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National Park Krka Waterfalls

Nationalpark Krka waterfalls swimming is allowed What is useful to know if you want to visit the National Park Krka?

Entrance and parking

There are 5 official entrances for National Park Krka, the two main entrances is Skradin and Lozovac. If you arrive via motorway A1 there is signs for the exit you need to take, once you are of the highway you have options to choose between the entrances.

Official entrance Lozovac

Road approach either from Sibenik-Tromilja-Lozovac or from Knin-Drnis-Tromilja-Lozovac.

From the entrance Lozovac you can (expect for July and august)* drive to the ethno village inside of the park, this is also the closest entrance for visitors who wants to go to directly to Island Visovac.

If you follow the wooden path form the ethno village you will be back at the village after 2-3 hours depending on walking speed. (You will see lower and mid part of the park)

*During the months of July and August visitors are transported from parking lot on the Lozovac entrance to the Skradinski buk by the buses which of course included in entrance ticket.

Official entrance Skradin

With car you reach the national park by road from Sibenik-Tromilja-Skradin or from Knin-Drnis-Tromilja-Skradin.

Well arrived in Skradin, you will find parking very close to the center of town, ignore the “pushy” sales people who tries to get you into parking lots at the entrance of  town Skradin (You can always go back to them if main parking is full).

From Skradin you need to go with boat to the national park, boats sail every fill hour, and return from National park at half hours. Last boat leave park around 17.30 in the summer.

The Sailing time from Skradin to Skradinski buk (lower part of national park) is 25 minutes one way, from where the boats arrive there is a 5 minutes walk to the bottom of the waterfalls.

Entrance fee:

CATEGORY

November to February

From March to May and October

From June to September

Individual adults

30 kn

90 kn

110 kn

Individual child

(7-14 years)

20 kn

70 kn

80 kn

Agency adults

25 kn

75 kn

90 kn

Agency child

20 kn

55 kn

65 kn

School excursions

20 kn

30 kn

35 kn

Children up to 7 years

free

free

free

Alternative ways to reach Skradin entrance:

To make visit extra special you can also go by boat from Sibenik, boats leave from Sibenik harbor, the trips which is about 1.5 hour will take you trough the -Saint Joseph channel and the Lake Prukljan-Skradin, tours are organized by private tour operators and cost around 300 kuna including park entrance.

When is the best time to visit park:

The National Park Krka is a beautiful sight whole year so no matter when you are on holiday in Croatia, is it worthwhile spending a day on visiting National Park Krka. A special feature for summer visit is that you can swim at the lower part of the parks, so don’t forget your swimsuit.

Excursions:

National park Krka offers a number of guided excursions which can be bought as an ad on to the entrance tickets:

SKRADINSKI BUK – VISOVAC – SKRADINSKI BUK

Skradinski buk is the most attractive part of National Park Krka.

  • sightseeing cruise lasts 2 hours (a walk on footpaths, a visit to mills, …)
  • A boat trip to the island of Visovac (a ride along the upper part of the Krka River, a visit to Franciscan monastery, church and museum).
  • Additional fee – adults 100 Kuna, children 4-14 years old 70 Kuna!

SKRADINSKI BUK – VISOVAC – ROŠKI SLAP – SKRADINSKI BUK

The most attractive way to reach Roški slap is to take one of the excursions boats operated by the National Park Krka. It is also possible to travel to Roški slap by public road.

  • Excursion lasts four hours (a ride along the upper Krka River, a visit to Franciscan monastery, sightseeing at Roški slap,…)
  • Additional fee – adults 130 Kuna, children 4-14 years old 90 Kuna!

ROŠKI SLAP – KRKA MONASTERY – TROŠENJ and NEČVEN FORTRESSES

  • A boat trip which last two and a half hours.
  • Additional fee – adults 100 Kuna, children 4-14 years old 70 Kuna!

 Boat from Skradin to the waterfalls

Accommodation:

You can find accommodations such as rooms, apartments and pensions in the surrounding towns of Skradin, Knin, Primošten, and villages which are located quite near the Krka.

Hotels:

Hotel Vrate Krke *** – 49 rooms (double),  Is located in Lozovac, on the main entrance to the NP Krka, 6 km from the highway (Zagreb-Split A1) and 12 km from Šibenik.

Campsites:

Camping Krk  *** (rooms, apartments, camp),  Is situated on the road to Skradin, only 2.5 km away from the NP Krka, on the surface of 5000m2. The price for two people is 12 Euro.

Camping marina *** (double, triple rooms, pensions, camp), Is situated in Lozovac, on the road to Skradin, 5 km from NP Krka, on the surface of 3000m2.

Other things which might be useful to know:

  • You need to bring good walking shoes.
  • For swimming bring bathing suit, sun lotion and a towel.
  • no swimming outside of the designated areas – if you do you will hear the park rangers (-:
  • appropriate clothing for visiting monastery (women must have scarf over the bare shoulders, men must not have too short trousers)
  • no diving and hunting with an underwater rifle
  • no hunting animals
  • no polluting water and discarding garbage

Driving distance to park from major towns:

Sibenik – National park Krka                   KM     20      Time 20 minutes
Zadar – National park Krka                    KM     73      Time 1 hour
Spilt – National park Krka                      KM     92      Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Zagreb – National park Krka                   KM     325     Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Rijeka – National park Krka                    KM     280     Time 3 hours 50 minutes

Official contact details of the Park:

Nacionalni park Krka
Trg Ivana Palva II br. 5
22000 Sibenik
Tel: 385 (0) 22 201777
E-mail:  info@npk.hr

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49 Comments »

  • Hi Nick, well the park quite a few daily visitors in the summer month, but the park is quite big so will not feel like it it overcrowded, I am not aware if there is any particular day of the week which has less visitors, but i would guess that week days are a bit less crowded.

    Brgds, Morten

  • Mat says:

    Is it easy to travel to the park from Split via public transport?

  • Nicole says:

    Is it easy to travel via the bus to the national park to see the waterfalls from Split.

  • Varda says:

    We are chartering a Catamaran in split, and would like to come to the park in our own boat. Can we do that?

  • Vera says:

    Hi, tell me please, how could we get best way to Skradin from Vodice (I mean by bus or boat, without a car). Thanks 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    Hi, I want to visit the park from Sibenik in mid August 2012. Is it possible to use public transport to travel from Sibenik to Skradin and then in the afternoon return to Sibenik and then to Split on the same day. What I concern about is whether public transport could match with the schedule of the tours of the Krka National park as i want to have a swim in the Skradinski Buk, visit Visovac and have a walk in the Park~

    • Hi Jessica, you can for sure go by bus from Sibenik to Skradin, i am not sure about actual departure, but there should be quite a few during the day, so you should actually able to do, Sibenik – Krka – Sibenik – Split. I can tell you exatly when the buses leave, but as Skradin is only about 10 km from Sibenik it should be well connected, which should make it possible for you to all what you mentioned.

      Best, Morten

        • Jessica says:

          I have recently checked the timetable of bus line Šibenik – Skradin ( valid for August 2012): from atptours@atpsi.hr, they are as follows:
          (they look a bit strange though)

          TIME TABLE FOR NP „KRKA“

          SUMMER 2012.

          TIME TABLE MON – FRI:
          FROM ŠIBENIK AT: 09:00 RETURNS FROM SKRADIN: 10:45
          11:15 12:45
          12:45 14:00
          14:00 17:00
          15:30 17:00

          TIME TABLE FOR SATURDAYS:
          FROM ŠIBENIK AT: 09:00 RETURNS FROM SKRADIN: 10:45
          11:15 12:15
          12:45 stays
          14:00 stays
          15:00 stays

          TIME TABLE FOR SUNDAYS:
          FROM ŠIBENIK AT: 09:00 RETURNS FROM SKRADIN: 10:45
          15:30 17:00

          • Hi Jessica,

            I think the bus is not a special bus for the national park, it is a regular local bus line between Sibenik and Skradin, that is why you have most departures on working days.

            Best,

            Morten

  • Caroline says:

    Hi,

    We’re going to Croatia this summer and we are planning to visit the Krka NP. We first want to go to Skradinski buk. We want to get there via the entrance at Skradin. After that, we want to see Roski slap (the same day). We want to go there by car, via the public road. If we do that, do we have to pay extra to see that? We already have bought an entrance ticket at Skradin, but does that remain value?

  • Anders Mønsted says:

    Hej Morten,

    Vi er et par drenge, der skal i alt 16 dage til Kroatien. Vi regner med at starte ved Split, hvorefter vi vil besøge øerne Hvar og Brac. Vi har kigget en smule på National Park Krka, men er usikre på, hvorvidt den er værd både tidsmæssigt og økonomisk at ofre en dag på. Hvad er din vurdering?

    Vi rejser med rygsæk og telt. Hvordan vil det være lettest for os at tage til National Park Krka, hvis det er så fantastisk som billederne antyder?

    På forhånd tak.

    Anders.

  • Lulu says:

    Hi!
    What an informative site.
    I’m travelling with a friend to Dubrovnik on 14 October 2012. We are doing several day trips, but I guess it’s too far to make a day of visiting the National Park. Would it be possible to take an overnight trip and who would be the best tour operator to go with?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Lulu,

      i don’t think you will be able to find any tour operators, who would take you to Krka, at this time of the year, my suggestion would be that to rent a car (Which you can do here), and then drive up to see the park, if you leave early in the morning from Dubrovnik you should be able to make the tour as a day trip.

      If you are not up for renting a car, you can take the bus to Split, then continue to Sibenik, from where you have local bus to Skradin (Entrance to national park) all information about bus to Split you can find here, information about getting from Split to NP Krka you can find here. If you go by the bus, you should stay overnight in Skradin, is a beatiful place close to the park.

      Have a great trip, brgds,

      Morten

  • Lee Field says:

    Hi Morten
    Just so I have this right – we will be parking in Skradin and would like to do the tour which incudes the Monestry – just confirming do we buy our tickets in Skradin for this tour? Also does it leave on the hour as well? We will be there in September. Thank you, Lee

    • Hi Lee

      The have been changing some stuff lately, for the tour to Monestry, i think you should take entrance Lozovac, i am not sure if you can buy the tourticket at the entrance, normally you will take a park bus from Entrance Lozovac, to where the Etno villages is, here you have guides selling the tickets for the Monestry tour.

      Anyway as you are not going before Sepetember, i will have all infos updated way before you are going, so just follow this post here.

      Brgds,

      Morten

  • Roy says:

    Hi Morten,

    I am wondering if there are any lockers at Krka NP to store our valuables before taking a plunge in the water.

    Regards,
    Roy

  • Pat says:

    Guys be careful with escorted trips!

    We went with speedcruisng and the man named Brane – total rip off, driver impolite – he talked on the phone all the time! No guide but just the driver showing us information boards! They promised us transfer to the airport and then they did not return our calls!

  • Célia says:

    Hi!
    I’m going to Krka from sibenik to skradin, but I’m traveling! Where can I leave my luggage?
    Thanks

  • Nikki says:

    Hi, I would like to find out if it is possible to get a local bus/transport up to the Lozovac entrance from Skradin town!

    We would then walk our way down to Skradinski Buk, but would like to then catch the boat back to Skradin town, from the Skradin entrance. Is this possible?

    Thanks

  • Marion says:

    Hello,

    i saw that there is a special sprice offer for students (as I am). But our university does´t offer an international student identity card. Du you accept our normal card (in german), too?

    Thanks

  • Mandy chan says:

    Pls advise the opening hour for the park. There is a bus from Plitvice Lakes which wI’ll arrive Skradin at 12:20. How many hours wE can have for the park and is there any bus for Dubrovnik?

    Thanks.

  • J Lee says:

    hello~!

    What an informative site.

    I gonna go the krka National Park on October(first week). Is it possible to swim? I’d like to know temperature of the fall water.

  • Andreea says:

    Hi,

    maybe someone could help me a bit- is not clear for me if a take a ticket individual adult 110 Kuna what can I visit/ what is in this ticket included? To visit the imp objectives do you need do pay extra?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Andreea,

      this is what is included in the regular entrance ticket:

      “• one-time visit to all the terrestrial localities of Krka National Park
      • expert presentation and demonstration of the Burnum archaeological collection, ethno presentation
      at the mills at Skradinski buk, Roški slap and Oziđana pećina cave
      • access to the walking trails at Skradinski buk, trail from Visovac to Roški slap to Oziđana pećina
      cave, the Emperor Franz Joseph I trail over the Manojlovac slap falls
      • boat transport on the route Skradin – Skradinski buk and return, except in the period from
      November to February
      • for individual visitors entering at the Lozovac entrance, bus transport is available for the route
      Lozovac – Skradinski buk – Lozovac, except in the period from November to March”

      Brgds, Morten

  • Pippa says:

    Hi there,

    I am wanting to visit the park in August, but am struggle to find an up to date timetable of the bus route from Sibenik to Skradin as we won’t have a car and will be staying in Sibenik.

    Please help!

    Pippa

  • Daniel says:

    Hi, I read above that you can get a boat from Sibenik to Skradin. Is there any way to book this or is it more relaxed?
    Thank you,
    Daniel

  • Lyn says:

    Hi there, we are arriving in Zadar on a cruise ship for 1 day in May & would love to visit Krka. I’m wondering if you think the best way to get there & see the highlights for the timeframe we have of 10am- 5pm would be best on the organised tour from the ship( I see there’s a travel time to & from of about 1 hr each way) ( this tour is a 5hr 15 min tour) as we don’t want to miss the ship!!! Or is there an independent travel company you can recommend or easy & regular public transport each way to & from zadar. We don’t want to hire a car & drive ourselves. I would really appreciate your advice Thankyou.

  • Ameth says:

    Hi Morten,

    I am planning to go to Krka in June. Is it ok if I will come from Makarska? Accomodations are cheaper there. I have no car, I will only take the bus. Will my route be Makarska- Split-Sibenik? If yes, how many hours is it from Makarska to Split? Or is there a bus from Makarska to Sibenik without passing Split?

    Thank you. Your site is very useful and informative.

  • Martin says:

    Hello. I’m visiting Zadar and split in June 2017 and am wondering which is the best way to visit krka. Would it be from split or Zadar ? I am thinking of going by public bus instead of a guided tour. Can I pay admission once there ? . Have you any recommendations. Thank you.

    • Hi Martin,

      you can go with public bus to Krka from Both Zadar and Split, from Zadar is takes about 1 hour from Split a bit longer. The bus will drop you of in Skradin just a few hundred meters from one of the national park office, where you can buy a entrance ticket. From Skradin you have a 20 minutes boat trip to the lower part of the waterfalls (Included in entrance fee).

      Brgds, Morten

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