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There are 9 ways to get from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus via Belgrade  •  17h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Beograd Simeonidis
  2. Take the bus from Belgrade to Plitvička Jezera

450 kn - 608 kn

Cheapest option

Fly Thessaloniki to Zagreb, night bus  •  9h 46m

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

360 kn - 1.843 kn

7 alternative options

Train, bus, night bus  •  18h 13m

  1. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Skopje
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Zagreb
  3. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

590 kn - 924 kn

Train, bus  •  27h 35m

  1. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Skopje
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Split
  3. Take the bus from Split to Plitvička Jezera

650 kn - 1.004 kn

Bus  •  33h 4m

  1. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Tiranë
  2. Take the bus from Tirana to Kotor
  3. Take the bus from Kotor to Split
  4. Take the bus from Split to Plitvička Jezera

705 kn - 1.061 kn

Drive  •  11h 30m

  1. Drive from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park 1145.5 km

1.000 kn - 1.600 kn

Fly Thessaloniki to Zadar, bus  •  11h 3m

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

760 kn - 1.310 kn

Fly Thessaloniki to Rijeka, bus  •  11h 37m

  1. Fly from Thessaloniki (SKG) to Rijeka (RJK) SKG - RJK
  2. Take the bus from Meja Gaj to Karlovac
  3. Take the bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera

1.135 kn - 3.380 kn

Train to Skopje, fly to Zagreb, night bus  •  12h 37m

  1. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Skopje
  2. Fly from Skopje (SKP) to Zagreb (ZAG) SKP - ZAG
  3. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

723 kn - 1.882 kn

Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park by train, bus, night bus and walk

The journey time between Thessaloníki and Plitvice Lakes National Park is around 2 days 5h and covers a distance of around 1195 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2 days 5h. Operated by Railways of the Republic North Macedonia Transport AD, Makedonija Soobrakaj AD, Hafet Tours and others, the Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park service departs from Thessaloniki and arrives in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Typically two services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2 days 5h
Fastest journey time:
2 days 5h
Journey distance:
1195 km
Services per week:
2
Cheapest price:
590 kn
Carbon emissions:
131 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
18:51
Last service departs at:
18:51

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park train, bus, night bus and walk schedules

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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.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to bus via Belgrade which costs €55 - €80 and takes 17h 27m.

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The fastest way to get from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to fly and night bus which takes 9h 46m and costs €45 - €250.

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No, there is no direct bus from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park. However, there are services departing from Thessaloniki and arriving at Plitvička Jezera via Belgrade. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 27m.

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The distance between Thessaloníki and Plitvice Lakes National Park is 760 km. The road distance is 1145.5 km.

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The best way to get from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park without a car is to bus via Belgrade which takes 17h 27m and costs €55 - €80.

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It takes approximately 17h 27m to get from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park, including transfers.

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Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park bus services, operated by Simeonidis Tours, depart from Thessaloniki station.

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There is no direct flight from Thessaloniki Airport to Zagreb Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 10m and has one stopover.

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Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park bus services, operated by Banbus, arrive at Plitvička Jezera station.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is 1h behind Thessaloníki. It is currently 2:14 PM in Thessaloníki and 1:14 PM in Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Map of how to get from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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  • Distance: 759.9 km
  • Duration: 17h 27m

What companies run services between Thessaloníki, Greece and Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia?

You can take a bus from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park via Beograd, Belgrade, and Plitvička Jezera in around 17h 27m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zagreb via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.300 kn - 4.100 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zagreb via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.300 kn - 4.100 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.800 kn - 2.900 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Rijeka via Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
900 kn - 3.700 kn
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zagreb via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
240 kn - 1.700 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
500 kn - 1.600 kn
Flights from Skopje to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
750 kn - 1.700 kn
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
500 kn - 1.600 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Memmingen
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
500 kn - 1.600 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Chania, Naples
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
500 kn - 1.600 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
1.800 kn - 3.600 kn
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zagreb via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
750 kn - 2.100 kn
Flights from Skopje to Zagreb via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
650 kn - 1.500 kn
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zagreb via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
800 kn - 2.400 kn
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
500 kn - 1.600 kn
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Rijeka via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.000 kn - 3.300 kn
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zagreb via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
750 kn - 3.100 kn
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zagreb via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
2.800 kn - 5.000 kn
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Zadar via Basel
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday
Estimated price
700 kn - 2.400 kn
Train operators
Railways of the Republic North Macedonia Transport AD
Bus operators
Simeonidis Tours
Phone
+30-2310540970
Email
info@simeonidistours.gr
Website
simeonidistours.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Beograd
Ave. Duration
7h 54m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
250 kn - 420 kn
Schedules at
simeonidistours.gr
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
10h 21m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
280 kn - 460 kn
Schedules at
ms.mk
Hafet Tours
Phone
+389 44 371 066
Email
hafet-tours@hotmail.com
Website
hafet.getbybus.com
Bus from Skopje to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
410 kn - 480 kn
Schedules at
hafet.getbybus.com
Book at
hafet.getbybus.com
Bus from Skopje to Split
Ave. Duration
18h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
410 kn - 480 kn
Schedules at
hafet.getbybus.com
Book at
hafet.getbybus.com
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
70 kn - 90 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55 kn - 70 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Prijevoz Knežević
Website
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
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Tiranë
Ave. Duration
11h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
260 kn - 500 kn
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Old Town Travel
Phone
+382 32 520 495
Email
info@kotortotirana.com
Website
kotortotirana.com
Bus from Tirana to Kotor
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
180 kn - 230 kn
Schedules at
kotortotirana.com
Book at
kotortotirana.com
Royal Travel Cetinje
Phone
+382 69 294 654
Email
royaltravelcetinje@gmail.com
Website
royaltravelcetinje.me
Bus from Kotor to Split
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
100 kn - 120 kn
Schedules at
royaltravelcetinje.me
Autobusni Promet
Phone
+385 (42) 372 803
Email
info@ap.hr
Website
ap.hr
Bus from Split to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
160 kn - 220 kn
Schedules at
ap.hr
Book at
varazdin.getbybus.com
Bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
110 kn - 140 kn
Schedules at
ap.hr
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 Meja Gaj to Karlovac
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65 kn - 95 kn
Schedules at
croatiabus.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

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Yes, the driving distance between Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park is 1145 km. It takes approximately 11h 30m to drive from Thessaloníki to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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Austrian Airlines, Transavia Holland, KLM and five other airlines offer flights from Thessaloniki Airport to Zagreb Airport.

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There are 62+ hotels available in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Prices start at 750 kn per night.

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The best way to get from Thessaloníki to Thessaloniki Airport is to shuttle which takes 42 min and costs €2.

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