I am traveling from Dubrovnik up the coast eventually to Plitvice Lakes and then will bus to Zagreb to fly to Budapest.
I have not had time to go through the bus schedules yet, but was hoping that someone who had used the bus system before would have suggestions if this is doable time wise - or any itinerary suggestions. I read the trains are not a great option to move about Croatia, so I was going to look at ferries or busses to move up the coast from Dubrovnik to wherever would be best to get to the Plitvice lakes as they are the main event for me for this trip.
5/23 - Fly from US to Croatia
5/24 - Arrive Dubrovnik around 4 pm (go to lodging, walk around get dinner, early night)
5/25 - Walk walls, tour old town
5/26 - open for any missed sightseeing - possible afternoon boat ride?
5/27 - travel to (Split?) Ferry? Bus? Which would be best?
5/28 - Split
5/29 - Bus to Plitvice Lakes
5/30 - Plitvice Lakes
6/1 - Bus to Zagreb
6/2 - Fly to Budapest from Zagreb
6/3 - Budapest
6/4 - Budapest
6/5 - Budapest
6/6 - Fly back to US
My question is, would it be better to just take the bus from Dubrovnik to Split or the ferry? (I'm thinking the ferry would be a prettier ride), but unsure how long and thought I would reach out to see if someone had alredy made this journey up without a car.
I just chose Split as it should be a decent sized hub to then get transport to Plitvice Lakes - I was planning on taking the bus to there.
I have been reading that the busses drop off by Plitvice Lakes but picking up again may be dicey - has anyone run into this?
Should I just go to Zagreb and then do a day trip instead? I wanted enough time for the Lakes.
Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.