9 Best Day Trips From Zadar, Croatia

Zadar is a Croatian city located on the Dalmatian coast. Because of its strategic location, it is close to some of the best sites in the country and day trips from Zadar are possible.

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The city is also the oldest inhabited city in Croatia and it’s home to Roman ruins, medieval churches, and a historic old town. But if these are not enough, here’s our list of most recommended day trips from Zadar, Croatia.

9 Best Day Trips From Zadar

1.Plitvice Lakes

plitvice lakes

Plitvice Lakes is considered to be one of the most beautiful national parks in the world and also dubbed as one of the places to see before you die by big travel magazines. Known for its beautiful 16 terrace lakes and numerous falls, this UNESCO heritage site should top your list of things to do in Croatia during summer.

The turquoise lakes are interconnected to each other and divided into 3 stations. Surrounding the area is a massive expanse of forested hills which creates a very scenic view. It’s one of the best day trips from Zagreb as it’s only 2 hours away from the city. Making it an ideal day trip if you want to get away from the city a bit. Or if you are on the way to the Dalmatian coast, is also an ideal stop before enjoying the Croatian beaches.

Admission Fee

Adults  60,00 (€8)

Adults –  groups 55,00 (€7.41)

Students*  50,00 (€7)

Students –  groups 45,00 ( €6)

Children 7 to 18 years 30,00 (€4)

Children 7 to 18 years –  groups 25,00 (€3.37)

Children up to 7 years and persons with disability (over 50%)**

How to get to Plitvice Lakes from Zadar

Take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes for 2 hours. There are several bus operators that go to Plitvice Lakes. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator with some only leaving wise and up to 4 times a day so make sure to plan accordingly.

The bus fare is between €6-15 for a one-way trip or €12-30 for a round-trip fare and the bus stops in front of the entrance of Plitvice.

To book, click here.

Opening Hours

Winter: wintertime calculation (from last Sunday in October) – summertime calculation (until last Saturday in March)
8.00 – 16.00 h (entering park/ticket purchase / exchanging vouchers for tickets – until 14.00 h)

Spring: summertime calculation (from last Sunday in March) – 31.05.
8.00 – 19.00 h (entering park/ticket purchase / exchanging vouchers for tickets – until 17.00 h)

Summer: 01.06. – 20.08.
7.00 – 20.00 h (entering park/ticket purchase / exchanging vouchers for tickets – until 18.00 h)

Autumn:

21.08. – 30.09.: 7.00 – 19.00 h (entering park/ticket purchase / exchanging vouchers for tickets – until 17.00 h)

01.10. – winter time calculation (until last Saturday in October): 8.00 – 18.00 h (entering park/ticket purchase / exchanging vouchers for tickets – until 16.00 h)

Contact Information

Address: Josipa Jovića 19  53231 Plitvice Lakes  Croatia

Phone: 385 (0) 53 751 014 

Email: info@np-plitvicka-jezera.hr

2.Krka National Park

Krka National Park Croatia

Krka National Park is the 7th national park in Croatia and it was established in 1985 to help preserve and protect the Krka river. The national park is massive and it extends from Adriatic to the mountains of central Croatia. It is probably most known for its majestic waterfalls flowing to Krka river pools, creating amazing cascades similar to Plitvice lakes.

Aside from the waterfalls, there are also several things to see in Krka. This includes Visovac island with its famous monastery, the gorges and the amazing vegetation in the area.

Admission Fee:

Jan-Feb-,Nov- Dec

(All accessible land sites)

Adults – 30.00 kn- (€4)

Children 7-18 – 20.00 kn (€3)

Children up to 7 years of age- Free

April, May, October

(All accessible land sites)

Adults – 100.00 kn- (€14)

Children 7-18 – 80.00 kn (€11)

Children up to 7 years of age- Free

June- August

(All accessible land sites)

Adults – 200.00 kn (€27) after 4 pm 150.00 kn (€20)

Children 7-18 – 120.00 kn (€16)  after 4 pm 90.00 kn (€12)

Children up to 7 years of age- Free

How to get to Krka National Park from Zadar

Take a bus from Zadar to Krka National Park. From Zadar Zob, take a bus to Skradin Busbahnhof. Please note that there are only 3 trips a day so make sure to plan accordingly. The bus schedule is as follows: 11:20 am, 2 pm and 9:55 pm. The bus fare is between €4-7 for a one-way trip or €8-14 for a round trip and the bus ride is about 45 minutes.

From Skradin Busbahnhof, you can take a taxi to Krka National Park for half an hour for €24-29 for one-way trip or €48-58 for a round trip. Do not walk as it is about 29 km away still.

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Opening Hours

January-February – 9 am- 4pm

March- 9 am- 5pm

April -8 am- 6pm

May & Sept 8 am- 7pm

June-August- 8 am- 8pm

Oct 1-15- 8 am-6pm

Oct-16-31- 9 am -5pm

November- December 9 am-4pm

Contact Information

Address: Trg Ivana Pavla II br.5, 22000 Šibenik, Croatia

Phone: info@npk.hr

Email: +385 (22) 201 777

3.Zagreb

Zagreb Croatia City

Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and it’s one of the underrated cities in Europe. It has a rich history dating back from Roman times. Personally, it’s one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s laid back for a city and it has charming markets, amazing architecture, and awesome food.

How to get to Zagreb from Zadar

Take a bus from Zadar to Zagreb for 3 hours and 30 minutes. There are several bus operators that goes to Zagreb. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator with some only leaving once, twice and up to 5 times a day so plan accordingly.

The bus fare is between €12-40 for one-way trip or €24-80 for a round-trip fare depending on the operator.

4.Rastoke

Slunj, Rastoke, Croatia

Rastoke is the historic center of the Croatian town, Slunj. This beautiful village is known for its scenic location that’s straight from a postcard. The Slunjčica river flows to the local homes down to the river of Korana. This creates an amazing autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic significance because of natural harmony between nature and modern civilization.

The village is also likened to Plitvice because of the same way the river flows are layered and it’s often called the “little Plitvice”. The only difference is that instead of natural rocks and plants that create a branching on the rivers, it is the houses.

How to get to Rastoke from Zadar

Take a bus from Zadar to Slunj. There are several bus operators that goes to Slunj. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator but most of them leave once or twice a day so plan accordingly. The trip lasts for 3 hours and the bus fare is between €7-17 for one-way trip or €14-34 for a round-trip fare. Then walk to Rastoke for about 11 minutes. The village is still almost 1 km from Slunj.

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5.Kaštel Žegarski

 

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If you want some outdoor adventure, then head to Kaštel Žegarski – one of the least populous villages in Croatia. This village is close enough for a good day trip from Zadar. Aside from its laid-back village, it is also famous for its nature and it’s a popular canoeing and rafting area.

How to get to Kaštel Žegarski from Zadar

Take a bus from Zadar to Kaštel Žegarski. The trip frequency is only twice a day so plan accordingly. The trip lasts for an hour. You can check for the price and schedule here.

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6. Telaščica Nature Park

Telascica Cliff Croatia

One of the most incredible nature parks in Croatia, Telaščica Nature Park boasts of amazing wildlife, deserted islands, gorgeous cliffs, and azure blue waters. The nature park includes 13 small islands and it’s located off the coast of Adriatic.

Admission Fee

Individual tickets – daily per person

For visitors through mainland entrance Dolac 40,00 HRK ( €5.39)

For visitors through mainland entrance Dolac with discount 20,00 HRK ( € 2.69)

For visitors in vacation facilities of Nature Park “Telašćica” 10,00 HRK (€1.35)

For visitors in a vessel without an engine up to 6 m (Kanu, kayak, sailboat, paddle boat, etc.) 20,00 HRK (€2.69)

How to get to Telaščica natural park from Zadar

Take a ferry from Zadar to Telaščica natural park. The trip takes almost 50 minutes and there’s a ferry 4 times a day: 5:45 am, 10:30 am, 3 pm, and 8 pm. The fare is €5-6 for one-way trip or €10-12 for a round-trip fare.

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Contact Information

Address: Sali X 1, HR-23281 Sali 

Phone: +385 23 377 096

Email: telascica@telascica.hr

7. Mostar

Mostar Old Town

Mostar is a city in the neighboring country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is known for Stari Most (old bridge) – a medieval bridge and the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Start Most is also the perfect example of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

Before the war in Crimea in 2014, Mostar was the city where the last war in Europe happened in 1995. So if you want to learn about this historic city, then include a Mostar day trip from Zadar on your itinerary.

How to get to Mostar from Zadar

Take a bus from Zadar to Mostar. There’s only 1 bus operator that goes to Mostar and it leaves at 7:30 pm. The trip lasts for 4 hours and the bus fare is between €14-21 for one-way trip or €28-42 for a round-trip fare.

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8.Split

Split Croatia

How to get to Split from Zadar

Take a bus from Zadar to Split for 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are several bus operators that go to Split and the trip frequency differs from operator to operator. Buses leave from once a day to up to 4 times a day so plan accordingly.

The bus fare is between €5-17 for one-way trip or €10-34 for a round-trip fare depending on the operator.

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9. Ugljan, Ošljak and Školjić Islands

Ošljak Island

These amazing islands near Zadar are where dreams are made of. If you want a relaxing trip and just enjoy the Croatian islands, then head to Ugljan, Ošljak and Školjić Islands.

Školjić or Galevac is closed enough to the mainland and this oasis is surrounded by pine forest and awesome beach. In the middle is a little monastery and church by St. Paul that made this island more interesting. The Ošljak is like its little brother although a bit farther from the mainland. But like Školjić island, it has an interesting church from the 6th century in the middle of it and the island is surrounded by pine and Cyprus trees. The island is also inhabited.

Ugljan is the largest among these 3 islands and is connected to the mainland of Preko by a bridge. There are over 6000 people living on the island and it’s known for its beautiful medieval houses and beaches as well.

How to get to the islands from Zadar

The only way to get to these islands is by private boat. So either you rent out a boat or you can take this tour for €45. It includes all 3 islands, your snorkeling equipment, and insurance.

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