There are no cars in Venice, so plan to arrive by train or plane, or if you do drive, return your rental on the outskirts of the city as soon as you arrive. Several rental agencies have outlets in Piazzale Roma, the terminus of road access to Venice.
Driving to Venice
Venice is at the end of SR11, just off the east–west A4 autostrada. If for some reason you choose to keep a car while visiting Venice, you will have to park in one of the garages on the outskirts of the city around Piazzale Roma or on the island of Tronchetto.
Parking in Venice
A warning: don't be waylaid by illegal touts, often wearing fake uniforms, who try to flag you down and offer to arrange parking and hotels; use one of the established garages. Consider reserving a space in advance. The Autorimessa Comunale (041/2727211 www.asmvenezia.it) costs €24 for 24 hours. The Garage San Marco (041/5232213 www.garagesanmarco.it) costs €24 for up to 12 hours and €30 for 12 to 24 hours with online reservations. On its own island, Isola del Tronchetto (041/5207555) charges €21 for 6 to 24 hours. Watch for signs coming over the bridge—you turn right just before Piazzale Roma. Many hotels and the casino have guest discounts with San Marco or Tronchetto garages. A cheaper, and perfectly convenient, alternative is to park in Mestre, on the mainland, and take a train (10 minutes, €1) or bus into Venice. The garage across from the station and the Bus 2 stop costs €8–€10 for 24 hours.