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There are 11 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park by plane, night bus, bus, shuttle, train, night train or car

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Fly to Zagreb, night bus  •  7h 9m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zagreb (ZAG) FRA - ZAG
  2. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes

674 kn - 1.463 kn

Cheapest option

Bus via Zagreb  •  16h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt am Main to Zagreb N952 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

394 kn - 553 kn

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Fly to Zadar, bus  •  6h 36m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zadar (ZAD) FRA - ZAD
  2. Take the bus from Poličnik to Plitvička Jezera

949 kn - 2.578 kn

Fly to Split, bus  •  9h 21m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Split (SPU) FRA - SPU
  2. Take the bus from Split to Plitvička Jezera

769 kn - 1.453 kn

Fly to Ljubljana, shuttle, night bus  •  8h 50m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Ljubljana (LJU) FRA - LJU
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Ljubljana Airport to Zagreb
  3. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes

1.064 kn - 4.623 kn

Fly to Graz, shuttle, night bus  •  9h 38m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Graz (GRZ) FRA - GRZ
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Graz Airport to Zagreb
  3. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes

1.034 kn - 4.123 kn

Train, bus, night bus  •  14h 1m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Muenchen Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the bus from Munich to Samobor
  3. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes

818 kn - 1.394 kn

Train, bus  •  18h 6m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Meidling Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Wien Meidling to Zagreb Glavni Kol. Ec
  3. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Karlovac Centar Re
  4. Take the bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera 975

1.287 kn - 2.178 kn

Bus  •  21h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt am Main to Rijeka
  2. Take the bus from Rijeka to Plitvička Jezera

446 kn - 617 kn

Train, night train, bus  •  20h 3m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Muenchen Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the night train from Muenchen Hbf to Rijeka En
  3. Take the bus from Rijeka to Plitvička Jezera

784 kn - 1.529 kn

Drive  •  9h 40m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park 1012.5 km

800 kn - 1.200 kn

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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.

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The cost-effective way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to bus via Zagreb, which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 16h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to fly and bus which costs 120€ - 340€ and takes 6h 36m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt am Main and arriving at Plitvička Jezera via Zagreb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 37m.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Plitvice Lakes National Park is 781 km. The road distance is 1012.5 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park without a car is to train and bus and night bus which takes 14h 1m and costs 100€ - 190€.

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It takes approximately 7h 9m to get from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park bus services, operated by Jelinak, depart from Frankfurt am Main station.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Zagreb Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park is 1013 km. It takes approximately 9h 40m to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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  • Distance: 780.5 km
  • Duration: 7h 9m

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia?

You can take a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Plitvice Lakes National Park via Zagreb and Plitvička Jezera in around 16h 37m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 kn - 2.300 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Zagreb via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.200 kn - 3.200 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Zadar
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
850 kn - 3.400 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Zadar via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
900 kn - 4.300 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Split
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.300 kn - 2.300 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Split via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
1.500 kn - 2.700 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.100 kn - 12.000 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Ljubljana via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.100 kn - 12.000 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Graz
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 kn - 3.100 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Graz via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.200 kn - 3.300 kn
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 kn - 2.300 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Zadar
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
850 kn - 3.400 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Split
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.300 kn - 2.300 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Split via Zagreb
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.200 kn - 2.000 kn
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zagreb via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.200 kn - 3.200 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Graz
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 kn - 3.100 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Graz via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.200 kn - 3.300 kn
Condor Flugdienst
Website
condor.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zadar
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
500 kn - 1.200 kn
Flights from Frankfurt to Split
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Friday
Estimated price
480 kn - 1.200 kn
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
600 kn - 850 kn
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Meidling
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
900 kn - 1.300 kn
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
320 kn - 440 kn
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
600 kn - 900 kn
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
420 kn - 650 kn
Website
Railjet
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Meidling
Ave. Duration
8h 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
650 kn - 1.000 kn
Website
Railjet
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Meidling to Zagreb Glavni Kol.
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
550 kn - 800 kn
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
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 Plitvice Lakes
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
70 kn - 90 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
350 kn - 430 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlovac to Plitvice Lakes
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
55 kn - 70 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Prijevoz Knežević
Website
knezevic.getbybus.com
Bus from Poličnik to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75 kn - 95 kn
Schedules at
knezevic.getbybus.com
Bus from Split to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
130 kn - 170 kn
Schedules at
knezevic.getbybus.com
Bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 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 Poličnik to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65 kn - 95 kn
Schedules at
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
Bus from Rijeka to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80 kn - 110 kn
Schedules at
croatiabus.hr
GoOpti
Phone
+386 1 320 4530
Email
info@goopti.com
Website
goopti.com
Shuttle from Ljubljana Airport to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
220 kn - 1.900 kn
Schedules at
goopti.com
Shared
220 kn - 280 kn
Private
850 kn - 1.900 kn
Shuttle from Graz Airport to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
240 kn - 2.200 kn
Schedules at
goopti.com
Shared
240 kn - 290 kn
Private
1.000 kn - 2.200 kn
Jaska Turist
Phone
01 6282 658
Email
info@jaska-turist.de
Website
jaska-turist.hr
Bus from Munich to Samobor
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
400 kn
Schedules at
jaska-turist.hr
Jelinak
Website
jelinak.com
Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
480 kn - 900 kn
Schedules at
jelinak.com
Autoherc - Autopoduzeće d.o.o. Imotski
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
panturist-turizam.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
Croatia Bus International
Phone
+385 1 6113 073
Email
info@croatiabus.hr
Website
croatiabus.getbybus.com
Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Rijeka
Ave. Duration
16h 32m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
360 kn - 550 kn
Schedules at
croatiabus.hr

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Lufthansa and Croatia Airlines offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Zagreb Airport.

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There are 160+ hotels available in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Prices start at 750 kn per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to line 35880 train which takes 15 min and costs 3€ - 5€.

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