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Moving on after Plitvice National Park

Hi everyone

We are visiting Plitvice on 19 September this year. We are arriving in the area the evening before and aiming to get into the park as soon as they open the gates. We love walking and photography so we anticipate we will be in the park for the bulk of the day.

Our next destination is Ljubljana. We are trying to work out if we are better to stay near Plitvice after our day in the park and then drive the next day, or drive to Ljubljana after the park - but it is a 3 hour drive. The other thought I had was we could drive half way and sleep in Novo Mesto or even Zagreb. Google Maps has several routes on offer, and I am not sure which is the 'best' one to take - in terms of scenery / easy driving. One route goes quite close to Zagreb so we could even sleep there.

We did think we could leave this open until we are there, and assess on day. If we finish at Plitvice earlier than we think, we can head off and see where we end up that evening. At this time of year, would we be ok booking accommodation on the fly?

If anyone has done this leg of the itinerary, I would love your thoughts.

Thanks

Cathy

Posted by Emily
Vienna, Austria
2728 posts

Do not underestimate the time it will take to cross the border between Croatia and Slovenia. If it were me, I'd plan on spending the night near the park just so you are sure that you don't feel rushed.

Posted by CathyG OP
Australia
58 posts

Hi Emily,
Thanks for replying to another of my endless questions. You’ve mentioned the border crossing before. Can you explain the process and why it takes time? Thank you so much!!

Posted by Emily
Vienna, Austria
2728 posts

You will need to pass through both Croatian and Slovenian immigration (separate booths) as you will be entering the Schengen zone. The lines can be long. I've waited up to 1.5 hours. Does that help?

Posted by CathyG OP
Australia
58 posts

Hi again!
You are so wonderful helping me. At the risk of sounding naive, what is the Schengen zone?
Also ... I’ve read I need a vignette for the car in Slovenia. Do you know where you buy them from?