Are you traveling along the Croatian coast? Have you found yourself in the beautiful coastal city, of Sibenik? Well, if that’s the case we have a fun day trip for you to add to your itinerary. You probably came for the beaches, the historical cities, croatian waterfalls, and the Game of Thrones tours but this amazing day trip to Krka National Park Croatia will consist mostly of waterfalls – and you can expect a lot of them! So don’t forget your swim trunks and your camera!

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With 500.000 liters of water running through the 17 waterfalls every second, it’s definitely not something you see every day. All we can say is that Krka National Park is something you’ll want to see no matter the season.

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Krka National Park Croatia

First things first… What is Krka National Park Croatia?

Krka is a beautiful park FULL of Cr waterfalls! People travel all the way across the country to this little town called Skradin which is where you find this natural wonder. One of the cool things about Krka is that it’s not just a simple boat ride, look at the waterfall, take a few pictures, and then leave….it’s so much more. So basically the best national park in Croatia in our opinion. I’m sure some others would agree and some would disagree but now it’s time for you to decide for yourself.

The beautiful Krka National Park in Croatia.

One of the beauties of Krka is that there’s a loop track that takes you all the way through the park, along the stream, and around the waterfalls. The loop takes about an hour (maybe longer if you stop for pictures all the time, haha) and it’s an easy walk. There’s a bit of an incline but it’s mostly flat. Also, the path is all either paved or on a wooden walkway. So you don’t have to go through too much mud or anything too crazy for the good views.

How to get from Sibenik to Skradin

Krka National Park’s accessibility from Sibenik is great for tourists. The national parks entrance is in Skradin. From Sibenik to Skradin is only a half an hour drive. You can also take the bus from the main bus station of Sibenik which leaves multiple times during the day.

The earliest bus leaves around 9 am from the main bus station in Sibenik, and the latest bus leaves from Skradin around 5 pm so you have lots of time to explore the park.

The bus doesn’t leave that often so make sure you get to the bus stop on time or you might have to wait for another 2-3 hours for the next one. The price of a bus ticket is 48 HRK or $7 return (student discount).

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How to get from Skradin to the Croatia waterfalls

Once you get to Skradin you have two options:

  1. You can go straight to the boats and buy a ticket which includes the entrance to the national park, the boat trip to the park, and the return boat.
  2. Or you can walk to the park from Skradin, pay for the entrance (by the blue bridge), and then return by boat.
  3. If you’re coming from Zadar, Split, or any other city you will most likely end up in Sibenik and take the same bus from Sibenik to Skradin like we did.

Prices vary depending on the season but the Krka national park entrance fee range from 100-200 HRK or $15-$30. We went in high season (early June) and paid 120 HRK or $17.5 with our ISIC student cards.

Croatia waterfalls in Krka National Park.

So once we got to Skradin we chose the second option as it we like to walk and the forest walk along the Krka River is really beautiful. Also, barely anyone chooses this option so we had the path all to ourselves. We got lucky and saw a little turtle while we were taking pictures of the beautiful Krka River.

How to get to the waterfalls in Krka

From Split

From Zadar

Our overall experience in Krka National Park Croatia

Just walking to the park made us feel more in our element. Croatian waterfalls, especially in Krka National Park left us wanting to go check out what other awesome natural wonders Croatia has hidden away. The partial feeling of remoteness and nature was something we’ve been missing on this trip and we finally got it!

Because of its beauty, there are a lot of tourists, so that’s just something to keep in mind. You might not get Insta-perfect pictures but the fact that there are a lot of tourists doesn’t take anything away from the beauty of the park.

We definitely recommend visiting the national park by yourself but if you’re interested there are also tours of Krka National Park that you can do where you get guides who explain the history behind the magnificent waterfalls.

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We don’t want to spoil it all for you since it’s such an amazing experience seeing it yourself, but we’ll give you a little tease of what to expect. Just take a look at this picture for example…

Croatia's most beautiful waterfall.

When is the best time to go

Going in Summer

Pros:

  • Hopefully, the weather will be great for swimming. In May and June 2019 there have been restrictions due to extremely high water levels so for safety reasons swimming hasn’t been allowed. But you can generally go swim in the high season (June-August).
  • There are stunning spots for pictures and if the weather is nice you got the perfect photo opportunity 😉
  • The ferries run more frequently, so you don’t have to wait as long to get back to Skradin.

Cons:

  • As we mentioned before, it’s more expensive to travel during high season than during low season. So the entrance fee is more expensive.
  • It can get extremely touristy, so if you’re claustrophobic you might want to think twice about doing the loop walk.
  • Busses can fill up quickly so make sure you get to your bus early.

Going in shoulder season (spring and fall)

Pros:

  • The entrance fee to Krka is half the price or even less depending on the month.
  • It’s way less touristy, especially for the size of the walking path. This is a huge bonus.
  • There is more room for better pictures with fewer people in them. Especially in front of Skradinski Buk.

Cons:

  • You may not be able to swim due to the heavy flow of water and the cold.
  • Unfortunately, some of the cafes and restaurants may be closed.
  • Transportation to Krka along with the boats inside of the national park doesn’t run as often. You might have to wait an hour for a boat or walk back to Skradin.
Beautiful waterfall in Croatia.

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At the end of the day, no matter when you go visit Croatia, make sure to keep Krka National Park in mind. The pros and cons are just here to prepare you for the trip. It truly is the perfect day trip from Sibenik and we loved it!

Even Split to Krka or Zadar to Krka are very manageable day trips, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. So keep your schedule open and if you get the chance then go visit these incredible waterfalls.

Have fun!

Dom & Jo
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10 Comments

  1. Geeky Daddy on June 23, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Beautiful photographs! I love the landscapes!

    I have never been to Croatia, but it is on my bucket list. Hopefully when the kids get a little older.

    • redwhiteadventures on June 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you! It was so gorgeous 🙂 And Croatia would definitely be a great place to bring your kids. There’s a lot of fun things to do!
      – Jo

  2. Gabrielle Sales on June 23, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Stunning photos and great information on this national park! I have pinned this to save this for the future whenever I get to go out to Croatia. Thanks!

    • redwhiteadventures on June 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you so much! We really appreciate it 🙂 Feel free to reach out to us when you start planning and we can give you our best advice.
      – Jo

  3. redwhiteadventures on June 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Yes, it’s a great place. You could definitely have a great day there 🙂
    – Jo

  4. Kimmy Mason on June 23, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Gorgeous Photography! I never had Croatia on my radar, but now I think I’ll have to take a trip there one day!!

    • redwhiteadventures on June 24, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Kimmy, that sounds like a great idea! I didn’t have it on my radar for the longest time either, but I’m so glad we went. The country has so much to offer! 🙂
      – Jo

  5. Visit Croatia on June 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    A wonderful guide to Krka National Park – lots of useful advice! We’ll be sharing it!

    • redwhiteadventures on June 27, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you! We really appreciate it 🙂
      – Jo & Dom

  6. Joline Englebrecht on August 19, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, this page was so insightful, I got so much very valuable information from it.

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