between Piran and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Though it's inconvenient and time-consuming, it is not impossible to travel there by bus, which is the most budget-friendly option.
The best route is to take a local bus from Piran to Koper (40 minutes), and once in Koper to catch a bus to Rijeka in Croatia (approximately 5 hours). From Rijeka, take a bus to Karlovac (90 minutes) from where there are many buses heading to Plitvice Lakes National Park (90 minutes). The total duration will depend on the scheduled bus route and connection times.