Parking in Venice
ABOVE: The main entrance to the Tronchetto
parking garage next to Venice's historic center.
Venice is a city of
pedestrians and boats. When you come to Venice's historic center, you'll need to
park your car until you're ready to leave.
Your Venice parking options fall under four headings:
At the edge of the historic center,
in the parking facilities on
artificial island that was designed for parking) or at the
Piazzale Roma (the last stop
for cars, taxis, and buses that arrive in Venice).
On the mainland, beyond the causeway that connects Venice with Mestre, Marghera, Marco Polo
Airport, and other locations on "terrafirma" (as the Venetians
refer to the mainland).
On the Lido di Venezia,
the car-friendly island strip of beaches, resort hotels,
and villa neighborhoods that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic
Sea. (You can get to the Lido by car ferry, and your hotel on the Lido will give you advice on parking).
At the Marittima cruise basin,
which has open-air lots behind the terminal buildings where you can leave a
car during your cruise.
In this article, we'll focus on the most popular options:
expensive parking next to the historic center, parking near the cruise
terminals, and cheaper parking on the Venetian mainland.
The three areas where you can park near the centro storico
where a huge garage and surface parking lots have
thousands of spaces for cars, campers, and buses. You'll see an exit for
Tronchetto as you approach Venice on the causeway from the mainland. The
island is easy to navigate, and it's your best bet if you want to park near
the center and don't mind paying a daily fee of €21 or more. From
Tronchetto, you can take the inexpensive People Mover to the Piazzale Roma
or catch a vaporetto to other locations within the city center. See
article for more information.
Marittima, the larger of
Venice's two main cruise basins. Rates are a few euros higher per week than
at Tronchetto for long-term parking, but the convenience is likely to be
worth the modest extra cost if you're taking a roundtrip cruise from Venice.
Piazzale Roma, a large
square that's jammed with city and suburban buses, tour coaches, taxis, and
cars. It does have several expensive garages, such
as the Garage San Marco (where you'll pay €30 for 24 hours of parking).
Unless you're a glutton for punishment, we'd recommend avoiding the Piazzale
Roma with its confusing layout, busy traffic, and ongoing reconstruction
On the Venetian mainland, your best bets are:
Parking at a hotel in Mestre,
where you can take a train or city bus into Venice. We personally recommend
Best Western Hotel Bologna, an attractively modernized 100-year-old
hotel directly across from the Mestre railroad station. Buy your train
tickets from the hotel's front desk, walk across the street, and grab one of
the frequent trains to
Venice Santa Lucia railroad station (journey time: 10 to 12 minutes).
- Parcheggi San Giuliano,
in the Parco San Giuliano at the foot of the causeway that leads to Venice.
You can park your car at the "Porta Gialla" or "Yellow Gate" lot for about
€5 per day and catch a bus (or, if you're lucky, a boat) to Venice. See our
San Giuliano Parking
article for details, photos, and maps.
Other, less convenient locations include:
Public parking near the Mestre
railroad station. Mestre has a number of lots and garages, but
finding them can be a nuisance, and you may waste time that could have been
Parking in more distant
mainland areas, such as Fusina and Punta Sabbioni. These alternatives
are worth considering at exceptionally busy times of the year when you may
worry about finding a parking space closer to the city.
For annotated links to parking Web sites for Venice and its
suburbs, go to page 2
of this article.
Web links for garages and