10 Best Day Trips From Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb’s location makes it one of the best cities in Europe to be in. The proximity of the city to the best spots in Croatia and the neighboring countries makes it an ideal base. So if you are looking for some things to do in and outside of this Croatian capital, here’s our list of the best day trips from Zagreb.

10 Best Day Trips From Zagreb, Croatia

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 for 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%)** gratis gratis gratis gratis gratis gratis

How to get to Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb

Take a bus from Zagreb main bus station 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 once, twice and up to 4 times a day so make sure to check the bus schedule.

The bus fare is between €11-16 for a one-way trip or €22-32 for a round-trip fare and the bus stops in front of the entrance of Plitvice.

To book, click here.

 

Plitvice Lakes Day Tours from Zagreb

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. Rastoke

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 Zagreb

Take a bus from Zagreb to Slunj for almost 2 hours. There are several bus operators that go to Slunj. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator with some only leaving once, twice and up to 4 times a day so make sure to check the bus schedule.

The bus fare is between €5-14 for one-way trip or €10-28 for a round-trip fare then walk to Rastoke for about 11 minutes. The village is still almost 1 km from Slunj.

Or you can also take these day tours to Rastoke.

Rastoke day tours from Zagreb

For just €57 – it includes Rastoke, Plitvice and Homeland War Museum. To book, click here.

Plitvice Lakes & Rastoke Village Full Day Trip From Zagreb

For €110 – it includes Rastoke and Plitvice full day tour. To book, click here.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday from 9:00h – 21:00h

Tuesday – Closed

Contact Information

Address: Rastoke 25 b 47240, Slunj

Phone: + 385 47 801 460

Email: info@slunj-rastoke.com

3. Pula

Pula Croatia

Pula is the largest city in Istria – the largest peninsula in Adriatic coast and a county that is split between Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy.

Because of its proximity to Italy, it is no surprise that the architecture is influenced by the Romans. Pula is also popular for its own version of the Colosseum – the Pula Arena which is said to be constructed between 27 BC to 68 AD.

A popular medieval city in Adriatic, a day trip from Zagreb to Pula is a must!

How to get to Pula from Zagreb

Take a bus from Zagreb to Pula for 4-5 hours depending on routes. There are several bus operators that go to Pula, Istria. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator with some only leaving once, twice and up to 5 times a day so make sure to check the bus schedule.

The bus fare is between €16-50 for one-way trip or €32-100 for a round-trip fare depending on the operator.

To book, click here.

Contact Information

Address: Carrara Street 3, 52100 Pula, Croatia

Phone:052/351-300

Email:info@ami-pula.hr  

4. Kumrovec

Kumrovec Village Croatia

Kumrovec is a charming small village in the northern part of Croatia. It is known as the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito – former president of Yugoslavia and a popular statesman and communist from 1943 to his death in 1980.

However, people also visit in Kumrovec for the Museum ”Staro Selo”. This popular museum is known for showcasing the preserved homes of Zagorje villages, their way of life and culture.  The museum also offers a number of other interactive features for visitors – events and workshops, run by ethnologists experts in cooperation with the artisans of traditional crafts, tailored for different ages.

Admission Fee:

children, students, and pensioners – 15.00 kuna (€2)
(groups of over 30 are entitled to a discount price of 12.00 kuna per person) (€2)

adults – 25.00 kuna (€3.37)
(groups of over 30 are entitled to a discount price of 20.00 kuna per person)

family ticket – 55.00 kuna(€7.40)
(parents with underage children)

ticket for Vila Kumrovec – 10.00 kuna(€1.35)

How to get to Kumrovec from Zagreb

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Kumrovec but the trip frequency is only 4 times a week through Presecki Grupa bus line. The trip takes about an hour and a half for €5-6 for a one-way trip or €10-12 for a round-trip fare.

If you can’t work around this schedule, you can also take a train from Zagreb to Harmica for 45 minutes and the train leaves every half hour. It costs €3-6 for one-way trip or €6-12 for a round-trip fare. Then from Harmica, take a taxi to Kumrovec for an estimated fare of €40-50 for one-way trip or €80-100 for a round-trip fare.

To book, click here

Opening Hours

1 April through 30 September

Monday-Sunday: 9:00 – 19:00 (last entry into the Museum – 18:30)

1 November-last day of February

Monday-Sunday: 9:00 – 16:00 (last entry into the Museum – 15:30)

March and October

Monday-Sunday: 9:00 – 17:00 (last entry into the Museum – 16:30)

Contact Information

Address:  Josipa Broza 19 49295 Kumrovec 

Phone:  +385 (0)49 225 830

Email: mss@mhz.hr

5. Varaždin

Varaždin Croatia

Known for its baroque buildings, Varaždin is considered the “little Vienna” of Croatia. This town is located at about 81 km from Zagreb and it’s one of the most convenient day trips from the city.

Varaždin is also the tourist, cultural, educational and economic capital of northern Croatia. It is popular for its festivals, arts, and the popular baroque castle – the Varaždin Castle.

How to get to Varaždin from Zagreb

Take a bus from Zagreb to Varaždin for 1.5 hours. There are several bus operators that goes to Varaždin. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator with some only leaving once, twice and up to 5 times a day so make sure to check the bus schedule.

The bus fare is between €5-14 for one-way trip or €10-28 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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6. Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. At only 2.5 hours away, this is one of the best day trips from Zagreb.

The city is considered one of the underrated cities in Europe not having the glitz and glamour of Paris or the historical buildings of Rome. But it is charming on its own. The city is colorful, lively and quaint at the same time. So if you like a relaxing trip to Europe, then this day tour of Ljubljana is a must.

How to get to Ljubljana from Zagreb

Take a bus from Zagreb to Ljubljana for 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are several bus operators that go to Ljubljana. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator with some only leaving once, twice and up to 5 times a day but Flixbus has one that is every 2 hours.

The bus fare is between €6-16 for one-way trip or €12-32 for a round-trip fare.

To book, click here.

 

7. Lake Bled

Lake Bled Slovenia

A postcard-perfect picture, Lake Bled is one of the most visited sites in Slovenia. The lake can be found in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region in Slovenia. Aside from its emerald green water, the lake is famous for its scenic setting where it is surrounded by mountains and forest and the Church of the Assumption. This Baroque church was built in the 17th century and it stands proudly in the middle of the lake – creating a scene that’s straight from a Disney movie.

How to get to Lake Bled  from Zagreb

Take a bus from Zagreb to Lake Bled for 3 hours and 20 minutes. There is only one bus operator that goes to Lake Bled – Croatia bus and there’s only one trip a day so plan accordingly. The bus fare is between €9-14 for one-way trip or €18-28 for a round-trip fare.

You can also take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kolod to Lesce-Bled (Croatian Railways: #EC 212, #EN 414, #EN 498) and trains leave 5 times a day. And the trip lasts for a little over 3 hours and it costs between €13-18 for one-way trip or €26-36 for a round-trip fare. Then from Lesce station, take a bus to Bled. It’s only for 9 minutes for €1-2 for a one-way trip or €2-4 for a round-trip fare and there are buses every 30 minutes. Through this route, the total transport is €28-40.

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8. Zadar

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.

The city is also the oldest inhabited city in Croatia and it’s home to Roman ruins, medieval churches, and a historic old town. It is also popular for its Sea Organ where when waves hit the organ located at the seafront, it creates harmonic sounds.

After World War II, Zadar was hit badly and an attempt to repair the damaged seafront of the city paved the way to a monotonous concrete wall. Nikola Basic created the sea organ to redesign the seafront of the city. Since 2005, the sea organ was opened to the public and became the top tourist destinations in Zadar.

How to get to Zadar from Zagreb

Take a bus from Zagreb to Zadar for 3 hours and 30 minutes. There are several bus operators that go to Zadar. 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.

To book, click here.

 

9. Postojna

Postojna Slovenia

Postojna is one of the most captivating caves in the world. Located in the neighboring country of Slovenia, Postojna has magnificent rock and cave formations that you can’t find anywhere else. It is said to be 3 million years old. The cave has underground rivers, giant towers of stalagmites and stalactites and amazing landscape of limestones everywhere.

Postojna is also famous for its unusual fauna especially the “baby dragons” or olm – the aquatic salamander with translucent skin and no eyes.

Admission Fee

Low season:

Adult- 25,80 €

Students (16 – 25 years)- 20,60 €

Children from 6 to 15 years- 15,50 €

Children up to 5 years -1,00 €

High season:

Adult- 27,90 €

Students (16 – 25 years)- 22,30 €

Children from 6 to 15 years-  16,70 €

Children up to 5 years -1,00 €

How to get to Postojna from Zagreb

The most convenient way to get from Zagreb to Postojna is by bus due to more options and trip frequency.

Take a bus from Zagreb to Ljubljana for 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are several bus operators that go to Ljubljana. The trip frequency differs from operator to operator with some only leaving once, twice and up to 5 times a day but Flixbus has one that is every 2 hours.  The bus fare is between €6-16 for one-way trip or €12-32 for a round-trip fare.

Then from Ljubljana, take a train to Postojna. This takes another 1 hour for €6-9 for one-way trip or €12-18 for a round-trip fare. There are trains every hour. You can also take a bus but buses only leave every 4 hours. So it’s not a practical option. From Postojna station, you can either walk to the cave for about 20 minutes or take another bus that goes straight to the entrance of the cave. However, the bus is only 3 times a day. So this might not be an ideal option.

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10. Veliki Tabor Castle

Veliki Tabor Castle is a castle museum in Zajorge region in Croatia side. The castle is located at the top of the mountain at 333 meters above sea level. This gives the castle an amazing view of Zajorge region extending to the Slovenian side.

The castle was built by a Hungarian noble family of Rattkay in the 15th century and they owned it until 1793. The castle is now owned by the state and it’s one of the top tourist destinations in this part of Croatia.

Aside from its secular architecture, Veliki Tabor also has some gothic influence with its central part looking like a pentagon castle. There are also four circle Renaissance towers connecting the central part of the castle. So if you want to witness the grandeur of this castle, this day trip from Zagreb is a must.

How to get to Veliki Tabor Castle from Zagreb

Take a bus (Presecki Grupa) from Zagreb to Veliki Tabor Castle for 1.5 hours.  The frequency of the trip is only 4 times a day so make sure to plan accordingly.

The bus fare is between €6-7 for one-way trip or €12-14 for a round-trip fare then walk to Veliki Tabor Castle for about 30 minutes. Or you can also take a taxi straight to the castle for €60-80 for a one-way trip or €120-160 for a round-trip fare.

To book, click here.

 

Opening Hours

January- March, November -December 9:30 am-3pm

April – 9:30 am- 4pm

May- June- 8:30-5pm

July-August- 8:30 am- 6pm

September – 8:30 am-5pm

October – 9am – 4pm

Contact Information

Address: Jamska cesta 30 6230 Postojna

Phone: +386 5 700 01 00 

Email: info@postojnska-jama.eu

 


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