Finding a parking space in Cortina d'Ampezzo, at certain times of the year, is almost a "mission impossible". In the high season, during peak hours, the enormous influx of tourists saturates 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 to park in Cortina.
When possible, we always suggest that you 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 walk.(1) Parking lot of the bus station, Fiat 500 meeting. (2) Wild parking in the high mountains. (3) The traffic in Cortina on a rainy day.
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 going 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 having 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, avoid secondary roads, when possible.
About the best hours to move, it's better to avoid taking the car in the maximum affluence times, such as the closure of the ski lifts in winter, or the hours of the aperitif in summer. In these cases the best thing to do is to play it smart, go shopping early in the morning, when everyone else is skiing, and take a walk in the evening, when there are traffic jams.
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.
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 by clicking here. We suggest you 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 Corso Italia, the center of Cortina. In total there are about 440 parking spaces, all very close to the center. In this regard, if you have not yet read it, we recommend our article on the buildings to see in the center of Cortina.
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.(1) A full parking lot on a rainy day. (2) Cortina Station in high season. (3) Parking space Largo delle Poste.
If you are coming in from the area of Zuel or San Vito di Cadore, there is a parking lot parallel to the "Via Roma" which is 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 to the supermarket Conad City. 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 a 15 minute parking disc, it's almost always full. Same problem for the parking in "Piazzetta San Francesco", with 6 parking spaces at a 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 "Conad City", 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 a 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 on the opposite 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 first try the parking of the Ice Stadium, thanks to the 120 minute parking disc that 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.(1) The parking lot of Via del Parco. (2) The parking lot of "Largo Poste". (3) Park area of the "Difesa".
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 the "Lungo Boite", which 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 are opened there is a 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 leaving the car in the night, using it only as a temporary parking space.
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.
Multi Storey 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".
There are also two private parking lots, one is the Farsetti multi-story parking lot, near the parochial church, and the other is the Dolomiti Parking lot, near the Bellevue Hotel. Since these are private structures, they are not suitable for those seeking daily parking, but for longer periods of stay.
There are a couple more things to say before concluding, and it has to be read in a slightly polemical tone. Many times, if it snows, parking lots are not always cleaned to perfection, especially free ones, such as the one at the stadium, that remain often mostly unusable for some days. In addition, some parking lots in Cortina are regularly occupied by some activity, such as when the market is held at the station or in the case of any sporting event, as well as during construction sites, so the public parking lots become vehicle depots. In short, as already mentioned, parking in Cortina could get really frustrating, try to move around on foot when possible.
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