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Rhode Island has good highway, bus and train connections to New England & New York, and its own international airport serving the entire state and Boston MA as well.
 
 

 

Distances

From Providence to:

Boston MA: 45 miles (73 km) NE

Galilee RI (Block Island ferry): 36 miles (58 km) S

New Bedford MA: 32 miles (51.5 km) SE

New London CT
: 55 miles (89 km) SW

New York City: 181 miles (291 km) SW

Newport RI: 30 miles (48 km) S

Plane

Rhode Island is so compact that one airport handles all the important national flights: it's T F Green State Airport (PVD) in Warwick, just a few miles south of Providence.

The InterLink transit station at 700 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI, adjacent to Interstate 95, is connected by walkway to the airport terminal. InterLink is where you park your car, rent a car or board a RIPTA bus (see below) for destinations in Rhode Island, or an MBTA Commuter Rail train for the Massachusetts South Shore and Boston.

Train

Ten trains a day each from New York City (4 hours) and Boston MA (1 hour) arrive in Providence's Amtrak railroad station (tel 401-751-5416) beneath the State House. Many trains also stop in Westerly RI. More...

MBTA Commuter Rail trains run several times daily between T F Green Airport and Boston, stopping at the Providence Amtrak station and points on the Massachusetts South Shore. More...

Bus

The Peter Pan Bus Intercity Bus Terminal (tel 401-751-8800, 888-751-8800) in Providence is north of the center (I-95, Exit 25). Peter Pan runs several buses daily to Providence from New York City, 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 hours. More...

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) operates local and intercity buses within Rhode Island. Here's a map of the bus system.

Car

I-95 goes right through the center of Providence on its way between New York City and Boston. 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.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Providence Station

Providence's Amtrak & MBTA train station
is just down the hill from the Rhode Island State House.

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