Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as Croatia's most popular tourist attraction. The most convenient and quickest way to get there from Rovinj is by car. The drive will take 3-4 hours, and will cover a distance of 150-173 miles, depending on the route taken.

The other option is to travel by bus. Though this option is the most economical, the trip takes longer because there's no direct bus service to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Rovinj and will require a change of buses in Karlovac. There's no train connection between Rovinj and Plitvice Lakes National Park.

If you're looking at taking some time to explore Croatia, consider this 10-day tour starting in Zagreb before taking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, the island of Hvar, and Dubrovnik.

By Rental Car or Private Transfer

Duration: 3-4 hours

Traveling by car is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park. From Rovinj, take Road 303 and then the E751 toll highway towards the city of Rijeka from where you can join the E65 Rijeka-Zagreb toll highway. For the fastest route to Plitvice Lakes National Park, head south at Bosiljevo on the E71 toll highway.

A slightly longer route (by 20 minutes) is to take Road 1 south from Karlovac. This winding and scenic road will take you past the town of Rastoke and its waterfalls, and is worth a stop.

By Bus

Duration: 4.5 – 7.5 hours

Taking the bus is a low-cost option which also makes for a longer journey. The total journey time depends on how many scheduled stops the bus makes on the way. You'll have to change buses in Karlovac and this may require a wait for the next bus service headed to Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you have some time between connections, explore the historical center of Karlovac which is just a five-minute walk from the bus station.

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Written by Isabel P, updated Jul 3, 2019