If you’re planning to visit the incredible Krka National Park in Croatia, then you’ve come to the right place.

Krka National Park is a major bucket list item for many, and is the Croatian epicenter of lush greenery, insanely beautiful views, and roaring waterfalls. Plus, unlike at Plitvice Lakes National Park, you can even swim here.

In my month traveling Croatia, Krka National Park easily became one of my favorite destinations. In this article, we’ll cover everything you should know before you travel to Krka, including how to get there, entrance fees, where to swim, and travel tips.

πŸ‘‰ Jump to: Essential Info | Where to Stay | Things to Do | What to Pack

Essential Info For Krka National Park

How to Get to Krka National Park

Boardwalks at Krka National Park
My friend Cailee on a boardwalk in Krka National Park

πŸš— Car – The most flexible way to get to Krka National Park is by car. From Split, Krka National Park is 85.2 km — about an hour’s ride away. I recommend using Discover Cars to compare rental rates & book.

As for parking, there is free visitor parking at the Lozovak entrance. There is private parking for a fee in the town of Skradin (where the boat takes off for Skradinski Buk).

🚌 Bus – If you’re traveling to Krka from Split, as I did, there is a charter bus that will take you straight from the bus station on the promenade to Krka (Skradin), and pick you up later that day. I recommend booking at least a day in advance to make sure you get a seat.

The bus ride is about an hour and fifteen minutes long and will give you wicked views of the countryside along the way.

Additionally, if you’re traveling from Zadar, then there is also a bus that takes about an hour and a half to get to Krka.

πŸ‘‰ Tour – The easiest way to get from Split to Krka National Park is with a guided tour. This highly-rated Krka tour from Split includes round-trip transportation and a boat ride.

Krka National Park Entrance Fees

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia
A lush waterfall vantage point

Once you get to Skradin, the historic town just outside the park, you’ll find the booths to purchase your tickets for Krka.

Entrance fees to Krka National Park vary by season and group size. Depending on the time of year, the price varies from 7 euro (winter) to 40 euro (summer).

Visit the Krka National Park official site for the most updated entrance prices.

Once you purchase your ticket, you’ll be guided into a line that will take you onto a ferry that takes main attractions within the park.

πŸ‘‰ Pro tip: Make sure you grab a map of the park at the ticket booth. It will come in very handy for getting around.

Best Time to Visit Krka National Park

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia
Me taking a shady break in Krka National Park

While Krka National Park is open year-round, the best time to visit is from May through October. If possible, I recommend visiting in May-June, or September. This way, you’ll skip the heat of the summer and avoid the summer tourist rush. Personally, I visited in June.

In summer, Krka National Park is in full bloom, while wintertime is less lush but puts the flowing water on full display.

Where to Stay Near Krka National Park

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia
Me, cheesin’, as per usual

While there are no hotels in Krka National Park itself, there are plenty of great hotels nearby:

Things to Do in Krka National Park

Swim

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia
Me, suntanned and happy in Krka

Krka National Park allows swimming, albeit in designated areas. Swimming is allowed from June 1 – September 30 at RoΕ‘ki Slap, Stinice, and Pisak. Swimming is at your own risk and depends on weather conditions and water levels.

You’re not allowed to swim outside of those designated areas.

As temperatures get insanely hot in Croatia in the summertime, I highly recommend you bring your bathing suit to do just this.

However, one thing to note here is to be wary of pickpockets. My friend Cailee and I got to the main watering hole around noon and noticed that it was jam-packed with people.

As we were scoping out the area looking for a place to take a dip, a lady came up to us and told us that she had heard of pickpockets in the area.

Armed with that news, we decided to continue on to explore the park on foot and let the swimmers clear out a bit before going swimming ourselves.

We eventually made it back to the swimming area around 4 pm and, while there were still people in the area with us, it wasn’t nearly as packed as earlier.

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Explore Krka’s Waterfalls

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia

Because who doesn’t go to Krka National Park to see a million unreal waterfalls?!

The two most famous waterfalls in Krka National Park are Skradinski Buk and RoΕ‘ki Slap.

However, trust me when I say that Krka is packed to the brim with gorgeous flowing falls. Chances are, you’ll never tire of seeing them and feeling their cool spray on your skin.

What’s super cool about the waterfalls and caves in Krka is that they’re made of calcium carbonate (limestone) that builds up about 1cm per year. That means that the waterfalls are ever-evolving and give a unique experience to visitors every year.

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Hike in Krka

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia
My friend Cailee in front of some understated Krka waterfalls

Exploring the trails around Krka was one of my favorite activities.

πŸ₯Ύ Some of the best hiking trails in Krka National Park are:

  • Lozovac – Skradinski Buk Waterfall – Moderate, 4.3km loop
  • Skradin – HE Jaruga – Moderate, 10.8km out-and-back
  • Skradinski Most – Moderate, 9.3km out-and-back

Overall, there are hiking trails for all abilities in Krka National Park. There are lengthy options for serious hikers and easy ones for casual strollers. There are also boardwalks over the water for easy exploration.

Krka Wildlife

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia

Walking through the paths at Krka, you can’t help but be in awe of the amazing wildlife seen everywhere.

From fish to dragonflies, make sure you stop and enjoy the company every now and again!

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What to Pack for Krka National Park

What to Expect at Krka National Park, Croatia

🌞 Day Gear: For the day, I recommend bringing a day bag, reef-safe sunscreen, bug spray, a floppy hat, and a water filtration bottle.

πŸ’¦ Swim Gear: I highly recommend bringing your favorite swimsuit, dry bag, quick-drying towel, and water shoes.

πŸ₯Ύ Hiking Gear: Even if you don’t plan on hitting the harder trails, you’ll definitely want a pair of sturdy walking shoes. If you’re going hard with hiking, then consider some collapsible hiking poles as well.

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Thanks for reading my guide to visiting Krka National Park in Croatia! Up next, check out my picks for the best things to do in Split. Have fun in Krka National Park!

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