|Block Island RI Transportation|
|Sailing time to Block Island from Galilee is 1-1/4 hours for the traditional ferry, only 30 minutes for the fast ferry; from Newport RI CT the ferry takes 2 hours.|
By Bus & Ferry from New York City
Traditional Ferry From Galilee RI
Galilee is the port with the most frequent ferry service, and there are six to nine daily sailings by The Block Island Ferry in each direction from mid-June to early September. The trip takes less than 1-1/4 hours.
Passengers and bikes need no reservations, but to ship a car you must have reservations in advance. Motorcycles and bicycles are also carried.
High-Speed Ferry From Galilee RI
There is also high-speed ferry service by the same company from Galilee. The high-speed catamaran ferry carries passengers and bikes only (no cars), and makes the voyage in about 30 minutes, though tickets are more expensive than on the traditional car ferry. No reservations required. Get to the Galilee dock at least 45 minutes before sailing time.
Parking for all these ferries is fairly easy, with many private lots near the docks charging about $10 per calendar day. More...
Ferry from Newport RI
The Block Island Ferry (alias the Interstate Navigation Company), operates daily summer high-speed ferry service from Perotti Park(map), 39 America's Cup Avenue in the center of Newport, to Block Island.
The ferry carries passengers only, no vehicles of any kind (including bicycles) on the one-hour voyage.
Ferry from New London, Connecticut
On Block Island, the ferry uses the Old Harbor.
Transportation on Block Island
Because Block Island is so small—7 miles (11 km) from one end to the other—walking and biking are favorite ways to get around.
Motorbikes are for rent from various shops on the island, and hotels shuttles and taxis are available to help you get your luggage to and from hotels.
—by Tom Brosnahan