Parking and Getting Around Monticello
Visitor parking at Monticello is free. Spaces for buses, RV's and trailers are available. Handicapped parking spaces are located near the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center (handicapped license plate or tag required). Visitors are advised to lock vehicles. Monticello is not responsible for loss or damage incurred in the parking area. Overnight parking is prohibited. PLEASE NOTE: No bags or backpacks exceeding 11 x 15 x 6 inches are allowed beyond the Shuttle Station.
Shuttle Buses To and From the House and Mountaintop
After picking up your ticket(s) at the Visitor Center, a 25-passenger shuttle bus will transport you to the mountaintop (unless you choose to take the trail; see below). Passengers will be dropped off near Monticello's East Walk where they can can also board to take the shuttle back to the Visitor Center and parking area. On the return trip, the shuttle will stop Jefferson's gravesite and drop off and pick up passengers as needed. Visitors must be seated while riding the bus. Smoking is prohibited.
Many visitors enjoy taking the trail the relatively short distance (roughly half a mile) from the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center parking area to the house. But be sure to pick up your ticket(s) first; a Monticello ticket is required to walk up this trail.