Best day trips from Zagreb
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is a vibrant city with stunning architecture and a lively atmosphere deserving at least one day to fully explore.
With numerous attractions and activities, the city itself can keep you busy for at least a day. But, if you can spend a few days in Zagreb, we highly recommend exploring the incredible destinations that lie in close proximity. You'll be delighted by the diverse array of attractions and experiences waiting just a short distance away from the Croatian capital.
Central Croatia offers a wide range of options for day trips, from national parks and alpine lakes to medieval towns and hilltop villages. The medieval towns near Zagreb are a treat for history and architecture enthusiasts, with their breathtaking beauty and charm.
Make sure not to overlook the advantage of Zagreb's convenient location, which offers easy access to neighbouring countries. Take the opportunity to explore beyond Croatia's borders.
Nature lovers will also find plenty to enjoy around Zagreb. Make sure to pack your walking shoes and camera to capture the enchanting sights that await you.
Here are some amazing day trips from Zagreb that you should consider adding to your itinerary.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Discover the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park during your stay in Zagreb. With its 16 interconnected lakes, mesmerising waterfalls, cascades, dams, bridges, and scenic boardwalks, this natural wonder will leave you in awe.
Although the drive to the park takes around three hours each way, the unparalleled beauty that awaits is well worth the journey. We highly recommend dedicating a few hours to explore the park. Capture breathtaking photos and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambience of the surroundings.
For a more complete experience, consider staying overnight near the park. There are numerous private accommodations and family-run hotels available, including the convenient Jezero Hotel located at the park entrance.
Don't miss the opportunity to include Plitvice Lakes National Park in your itinerary and create unforgettable memories of this enchanting destination.
Plitvice Lakes with Ticket & Rastoke Small Group Tour from Zagreb
Embark on a captivating full-day adventure from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the picturesque village of Rastoke, where the Slunjčica and Korana rivers converge. Marvel at the enchanting watermills, cascading waterfalls, and charming riverside houses. Experience the beauty of Kozjak Lake with a scenic cruise and enjoy a panoramic train ride.
Discover the wonders of Plitvice Lakes National Park, with its interconnected lakes, magnificent waterfalls, and lush forests, including the Lower and Upper lakes. Indulge in a boat cruise on the largest lake and soak in the awe-inspiring views and pristine air.
This all-inclusive tour ensures a small group setting, convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and an expert guide to enhance your immersive experience.
Travelling from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes
Driving from Zagreb to Plitvice National Park is a convenient option, with a manageable two-hour journey (Driving route: 85 miles (137 km) (2h 15min). Croatia's well-maintained motorways and highways ensure a smooth road trip experience.
If you are visiting Zagreb without your own car, it's highly recommended to consider renting a car, even if just for a day.
For those opting for public transport, the bus is a fantastic choice. With multiple departures, particularly in high season, the journey takes just over 2 hours. There are 3 bus departures daily from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes.
Ljubljana and Lake Bled
We highly recommend adding Slovenia and Lake Bled to your itinerary while visiting Zagreb. Both Slovenia and Lake Bled can be explored on a day trip.
Start by visiting Ljubljana, the charming capital known for its meandering river and captivating castle. Stroll through the pedestrianised historic city centre and don't miss the opportunity to visit Ljubljana Castle. In the evening, a leisurely walk along the tree-lined Ljubljanica River is a must.
Nature enthusiasts should definitely put Lake Bled on the list as well. Located close to Ljubljana Lake Bled offers amazing sightseeing opportunities of the Bled lake surrounded by lush forests and majestic peaks. Take a boat ride to the picturesque island in the middle of the lake and explore the fascinating Bled Castle perched on a cliff. If you're up for some adventure, there are scenic hiking trails to discover. Oh, and by the way...If you're a fan of sweets, make sure to treat yourself to the famous Lake Bled Cream Cake.
Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb
Experience the best of Slovenia in one day with a full-day tour from Zagreb.
Journey to Ljubljana, where you'll explore the charming old city centre and marvel at the iconic Triple Bridge. Then, venture to the Julian Alps to visit the enchanting Bled Castle and admire the breathtaking Lake Bled.
With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, you'll have the opportunity to discover the highlights of both cities before enjoying some free time for independent exploration. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for a seamless travel experience.
Don't miss this incredible day trip to Ljubljana and Bled!
Ljubljana and Lake Bled with Castle Ticket
Discover the best of Slovenia on a full-day, small-group tour from Zagreb.
Upon arrival to Ljubljana you will explore this charming city with a stop at Ljubljana Castle. The journey continues to the picturesque Lake Bled in the Julian Alps to admire its medieval castle and the enchanting island church.
This all-inclusive tour includes transportation, activities, and a small group setting for a personalised experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off in centrally-located Zagreb hotels are included for your convenience.
Don't miss the chance to explore Ljubljana and Lake Bled in one unforgettable day trip.
Grand SLOVENIA: Ljubljana + Lake Bled + Postojna Cave - Day Tour
Experience the highlights of Slovenia on a private tour from Zagreb, exploring the magnificent Postojna Cave, the breathtaking Lake Bled, and the historic capital city of Ljubljana all in one day.
You will have the flexibility to customise your itinerary and enjoy each destination at your own pace. Enjoy personalised service and the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in Zagreb.
This private tour ensures a memorable and tailored experience.
Travelling from Zagreb to Ljubljana
The distance between Zagreb and Ljubljana is 140 km (86 miles), the drive takes about 2:30 - 3:00 hours. Be prepared to present your passport or ID at the border, and note that during high season, border queues may extend travel time. Best driving route is the A2 Motorway.
If you opt for public transport, two excellent options await. Either hop on the morning train or catch the early bus for a hassle-free journey.
Enjoy a leisurely ride through stunning landscapes. The train journey takes approximately 3 hours, offering ample time to soak in the scenery. Check availability and prices for train tickets from Zagreb to Ljubljana.
Alternatively, board the bus leaving from Zagreb Main Bus Station in the early hours. This option provides a comfortable ride, with the journey spanning about 3.5 hours.
Istria (Rovinj, Pula and Poreč)
Embark on a captivating journey through three magnificent destinations on the stunning Istrian peninsula. Explore the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pula, marvel at the UNESCO protected Euphrasian basilica in Poreč, and experience the charm of Rovinj, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Istria is a treasure trove of natural beauty, vibrant culture and flourishing vineyards and olive groves.
Istria '"called original Tuscany" (Rovinj, Pula,Poreč) - Private Tour from Zagreb
Experience the captivating cities and enchanting sights of Istria on a comprehensive day tour from Zagreb.
Accompanied by your own personal guide, you will explore the fascinating destinations of Pula, Porec, and Rovinj, each offering unique treasures such as a Roman amphitheatre, a UNESCO-listed basilica, and a charming Old Town adorned with Venetian architecture.
Travel in comfort and style in an air-conditioned minivan as you navigate the scenic landscapes of the Istrian peninsula. Discover the striking similarities between the Istria region and the renowned Tuscany in Italy, adding an intriguing cultural dimension to your journey.