|Providence RI Transportation|
|Providence RI and Boston MA are about one hour apart by car or train, and Providence is an important transit point for bus and train passengers to Newport RI and Cape Cod MA.|
More than a dozen Amtrak trains a day from New York City (3 to 4 hours) and from Boston MA (1 hour) arrive at Providence Train Station just down the hill from the State House on the way to Waterplace Park and Kennedy Plaza (map). More...
In addition, MBTA Commuter Rail runs 20 trains each weekday (9 on Saturday, 7 on Sunday) on its Providence-Stoughton Line between Providence Station and Boston's South Station (1 hour). Some of these trains run all the way to Providence's T F Green Airport (1.25 hours) and beyond to the Wickford Junction Transit Center in North Kingstown. More...
Peter Pan/Greyhound runs six buses daily to Providence from New York City (8 on Friday and Sunday), Boston MA, Newport RI, Hartford CT, Hyannis (Cape Cod) MA, Springfield MA, and Albany NY. Travel time from New York City is about 4 hours; from Boston or Newport about 1 hour, from Hyannis (Cape Cod) about 1.5 to 2 hours. More...
The main Peter Pan Bus Terminal serving Peter Pan and Greyhound buses is 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of the center (I-95, Exit 25A; map). Some of these buses also stop at Providence's Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center.
Here is a map of bus stops in the Intermodal Transportation Center.
Interstate 95 goes right through the center of Providence on its way between New York City and Boston (map). In the center of Providence, I-195 branches off to go through Fall River MA (the turnoff for Newport RI), New Bedford MA, and then on to Cape Cod.
Providence - Newport Ferry
Seastreak ferries operates fast catamaran passenger ferryboats between the Providence Ferry Terminal, 25 India Street, Providence (map), and the Newport Ferry Terminal at 39 America's Cup Avenue, Newport: three departures daily from each city Monday through Thursday, and four departures Friday through Sunday.
There's complimentary shuttle bus service connecting the Providence train station, convention center, downtown, and the Providence Ferry Terminal. On the air-conditioned boat there's free Wifi and a bar serving wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks and snacks. An open-air top deck allows you to take in the sun and the views. More...
The voyage down the Providence River takes one hour.
Distances from Providence
—Boston MA: 45 miles (73 km) NE, 1 hour
—Newport RI: 30 miles (48 km) S, 50 minutes
—New Bedford MA: 32 miles (51.5 km) SE, 45 minutes
—New London CT: 55 miles (89 km) SW, 1.25 hours
—New York City: 182 miles (293 km) SW, 3.5 hours
—Plymouth MA: 54 miles (87 km) E, 1 hour
Parking in Providence
Street parking in Providence is scarce, and meters are checked frequently. The center of town has lots of private pay lots, which it is best to use if you need to be downtown.
Otherwise, park on a side street on College Hill, where there's plenty of shade. In summer there are usually plenty of places, but they fill up when the colleges (Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design) are in session from mid-September through May.
—by Tom Brosnahan