Plitvice Lakes National Park is only 133 miles (214 km) from Trogir, making it an easy trip from the coast by car. Driving a rental car or hiring a private driver is by far the easiest and most efficient means of travel between the two destinations, though traffic on the highway or at the park can lengthen the overall time.
It is possible and inexpensive to travel by bus from Trogir to Plitvice Lakes National Park; however, the trip is more than five hours with few departures. Travel by car is significantly easier, more convenient and more comfortable.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 2-2.5 hours, more with stops
The drive between Trogir and Plitvice Lakes can take as little as two hours, though heavy traffic on the highways or lines at the tolls can add time to the overall trip. Stops along the way or parking jams at the national park can lengthen the amount of time required.
The best route follows E71 toward Zagreb and Šibenik and later D522 to the lakes. There are several tolls along the route, so have enough local currency on hand. Remember, toll fare must be paid for each direction both to and from Plitvice Lakes.
There are several rental car companies in Trogir, though some stay open later than others. If stops are scheduled along the way, rent from a company that remains open past 5 pm or plan to rent the car for more than the single day trip. Though manual and automatic cars are available to rent, automatic cars are the more expensive option of the two. Gas is bought by the liter in Croatia, so it tends to be expensive with nearly four liters making up a gallon.
For those who prefer not to rent a car, private transfers can be booked between Trogir and Plitvice Lakes National Park. A private transfer is often much more comfortable than the bus and allows more control over your schedule. A private transfer allows you to arrive fresh without the stress of driving yourself. You can book this as part of a broader tour itinerary, and having a local driver is great for getting additional insights at sights and stops along the way such as Zadar.