Where to park in Venice

If you want to travel to the island of Venice with your own car, you will surely face the problem of parking. Venice is a car free city so you can not drive to the hotel. There is a very small area in Venice where parking and driving is possible. Here is a comprehensive guide to reveal the mysteries of how to reach Venice by car. Although parking in Venice is not the easiest yet a manageable task. Most of the available options are paid but some of these are cheaper than others. Here we’ll give you complete information about all the possibilities, so you can have the best of your time in Venice.

Available Parking Options in Historical Venice

Venice is a walking-friendly city, there are no roads for cars to traverse within the historic city. As a result, parking options are limited and often require careful planning.

There are a few parking garages in Venice. Some of these parking garages are near Piazzale Roma and one gigantic parking garage is in Tronchetto.

  1. Tronchetto Parking: It is located at the city entrance. Tronchetto is one of the main parking areas for travellers arriving by car. Here both short-term and long-term parking options are available. Shuttle service is also offered to transport passengers to the city centre. The water bus line 2 stops directly at the parking garages. The parking fee is lower here and the access is very easy as well. Another advantage is that there are parking spaces for campers, buses and other bigger vehicles. To enter the parking area here you have to drive your car under a tunnel, at the end of a slope you will see the entrance signposted. This parking lot is directly connected to the ferry dock from both inside and outside. Shuttle to Piazzale Roma can be taken from here easily.

    You can pre-book your parking here.

  2. Piazzale Roma Parking Garages: Piazzale Roma is another popular parking choice. It is located on the edge of the historic centre. From here visitors can access the city on foot or via vaporetto to enjoy the sightseeing. The Garage San Marco is the best option to park in Piazzale Roma. It is open 24 hours a day all year round. It has around 900 parking spaces. It offers many services like video surveillance, tyre inflation and the possibility of recharging your car battery. Although this is not a low-cost option, this parking garage has the best location to access all the hotels in historic Venice. Book your parking space in Garage San Marco here. You can also book parking at Autorimessa Comunale Venezia AVM at Piazzale Roma which is relatively cheaper than Garage San Marco. 

What are the alternative options?

Parking Options in Mestre: There are two parts of Venice, one is the mainland and the other is the island part. The famous Ponte Della Liberta or the Liberty Bridge is the only road connecting the two regions. For an economic visit to Venice by car, it is better to book your accommodation in Mestre but make sure it is near to Mestre Train Station or a bus stop. In Mestre you can also discover some free parking spots. Some of the best parking options in Mestre are as follows.

Terminal Parking: It is next to the A4 motorway so is easily accessible as you don't need to go downtown Mestre.

Saba Stazione di Venezia Mestre: A parking lot is situated near the railway station of Mestre. This area is guarded and here you can park a car for from 23 hours up to or 24 hours and more. It is across from the train station. You can cancel your booking until 23:59h of the day before the arrival date. Book your parking at Saba Stazione di Venezia Mestre.

Venice Utility Park "Open Air": This Parking area in Mestre is close to the highway with a free shuttle service to Venice.

Mestre - Stazione Parking (Parcheggio Gregory): You can park your car in front of the train station in Mestre. From here you can go to Venice by bus or by car.

Delfino Autorimessa Car Park: It is located 10 minutes walking distance from the station. This parking lot is found near the end of Corso del Popolo. So, it is the best option if you choose to go by train. To reach the station you can walk or take a bus. You have to grab number 15.

Garage Europa: Garage Europa is another convenient and economical option in Venezia Mestre. It is a multi-story car park in the centre of Mestre, open from 8 am to 10 pm. The city is easily accessible from this garage by ACTV bus lines 4 and 4L. The bus stop is located in front of this garage.

Parking Options in Punta Sabbioni: The least popular available option is to park at Punta Sabbioni. It lies at the southern end of the Cavallino-Treporti coast. It is home to a rich historical heritage. But it is very far from Venice. The distance is half an hour by water. Here the parking is the cheapest in all of Venice.

leaving your car in a faraway city from Venice: You can select a faraway city like Padua to park your car. From here you can take a train to Venice. Here regional and intercity trains go direct to Santa Lucia Train Station.

Tips and Guidelines for parking in Venice

  • Advance booking: It is better to research parking options and to book a spot in advance for a tension-free visit.
  • Reach Early: To increase the possibility of finding a parking spot, arrive early. As the day passes, spaces fill up quickly.
  • It's Better to Use Public Transport: After parking your car, it's advised to utilise Venice's extensive network of water taxis and Vaporetti to explore Venice.
  • Prepare Yourself to Walk: After parking your car be prepared for a plenty of walk. For the best guidance to find a place, you use our Venice Map.
  • Parking Regulations should be followed: To avoid fines or towing pay attention to regulation and signage.
  • Alternative Options Of Transportation: If you want to explore the city without the hassle of parking, then go for alternative transportation options like trains, buses and water taxis. Furthermore, a walking tour of Venice or a gondola ride tour permits the visitors to fully immerse themselves in the enchanting atmosphere of the city.

Parking in Venice is no less than a challenge. However careful planning can ensure an enjoyable and smooth experience for visitors.