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Parking in Venice

Where to park in Venice, on the Italian mainland,
or on the Lido di Venezia.

Tronchetto parking garage

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:

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.

Historic center

The three areas where you can park near the centro storico are:

  • Tronchetto, 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.

  • 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 work.


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 the 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 spent sightseeing.

  • 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.

Next page: Web links for garages and parking lots

In this article:
Parking in Venice
Web links for garages and parking lots

More about Venice parking:
Tronchetto Parking Garage
San Giuliano Parking (Mestre)

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