Arriving in Venice by Car
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Chances are, you'll be approaching Venice on the A4 Autostrada from the north or south. (If you're driving in on the A27 from Trieste, you'll merge with the A4 a few kilometers north of Mestre.)
From the south, use the central Mestre exit.
From the north, take the Mestre Est-Favorita exit.
Follow the signs to your destination, depending on whether you'd prefer to park on the mainland (which is easier) or at the edge of Venice's historic center (which can be easy or a nightmare, depending on whether traffic on the causeway is backed up).
To avoid high parking costs and traffic jams, it's best to park in Mestre on the mainland. (The San Giuliano parking lot is convenient: It's located by the water, and you can catch a boat directly to Venice's historic center.)
If you're brave, well-heeled, or visiting in low season, cross the Ponte della Libertà (the bridge or causeway from the mainland to Venice) and look for a parking space at:
For more detailed advice, including Google satellite-photo maps, see our illustrated article (with links) on parking in Venice.
In the unlikely event that you're staying at a hotel on the Lido and want to take your car with you, head for Tronchetto as you approach the end of the causeway and take the automezzo, or car ferry, to the Lido. The ferry isn't cheap, but it's worth using if your hotel has free parking or if you plan to return to the mainland via the isthmus road to Chioggia.
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