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What cities to visit in Croatia

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What cities to visit in Croatia

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Me and my roommate are planning a graduation trip to Europe and a portion of our time we would like to spend in Croatia. We are thinking 7-8 nights total and would love any feedback on what cities or places to see that should be at the top of our list. So far thinking our top destinations would be Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Plitvice lakes, and possibly Krka national park. Not sure if Zagreb or Zadar are recommended. We are looking for sightseeing, beaches, and some nightlife. We are planning to start in Dubrovnik and work our way north to eventually move on to Budapest. These are the locations that have stood out to me so far, but if you have any advice of other areas that are great to visit in Croatia that would be appreciated. Also, not sure how much time we would need in each location with a 7-8 night stay throughout the country. My guess would be (3 nights Dubrovnik, 2 Hvar/Split area, 1 by Plitvice lakes national park, not sure the rest).

I have also seen some forums say that public transportation is not reliable and to rent a car to travel throughout the country, but have also seen the opposite that public transportation is the way to go. Any advice or recommendations is greatly appreciated! Thanks :)

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Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia
Hvar
Hvar
Hvar Island, Croatia
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Split
Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
Plitvice Hotel
Plitvice Hotel
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia
Zagreb
Zagreb
Central Croatia, Croatia
Zadar
Zadar
Zadar County, Croatia
Budapest
Budapest
Central Hungary, Hungary
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1. Re: What cities to visit in Croatia

Your plan is quite ambitious for such a short time. How much time you need in each location depends on what you want to see/do in each place. It also depends on your travel style. Some people walk around a place, take a few photos and move on. Other prefer to take it slow and enjoy the place.

Having said that, with your limited time, I suggest 2 nights Dubrovnik, 2 nights Hvar, 1-2 nights Split and 1 nights Plitvice. That leaves you no time for Krka NP, Zadar or Zagreb.

"I have also seen some forums say that public transportation is not reliable and to rent a car to travel throughout the country," Public transport is quite reliable. The reason people recommend a car, is that it gives you much more flexibility and enables you to see/do much more in a short time. Car is not recommend in Dubrovnik due to parking shortage.

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Split
Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia
Zadar
Zadar
Zadar County, Croatia
Zagreb
Zagreb
Central Croatia, Croatia
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia
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2. Re: What cities to visit in Croatia

A few more nights would be better if you could swing it...at least two nights in Dubrovnik...and I believe Zagreb is worth a night or two before moving on to Budapest.

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Central Croatia, Croatia
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3. Re: What cities to visit in Croatia

Public service CAN be quite unreliable. It happened to me that I waited over 2 1/2 hours for a bus to return to Podgora from Makarska - several PROMET MAKARSKA and GLOBTOUR buses that were supposed to run according to the timetable, going to Ploce, Podgora etc simply did not realise

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Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
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4. Re: What cities to visit in Croatia

I like Croman's plan and agree with Merry, if you can stretch it to 9 nights you could do two in Zagreb. Its an awesome city that my teens love.

It is tight for Krka though unless you did that on your way to Plitvice, got an early start in Plitvice the next morning leaving in the afternoon for Zagreb. This would be done much easier by car obviously so if renting one is an option I would recommend picking up in Split and dropping in Zagreb. With a car you may even be able to squeeze in a quick stop in Zadar on your way to Plitvice.

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Zagreb
Central Croatia, Croatia
Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Split
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Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
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5. Re: What cities to visit in Croatia

Renting a car is definitely the best way to travel Croatia, and costs split between two will make it a reasonable cost.

You need two full days for Dubrovnik, then you can take a catamaran to Hvar, spend 2 days there, boat to Split for 2 days, then get a car and drive to Zagreb in two days via Krka national park, Zadar and Plitvice lakes. That is 8 days. Would be awesome if you could squeeze one day for Zagreb, but in all honesty it is (looks-wise) just a smaller version of Budapest. But with cheaper nightlife :D

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Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia
Hvar
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Hvar Island, Croatia
Split
Split
Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia
Zagreb
Zagreb
Central Croatia, Croatia
Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia
Budapest
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Central Hungary, Hungary
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6. Re: What cities to visit in Croatia

Car rental will provide greatest flexibility for your visit

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