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There are 5 ways to get from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park by train, night bus, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train, night bus  •  7h

  1. Take the train from Villach Hbf to Zagreb Glavni Kol. Ec / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera N975

395 kn - 528 kn

Cheapest option

Bus via Zagreb  •  7h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Villach Central Bus Station to Zagreb Central Bus Station Frankfurt - Zagreb / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zagreb to Plitvička Jezera

169 kn - 288 kn

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  8h 27m

  1. Take the train from Villach Hbf to Zagreb Glavni Kol. Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kol. to Karlovac Centar Re
  3. Take the bus from Karlovac to Plitvička Jezera 975

394 kn - 533 kn

Bus  •  11h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Villach Bus Station to Crikvenica 944
  2. Take the bus from Crikvenica to Plitvička Jezera

215 kn - 276 kn

Drive  •  3h 57m

  1. Drive from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park 320 km

240 kn - 360 kn

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

The journey time between Villach and Plitvice Lakes National Park is around 6h 22m and covers a distance of around 380 km. The fastest journey normally takes 6h 22m. Operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), ZET and FlixBus, the Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park service departs from Villach Hbf and arrives in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Typically five services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
6h 22m
Fastest journey time:
6h 22m
Services per week:
5
Cheapest price:
395 kn
Carbon emissions:
29 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
16:53
Last service departs at:
16:53

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park train, tram, 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.

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

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Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to bus via Zagreb, which costs €22 - €40 and takes 7h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park is to drive which costs €30 - €50 and takes 3h 57m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Villach station to Plitvice Lakes National Park. However, there are services departing from Villach Central Bus Station and arriving at Plitvička Jezera via Zagreb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 52m.

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The distance between Villach and Plitvice Lakes National Park is 236 km. The road distance is 320 km.

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The best way to get from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park without a car is to train and night bus which takes 7h and costs €50 - €70.

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

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Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park bus services, operated by Nomago, depart from Villach Central Bus Station.

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Villach 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 Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park is 320 km. It takes approximately 3h 57m to drive from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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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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Map of how to get from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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  • Distance: 236 km
  • Duration: 7h

What companies run services between Villach, Austria and Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia?

You can take a bus from Villach to Plitvice Lakes National Park via Zagreb Central Bus Station, Zagreb, and Plitvička Jezera in around 7h 52m.

Train operators
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 Villach Hbf to Zagreb Glavni Kol.
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
320 kn - 430 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 Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
70 kn - 90 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Villach Bus Station to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
100 kn - 130 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
Bus from Villach Bus Station to Crikvenica
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
130 kn - 160 kn
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Nomago
Phone
+386 1 431 77 00
Email
info@nomago.si
Website
nomago.si
Bus from Villach Central Bus Station to Zagreb Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
95 kn - 190 kn
Book at
Nomago
Economy
95 kn - 140 kn
Premium
110 kn - 170 kn
Family&friends
130 kn - 190 kn
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
Bus from Crikvenica to Plitvička Jezera
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
85 kn - 120 kn
Schedules at
croatiabus.hr
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
Once 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

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