Car Hire in Venice
This information is correct as of April 2015
While Venice itself is best explored on boat or on foot, having a car gives you the opportunity to get more from your holiday. Hire a car in Venice to discover off the beaten track restaurants, beautiful mountain scenery, gorgeous coastlines, fantastic vineyards and more. With Skyscanner you can find the best deals on car hire in Venice: whether you’re just renting for a day trip or a whole week of adventure.
Where to hire a car in Venice
You can pick up your car as soon as you land at Venice Airport Marco Polo. Companies operating from the airport include Sixt, Maggiore, Locauto/Enterprise, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Autovia, and Auto Europa. There’s also a cluster of car rental companies just outside the city centre at Pizzale Roma. Avis, Europcar, Budget and some other brands all have locations here. There are also some car hire companies on the mainland, with a large cluster around Venezia Mestre train station.
Driving in Venice
There are no roads in the centre of Venice. The nearest car parks are Pizzale Roma and Tronchetto: the largest car park in Europe.
Traffic in Italy drives on the right side of the road. The steering column in your hire car will be on the left-hand side of the dashboard. This takes a bit of getting used to, but after a few hours you will be fine. Just remember to pay extra care when approaching roundabouts and T-junctions.
Parking in Venice
Parking at Pizzale Roma and Tronchetto costs €26 (about £19.20) for 12 hours, or €30 (about £22.20) for 24 hours. If you’re willing to take public transport into Venice you can find cheaper parking on the mainland. There’s a car park at S. Giuliano in Mestre which charges €5 (about £3.70) per day. Parking is free around Mogliano Veneto railway station and Oriago railway station, and from here you can take the train into Venezia St Lucia.
Great day trips from Venice
Lake Garda has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for historic towns or white-knuckle theme parks. It’s just under two hours from Venice. There are lots of places to explore along the coast of the lake, and lots of places where you can try water sports like kite surfing and wakeboarding. If you’re not feeling too adventurous you can always rent a pedalo.
Add another stamp to your passport by dropping in on San Marino, the world’s oldest republic and third smallest European state. The capital of San Marino is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sits at the top of a mountain overlooking the rest of the country. San Marino is less than three hours from Venice, but takes a little longer if you decide to drive along the stunning coastal road.
Boasting ten miles of beach (one of the longest in Italy), the resort town of Jesolo is the perfect escape when the weather turns hot. The town is designed for tourists, with plenty of ice cream and snack bars lining the promenade. You can easily spend a whole day here, and best of all it’s only 40 minutes drive from Venice itself.
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