Plitvice Lakes National Park is a great place to stop en-route from Zagreb to Split. Situated high up on the hills, it can get quite chilly here.

There are a few options to consider for Plitvice Lakes National Park accommodation.

Plitvice Lakes National Park accommodation

Lodging & Homestays

Several large hotels have been built by the entrance to the park. These largely cater to older European tourists. If you are looking for less expensive lodging, ask around – some local apartment owners rent out rooms for low prices, in the range of $10/person.

Camping

There is a camping site in the nearby town, mostly used by people visiting the park. Facilities are fine, good clean toilets, a small shop, and a couple of dining places. You can set up your camp wherever you want; it is possible to choose a place between the trees, in a hole in the hills or choose a more open place with a magnificent view.

Bungalows

For great value, the bungalows are situated in a campsite about 6km north of the entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The bungalows themselves are pretty small (cosy), with two single beds and a table with chair. The thick blankets provided make sure that you are kept warm and cosy on the colder evenings. One of the reasons for the bungalows being appealing is because of its relative remoteness combined with the feeling that you are sort-of camping.

The bungalows come in varying sizes, some available for families. There is a shop on site as well as a diner/cafe with a large outside seating area. Which is stunning in the summer!

The showers are clean, hot and, unlike some others in campsites in Croatia, free.

The rate for staying in the bungalow also includes a filling continental breakfast in the diner over looking the valley, which is a lovely spot to sit as the sun comes up – perfect before grabbing the intercity bus from the unsuspecting little hut-stop at the entrance to the park to take us to Split.

You can find out more about the camp here.

Insider travel tip

As long as you are staying at the camping site, your ticket to the park can be renewed for free at the information office. It’s a good way to spend more time at the park and visit it outside the busier hours. Parking at the park is free, but if you don’t want to drive the camping site arranges buses to and from the park in the main season.

If you don’t want to stay in or nearby the national park, you can always visit the park on a day trip tour from Zagreb (book here) or Split (book here).

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