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Verona to Venice Car Or Train Where to Park the car?

Hi

In our Italy trip we are Traveling by car. We stay at Verona and then Venice. I was wondering should we travel by car to Venice from Verona park in one of the parking lots around there or should we park the car In Verona and take the train? Has anyone done this? Was it a good idea?

Thanks

LT

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Depends on several factors. How long will you be in Venice, day trip or overnight? Parking in Venice is expensive but if there's several people in your group, the train could be even more expensive. Train is obviously more convenient as you can relax and not have to deal with crazy drivers and such, then there are the tolls (it's just over 5 euro from Vicenza so probably a few euros more from Verona). There is an hourly lot in Venice now if you're just going for a few hours but it fills up quick and is not a good option if you have a large car/SUV as it's very small. If it's convenience you're looking for, train would probably be your best bet.

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How long will you be in the Most Beautiful City, and where are you going after Venice?

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Hey Nigel

3 days and then heading to Salzberg

LT

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Thanks Rik
We are 5 people and are staying in Venice for 3 days.

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The Tronchetto is the huge parking garage that Rick recommends in Venice. It is easy to get to, it is secure and there is a Vaporetto stop at the garage and it costs 21 Euros per day. We particularly liked it because it was raining when we got to Venice and being a multi deck garage we did not have to walk around in the rain.

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I've very happily parked across from the V.Mestre station in a multi storey car park used by both visitors and residents. It tends to be somewhat less expensive (haven't checked this year's prices, nor those of Tronchetto) but you do need to get a Regionale train from V. Mestre to V.SL for a Euro or two each.

The drive to Venice from Verona is a busy Autostrada with tolls and, especially as you approach Venice, a solid wall of heavy goods lorries (tractor trailers) nose to tail making getting off at the right exit a little difficult. Lots of people do park cars for Venice because they all have to get out of the cars.

BUT...

If you are going on to Salzburg you will be backtracking to Verona anyway. You can get very cheap fast train tickets from Verona to Venezia and you may be able to get parking in Verona quite easily and at a reasonable price. Can you leave your car where you will be staying in Verona and have free parking while in Venice?

For me, as the money could easily be the same or cheaper by planning ahead and taking the train, much less stress, and that fabulous breath taking experience of walking through the station, to the top of the wide broad steps down to the Grand Canal and being plunged immediately into the ambiance of true Venice - - well, I'd take the train.

Beats rocking up in a car park and walking across your first Venice piazza full of cars and buses.

BUT - you're not me and YMMV.

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We drove into Venice and parked at Rick's recommended, multi-story, parking garage. There are concerns about the safety of your car if you park in the public parking garage in Venice.

The upside of parking in the private garage was everything in our car was fine, no broken windows, dings, scratches or other damage/losses. The downside was it was pretty expensive and took about 1 1/2 hours each time to get into parking and retrieve the car.

If I did it over, I'd choose to park at a train station on the mainland and train in. But I say that without any real experience on the safety of your car while parked at other train stations. I did look at parking at a station in La Spezia (going to Cinque Terra) but thought better of it and found a safe, and free, spot near the entrance to the navy base about a mile away.

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I've never driven to Venice, but I agree with what Nigel said about arriving by train; it is a rather nice way to arrive!
And I think you will find somewhere reasonable to park the car in Verona.