Where to park in Venice: Public garages charge TK €24–€34 per day
- S. Giuliano, on the mainland a short bus ride from the centro storico Venice: €12 ($13) a day
- Autorimessa Comunale, on Piazzale Roma at the edge of the centro storico: €24 ($27)–€29 ($32) per day
- Tronchetto, a private garage behind the crusie terminal behind Piazzale Roma: €21 ($23) per day
Pull into the first garage on your right (the cheapest of the bunch) and park your car for the duration of your stay. This is the official ASM Venezia car park (tel. 041-272-7211, Avmspa.it), with room for nearly 2,300 vehicles, open 24/7, and charging €23.40 ($26) to €29 ($32) per day, depending on size of car and whether you book ahead.
If the ASM garage is full, there are a few other private lots and garages on Piazzale Roma, though they'll cost a bit more.
Follow signs marked with "Actv" (the official public ferry system; its symbol a disc that's green on the top half and blue on the bottom bisected by a white line that looks a bit like a heart monitor reading), and make sure you get on the boat headed to the right to steam down the Grand Canal toward the center and Piazza San Marco. » more
Cheaper options for when the Piazzale Roma lots are full
There are two cheaper options—or simply additional options, if the garages on Piazzale Roma are full (common in summertime):
- An artificial island just behind Piazzale Roma called Tronchetto.
- Back on the Mestre mainland in the S. Giuliano lots.
(Actually, there are a half-dozen other options—garages and lots—in and around Mestre and elsewhere rimming the lagoon, but those are by far the two best alternatives.)
The first option is to backtrack around behind Piazzale Roma to an artificial island called Tronchetto.
The Tronchetto garage (tel. 041-520-7555, Veniceparking.it) has more than 4,800 parking spaces (plus an open lot for oversized campers) and charges €3 ($3)–€5 ($6) per hour or €21 ($23) per day—though, if you'll be staying for more than three days and pay for the entire stay upon arrival, you will receive a 20% discount.
There's a vaporetto stop on Tronchetto for the no. 2 line (and, in summer, a lot of touts trying lure you to their water taxis—unless you are made of money, just ignore them).
There's also now the Venice People Mover—a fancy name for a small shuttle train (picture one of those terminal-to-terminal connectors at a large airport). Buy the €1.30 ($1) ticket at a machine, stay on at the first stop (Marittima—the cruise terminal) and four minutes later get off at the end, Piazzale Roma. It runs every 10 minutes, Mon-Sat 7am–11pm, Sun 8am–10pm (Nov-Mar 8:30am–9pm).
You could also grab the no. 6/ bus to Piazzale Roma (just one stop).
The second option for true penny-pinchers (€12 ($13) per day) are the lots of S. Giuliano back on the mainland in Mestre, by the shore to the left (north) of the causeway over to Venice proper. Though sadly, in late 2014, the cost skyrocketed from €5 ($6) to €12 ($13), this is still a bargain.
(There's a turn-off for these parking lots just before the flyover leading to the causeway; don't miss it, and do not pay any attention to the touts in hats who will try to wave you down to lead you to a lot. They'll stick you in what should be a free, open-air, unattended lot and charge you for the privilege.)
There are actually three lots at S. Giuliano. The one you want is Parcheggio Porta Gialla (yellow), which is open 24 hours a day (and can handle campers), which is free for up to three hours, then charging a mere €2 ($2) for four hours, €4.50 ($5) for five hours, €8 ($9) for six hours, then €12 ($13) per day, or €60 ($67) for a monthly pass (which is already cheaper than three days at the Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto lots).
The other two lots—Parcheggio Porta Rossa (red) and Parcheggio Porta Blu (blue)—are day-use lots only—no overnight parking—open from 6am to 2am and charging €2 ($2) for the first four hours, €4.50 ($5) for five hours, €8 ($9) for six hours, and €12 ($13) for a full day.
All three lots operate on a keen new system that doesn't involve tickets; a camera reads your license plate when you arrive, and then again as you go to leave, and charges you accordingly. Note: The automated payment machines take cash or credit cards, but do not give change, so when in doubt, use a credit card.
Astoundingly cheap, yes, but do note that you'll have to take a city bus (no. 5, 12, 12/, 19, or 24) from Parco S. Giuliano one stop to Piazzale Roma (7 minutes, €1.50 ($2)).
Also, if the lots at Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto are both filled, then the city is probably bursting at the canals with tourists as well, so fair warning.