After our morning of hiking around Plitvice Lakes National Park, we jumped back in the car and took off to our second stop for the day – Krka National Park. We has spent a little more time at Plitvice Lakes then we had anticipated, so it was a bit of a rush to Krka, but we made it in the end!
By the time we arrived at Krka National Park we only had about an hour before the sunset and an hour and a half before the last bus left the waterfalls returning to the car park. It’s definitely safe to say this wasn’t the most stress-free waterfall visit of our lives, however since we were arriving so late in the day the park was almost completely deserted and we had the entire park all to ourselves. We walked around the boardwalks at a pretty brisk pace, taking in as much of the park as we could in the short time we had to explore it.
Krka National Park
If you’re coming from Plitvice Lakes National Park as we were, Krka National Park is about 2 hours and 20 minutes by car back south towards Split. The fastest route is via the D1 and E71 Freeways, which includes some toll roads, but is definitely worth it to shave some time off your trip. If you’re travelling by bus, the trip is just about 3 hours and 25 minutes through Zadar on the Flixbus.
From Split the drive is about 1 hour and 10 minutes north, with an easy route via the E65 and E71 Freeways. Buses from Split don’t take too much longer, about 1 hour and 40 minutes of the Flixbus, with a short walk on either end.
There are also many tours travelling to Krka National Park each day from Split and the close by towns of Omis and Makarska on the Croatian coastline. You can choose a group or private tour to take you to the park and show you around for the day.
The park has five main entrances which are all accessible by car – Skradin, Lozovac, Roski Slap, Krka Monastery and Burnum.
Visiting The Park
You can buy tickets to the park at the gate, or online on the Parks of Croatia website. Full entry to all areas of the park costs 180 kunas in July and August, 110 kunas during April to June, September and October and 30 kunas from November to March. The tickets include return boat rides from Skradin to Skradinski buk and Lozovac to Skradinski buk. Alternatively, you can choose a cheaper ticket that only covers certain areas of the park.
The famous Skradinski Buk falls is the main reason people flock to Krka National Park, which is not only one of Croatia’s most famous sights, but also one of the nicest places to take a dip. It’s one of the few national parks in Croatia where you can swim in the waterfall and the lagoon’s crystal clear water. Skradinski Buk is a collection of 17 waterfalls that range in height by over 45 metres.
The small island of Visovac – on which the Krka Monastery sits – and the Roski Slap waterfall – another top site within Krka that is made up of 12 waterfalls – are also top attractions of the National Park. You can take a relaxing boat trip around the lakes of the park for even better views, which is probably the best way to experience most of the park and is also included in your entrance ticket.
Where To Stay
If you decide to stay near Krka National Park, the best (and only) option is the town of Skradin, which has a few different accommodation options, including the Hotel Skradinski Buk, but little else to offer. For a few more options, the town of Sibenik is also close by the entrance to the park.
According to the Croatia Media, Krka National Park will begin limiting the number of people that can visit at any given time to ensure the park doesn’t get damaged by large crowds. A maximum of 10,000 visitors can visit the Skradinski Buk section of the park at any one time to conserve the natural swimming pool and surrounding environment. To avoid waiting I would recommend getting to the park early in the morning to be one of the first ones in. You could also choose to visit late in the afternoon when there are very few people there, like we did, but of course that means you have less time to relax and experience the park.
Continue your waterfall adventure: Exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park