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.
, 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:
(see listings), where you can take a train or city bus 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. 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).
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.
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.
Azienda 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 , 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. (Note: The Piazzale Roma also has several smaller private garages, but they didn't have Web sites the last time we checked.)
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.
The Azienda has three affordable car parks in downtown Mestre, plus the Parcheggi San Giuliano (see top of page). The handiest downtown lot is on 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.
Parking Saba Italy: Venice Mestre Station
Rates are about what you'd pay for hotel parking at this 1,350-space facility, which is across the street from Mestre's railroad station. (When viewing this site, you may need to scroll down and select "Venezia Mestre" from the list of cities.)
Marco Polo Park
If 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.)
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 400 cars and 100 tourist buses at Punta Sabbioni. Unfortunately, you'll need to use an e-form to request information on parking rates and boat connections.
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