Your Split to Zagreb Road Trip Itinerary, with a Plitvice Pit Stop

Daniela Rogulj

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February 4, 2019 – With the spring season a month and a half away and summer hitting us before we know it, we hope we can make these bleak winter days go by a bit quicker with ideas for your 2019 holidays. Like road-tripping from Split to Zagreb, for example. 

Perhaps one of the most popular year-round routes in Croatia, getting from Split to Zagreb doesn’t have to be painful. Sure, you can get there with a 30-minute flight (though it’ll cost you a pretty penny), and then there’s the bus, the far more affordable option, though delayed buses and 5 and a half hour journeys don’t work in favor of all travelers. 

Instead, we suggest you hop in the car and take a road trip from the Dalmatian capital to the Croatian capital, and make a nature pitstop along the way. 

Namely, your journey from Split to Zagreb is best traveled with a stop in what we like to consider the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ – Plitvice Lakes National Park. 

Because we assume that 99% of travelers coming to Croatia are familiar with this natural gem, or better yet, that their trip to Croatia is motivated solely by the fact that you can frolic amongst these mesmerizing waterfalls, why wouldn’t it be a part of the journey from one capital to the next?

Allow us to map it out for you.

You’ll begin in Split, the capital of Dalmatia and once the home of Roman Emperor Diocletian. You’ll spend your days admiring the 1,700-year-old palace of Diocletian, the narrow stone alleyways, the thriving coffee culture you can enjoy from a bustling waterfront, the spirited local restaurant and bar scene, and the vibrant ancient history surrounding you with every step you take. 

After you’ve entirely consumed all that Split has to offer, you’ll hop in the car and head north to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Just under three hours away by car, you’ll be strolling through this mountainous karst area of Croatia in no time. You’ll gawk at its 16 cascading lakes, travertine barriers, flora and fauna, and vivid colors ranging from green to grey and blue. Once you’ve taken enough photos to kill the memory on your smartphones and are ready to depart from this experience in nature with a full heart, Croatia’s capital city awaits.

Zagreb is just two hours away from Plitvice by car – and just enough time for a solid nap before you head out to explore yet another new city. Zagreb is Croatia’s quirky capital which prides itself on its laidback vibe, lively cafe society, and architecture ranging from Gothic to contemporary. Zagreb is also known for boasting the most museums per capita than anywhere else in the world. You’ll revel in its street art, savor in its international cuisine, and won’t find a minute to spare once you’ve started your adventure here. 

While we know that driving in Croatia may not be for everyone, we do have one solution we think you’ll like – Solo Transfers. Croatia’s reliable private transfers company, Solo Transfers is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to book your travels – and did we mention the most stress-free? Because all road trips should be made easy, you can find everything you need to know about booking with Solo Transfers on their website

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