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There are 7 ways to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park by train, night bus, bus, car, plane or shuttle

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Train, night bus  •  8h 30m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Deli to Zagreb Glavni Kol. Ic
  2. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera N975

204 kn - 256 kn

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Nepliget to Zagreb Central Bus Station Munich - Zagreb
  2. Take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

187 kn - 337 kn

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Train, bus  •  8h 47m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Deli to Zagreb Glavni Kol. Ic
  2. Take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

204 kn - 266 kn

Train, bus via Karlovac  •  9h 57m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Deli to Zagreb Glavni Kol. Ic
  2. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Karlovac Centar Re
  3. Take the bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera 975

203 kn - 261 kn

Drive  •  5h 4m

  1. Drive from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park 478 km

360 kn - 550 kn

Fly, night bus  •  9h 14m

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

826 kn - 2.658 kn

Shuttle  •  5h 5m

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

410 kn - 900 kn

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International entry into Croatia from Hungary

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Hungary
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Croatia from Hungary

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days prior to boarding
This applies to arrivals from Hungary
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days prior to boarding
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Rules to follow in Croatia

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Considerations leaving from Hungary

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Croatia from Hungary.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Plitvice Lakes National Park is 00385 91 468 30 32.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Plitvice Lakes National Park is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Plitvice Lakes National Park is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 00385 91 468 30 32.

Yes, entry into Hungary from Croatia is currently restricted.

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Last updated: 3 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to train and night bus which costs 9 500 Ft - 13 000 Ft and takes 8h 30m.

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The fastest way to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to drive. Taking this option will cost 17 000 Ft - 25 000 Ft and takes 5h 4m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park. However, there are services departing from Astoria M and arriving at Plitvička Jezera via Budapest Nepliget and Zagreb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 58m.

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The distance between Budapest and Plitvice Lakes National Park is 392 km. The road distance is 478 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park without a car is to train and night bus which takes 8h 30m and costs 9 500 Ft - 13 000 Ft.

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It takes approximately 8h 30m 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 Nomago, depart from Budapest Nepliget station.

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There is no direct flight from Budapest Airport to Zagreb Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park is 478 km. It takes approximately 5h 4m to drive from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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  • Distance: 392.4 km
  • Duration: 8h 30m

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 Népliget M, Budapest Nepliget, Zagreb Central Bus Station, Zagreb, and Plitvička Jezera in around 8h 58m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.500 kn - 4.400 kn
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
1.500 kn - 4.400 kn
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.200 kn - 5.500 kn
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
850 kn - 3.300 kn
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
850 kn - 3.800 kn
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Budapest to Zagreb via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 kn - 5.000 kn
Train operators
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
70 kn - 90 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55 kn - 70 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Prijevoz Knežević
Website
knezevic.getbybus.com
Bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
80 kn - 110 kn
Schedules at
knezevic.getbybus.com
Croatia Bus Domestic
Phone
+385 1 6113 073
Email
info@croatiabus.hr
Website
croatiabus.hr
Bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
70 kn - 100 kn
Schedules at
croatiabus.hr
Nomago
Phone
+386 1 431 77 00
Email
info@nomago.si
Website
nomago.si
Bus from Budapest Nepliget to Zagreb Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110 kn - 230 kn
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Nomago
Economy
110 kn - 170 kn
Premium
140 kn - 190 kn
Family&friends
160 kn - 230 kn
Autobusni Promet
Phone
+385 (42) 372 803
Email
info@ap.hr
Website
ap.hr
Bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110 kn - 140 kn
Schedules at
ap.hr
Autotransport Šibenik
Phone
022 / 212 – 557
Email
autotransport@atpsi.hr
Website
atpsi.hr
Bus from Karlovac to Plitvice Lakes
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45 kn - 60 kn
Schedules at
sibenik.getbybus.com
Autopromet d.d. Slunj
Phone
+00385 47 777 276
Email
autopromet.slunj@gmail.com
Website
autopromet.hr
Bus from Karlovac Central Bus Station to Plitvice Jezera Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Website
Autopromet d.d. Slunj
Panturist d.d. Osijek
Phone
+385 (0)31 214 388
Website
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Karlovac Central Bus Station to Plitvice Jezera Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
45 kn - 65 kn
Website
Panturist d.d. Osijek
Eurobusways
Phone
+36 70 282 1827
Email
info@eurobusways.com
Website
eurobusways.com
Shuttle from Budapest to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
410 kn - 900 kn
Schedules at
eurobusways.com

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Eurowings, LOT, Austrian Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Budapest Airport to Zagreb Airport.

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There are 111+ hotels available in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Prices start at 750 kn per night.

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