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
Tronchetto (an artificial island
that was designed for parking) or at the
Piazzale Roma (the last stop for cars, taxis, and buses that arrive in
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 on a fairly expensive 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 €22 or more.
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 a premium for being within
walking distance of the city center).
On the Venetian mainland, your best bets are:
Parking at a hotel in Mestre or
where you can take a train,
city bus, or T1 tram into Venice. We personally like
the Best Western
Plus Hotel Bologna, an attractively modernized 110-year-old
hotel directly across from the Mestre railroad station.
- Parcheggi San Giuliano,
in the Parco San Giuliano at the foot of the causeway that leads to Venice.
Rates here are fairly cheap, and you can easily catch a tram, bus, or boat to
the historic center. See our
San Giuliano Parking
article for details, photos, and maps.
Need a car-friendly hotel? See
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.
More parking information at Venice for Visitors:
This artificial island next to Venice's historic center has a
3,500-car garage, open-air parking for campers and coaches, public toilets,
luggage storage, and other services. (To reach it, follow the Tronchetto signs
as you approach Venice on the causeway from the mainland.)
San Giuliano Parking (Mestre)
Parcheggi San Giuliano's outdoor lots are far cheaper
(but much less convenient) than parking in the city center if you're just
visiting Venice for the day. They're located within a public park in Mestre,
on the Venetian mainland.
Web links for garages and parking lots:
Servizi Mobilità S.p.A. operates parking lots, rideshare programs, bicycle
paths, and other transportation-related services in Venice and Mestre. In
Venice, it runs the
Autorimessa Comunale, a municpal parking garage in the Piazzale Roma with
room for 2,182 cars and 180 motorcycles. Daily rates vary by season, with a
small discount for booking online.
Garage San Marco
If you're set on parking in Venice's Piazzale Roma and can't get a space in the
Autorimessa Comunale, try the Garage San Marco--but expect to pay handsomely to
park your car or motorcycle in one of its 900 spaces. You can prebook online.
The Venice cruise port's Web site has
a car park booking form
with a map that that shows
terminal locations. (Parking lots are labeled P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, and P6.) Note:
This site has a bad habit of changing page URLs, so if the direct link to the
booking form doesn't work, go to the home page and drill down.
Azienda has three affordable car parks in downtown Mestre, plus the Parcheggi
San Giuliano (see top of page). The handiest downtown lot is
Via Ca' Marcello, which is about 550 meters from the train station. You may
have trouble finding a spot, though, because 70 of its 100 spaces are reserved
for contract parking.
This private car park by the train station in downtown Mestre is more expensive
than the ASM outdoor lots, but it's still cheaper than Tronchetto or the garages
in the Piazzale Roma. You can reserve a parking space online.
Bike Park Mestre
This inexpensive bicycle-parking facility by the
Venezia Mestre railroad
station has 800 spots. From the station, it's easy to
reach Venice's historic
center by train.
Venezia Airport Parking
you park at Venice's Marco Polo Airport, you can use frequent
airport buses or
airport boats to reach the centro
storico. Rates are reasonable by Venice standards, though you'll want to
park long enough to amortize the cost of public transportation to and from the
city. (Note: This site also has information on
parking at Treviso Airport, which
is served by Ryanair and one or two other budget carriers.)
Other mainland locations
Fusina is a ferry terminal on the mainland, south of Mestre with good road
connections to the A4 Autostrada or motorway. Its outdoor lot has room
for 1,500 cars and 300 coaches. From June to September, a water bus runs between
Fusina and the Zattere in central Venice. The boat trip takes about 45 minutes
and costs only a few euros if you have a parking ticket. (Another boat line runs
to the Lido di Venezia's Alberoni Beach.)
CT Servizi - Parking
These outdoor lots are on the Literale di
Cavallino-Treporti, a fingerlike extension of the mainland that encloses the
northern part of the Venetian Lagoon. ACTV, Venice's transportation authority,
operates frequent water buses from Punta Sabbioni and
Treporti. (Chances are, you won't be using any of these lots unless you're
staying at a beach resort and taking occasional day trips to Venice.)
ACI Venezia Tourist:
This company has space for 300 cars and 100 tourist buses at
Punta Sabbioni. Unfortunately, you'll need to contact its office by e-mail
or phone to request
information on parking rates and boat connections.