Where to park in Cortina
Some advice on where to find a parking lot in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Quick index (Click to expand)Introduction Map of every parking lot Paying parking lots Free parking Multistorey parking lots Conclusion
Finding a parking space in Cortina d'Ampezzo, at certain times of the year, is almost a "mission impossible". In high season, during peak hours, the enormous influx of tourists saturate in a very short time all the available parking spaces, both in the village and in the mountains, causing traffic and frustration. Unfortunately the problem of lack of parking places in Cortina has always existed. For this reason, on this page, we want to give you all the necessary knowledge about all the parking lots, both paid and free, in order to increase your probability of finding a free space where to park in Cortina.
When possible, we suggest you to prefer a walk.
First of all, let's start from the premise that finding parking in the center during the aperitif hour, maybe at Christmas time, maybe with snow, is almost impossible. The time you waste looking for a parking space, while uselessly circling the clogged ring road, could be better spent with a nice walk. Cortina is a fairly small town, and is relatively livable even without using a car. When possible, we suggest you to walk.
A good alternative to the use of the car is also the city bus (click here for the website),
effective and well managed. During peak season may be subject to minor delays due to traffic.
If, on the other hand, you absolutely have to move your car, e.g. if you have to go buy something heavy, try to find a parking space close to home, which allows you to avoid to go all the way around the ring road to get home. The problem is that the ring road is a one-way loop that goes around the center of the town. When traffic is high, if you park in the wrong place, you risk to have to unnecessarily drive an entire loop around Cortina in the middle of traffic. There are side streets that can help in some cases, but we can't consider all the possibilities in this article. In case of heavy congestion, if you don't know the roads well, Google Maps can do wonders by directing you to those lesser-known detours, be careful though: if it's snowing or has just snowed, always avoid secondary roads, when possible.
Map of every parking lot:
To make it easier to find the ideal parking spot for your location, we have created a map of all the parking lots in Cortina, that you can see clicking here. We suggest you to consult it, in order to have a better overview of all available parking spaces in Cortina.
Paying parking lots:
Let's see first the pay parking lots, which are located in strategic points and allow you to reach very quickly the Corso Italia, the center of Cortina. In this regard, if you have not yet read it, we recommend our article on the buildings to see in the center of Cortina. In total there are about 440 parking spaces, all very close to the center.
The most central parking, the most convenient and undoubtedly the most expensive is the Parking "Largo delle Poste", located in a central position has about 66 parking spaces and costs approx €3 per hour, needless to say it's almost always full. The second most strategic parking is the "Former Market Square", with about 60 car places and an hourly cost of approx €2 per hour, is convenient and very close to the basilica and Corso Italia.
If you have to find something further away, we recommend you to try the Bus Station Square, very large and close to the center is divided into two different areas, that of "Faloria" cable car with 122 parking spaces and that of piazzale Marconi, with 135 places. Cost 2€ per hour approx.
If you are coming in from the area of Zuel or San Vito di Cadore, there is a parking parallel to "Via Roma" very strategic. Since you'll probably drive past it, if you find a spot, take it. "Via Roma" is the road that leads from the new headquarters of the Poste Italiane leads to the supermarket Kanguro. It costs approx 1€ per hour for about 30 parking spaces, also here it's difficult to find a free place, but you never know. Also very central is the parking in "Piazza Pittori F.lli Ghedina", as handy as small, it has only 11 places with 15 minute parking disc, it's almost always full. Same problem for the parking in "Piazzetta San Francesco", with 6 parking spaces at parking disc of 15 minutes it's almost impossible to find them free, even in mid-November. Anyway, if you drive by, always check, you might get lucky.
To conclude the paying parking lots in Cortina, you also have to try with the parking in Via dei Campi, not very central, but bigger, it allows you to reach the bell tower in less than 10 minutes and it's only 5 minutes far from the "Cooperativa" and the "Kanguro", the two main supermarkets. A part of this parking lot is on payment, while a part is free, so we'll talk about it again in the next chapter.
Let's see now all the free parking spaces in the central area of Cortina, which are about 440. Let's start from the Church "della difesa", with 90 minutes parking disc is definitely the best to easily reach the center. The road that connects the center to the parking lot of the Church "della difesa" is called Via Difesa and it's also sided by some free parking spaces, but it is a one-way street, so you'll have to reach it from the ring road, where it crosses Jacheto street. At the left of the crossroad there is also a tiny Parking with three places, really hard to find free. If you look carefully, behind the house in front of you, there are also few parkings, but they have to be reached from the one way road called Via San Francesco that has a really, really tight entrance in the opposide side.
Alternatively, continuing in the same road you can find the parking "Via dei Campi" and the parking near the cemetery which have respectively 40 and 60 free parking spaces where to park without any restriction.
If you come from the north of the town we recommend to first try the parking of the Ice Stadium, thanks to the 120 minute parking disc leaves you a lot of time without risking to get a ticket. The stated capacity would be 46 seats, but I think I've seen at least twice as many cars parked there.
If none of the above solutions were available, or if you are coming down from the ski slopes of Socrepes, Cinque Torri or Tofana, you need to go first to the parking lot of "Lungo Boite", that offers 96 free parking spaces. It has a little less tourist passage, so it could give you a few more chances to find a free parking space.
During periods when schools are closed you can also park in the parking of elementary schools, be careful though, because if the schools open there is parking bar that gets closed, with the risk of getting stuck inside the parking lot and getting a ticket. To be 100% sure the best is to avoid to leave the car in the night, using it only as a temporary parking.
To conclude the free parking there are three other places you could try. The first is in front of the Cortina Bus Station Bar the second one is in front of the Funivia Faloria and the third is the "bonus", the least known, which is located on a meadow behind the bus station. It is ideal in summer, a little less in winter, because it becomes more targeted due to its proximity to the cable car. Attention only in case the weather conditions make possible the formation of mud, because it's a meadow, without gravel and without asphalt.
Multistorey parking lots:
If you are looking for an indoor parking, perhaps with the possibility of leaving the vehicle stationary for several days, today the only solution is given by the Pontechiesa multi-storey car park. With a total of 200 parking spaces and a rate of approx €2 per hour, it offers the opportunity to purchase subscriptions for both the uncovered floor and the underground. For any additional information, you can refer to the official website of the park "Pontechiesa".
A huge underground parking lot is under construction near the departure of the former cable car to Pocol, and there are planning to build a large parking lot for the Winter Olympics Games of 2026. Obviously this page will be updated as soon as the facilities will open.
Hoping you liked the page on where are located all the parking lots in Cortina d'Ampezzo, before saying goodbye, we would suggest you to read all the articles we wrote about Cortina d'Ampezzo by clicking here.
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