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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:
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 are:
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 our Tronchetto Parking Garage article for more information.,
, 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.
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 work., a large square that's jammed with city and suburban buses, tour coaches, taxis, and cars.
On the Venetian mainland, your best bets are:
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)., where you can take a train or city bus into Venice. We personally recommend the
Other, less convenient locations include:
Mestre has a number of lots and garages, but finding them can be a nuisance, and you may waste time that could have been spent sightseeing.
, 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.
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