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There are 6 ways to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus, train, car, plane or shuttle

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Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Zagreb 976
  2. Take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

$31 - $48

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Train, bus  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Déli to Zagreb Glavni Kolod. D
  2. Take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

$75 - $105

Train  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Déli to Zagreb Glavni Kolod. D
  2. Take the train from Zagreb to Vrhovine

$145 - $190

Drive  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park 299.4 miles

$55 - $85

Fly, bus  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Zagreb (ZAG) BUD - ZAG
  2. Take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

$137 - $448

Shuttle  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Budapest to Plitvička Jezera Eurobusways

$61 - $141

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The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to bus which costs 8 500 Ft - 14 000 Ft and takes 7 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to drive which costs 16 000 Ft - 24 000 Ft and takes 5 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park. However, there are services departing from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld and arriving at Plitvička Jezera via Zagreb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 40 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Plitvice Lakes National Park is 392 km. The road distance is 479.1 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 40 min and costs 8 500 Ft - 14 000 Ft.

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It takes approximately 7 h 40 min to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park, including transfers.

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Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to bus which takes 7 h 40 min and costs 8 500 Ft - 14 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 40 000 Ft - 55 000 Ft and takes 9 h 32 min.

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There is no direct flight from Budapest Airport to Zagreb Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park bus services, operated by Autobusni Promet, arrive at Plitvička Jezera station.

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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  • Distance: 245.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 40 min

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia?

You can take a bus from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park via Zagreb and Plitvička Jezera in around 7 h 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park via Zagreb Glavni Kolod., Zagreb, and Vrhovine in around 9 h 32 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Vienna
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $900
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $380
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,000
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Brussels
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Budapest-Déli to Zagreb Glavni Kolod.
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autobusni Promet
Phone
+385 (42) 372 803
Email
info@ap.hr
Website
ap.hr
Bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
ap.hr
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Autoherc
Website
autoherc.getbybus.com
Bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
autoherc.getbybus.com
Book at
autoherc.getbybus.com
Arriva d.o.o.
Phone
+385 (0)72 660 660
Email
info@arriva.com.hr
Website
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
arriva.com.hr
Globtour
Website
globtour.com
Bus from Zagreb Zob to Plitvice Lakes Eingang 2
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
globtour.com
Eurobusways
Phone
+36 20 9148100
Email
info@eurobusways.com
Website
eurobusways.com
Shuttle from Budapest to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$60 - $140
Schedules at
eurobusways.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park is 479 km. It takes approximately 5 h 4 min to drive from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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Swiss, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines and five other airlines offer flights from Budapest Airport to Zagreb Airport.

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There are 789+ hotels available in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Prices start at $44 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Budapest Airport is to bus which takes 33 min and costs 350 Ft.

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