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KRKA and Plitvice questions

I will be driving a rental car from Zadar to Split, stopping for a few hours to see KRKA & cool off in the water. I'm thinking that I will park in the center of town in Skradin (hopefully find free parking) and catch the boat to Skrandinski Buk. It is my understanding that this boat ride (25 min ea way) and is included in the cost of the park admission. As I will be visiting during a busy time, late June, can I advance purchase the boat/park ticket? If so, where do I purchase the ticket from and will this save wait time? Again, just passing through, so I only intend to spend a few hours and have limited myself to the big falls.

Second question, can you advance purchase admission tickets into Plitvice NP? If not, I will arrive at opening to avoid long line during the summer.

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Plitvice does not have advanced purchase of tickets. We arrived the night before and then went first thing in the morning. We were done when most people were showing up. So if you want to avoid the long lines and large crowds get there first thing. Plus you will enjoy the beauty and surroundings more when you arent worrying about people on the walkway.
Have fun!!

Posted by
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I did exactly what you propose for Krka and Skradinski Buk: parked at Skradin. I parked in what I thought was a "free parking" lot operated in conjunction with some local restaurants. They wanted you to buy something or eat at one of them. I didn't really have time, so when I got back to my car, I simply tried to pay the attendant - but they insisted I had to buy something instead! So I went in and bought a soda or something - that's all they needed to see. I would have given them more in cash than I paid for the soda. Oh, well...

I went in May and don't recall if I had to pick a specific boat to the falls or not. I didn't book anything in advance; I simply parked, found the ticket office for the park/boat, bought my ticket, then headed right to the boat, which was leaving. I think it was just first come, first served on the boat, not a timed entry: show them your ticket as you get on, and the boat leaves when it is full or at the scheduled time. Not sure if you can get an advanced ticket or not.

For Plitvice, I would definitely recommend getting to the park as early as you can in the morning - 7am is ideal. There are even some overpriced park hotels that are still super convenient - right in the park, closer to the actual park entrances than the parking lots are (for the parking lots, you park across the highway, cross the road, then walk through the hotel parking lot down to the park at least that's how it is down at entrance #2). Plus, if you visit the park two consecutive days - say one evening and the next morning - the park hotel can stamp your ticket from the previous day so you can enter again without paying twice. The park hotels may already be booked for June, though. But it's worth checking.

Posted by
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Thank you both for your feedback. I will stick to my plan and get there first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds!

Posted by
4700 posts

As long as "first thing in the morning" means 7am (at Plitvice, anyway) and not 9am or 10am - by then, the park will be pretty busy, and by noon it will be mobbed.

Posted by
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We will plan to be there at or slightly before 7am! Hope you have been enjoying the sunshine the last few days in Portland Andrew...I'm just across the river from you!